reviews

Review: HOLYCHILD Are Insolent With a Purpose on Feisty Debut, ‘The Shape of Brat Pop to Come’

Vanity capitalization is, in almost every instance, annoying. Demands that your name must have anything but a normal array of upper and lower case letter…
James Grebey / June 5, 2015

Review: Florence + the Machine Go Big, Then Go Home on ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

There’s something very unusual about “Ship to Wreck,” the towering first track on Florence + The Machine’s third LP, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful: It…
Andrew Unterberger / June 4, 2015

Review: Major Lazer Sputter Out on ‘Peace Is the Mission’

You likely aren’t approaching a Major Lazer record looking for substance — the experience is about shirtless electronic music by way of the islands — but…
Brennan Carley / June 4, 2015

Review: Girlpool Find Indie-Pop Neverland on ‘Before the World Was Big’

Much like a certain overwrought island drama, the dramatic tension of Girlpool’s debut LP Before the World Was Big comes about because its main character…
Colin Joyce / June 3, 2015

Review: Jamie xx Is Singular and Sublime on Debut Solo LP, ‘In Colour’

Jamie xx has made no secret of his influences. First there was the xx beatmaker’s solo introduction to the world as Gil Scott-Heron’s chosen remixer…
Harley Brown / June 2, 2015

Review: The Social Experiment Bury Their Lead on the Disarmingly Joyous ‘Surf’

He tried to tell us, but we wouldn’t listen. Despite his repeated insistence to the contrary, many fans of Chance the Rapper’s first two mixtape…
Andrew Unterberger / June 1, 2015

Review: Jason Derulo Is Better Than ‘Bad,’ He’s Good on ‘Everything Is 4′

For a man who’s best-known for singing his name enough times to fill an hour, Jason Desrouleaux’s music really ascended when he decided it needed…
Dan Weiss / June 1, 2015

Review: A$AP Rocky Stays Too High to Die on ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’

There are a whole lotta cooks in A$AP Rocky’s kitchen: five executive producers (including himself), plus a couple handfuls of other producers. So the fact…
Rebecca Haithcoat / May 29, 2015

SPIN Rap Report: Future Raps Way Past Pluto and Father Revives Snap

Lil Wayne’s in a custody battle with Birdman over his soul, Jay Z’s bricking with Tidal instead of rapping about pushing bricks, Kanye’s taken the…
Drew Millard / May 29, 2015

Review: Mysterioso DIY Rapper Ka Becomes Dr. Yen Lo on ‘Days With Dr. Yen Lo’

Brownsville MC Ka is a man among Shmoney-dancing boys, but by historical accident, he’s never gotten to enjoy dignitary status. Instead, the rapper (and senior…
M.T. Richards / May 28, 2015
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