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Review: Thug Entrancer Nerds Out on the Cerebral ‘Arcology’

Arcology, the sophomore album from Thug Entrancer (a.k.a. Denver sound-clasher Ryan McRyhew), is very nerdy. Look at the song titles alone! "ROM" likely stands for read-only memory, "Arrakis" could…
Harley Brown / March 9, 2016

Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘untitled unmastered.’ Is a Bullet With ‘Butterfly’ Wings

Kendrick Lamar didn’t have to do this. Not even a year has passed since he released his grand statement, To Pimp a Butterfly, an intimidating epic…
Matthew Ramirez / March 9, 2016

Review: Loretta Lynn May Have Come ‘Full Circle’ But She Ain’t Done Yet

For most legendary artists, there comes a point when the past eclipses the future. It’s a time for reissues of classic albums, for B-sides and…
Brittney McKenna / March 8, 2016

SPIN Rap Report: Vic Spencer and Chris Crack Join Forces, Boosie Beats Cancer and Lives to Tell Twice

The first two months of 2016 have been dominated by something that in most years doesn’t show up until much later: star power. In January,…
Paul Thompson / March 7, 2016

Review: Secret Boyfriend Unlocks Your Brain’s Filing Cabinet on ‘Memory Care Unit’

Memory is a burdensome thing. Our limited recall ability means that the more agonizing experiences are the ones we tend to remember in greater detail.
Meagan Fredette / March 7, 2016

Review: Into It. Over It. See Your ‘Standards’ and Raise Them

"I understand now that you can’t go from a record that has a chorus on every song [Proper], and then deliver a follow-up that has…
Andrew Unterberger / March 7, 2016

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘untitled unmastered.’: SPIN’s Impulsive Reviews

Kendrick Lamar surprise-released (well, almost) a new project on Thursday night called untitled unmastered. Despite its brevity (the collection features just eight tracks) and in-progress aesthetic…
SPIN Staff / March 4, 2016

Review: The Knocks Take Disco Back to the Future on Their Long-Awaited Debut, ’55’

All due respect to Iggy Azalea (which isn’t much), but you can’t just throw around the phrase "new classic" and not expect to look…
James Grebey / March 4, 2016

Review: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Are the Best Kind of Bleached Assholes on ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’

Two people whom there will never be a consensus on are Kanye West and Macklemore. Their very artistic existence represents the division that imbalances us…
Dan Weiss / March 3, 2016

Review: Oranssi Pazuzu Open a Portal to Another Black-Metal Dimension on ‘Värähtelijä’

If the laws of the physical universe as we currently understand them (and well, Alien’s oft-quoted tagline) are right — that in space no one…
Colin Joyce / March 3, 2016

Review: Charli XCX Speeds to Her Next Career Checkpoint on the ‘Vroom Vroom’ EP

The unifying factor in every release of Charlotte Aitchison's still-young career — aside from the oft-stunning expertise in songwriting and boundless level of confidence on…
Andrew Unterberger / March 2, 2016

Review: Santigold Sells Herself Short on ’99¢’

Few pop stars know more about the trials of consumerism than Santi White, a.k.a. Santigold. She began her career in the '90s as an A&R…
Rachel Brodsky / March 1, 2016

Review: Quilt Tune In, Turn On, and Ultimately Drop Out on ‘Plaza’

In 2013, on the occasion of Devendra Banhart’s then-new album Mala, the New York Times surveyed the tumbleweed-strewn scene once known as freak-folk. Animal Collective…
Anna Gaca / March 1, 2016

Review: Wussy’s Ragged Ohio Racket Hits Biblical Proportions on ‘Forever Sounds’

As one of American indie’s premier songwriting projects, Cincinnati-based five-piece Wussy have set high standards of consistency over their decade-and-change career, patiently amassing a hefty…
Jason Gubbels / February 29, 2016

Review: The 1975’s ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ Takes Up All of Our Headline Sp

The 1975 are driving a hard bargain. The shapeshifting Manchester band’s recent singles scan like ambitious blockbusters not made for a clear audience: too smart-aleck…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 23, 2016

Review: Yoko Ono Risks Accessibility on ‘Yes, I’m a Witch Too’

At 83, Yoko Ono is still cooler (and probably more subversive) than you — not to mention most indie artists a quarter her age. And…
Stephanie Benson Garr / February 23, 2016

Review: Lucy Dacus’ ‘No Burden’ Is a Survival Guide to Bending and Breaking

Lucy Dacus’ excellent opening salvo "I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore" recalls that of a very, very different artist: Katy Perry’s "One of the Boys,"
Dan Weiss / February 22, 2016

Review: Kanye West Finally Buys His Way to Heaven on ‘The Life of Pablo’

Two confederates of ours not given to hysterics who follow Kanye West's Twitter feeds recently expressed concern for the brother's mental state. Fears of a…
Greg Tate / February 19, 2016

Review: Cavern of Anti-Matter Further Stereolab’s Analog Odyssey on ‘void beats/invocation trex’

No band wrote more love songs than Stereolab, and all of them were dedicated to fictional electronic machinery: "Percolator," "Motoroller Scalatron," "Lo Boob Oscillator." Two…
Dan Weiss / February 19, 2016

SPIN Metal Report: Krallice’s French-Braided Blast Beats and Lycus’ Funeral Doom

Though this winter's been more mild in most parts of the world than any in recent memory, even global warming can't thaw the crop of…
Colin Joyce / February 19, 2016
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