Review: EDM Titan Zedd’s Orchestral Expansion Lacks Direction on ‘True Colors’

Blame it on the self-perpetuating myth of the “sophomore slump,” but massively successful artists have more to lose on their second effort than their debut. In the…
Harley Brown / May 20, 2015

Review: Tanlines Could Use a Five-Hour Energy Shot on ‘Highlights’

Never say that margarita-wave duo Tanlines don’t know how to roll out a beachball of a record. In preparation for their second studio album, Highlights, percussionist Jesse…
Rachel Brodsky / May 19, 2015

Review: Brandon Flowers Ascends Toward True Throb n’ Moan on ‘The Desired Effect’

Comparisons to Springsteen mattered a few years ago, but the truth is clearer in 2015: Brandon Flowers is our Stevie Nicks. “Mr. Brightside,” “Can’t Deny…
Alfred Soto / May 19, 2015

Review: Shamir Can’t Contain Himself on the Year’s Best Debut, ‘Ratchet’

If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know…
Dan Weiss / May 17, 2015

Review: Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba Shred Without Guitars on ‘Ba Power’

Bassekou Kouyaté’s band is Ngoni Ba, which translates roughly as “The Big Ngoni,” a pretty terrific description of what Kouyaté’s selling, if you know what…
Jason Gubbels / May 11, 2015

Review: ‘PC Music Volume 1′ Proves the Satirical Collective Can Sell Us Anything

This is where A.G. Cook’s PC Music collective, whose exuberantly subversive singles and radio mixes operate outside of salable constrictions, gets audited for iTunes approval.
Dan Weiss / May 8, 2015

Review: Mikal Cronin Strings Us Along on the Baroque-Pop ‘MCIII’

The two halves of Mikal Cronin’s third LP collide on the first song of what we once called Side B, “i) Alone,” which also serve…
Harley Brown / May 8, 2015

Review: Indie Rock Is the New Stadium Rock on Mumford & Sons’ ‘Wilder Mind’

Here’s a sentence that would’ve made absolutely no sense in 2005 (and only slightly more in 2015): The biggest band in the world desperately want…
Andrew Unterberger / May 8, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Young Guv’s Power-Pop, Lord Huron’s Folk Revival, and More

With new albums flying at us left and right in a DIY age where anything you doodle on your laptop could become tomorrow's viral hit,…
SPIN Staff / May 7, 2015

Review: Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan Goes For a Nostalgia Trip on Solo LP ‘Non-Believers’

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Mac McCaughan would be so deft at painting a hormone-addled, John Hughes-ian portrait of teenhood; he’s essentially been soundtracking…
Rachel Brodsky / May 6, 2015
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