Reviews - Page 9

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

Review: Prins Thomas’ Space Disco Phones Home at Last on ‘Principe Del Norte’

Just over 20 years ago, IDM iconoclasts the Black Dog released their chimeric 1995 album Spanners, which combined far-flung ideas from the dance universe in ways that had…
Harley Brown / February 17, 2016

Review: School of Seven Bells’ Legacy Is Greater Than Its Finale ‘SVIIB’

The story of dream-pop heroes School of Seven Bells is undoubtedly compelling. Lead vocalist Alejandra Deheza met longtime partner and friend Ben Curtis in 2007 when…
Rachel Brodsky / February 17, 2016

Review: Wild Nothing Dreams Up a Half-Stoned Picnic on ‘Life of Pause’

Most dream-pop bands have never had much of a reputation for occupying the more ambitious corners of the indie market, and that’s usually for good…
Zach Kelly / February 16, 2016

Review: Matmos Spin Us Right Round, Baby on ‘Ultimate Care II’

Most people become familiar with washing machines before we can walk or talk: large, square objects equipped with hatches that harness the power of water…
Raymond Cummings / February 16, 2016

Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’: SPIN’s Impulsive Reviews

Kanye West released his long-awaited seventh album, The Life of Pablo, in the early hours of Sunday morning after performing on Saturday Night Live. Now,…
SPIN Staff / February 14, 2016

Review: Animal Collective Put the Dad in the Dada Movement on ‘Painting With’

Part of getting to know Animal Collective in the mid-’00s was trying to figure out just how much we were in on their act. The…
Marc Hogan / February 12, 2016

Review: Wiz Khalifa Substantiates Kanye’s Claims and Little Else on ‘Khalifa’

During a Twitter tirade in defense of Kim Kardashian — fallout from a misinterpreted tweet from Wiz Khalifa — Kanye West chucked a molotov cocktail…
Sheldon Pearce / February 11, 2016

Review: Future Speeds Down the Expressway to Yr. Skull on ‘EVOL’

Given his current output rate, it seems apropos that Future begins EVOL with a song titled "Ain’t No Time." Releasing new music at a manic…
Israel Daramola / February 10, 2016

Review: Modest R&B Trio KING Deliver the Ironically Titled ‘We Are KING’

An R&B trio writing and producing its own material is rare enough; here’s one that insists on flexing its collective smarts instead of setting up…
Alfred Soto / February 10, 2016

Review: Junior Boys Are Smoldering With Lust Beneath Their ‘Big Black Coat’

Junior Boys — the Canadian duo of Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus — rose to prominence in the mid-'00s on a then-unheard of proposition: soul…
Andrew Unterberger / February 9, 2016

Review: Young Thug Is ‘Up’ for Whatever With New Mixtape

The video for "F Cancer (Boosie)," the first single from Young Thug’s latest mixtape offering, I’m Up, is the best kind of fever dream. The…
Paul Thompson / February 8, 2016

Review: Pinegrove Redefine the Power of Being Uncool on ‘Cardinal’

In the mid-2000s, Pinegrove’s openhearted indie rock could have been huge.  Over the course of the Montclair, New Jersey quintet’s five years of existence, frontman…
Colin Joyce / February 8, 2016

Review: DJDS Unload Their Hearts (and MPC500s) on ‘Stand Up and Speak’

Back when Los Angeles' DJDS were still DJ Dodger Stadium, the underground super-production duo relied mostly on samples to distill house music's lifeblood — a melodic…
Harley Brown / February 3, 2016

Review: Lucinda Williams Drives Around Her Old Haunts on ‘The Ghosts of Highway 20′

Give Lucinda Williams' new album The Ghosts of Highway 20 even a cursory listen and it's quickly apparent the veteran songwriter has death on her…
Brittney McKenna / February 3, 2016

Review: DIIV Empty Everything They’ve Got Into the Winding ‘Is the Is Are’

DIIV’s frontman Zachary Cole Smith describes his band’s second album Is the Is Are in terms usually reserved for divinity. In recent interviews he’s referred…
Colin Joyce / February 2, 2016

Review: For Those About to Yacht, Porches Salute You on ‘Pool’

Slow Dance in the Cosmos, the 2013 full-length debut from Porches, ends with main man Aaron Maine instructing the listener, "Pay no attention while I’m…
Pat Healy / February 2, 2016

Review: Rihanna Doesn’t Know What She Wants But She Knows How to Get It on ‘ANTI’

"F**k me up," the world screams at the godhead Rihanna, but the Rih Most High has decided to make us wait. We might have expected…
Jia Tolentino / February 1, 2016

Review: Eric Prydz Gives Progressive House the ‘Opus’ It Never Knew It Needed

It's been one of the more unusual evolutions in 21st-century dance to see Eric Prydz transform himself from the DJ behind blissfully cheesy chart-toppers (and…
Andrew Unterberger / February 1, 2016
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