SPIN Essentials

Review: Joyce Manor’s Vital Pop-Punk Enters Adulthood on Cody

Frontman Barry Johnson is not tired of talking about the most distinct line on Joyce Manor’s addictive new album, Cody, a record packed…
Ian Cohen / October 6, 2016

Review: Solange’s Exquisite A Seat at the Table Is a Portrait of Black Pain and Healing

Solange Knowles has released about as misunderstood (and excellent) records as she's released records at all. Her debut, Solo Star, has been criticized for being…
Katherine St. Asaph / October 6, 2016

Review: Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition Is A Thrilling, Harrowing Ride

Danny Brown is a man in limbo who is struggling to find balance. In song he’s autobiographical, often flipping between zonked out and deadly serious,…
Sheldon Pearce / September 30, 2016

Review: Bon Iver Transcends Indie Icon Status on 22, A Million

Halfway through Obama’s first presidency, the mainstream tilted in such a way it seemed that indie music--that long-beloved genre of fops and sensitives--was actually and authentically…
Jeremy Gordon / September 29, 2016

Review: On Care, How to Dress Well Opens His Heart and Arrangements

If alt-R&B disappears ever, it’ll be via suffocation under a heap of its own baggage. The stereotypes are well-known and vicious. The worst of the…
Katherine St. Asaph / September 23, 2016

Review: Frank Ocean’s Blond on ‘Blonde’ Is Pledging Its Goddamn Time

Frank Ocean fixed "Wolves." No, really: Kanye was onto something when he called The Life of Pablo a "living album," because — while he’s on…
Dan Weiss / August 23, 2016

Review: Ka Is Calm Like a Bomb on ‘Honor Killed the Samurai’

Brownsville rapper Ka’s voice commands close listening. It’s somewhere between a wheeze and a snarl, dead-eyed and cold — dragging with it a street-weary stoicism.
Sheldon Pearce / August 17, 2016

Review: NAO Fumbles Toward Ecstasy on ‘For All We Know’

British R&B singer Neo Joshua has charted a slow — yet inexorable — path to her own startling breakout moment. She entered as one-fifth of…
Mosi Reeves / July 29, 2016

Review: Jamila Woods’ Vision of ‘HEAVN’ Is Neither Lost Nor Lonely

Collectivism in art is kind of bulls**t, no? How many artists have good-naturedly brought their squad with them to the top, only to find that…
Dan Weiss / July 26, 2016

Review: Bat for Lashes’ Side Is Always a Bit Lonely on ‘The Bride’

Ten years ago, Natasha Khan asked "What's a Girl to Do?" on her 2006 breakthrough single, not as a damsel in distress but a woman…
Stephanie Garr / June 29, 2016

Review: Blood Orange Is Fired Up and Ready to Go on ‘Freetown Sound’

Sometimes it feels like Dev Hynes is everywhere. Excepting even the obvious — the magazine covers for his work as Blood Orange, the late-night television…
Colin Joyce / June 27, 2016

Review: YG Is ‘Still Brazy’ After All These Years

We are living in a real-life dystopia. We put our memories on computers that fit into the palms of our hands while willingly sharing personal information…
Drew Millard / June 15, 2016

Review: Mitski Really Gives Emo Something to Write Home About on ‘Puberty 2′

Much as it's reviled by its practitioners, the label of what is or isn’t "emo" has always been more of a, hm, dick move to…
Dan Weiss / June 13, 2016

Review: Brandy Clark Saved the Hits for Herself This Time on ‘Big Day in a Small Town’

A writer singing her own songs isn’t necessarily a singer. Brandy Clark made this point clear on 2013's 12 Stories; the title’s J.D. Salinger allusion…
Alfred Soto / June 6, 2016

Review: The Hotelier’s ‘Goodness’ Is Awfully Modest About Its Greatness

"Listen more, speak less," Christian Holden wrote on Tumblr a few months ago, in anticipation of his band’s forthcoming new album. These seemed like strange…
Zach Kelly / May 20, 2016
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