reviews

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: SOPHIE Rebuilds Pop in His Own Mysterious Image on ‘PRODUCT’

Samuel Long earns the rarest of pop boasts: He doesn’t sound like anyone else. This isn’t lost on the once-anonymous, lowercase male who’s adopted the…
Dan Weiss / November 23, 2015

Review: Oneohtrix Point Never Puts Us Through Puberty Again on ‘Garden of Delete’

It starts with an ache in the knees. Herky limbs sprout and overdevelop. A skittering gait turns into uncomfortable and awkward locomotion. A voice creaks,…
Colin Joyce / November 13, 2015

Review: Grimes Preaches Wonderful and Horrifying Hyperspace Gospel on ‘Art Angels’

Four records into Claire Boucher's career as Grimes, she decided it was time for a posse record. Facetiously explaining Art Angels to The Fader, she…
Colin Joyce / November 10, 2015

Review: Rabit Finds the Beauty and Horror in Religious Ritual on ‘Communion’

Since joining up with Tri Angle Records last year, Texas-based producer Eric Burton (who records as Rabit) has fixed his eyes on God. He called…
Colin Joyce / October 29, 2015

Review: VHÖL Rip the Flesh From Thrash’s Corpse on ‘Deeper Than Sky’

Does being a great metal album mean doing things that other metal albums don’t do? Not a very kvlt thing to ask of course, and…
Dan Weiss / October 23, 2015

Review: Christine and the Queens Share the Crown With Everyone on Self-Tilted Debut

Pop music isn't generally a world for supporting players. Outsiders can find their place as long as they are so affirmative in their left-of-centeredness (like…
Andrew Unterberger / October 22, 2015

Review: Deerhunter Destroy the World Just to Survive It on ‘Fading Frontier’

Near the outset of Deerhunter’s inspiring and surprisingly triumphant seventh album, Bradford Cox interjects with a "sh-sh-sh-sh, yeah." What he sings next would be worth…
Marc Hogan / October 12, 2015

Review: Alex G Lifts the Smokescreen on ‘Beach Music’

Listen to enough of his music, and you start to realize that the only way Alex Giannascoli talks about himself is through his songs. The…
Sasha Geffen / October 7, 2015

Review: Protomartyr See Life Through to Its Lack of Conclusion on ‘The Agent Intellect’

Protomartyr are heavy, man. Not in the sense of being derived from lightning Slayer shredding or doomsday Sabbath churn — though with their scaling guitar…
Andrew Unterberger / October 6, 2015

Review: Kelela Cuts Open Her Soul 4 Us on Lustrous ‘Hallucinogen’ EP

"I like the view from on top," Kelela taunts on the ghostly trap-noir track "Gomenasai" off of the new Hallucinogen EP, her voice floating higher until it disappears like…
Harley Brown / October 5, 2015

Review: Deafheaven Turn Black Metal All Different Colors on ‘New Bermuda’

Deafheaven have been the subject of many bold proclamations, to the point where merely having any opinion about them is draining. Here is one take…
Andy O'Connor / September 29, 2015

Review: Kurt Vile Levitates on the Desert-Warmed ‘b’lieve i’m goin down…’

"I could be one thousand miles away / But still mean what I say." That’s a line that many reviews of the latest Kurt Vile…
Kyle McGovern / September 21, 2015

Review: Beach House Foster Openhearted Ambiguity on ‘Depression Cherry’

Virtually every interview that's been published about Beach House since their inception in 2004 has this moment of intense awkwardness, when Victoria Legrand and Alex…
Colin Joyce / August 25, 2015

Review: Royal Headache Beat a Sophomore Hangover on ‘High’

A couple of minutes into their sophomore LP High, Australian pub-punks Royal Headache stumble upon an important lesson for a young band: Rock'n'roll is a…
Colin Joyce / August 18, 2015

Review: Titus Andronicus Make the Excessive Impressive on ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’

Rock operas are an inherently dicey proposition. Have the right themes, tools, and ability, and you could wind up with a masterpiece that people will…
Ryan Leas / July 30, 2015

Review: Tame Impala Embark on a Flawless Interstellar Journey With ‘Currents’

Toward the end of Currents, Australian psych-rockonauts Tame Impala's impeccable third studio LP, Kevin Parker tells us how he really feels. "The desire to know what's…
Harley Brown / July 13, 2015

Review: Vince Staples’ ‘Summertime ’06’ Is No Picnic, And Gloriously So

Editor's note: It has been brought to SPIN's attention that this review, published last week, includes factual inaccuracies about Staples (such as an implication about…
M.T. Richards / June 29, 2015

Review: Bully Stone and Dethrone the ’90s Indie Set on ‘Feels Like’

Birthed from the grimy Nashville scene that birthed similar retro-gazing scuzz-pop acts Diarrhea Planet and Jeff the Brotherhood, Alicia Bognanno was a former intern at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio…
Colin Joyce / June 23, 2015

Review: Kacey Musgraves Outgrows the Trailer Park on ‘Pageant Material’

The real world is hard, and Kacey Musgraves knows it. She knew it on her shit-talking debut, Same Trailer, Different Park, with such auspicious introductions as "Merry Go…
Brennan Carley / June 22, 2015
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