• Earl Sweatshirt / Photo by Ian Witlen

    Earl Sweatshirt's 'Doris': Our Impulsive Reviews

    Yesterday, Odd Future streamed Earl Sweatshirt's long awaited second album, Doris, on their website. Here, six SPIN editors give their hasty and completely impulsive opinions...Rob Harvilla: For many a thirtysomething rock critic, the initial thrill of Odd Future was vicarious: Here's what the kids are into; here, in fact, are the kids themselves. But every moment of pure joy they've experienced since is seemingly counterbalanced by hours upon hours of distinctly adolescent depression, rage, and loathing, self- and otherwise: Set aside six hours and trudge all the way through a Tyler, the Creator record if you're unconvinced. It's an unpleasant reminder that roughly 85 percent of your teenage years were/are pure misery, whether you make a quarter-million off of socks or not.Which makes Doris an orgy of exquisite melancholy, of often deeply moving inertia.

  • 5 Best New Artists for August '13

    5 Best New Artists for August '13

    From a Philadelphian noise-rock wrecking crew to a fearless new R&B songwriter from Los Angeles to a nerdy, gap-bridging Atlanta rapper in an orbit all his own, here are five artists to know this month. DAVID BEVAN, PHILIP SHERBURNE, AND BRANDON SODERBERG

  • 30 Must-See Bands at Lollapalooza 2013

    30 Must-See Bands at Lollapalooza 2013

    Now celebrating its ninth year in Chicago's Grant Park, Lollapalooza once again brings a phalanx of more than 125 arena-filling rock bands, tent-packing DJs, and banjo-packing roots-rockers. Here's our list of 30 artists who might bring some August heat of their own.

  • Wallpaper. fronted by the totally real Ricky Reed

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    Cripplingly self-aware hipster runoffers Wallpaper. have returned and the Oakland crew is still not sorry for party rocking. The viral video goofballs and stars of our what-is-the-point-of-Coachella-weekend-two feature are releasing their first album for a major, Ricky Reed Is Real. In anticipation, they've already released a video for the punky "Puke My Brains Out" and now deliver the title track, "RRiR." It's a completely unlikely yet inevitable smash-up of LMFAO'd EDM chart-pop, Ke$ha-style party-raps, fun. anthems (via Boston's "More Than a Feelin'"), Passion Pit skrillwave textures, and a rando feedback blast like the Melvins sample in Beck's "Beercan." Whew. Hear it below.

  • Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age

    SPIN's Review Roundup: 100 Lengthy and Tweet-Sized Takes on June 2013's New Releases

    ROCKAUSTRA - Olympia7: High-fashion electro-opera pulses and quavers mightily like pre-throat-singing Björk, might stay too icy for own good.—CMBIG DEAL - June Gloom5: Beefier guitars mean Brit boy/girl duo get Jesus and Mary Chain-y, but tunes remain as deadpan as the delivery.—BWBOOKER T - Sound the Alarm6: Legendary organist cedes spotlight to ace singers (Estelle, Anthony Hamilton), soars on Gary Clark Jr. jam.—JYCAMERA OBSCURA - Desire Lines Read full reviewCITY AND COLOUR - The Hurry and the Harm4: Alexisonfire guy goes easy-peasy, straddling lite-rock with indie bite.

  • Jay-z magna carta holy grail album review

    Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail': Our Impulsive Reviews

    At 12:01 a.m. on the Fourth of July, Samsung Galaxy owners nationwide honored America by furtively attempting to download the new Jay-Z album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Something similar (and even more American) happened on the Internet. But is this thing any good? Here, five SPIN editors offer their hasty and completely impulsive opinions.Philip SherburneMost of the lead-up to this album has been a business story, which makes sense, given the businesses (man and multinational, respectively) that brought this particular, peculiar product to market. #Newrules, right? So Jay-Z takes ringtone rap to the next level. Or maybe we should be calling it app rap? Because the medium really is the message here.

  • The 15 Best Reissues of 2013's Second Quarter

    The 15 Best Reissues of 2013's Second Quarter

    Here's the best new old stuff from Q2 (April, May, and June): Romanian future-pop, "96 Tears" en español, French Casiocore, dancehall classics, circa-2008 punk relics, Syrian stomp-alongs, Cajun 78s, and a long lost song called "Sex With Fish." See our 15 Best Reissues of 2013's First Quarter Here

  • SPIN's Complete Covers Gallery: The 2000s to Today

    SPIN's Complete Covers Gallery: The 2000s to Today

    To celebrate SPIN's 28th birthday, we'll be looking back at all our covers, from the Herb Ritts-shot Madonna image that appeared on our very first issue to the the fresh photography that continues to make an impact on our covers today. Here's our third decade (and a little bit of out fourth) at a glance. See our first decade's covers: The 1980s. See our second decade's covers: The 1990s.

  • 5 Best New Artists for July '13

    5 Best New Artists for July '13

    From a crew of D.C. basement post-punks to an all-female noise-pop outfit from Northampton, Massachusetts, to a Barcelona-by-way-of-Montreal trap enthusiast to a dazzling Atlanta chant-rap trio, here are five artists to know right now. DAVID BEVAN, PHILIP SHERBURNE, AND BRANDON SODERBERG

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