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Review: The Cure – Wish

This review of the Cure's Wish—released on April 21, 1992—originally ran in the May 1992 issue of Spin. In honor of the album's 25th anniversary, we're republishing…
Jon Young / April 21, 2017

Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ Switches From Fidgety Rock to Aaliyah Fandom and Funky Grooves

Early exposure to the fifth Arctic Monkeys record might betray a few symptoms of Pretentious Artiste Syndrome — frontman Alex Turner has name-checked Dr. Dre…
Jon Young / September 5, 2013

Surfer Blood, ‘Pythons’ (Kanine/Warner Bros.)

Pythons, the second album from Florida's Surfer Blood makes no secret of the band's desire to reach a bigger audience. Produced by Gil Norton (of…
Jon Young / June 11, 2013

Iggy and the Stooges, ‘Ready to Die’ (Fat Possum)

Ready to die? Hopefully not, although time is tight for James Osterberg — our hero's now eligible for Social Security. The previous Stooges outing, 2007's…
Jon Young / April 30, 2013

The Men, ‘New Moon’ (Sacred Bones)

"The Men" initially strikes as a pretty arrogant band name. But given the dizzying speed of their evolution, the Brooklyn quintet that shines so brightly…
Jon Young / March 13, 2013

Tegan and Sara, ‘Heartthrob’ (Reprise)

Coming out can be scary, especially when the faithful have graced your band with years of emotional and financial support, and may have trouble handling…
Jon Young / January 29, 2013

Ra Ra Riot, ‘Beta Love’ (Barsuk)

Was it necessary to hit the panic button so soon? On their captivating 2008 debut The Rhumb Line and 2010's milder The Orchard, the Syracuse,…
Jon Young / January 25, 2013

Green Day, ‘¡Dos!’ (Reprise)

Midway through their ongoing, three-album 2012 stunt, Green Day soothe any concerns about the band’s continuing viability with reassuring, unsoothing vigor. On ¡Dos!, like September's…
Jon Young / November 19, 2012

David Byrne and St. Vincent, ‘Love This Giant’ (Todo Mundo/4AD)

Even if you're not a fan, don't you at least admire David Byrne? His career is a textbook example of how to grow older in…
Jon Young / September 11, 2012

Micachu & the Shapes, ‘Never’ (Rough Trade)

There's nothing new under the sun, which goes double for pop music, where even geniuses recycle fervently. But Britain's Mica Levi could fool you into…
Jon Young / August 5, 2012

Young Moon, ‘Navigated Like the Swan’ (Western Vinyl)

Limp ballads and woeful singing do not turn this San Fran songwriter into Nick Cave.
Jon Young / July 27, 2012

I Come to Shanghai, ‘Eternal Life Vol. 1 & 2′ (Texachusetts)

If Fountains of Wayne embraced analog synths, they’d be these two mild dudes from Oakland.
Jon Young / July 27, 2012

Foxygen, ‘Take the Kids Off Broadway,’ (Jagjaguwar)

Drunk on the thrill of discovery, loopy, lovable youngsters find intersection of Bowie, Westerberg.
Jon Young / July 26, 2012

Sonny and the Sunsets, ‘Longtime Companion’ (Polyvinyl)

Laced with rueful humor, Sonny Smith’s low-key garage rock takes charming country detour.
Jon Young / July 5, 2012

AlunaGeorge, ‘You Know You Like It EP’ (Tri Angle)

Savvy, synthetic Brit-soul fuses girly, Grimes-y voice and rubbery synths for 11 decadent minutes.
Jon Young / June 12, 2012

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