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Eric Church Marks His Territory

The original plan was to shoot guns or ride four-wheelers (or both, simultaneously), but instead, we have gathered here today on Eric Church's land to…
Rob Harvilla / February 4, 2014

Rob Harvilla’s 25 Best Albums of 2013

To finish out the year, we'll be offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Today, Deputy Editor Rob Harvilla.
Rob Harvilla / December 27, 2013

SPIN’s 20 Best Country Albums of 2013

Pretty great year! More jackasses than old farts here, it's true, but the all-female Top 5 makes up for it, if that's something you're into.
Rob Harvilla / December 19, 2013

Brandy Clark: A Pitch-Black Country Songwriter Finds the Joy in Small-Town Pain

Who: Brandy Clark is a 10-plus-year veteran of the Nashville songwriting salt mines, with recent credits on wryly bleak jams from Reba McEntire ("The Day…
Rob Harvilla / November 20, 2013

Kellie Pickler Gets Famous, Eric Church Goes Metal, and Much More from SPIN Country

ALBUM OF THE MONTHKellie Pickler, The Woman I Am (Black River Entertainment)Full disclosure: I teared up when Kellie Pickler won Dancing…
Rob Harvilla / November 12, 2013

Katy Perry Grows Up and Bums Us Out on Her Shrewd, Tepid ‘Prism’

The best part of Miley: The Movement, MTV's recent trolling-from-the-title-on-down backstage doc, is when Britney Spears shows up to lay down some hot tracks and…
Rob Harvilla / October 22, 2013

Pearl Jam’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ Brings Just Enough Thunder

It is silly and reductive to think this way, but still: Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, is older today than the Who's Tommy was the…
Rob Harvilla / October 14, 2013

Luke Bryan’s Goofy Charm, Tyler Farr’s Truck-Nuts Rage, and More New Hits in SPIN Country

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Luke Bryan, Crash My Party (Capitol) Luke Bryan sings about his truck so often you start to worry he's living…
Rob Harvilla / October 9, 2013

Ciara, ‘Ciara’ (Epic)

Heartfelt congratulations to Ciara, first of all, for releasing an album in 2013, period. A Herculean feat (OK, Athenian, to pick a less mansplaining-prone deity)…
Rob Harvilla / July 10, 2013

U2’s ‘Zooropa’ Almost Killed Their Career

You know you've made it as a Serious Rock Band when an entire years-long phase of your career is so problematic that you spend a…
Rob Harvilla / July 6, 2013

Lou Reed Likens Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ to Farting in Priceless Album Review

You may think you're all tapped out, Kanye West think piece-wise, but c'mon, it's Lou Reed! The Talkhouse this morning brings us a sprawling, fantastic…
Rob Harvilla / July 2, 2013

The White Stripes’ ‘Elephant’ Turns 10

It begins and ends with "Ball and Biscuit," and by "it," I mean "Western civilization." The 21st century's most astounding, most wryly pornographic, most brain-meltingly…
Rob Harvilla / April 3, 2013

Local Natives, ‘Hummingbird’ (Frenchkiss)

You are forgiven for dismissing Local Natives as yet another cohort of super-sensitive, baroque-rockin', breathtakingly mustachioed L.A. gents who fetishize the word "polyrhythm" and (quite…
Rob Harvilla / January 28, 2013

SPIN’s 20 Best Country Albums of 2012

There are plenty of country-music delivery systems these days: lurid network dramas, Nashville-minted gleaming-teeth megastars, hirsute good ol’ boys, sensitive-poet road warriors, honky-tonk princesses, Kennedy-kidnapping…
Rob Harvilla / December 17, 2012

Band of the Year: Japandroids

Rock'n'roll, as our forefathers conceived it, inflames the joyously self-destructive hedonism of young people and rekindles the rueful nostalgia of not-so-young people wistfully recalling joyously…
Rob Harvilla / December 3, 2012

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