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Review: We Really Love the Julie Ruin’s ‘Hit Reset’ (But They’d Rather Not Know)

Bikini Kill were the best punk band of the 1990s — catchy, playful, hostile, and righteous — and their motormouthed frontwoman Kathleen Hanna exited the…
Theon Weber / July 5, 2016

Review: Garbage Have Finally Upgraded to Version 3.0 on ‘Strange Little Birds’

Some important noises on Garbage's sixth album, ranked, ascendingly: the whispery wobble in the deep background of "If I Lost You," the strobe effect that…
Theon Weber / June 17, 2016

Review: Ariana Grande Asks Why We’re Wearing That Stupid Man Suit on ‘Dangerous Woman’

Ariana Grande's third album contains winsome orchestral pop, throbbing house, sparkling electro, a Nicki verse, a horn-flecked breeze called "Greedy" (our favorite), a Weezy verse,…
Theon Weber / May 31, 2016

Review: We’ve Got Some Doubts About Gwen Stefani’s ‘This Is What the Truth Feels Like’

From 12 years' distance, 2004's Love.Angel.Music.Baby. looks a little bit like a minor pop classic. Shorn of the elaborate, symbolic, inevitably political apparatus of the…
Theon Weber / March 17, 2016

Review: Bloc Party Take Us to Church on ‘Hymns’

Getting religion doesn't have to mean going door-to-door, or renouncing anything you're not sure is killing you. It doesn't even have to mean deciding there's…
Theon Weber / January 28, 2016

Review: CHVRCHES Explore the Pleasures and Limitations of Synth-Pop on ‘Every Open Eye’

CHVRCHES devote themselves to early-'80s British synth-pop the way some bands devote themselves to the blues. On their sophomore album, the cavernous synths of Tears…
Theon Weber / September 24, 2015

SPIN 30: Your Hard Drive Reminisces About Beating ‘Kid A’ and a Simpler Time Before Tidal

On March 19, 1985, the first issue of SPIN hit newsstands. To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’re revisiting a handful of records that the staff…
Theon Weber and Dan Weiss / April 13, 2015

Review: Bob Dylan Teaches Sinatra to Sing on the Rustling ‘Shadows in the Night’

"I left all my dreams and hopes," Bob Dylan, longing to be a carol singer, once sang in his ravaged cadence, "buried under tobacco leaves."
Theon Weber / February 5, 2015

Review: Ghostface Killah’s ’36 Seasons’ Is Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

About halfway through 36 Seasons, Ghostface Killah gets his face burned off in a crack lab explosion ("Threw him twenty feet in the air," associate…
Theon Weber / December 8, 2014

Review: TV on the Radio Make Like Happy Idiots on the Breezy ‘Seeds’

From here, it looks like TV on the Radio's career pivoted the moment Kyp Malone growled, "Fuck your war / Because I'm fat and in…
Theon Weber / November 19, 2014

Fucked Up Become Their Own Black Hole on the Impossibly Dense ‘Glass Boys’

Fucked Up's first compilation was called Epics in Minutes, and even when their epics got longer -- from 2008's The Chemistry of Common Life forward…
Theon Weber / June 4, 2014

Jimmy Eat World, ‘Damage’ (RCA)

What you used Jimmy Eat World for around their peak (Bleed American, 2001) was to psych yourself up, if you were the kind of person…
Theon Weber / June 20, 2013

Paramore, ‘Paramore’ (Fueled by Ramen)

"Misery Business," Paramore's highest-charting hit, was an odd thing — a song that spent half its time gloating and the other half apologizing. The crowning…
Theon Weber / April 8, 2013

Deftones, ‘Koi No Yokan’ (Reprise)

The respect denied so many '90s rock perennials persists for Deftones for two reasons. First, despite being an alleged nü-metal band, they could be really…
Theon Weber / November 16, 2012

No Doubt, ‘Push and Shove’ (Interscope)

No Doubt were, and are, a party band. In the 1990s, there was some confused suspicion that they might be somewhat political, since Gwen Stefani…
Theon Weber / September 26, 2012

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