SPIN Essentials

Review: Fever Ray Wants to Love and Be Loved on the Exhilarating Plunge

On a recent episode of the liberal comedy show Broad City, protagonist Ilana Wexler faces a very contemporary problem: She hasn’t been able to orgasm…
Arielle Gordon / November 2, 2017

Review: Jessie Ware Masters Her Vulnerability on the Captivating Glasshouse

No one does tasteful better than Jessie Ware, for better or worse. A few years ago, Ware's signature song was "Running," a startling…
Katherine St. Asaph / October 23, 2017

Review: LCD Soundsystem’s Dark American Dream Is an Ideal Comeback Album

You were there, even if you weren’t. When LCD Soundsystem called it quits in 2011 with a pair of sold-out Madison Square Garden concerts, it…
Jeremy Gordon / September 1, 2017

Review: Brand New Bid Us Farewell on the Great Science Fiction

The writing on the t-shirts was real: Brand New, one of the most transcendent rock bands of the new millennium are, for all intents and…
Zoe Camp / August 25, 2017

Review: Sheer Mag’s Excellent Need to Feel Your Love Proves They’re Far More Than Thin Lizzy Homage

The steady rise of Sheer Mag from Philly garage band heroes to Rolling Stone profilees feels in some ways a reaction to the trend of gauzy guitar-oriented bands…
Jeremy Gordon / July 14, 2017

Review: Young Thug’s Beautiful Thugger Girls Is His Strongest, Most Unified Project In Years

Perhaps the last Atlanta street-rap mixtape that brought to mind the sounds of a college quad on a summer Friday afternoon was Rich Homie Quan’s If You…
Winston Cook-Wilson / June 21, 2017

Review: Lorde Is a Visionary in the Dark on Melodrama

"Every decision that we made for this album, every sound we choose, every word we chose, it was so deliberated—for every word we chose, I…
Anna Gaca / June 16, 2017

Review: Fleet Foxes’ Crack-Up Is a Successfully Daring Step Forward

No matter how many dashes and parentheses Robin Pecknold inserts into his song titles, or how many Japanese mountains and medieval British monsters loom behind…
Andy Cush / June 16, 2017

Review: Phoenix Evoke Italian Summers and Late Night Romance on the Exceptional Ti Amo

Without making a big thing of it, the French rock band Phoenix has resisted modern fame’s mania for disclosure, instead cultivating an affable inscrutability and…
Brian Howe / June 9, 2017

Review: Jlin’s Black Origami Is Her Boldest, Brightest Work Yet

Jlin is more than footwork. During a recent set last week at Chicago’s Smart Bar, the Gary, Indiana-based producer drew a crowd from…
Britt Julious / May 19, 2017

Review: Mac DeMarco Soberly Embraces Adulthood on the Heartfelt This Old Dog

By this time next month, one thousand publications will have run one thousand more articles reiterating what a chill, happy, generally gnarly dude Mac DeMarco…
Jeremy Gordon / May 4, 2017

Review: Feist’s Pleasure Finds Fun Through the Unexpected

Discounting the outliers, Leslie Feist’s music is consistent and realized. She's an art-folkie in the Mitchell/Dylan tradition or, among contemporaries, akin to Jesca Hoop or…
Katherine St. Asaph / April 28, 2017

Review: On DAMN., Kendrick Lamar Is Not Your Prophet

The salvation of the New Testament is preceded by the judicious wrath of the Old—the stories of genocidal floods, generational curses, violent plagues, and God’s…
Brian Josephs / April 17, 2017

Review: Arca’s Self-Titled Album Is His Most Engaging, Emotionally Draining, and Confrontational Record Yet

While Alejandro Ghersi already had amassed production credits ranging from FKA twigs and Kelela to Kanye by the time he turned 25, it was his…
Andy Beta / April 6, 2017

Review: Julia Holter’s Live Album In the Same Room Brings Out the Richest Qualities in Her Work

If you think about the lengthy tour cycles independent artists embark on these days--for either the love of doing so, or at least the love…
Winston Cook-Wilson / April 5, 2017
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