Album of the Week

Review: De La Soul, Still Rising After All These Years on ‘and the Anonymous Nobody…’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: August 26, 2016Label: A.O.I.When D.A.I.S.Y. Age survivors De La Soul announced that they were returning to the studio after…
Stereo Williams / August 22, 2016

Review: Myrkur Foregrounds the Grace in Black Metal on the Live ‘Mausoleum’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: August 19, 2016Label: RelapseIt’s been nearly a year since Amalie Bruun shook the metal world with M, her debut…
Zoe Camp / August 15, 2016

Review: Katie Dey’s ‘Flood Network’ Is Rife With 404 Errors and Heartbreak

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: August 12, 2016Label: Joy VoidAustralian songwriter and producer Katie Dey’s 2015 debut, asdfasdf, felt born from the internet. It wasn’t that social…
Colin Joyce / August 8, 2016

Review: Field Mouse Roar (Quietly) From Philadelphia on ‘Episodic’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: August 05, 2016Label: TopshelfModern dream-pop is a versatile label, applied to the heady melodies of Beach House and the…
Anna Gaca / August 1, 2016

Review: Descendents Embrace Oldage on ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 29, 2016Label: EpitaphDescendents making an album for old people, by old people: It sounds like a bad…
Andrew Unterberger / July 25, 2016

Review: Elysia Crampton and Friends Throw Trap and New Age Into a Blender on ‘Demon City’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 22, 2016Label: Break WorldDisorientation is the name of Elysia Crampton’s game. This Virginia-based producer is a genre-fusion wunderkind,…
Raymond Cummings / July 18, 2016

Review: The Paranoid Style Make the Trump-Era Send-Up of the Year on ‘Rolling Disclosure’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 15, 2016Label: Bar/None"American politics has often been an arena for angry minds." So wrote Richard Hofstadter in "The…
Jason Gubbels / July 11, 2016

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

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 08, 2016Label: Hardly ArtBikini Kill were the best punk band of the 1990s — catchy, playful, hostile, and…
Theon Weber / July 5, 2016

Review: Blood Orange Is Fired Up and Ready to Go on ‘Freetown Sound’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 01, 2016Label: DominoSometimes it feels like Dev Hynes is everywhere. Excepting even the obvious — the magazine covers…
Colin Joyce / June 27, 2016

Review: G.L.O.S.S.’ ‘Trans Day of Revenge’ Is a Dish Best Served Fast

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: June 13, 2016Label: self-releasedIn 2015, at least 23 transgender people were murdered in America. Beyond the struggle for basic…
David Sackllah / June 20, 2016

Review: Mitski Really Gives Emo Something to Write Home About on ‘Puberty 2′

9SPIN Rating: 9 of 10Release Date: June 17, 2016Label: Dead OceansMuch as it's reviled by its practitioners, the label of what is or isn’t "emo"
Dan Weiss / June 13, 2016

Review: Brandy Clark Saved the Hits for Herself This Time on ‘Big Day in a Small Town’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: June 10, 2016Label: Warner Bros.A writer singing her own songs isn’t necessarily a singer. Brandy Clark made this point…
Alfred Soto / June 6, 2016

Review: William Tyler’s Instrumental Folk Is History on ‘Modern Country’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: June 03, 2016Label: MergeThe weight of the past bears heavy on William Tyler. During a recent performance in the…
Colin Joyce / May 31, 2016

Review: PUP Proclaim ‘The Dream Is Over’ But Proudly Welcome the Nightmare

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: May 27, 2016Label: Side One DummyStefan Babcock wants his band dead and it sounds like they might deserve it.
Maria Sherman / May 23, 2016

Review: Marissa Nadler Paints With All the Colors of the Dark on ‘Strangers’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 20, 2016Label: Sacred Bones / Bella UnionMidway through Marissa Nadler’s exquisite seventh album Strangers, she pens an ode…
David Sackllah / May 16, 2016
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