Track by Track

Owen Pallett Breaks Down ‘In Conflict’

When he's not playing in Arcade Fire, composing Oscar-nominated soundtracks for Spike Jonze, and stringsplaining the music-theoretical underpinnings of Billboard chart-toppers, Owen Pallett records brainy,…
Philip Sherburne / May 27, 2014

Hear WHY?’s Kaleidoscopic Folk-Rap Opus ‘Mumps, etc.’

"What can I say? I'm a hopeless psychotic romantic with a very big heart." So writes WHY? main man Yoni Wolf to SPIN whilst explaining…
Chris Martins / September 24, 2012

The Soft Pack Break Down ‘Strapped’: Full Album Stream

Saxophones? A six-minute song? Har Mar Superstar? Are we still talking about the Soft Pack? The answers are a resounding "yes" on the San Diego…
Harley Brown / September 24, 2012

Title Fight Break Down ‘Floral Green’: Exclusive Stream

If melodic hardcore outfit Title Fight are reshaping punk with their forthcoming full-length Floral Green, they’re pretty modest about it: bassist Ned Russin only sings…
Harley Brown / September 13, 2012

Matthew Dear Breaks Down ‘Beams’: Hear the Full Album

Next week, Ghostly International will release Beams, the fifth full-length from well-dressed electro chameleon Matthew Dear. It's a step forward in every way, a record…
David Bevan / August 20, 2012

The xx Share the Secrets Behind the Songs on ‘Coexist’

On their forthcoming sophomore effort Coexist, due September 11 on Young Turks, moody English nocturnophiles the xx are still living in a musical world of…
David Marchese / August 16, 2012

MNDR Breaks Down ‘Feed Me Diamonds’: Full Album Stream

Brainy Brooklyn pop songwriter, MTV-approved innovative performer, and admitted gearhead Amanda Warner calls her forthcoming full-length debut as MNDR Feed Me Diamonds one of the…
David Bevan / August 13, 2012

Hear Torche’s Epic ‘Harmonicraft’: Miami’s Finest Break Down New LP

Since forming in 2004, Miami's Torche have established themselves as one of the best, most forward-thinking heavy bands going. The new Harmonicraft, out April 24…
David Marchese / April 17, 2012

Black Dice Break Down ‘Mr. Impossible’ (Exclusive Premiere)

"At age 15, is it possible for a bunch of kids to actually get introduced to this band?" Black Dice's Bjorn Copeland says that question…
David Bevan / April 3, 2012

Daniel Rossen Breaks Down ‘Silent Hour/Golden Mile,’ Plus Hear the Full EP

After more than a decade of collaboration — first with his NYU roommate in Department of Eagles, and then as a group in the psych-folk…
Melissa Giannini / March 19, 2012

Spoek Mathambo Breaks Down ‘Father Creeper,’ Plus Hear the Full LP

At about this time yesterday, Spoek Mathambo was washing dishes in his Malmö kitchen, thousands upon thousands of miles away from his birthplace of Johannesburg,…
David Bevan / March 6, 2012

Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart Breaks Down Dark ‘Always’

Few songwriters are as brave as Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart. For ten years plus, the Bay Area native has been unafraid of bringing us…
David Bevan / February 28, 2012

Band of Skulls Break Down ‘Sweet Sour’: Full Album Stream

British trio Band of Skulls' sophomore record Sweet Sour is one of our 25 Winter Albums You Gotta Hear, and though it's officially dropping next…
SPIN Staff / January 31, 2012

First Spin: Hear Of Montreal’s Full ‘Paralytic Stalks’

"You can perceive the world in so many different ways," says Of Montreal frontnut Kevin Barnes from his home in Athens, Georgia. "You can focus…
David Bevan / January 25, 2012

The Big Pink’s Track-by-Track Guide to ‘Future This’

The first album from multi-instrumentalists and London scenesters Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell, a.k.a., the Big Pink, was 2009's impressive, and impressively large-sounding, A Brief…
Steve Kandell / January 9, 2012
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