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Quicksand’s Manic Compression Turns 25: Musicians Hail Influence of Landmark Hardcore LP

No respectable debate over the greatest bands from the 1990s would be complete without at least some discussion about the contributions of New York post-hardcore primogenitors Quicksand—one of the more influential groups casual music fans have never heard of. Though they only released two full-length records in that decade and wouldn’t release their third LP...

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Plus I Freak a Lemon Pie: Ghostface Killah’s Supreme Clientele Turns 20

It doesn’t actually matter that Ghostface Killah isn’t saying “seven doulas” and “rotisserie roasts” on “Nutmeg.” Because he is verifiably talking about “seasoned giraffe ribs,” “nasal drip,” and an invitation to count the number of veins on his dick. The phlegmy RZA shows up to praise a woman’s armpit and boast about period sex. This...

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Miley Cyrus, Jesse Hughes and The Struts Celebrate The Doors at Morrison Hotel 50th Anniversary Bash

It was a wild party Saturday night in West Hollywood with an eclectic musical lineup playing poolside to 350 enraptured partygoers who had gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Morrison Hotel,” The Doors’ fifth record. Hosted by the Sunset Marquis hotel (which had a massive Morrison Hotel album backdrop on its wall) and the Morrison Hotel Gallery, a...

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Green Day Tinker With Different Styles on Father of All Motherfuckers

When you’re a band like Green Day, with a long, proven track record and a rabid, global fanbase, you can pretty much do whatever the fuck you want—backlash, be damned. There may very well be some fallout following the release of their newest, Father of All Motherfuckers. Why you ask? Well, Father of All… is...

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Stone Temple Pilots Unplug for Poignant, Atmospheric Perdida

Things have never been easy for Stone Temple Pilots. Throughout the band’s tumultuous career, STP has somehow managed to persevere, overcoming the hurdles of addiction and copyright litigation and later, the deaths of frontmen Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington. On Perdida, their new acoustic album, STP proves why they’ve had such staying power throughout their...

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They Might Be Giants’ Whimsy Feels Boundless on Flood

This review was originally published in the February 1990 issue of SPIN. We’re republishing it here in celebration of Flood’s 30th anniversary in January 2020. After loading two indie-label albums with a lifetime’s worth of wit, John Flansburgh and John Linnell—Brooklyn’s own guitar-and-accordion-toting dada-pop duo—joined the majors, a test of whether rampant creativity and a delirious sense...

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Leonard Cohen’s ‘Thanks for the Dance’ Finds New Life After Death

You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen’s final album, released in 2016, was a kind of preemptive memorial service. Like Bowie’s nearly contemporaneous Blackstar, it was an auteur’s final word on the subject of his own life: a last dispatch from the threshold, with all the sadness, humor, and beauty one would expect from a Leonard...

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Coldplay’s Adventurous Everyday Life Brings Them Gracefully Back Down to Earth

Before they became one of the biggest bands in the world, Coldplay built their brand on heartfelt, direct messaging: “The truth is, I miss you,” “I will try to fix you,” “I never meant to cause you trouble.” But if they’re used to simple, they’re not anymore. Following 2005’s X&Y, they’ve increasingly embraced maximalist pop—to...

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Smashing Pumpkins’ Pisces Iscariot Is Thrill-Free for Casual Listeners

This review of Pisces Iscariot originally appeared in the November 1994 issue of SPIN. We’re republishing it in honor of the album’s 25th anniversary on October 4. Rating: Whoa! Slow down, pal! This album is pretty good, but you can’t buy everything in the store. Can you? As a source of possibly unintended hilarity, Great Pumpkin Billy Corgan rarely...

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The Cranberries’ No Need to Argue Hits the G-Spot With a Few Songs

This review of ‘No Need to Argue’ originally appeared in the November 1994 issue of SPIN. In celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary on October 3, we are republishing it now. Rating: Whoa! Slow down, pal! This album is pretty good, but you can’t buy everything in the store. Can you? Oh, Dolores. Was ever a singer more...

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