SPIN’s The 50 Best Albums of 2015 So Far

We’re nearly halfway through 2015, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to once again assemble your summer-listening list: triumphant returns from riot grrrl and Britpop vets, a disco-house phenom’s debut, a feminist post-punk manifesto, post-breakup records from an R&B underdog and an art-rock luminary, and so much more, arranged alphabetically by artist.

Action Bronson, Mr. Wonderful 
(Atlantic/Vice)

Action Bronson’s major-label debut is the rare rap album that actually rewards its mixtape following. For one, it doesn’t stray from the collaborators who made him great in the first place — Party Supplies and the Alchemist are all over this thing and brought their A-game, and even the few high-profile risks were worth the trouble, like when Noah “40” Shebib departs from the atmospheric style that made Drake famous to put a mind-bending backwards accordion loop on the first single, “Actin’ Crazy.” At this moment, Bronson has the best ear for classic East Coast beats in the world; try the GZA-ready organ plinks of “Falconry,” or big finale “Easy Rider,” which vrooms off into the sunset on the back of some psychedelic Sahara guitar reminiscent of Group Doueh or Tinariwen. — DAN WEISS

Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
(ATO)

Alabama Shakes epitomize what a rock band should be in this era, mostly for what they lack. Confidence oozes out of every note that pours from singer Brittany Howard’s mouth, but it doesn’t translate to a big-headed ego. And most importantly, they manage to channel a spectrum of musical influences — including Southern soul and glam rock — without retreading the well-worn paths that others are content to glide on. On their second full-length, Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes aren’t even comfortable following in their own footsteps, as successful as they were — and this time around, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockerell, and drummer Steve Johnson let the world know that they’re more than just a backing band for a powerful set of pipes. Howard’s boisterous voice, inarguably the sparkling lure that hooked listeners on 2012’sBoys and Girls, is as present as ever, but noticeably muted at times. It seems like an odd choice to bury something so precious under layers of effects, but it proves they needn’t rely on her wild force to succeed. — NATASHA AFTANDILIANS

American Wrestlers, American Wrestlers
(Fat Possum)

The term “lo-fi” has come to be predominantly associated in underground rock with the omnipresent hiss and static of a 20-song Robert Pollard LP, but the audio of American Wrestlers is shitty in a more 21st-century way: poorly compressed, tinny-sounding, and frayed around the edges. That sounds problematic and might be a hard workaround for some audiophiles, but it’s a good match for the album’s tunes, which are gloriously open-armed and instantly connective. The soupy sonics, looping guitar riffs, and surprise shredding of one-man band Gary McClure may put American Wrestlers in league with acts like Real Estate and War on Drugs, but the melodies are pure ’70s AM gold. You could go mad trying to recall what crossover classics the heart-clutching hooks to jams like “There’s No Crying Over Me” and “I Can Do No Wrong” are vaguely reminiscent of, but it’s more that the music is in McClure’s DNA, less him pulling off any specifically insidious thefts. —ANDREW UNTERBERGER

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Watch Paul McCartney Perform ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ With Dave Grohl in London

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Beatles legend Paul McCartney had two big surprises in store for fans at his London gig Saturday night.

During the concert at London’s O2 Arena, Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl made an appearance onstage and the pair performed the Beatles classic “I Saw Her Standing There,” reports Rolling Stone.

The duo first performed the song at the 2009 Grammy Awards with Grohl on drums. They’ve also collaborated on a Grammy Award–winning track for Grohl’s documentary Sound City, called “Cut Me Some Slack.”

But the biggest surprise of the night was when McCartney performed “Temporary Secretary” from his album McCartney II for the first time ever.

The track, which Rolling Stone dubbed “one of 12 weirdest Paul McCartney songs,” had never been played live since its release 35 years ago.

[Rolling Stone]

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Yeezus Walks on Water in Armenian Concert

Kanye lake surprise

When Kanye accompanied Kim and Khloe Kardashian to Armenia last week, you know it wasn’t just for vacation and sightseeing. Kanye also threw a surprise free concert at Swan Lake- Karapi Lich in Yerevan on Sunday night.

The concert included renditions of “Stronger”, “Jesus Walks”, “Power”, “Touch the Sky”, and “All of the Lights”, before culminating in a performance of “Good Life” which saw Kanye jump into a giant lake to hang with fans. At that point, the police pulled the plug.

You can replay a live stream of the concert below (Kanye goes on at the 45:55 mark).

31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst

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1. “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” — Fall Out Boy
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst

Lyric in your AIM profile: “Wishing to be the friction in your jeans”

2. “Misery Business” — Paramore
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst
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Lyric in your AIM profile: “Second chances they don’t ever matter, people never change”

3. “Be My Escape” — Relient K

"Be My Escape" — Relient K

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Lyric in your AIM profile: “I’m begging you to be my escape”

4. “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” — My Chemical Romance
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst

Lyric in your AIM profile: “I’m not o-fucking-kay”

5. “Memory” — Sugarcult

"Memory" — Sugarcult

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Lyric in your AIM profile: “This may never start / We could fall apart / And I’d be your memory”

6. “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” — Panic! At The Disco
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst
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Lyric in your AIM profile: “It’s much better to face these kinds of things / With a sense of poise and rationality”

7. “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)” — Taking Back Sunday
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst

Lyric in your AIM Profile: “I know you well enough to know you never loved me”

8. “Hands Down” — Dashboard Confessional

"Hands Down" — Dashboard Confessional

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Lyric in your AIM Profile: “My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me / So won’t you kill me, so I die happy”

9. “I Miss You” — blink-182
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst
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Lyric in your AIM profile: “Don’t waste your time on me you’re already / The voice inside my head”

10. “The Taste of Ink” — The Used
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst

Lyric in your AIM profile: “As long as you’re alive / Here I am”

11. “Car Underwater” — Armor For Sleep

"Car Underwater" — Armor For Sleep

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Lyric in your AIM profile: “I didn’t care that you left and abandoned me / What hurts more is I would still die for you”

12. “Only One” — Yellowcard
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst

Lyric in your AIM Profile: “There’s just no one who gets me like you do”

13. “The Kill” — Thirty Seconds To Mars
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst
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Lyric in your AIM profile: “I tried to be someone else / But nothing seemed to change / I know now, this is who I really am inside”

14. “The Best of Me” — The Starting Line

"The Best of Me" — The Starting Line

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Lyric in your AIM profile: “We got older but we’re still young / We never grew out of this feeling that we won’t give up”

15. “Alive With the Glory of Love” — Say Anything

"Alive With the Glory of Love" — Say Anything

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Lyric in your AIM profile: “When I watch you, I wanna do you right where you’re standing”

16. “Miserable at Best” — Mayday Parade
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst

Lyric in your AIM profile: “‘Cause I know I’m good for something / I just haven’t found it yet”

17. “The Curse of Curves” — Cute Is What We Aim For

"The Curse of Curves" — Cute Is What We Aim For

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Lyric in your AIM profile: “I want someone provocative and talkative / But it’s so hard when you’re shallow as a shower”

18. “Coffee Shop Soundtrack” — All Time Low
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst
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Lyric in your AIM profile: “I can keep a secret if you can keep me guessing / The flavor of your lips is enough to keep me pressing”

19. “Seventy Times 7” — Brand New
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst

Lyric in your AIM profile: “I’ve seen more spine in jellyfish / I’ve seen more guts in 11-year-old kids”

20. “If It Means a Lot to You” — A Day To Remember

"If It Means a Lot to You" — A Day To Remember

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Lyric in your AIM profile: “Tell me something sweet to get me by”

21. “The Great Escape” — Boys Like Girls
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst
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Lyric in your AIM profile: “We’ll scream loud at the top of our lungs / And they’ll think it’s just ‘cause we’re young / And we’ll feel so alive”

22. “Such Great Heights” — The Postal Service

"Such Great Heights" — The Postal Service

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Lyric in your AIM profile: “And I have to speculate / That God himself did make us into corresponding shapes / Like puzzle pieces from the clay”

23. “Can’t Be Saved” — Senses Fail
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst
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Lyric in your AIM profile: “I’m stuck in a coma, stuck in a never-ending sleep”

24. “Face Down” — The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

"Face Down" — The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

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Lyric in your AIM profile: “Well, I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s goin’ to end / As your lies crumble down, a new life she has found”

25. “In This Diary” — The Ataris
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst
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Lyric in your AIM profile: “Being grown-up isn’t half as fun as growing up”

26. “Fall For You” — Secondhand Serenade

"Fall For You" — Secondhand Serenade

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Lyric in your AIM profile: “Because tonight will be the night that I will fall for you /
Over again”

27. “About A Girl” — The Academy Is…
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst
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Lyric in your AIM profile: “To be loved, to be loved / What more could you ask for?”

28. “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” — Death Cab for Cutie

"I Will Follow You Into the Dark" — Death Cab for Cutie

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Lyric in your AIM profile: “Love of mine, someday you will die / But I’ll be close behind / I’ll follow you into the dark”

29. “Welcome to My Life” — Simple Plan
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst

Lyric in your AIM profile: “You might think I’m happy but I’m not gonna be okay”

30. “Still Waiting” — Sum 41
31 Songs That Spoke To Your Teen Angst

Lyric in your AIM profile: “So am I / Still waiting / For this world to stop hating”

31. “Don’t Trust Me” — 3OH!3

"Don't Trust Me" — 3OH!3

Lyric in your AIM profile: “Don’t trust a hoe”

Those were the days, right? Enjoy:

Dropkick Murphys Gave an Impronto Performance at Boston’s Logan Airport

Dropkick Murphys Airport

Dropkick Murphys had some time to kill before boarding a flight to Dublin last night. So, the Celtic rockers entertained fellow airline travelers with a suprise set at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

The band performed a “Shipping Out to Boston”, changing the lyrics to “Shipping Out to Dublin,”  “Dirty Glass,” and “Rose Tattoo”. Watch a few fan-shot videos below.