Reviews - Page 123

Eleventh Dream Day, ‘Riot Now!’ (Thrill Jockey)

With its members doing time in Tortoise and Freakwater, Eleventh Dream Day have been a part-time proposition for most of the past decade. But all…
David Menconi / March 15, 2011

Rise Against, ‘Endgame’ (DGC/Interscope)

Rise Against's strident anti-ignorance messages have coursed through several albums of tightly wound, good-intentions punk. But as soon as frontman Tim McIlrath bridges the half-time…
Kenny Herzog / March 15, 2011

Cornershop, ‘Cornershop & the Double O Groove Of’ (Ample Play)

These wry Anglo-Indian groovemeisters are long past the point of trying to score another "Brimful of Asha" leftfield hit. So they follow up 2009's slept-on…
Mikael Wood / March 15, 2011

Caitlin Rose, ‘Own Side Now’ (Theory 8)

Caitlin Rose doesn't just sing, she juggles. On her first full-length album, Rose's dusky drawl somehow sounds deadpan, mournful, and angry all at once --…
David Menconi / March 15, 2011

Strokes Bring ‘Angles’ to Life at Vegas Gig

Julian Casablancas kept his cool -- he always has, as if his DNA comes spiked with Freon -- but the packed house before him teetered…
Jason Bracelin / March 14, 2011

Lykke Li Kicks Off U.S. Tour with Gusto and Charm

As Lykke Li wrapped up her tour-opening set in front of a sold out house at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre, the Swedish indie-pop starlet…
Chris Martins / March 10, 2011

Bright Eyes Earns Radio City Music Hall Spotlight

There's something about watching any band play Radio City Music Hall that inherently feels like a coronation, a moment to savor and take stock --…
Steve Kandell / March 9, 2011

Rival Schools, ‘Pedals’ (Photo Finish/Atlantic)

In the ten years since Rival Schools' underappreciated debut, United by Fate, main man Walter Schreifels has been busy starting new bands (including the magnificent…
Doug Brod / March 8, 2011

Morning Teleportation, ‘Expanding Anyway’ (Glacial Pace)

Yelping and shouting like a genuine mental case, frontman Tiger Merritt rides a joyously chaotic wave on this Portland, Oregon-based quintet's dizzying debut. Though coproduced…
Jon Young / March 8, 2011

Lupe Fiasco, ‘Lasers’

Lupe Fiasco's oft-delayed, way too overthought third album fuses the seething, political rap of the underground with the motivational, occasionally emo fist-pumping that's been at…
Brandon Soderberg / March 8, 2011

Wye Oak, ‘Civilian’ (Merge)

This Baltimore male-female duo's third album alternates gorgeous currents of dread, catharsis, assurance, and doubt. Singer-guitarist Jenn Wasner's voice and lyrics -- smoky, seductive, strange…
Josh Modell / March 8, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978′ (Now-Again)

The frontman for psych-rock eccentrics Panbers opens this revelatory compilation by singing, "I like Beatles songs / I love Rolling Stones / I love Led…
Andrew Hultkrans / March 8, 2011

Starfucker, ‘Reptilians’ (Polyvinyl)

Off-kilter psych-pop tunes and ultra-sleek dance beats share plenty of DNA. The Beatles owned an early Moog; Electric Light Orchestra used Giorgio Moroder's studio. Starfucker…
Marc Hogan / March 8, 2011

Avril Lavigne, ‘Goodbye Lullaby’ (RCA)

You know you're in trouble when Avril Lavigne starts sharing song titles with R.E.M. and Pink Floyd. Yet if "Everybody Hurts" and "Wish You Were…
Mikael Wood / March 8, 2011

Ellie Goulding, ‘Lights’ (Cherrytree/Interscope)

When Ellie Goulding emerged two years ago, few would've compared the strummy singer- songwriter to currentU.K. pop wild child Jessie J. But producer Starsmith --…
Caryn Ganz / March 8, 2011

JEFF the Brotherhood, ‘We Are the Champions’ (Infinity Cat)

It's as if ace classicist duo Jake and Jamin Orrall built JEFF the Brotherhood's musical DNA from elements of rock's greatest fellow siblings. Their pared-down…
Michael Tedder / March 8, 2011

Review: R.E.M., ‘Collapse Into Now’

The definitely-call-it-a-comeback Accelerate was the sound of R.E.M. gloriously shaking themselves awake from a mid-life slumber. The equally enticing Collapse Into Now — album number 15!
Josh Modell / March 8, 2011

Elbow, ‘Build a Rocket Boys!’ (Fiction)

Call it dream pomp. On the fifth studio album from these Manchester-based Mercury Prize winners, drama king Guy Garvey once again lends his soothing, pashmina-smooth…
Doug Brod / March 8, 2011

Kurt Vile, ‘Smoke Ring for My Halo’ (Matador)

Kurt Vile has rock's most believable sneer. When on his fourth album the Philly singer-songwriter confesses to being "a puppet to the man" and that…
Charles Aaron / March 8, 2011

Cold War Kids Kick Off Tour in Portland

It feels like Cold War Kids have lived several lives in their relatively short career -- from overnight blog sensations, a national tour with Death…
Mark Lore / March 4, 2011
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