Reviews - Page 123

Lil Wayne Kicks Off Tour with Nicki Minaj

Lil Wayne made it clear that he's no longer inmate #02616544L of Rikers Island.
Eric Magnuson / March 17, 2011

J Mascis, ‘Several Shades of Why’ (Sub Pop)

In addition to reconvening his influential proto-grunge trio Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis has spent the past few years indulging his love of classic rock and…
Mikael Wood / March 15, 2011

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, ‘Scandalous’ (Lost Highway)

For the follow-up to their 2009 debut, Tell 'Em What Your Name Is!, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears again team with Spoon drummer Jim…
Michael Tedder / March 15, 2011

Noah and the Whale, ‘Last Night on Earth’ (Mercury)

On Noah and the Whale's 2009 album, The First Days of Spring, frontman Charlie Fink gave a dejected rundown of his breakup with fellow London…
Amanda Mastrull / March 15, 2011

New York Dolls, ‘Dancing Backward in High Heels’ (429)

No way the 2006 and 2009 "reunion" albums recorded by the two surviving original Dolls (frontman David Johansen, guitarist Syl Sylvain) could sound, much less…
Barry Walters / March 15, 2011

The Joy Formidable, ‘The Big Roar’ (Atlantic)

As if the size-related descriptions of 2006's mighty-sounding mini-album A Balloon Called Moaning weren't enough, this trio blows out 2009 single "Whirring" to nearly seven…
Spencer Kornhaber / March 15, 2011

Oh Land, ‘Oh Land’ (Epic)

Offbeat women are now responsible for the best pop that actually sells, so perhaps it was inevitable that someone would come on like Feist and…
Barry Walters / March 15, 2011

Nick Lowe, ‘Labour of Lust’ (Yep Roc)

Veteran of preeminent pub-rock band Brinsley Schwarz and lesser-known pop-psych combo Kippington Lodge, Nick Lowe was, by 1978, playing souped-up rootsy rock with Dave Edmunds…
Andrew Hultkrans / March 15, 2011

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
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