reviews

Asobi Seksu, ‘Fluorescence’ (Polyvinyl)

Asobi Seksu are consis-tently literal with their album titles. For 2009's Hush, the duo of James Hanna and Yuki Chikudate toned down the guitar overdrive…
SPIN Staff / February 15, 2011

Arbouretum, ‘The Gathering’ (Thrill Jockey)

Indie rockers deepen their commitment to stoner metal, get inspired by Carl Jung, and pen lyrics about swashbuckling travelers and the risen dead? The Gathering…
Spencer Kornhaber / February 15, 2011

Marianne Faithfull, ‘Horses and High Heels’ (Naive)

The veteran English singer's latest features fewer next-gen cameos than her last several studio albums; guests here include fellow old-timers Lou Reed, Dr. John, and…
Mikael Wood / February 15, 2011

Review: PJ Harvey, ‘Let England Shake’

PJ Harvey is beloved for a cornucopia of reasons — her ferocity, her frankness, that wild, slicing yelp — but looseness has never been one of…
Amanda Petrusich / February 15, 2011

Cee Lo and Big Boi Rock Grammy Party

If there's one notion that Cee Lo Green's set confirmed Friday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, it's that a theater full of tipsy…
Kevin Bronson / February 14, 2011

Hardcore Legends Glassjaw Return to Stage

Over a decade ago, on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence, Glassjaw earned the adoration of disaffected youth by tempering the machismo of…
Brian O'neill / February 14, 2011

Patti Smith, Roots, J Mascis Honor Neil Young Live

The watershed moment of Thursday night's star-studded Neil Young tribute concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall came just 20 minutes into the two-hour-plus set,…
William Goodman / February 11, 2011

Review: Cut Copy, ‘Zonoscope’

When Cut Copy offer an ostensible remake of Men at Work's "Down Under" as the lead single from their third studio disc, is it a…
Mikael Wood / February 8, 2011

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, ‘Tao of the Dead’ (Richter Scale)

It had to happen. After 16 years and six albums, these noisemongers finally indulge their proggiest tendencies on this epic excursion inspired by frontman Conrad…
William Goodman / February 8, 2011

Akron/Family, ‘S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT’ (Dead Oceans)

This loud and proud psych-folk trio want some old-fashioned joy on their fifth album -- and they want it now. Obviously under the sway of…
Richard Gehr / February 8, 2011

Thin Lizzy, ‘Jailbreak: Deluxe; Johnny the Fox: Deluxe’ (UME)

This writerly '70s boogie band has garnered a posthumous hipster fan base in recent years, and here their two classic 1976 albums are properly celebrated…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 8, 2011

Gang Of Four Kick Off Their Marxist Dance-A-Thon

Gang Of Four grew out of the late-'70s English post-punk movement, making danceable rock out of radical political theory. As unlikely as that may sound…
Dave Morris / February 8, 2011

Robyn Takes the Party to New York City

Fans wonder what the set for Lady Gaga's final leg of the Monster Ball will look like, and what the air at Katy Perry's California…
Caryn Ganz / February 7, 2011

Panic! at the Disco Unveil New Tunes in NYC

Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie might be forgiven for feeling a little panicky himself last night before his band's sold-out show at Manhattan's…
John Macdonald / February 2, 2011

David Lowery, ‘The Palace Guards’ (429)

Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman David Lowery splits the difference between the former's loose eclectic twang and the latter's tight psych-country on his solo…
Richard Gehr / February 1, 2011

The Go! Team, ‘Rolling Blackouts’ (Memphis Industries)

If the Go! Team didn't predate chillwave, they would have led the backlash against it. While fashion calls for smearing Ren & Stimpy-era nostalgia with…
Spencer Kornhaber / February 1, 2011

Isolée, ‘Well Spent Youth’ (Pampa)

Like Arrested Development's difficult matriarch Lucille Bluth, minimalist German producer Rajko Müller gets off on being withholding. After the Caribbean fireworks of accidental 1998 microhouse…
Philip Sherburne / February 1, 2011

Faust, ‘Something Dirty’ (Bureau B)

Talk about confusing: Original members of this German band, which dates back four decades, have split into two groups -- both operating as Faust. Regardless,…
Jon Young / February 1, 2011

The Dirtbombs, ‘Party Store’ (In The Red)

Ever since the mid-'90s electronica boom, rock and techno have had a patchy history, at best. But Detroit's Dirtbombs acknowledge their roots in both with…
SPIN Staff / February 1, 2011

Peter Bjorn and John Debut New Album Live

"What we're doing up here is very simple," Peter Moren, singer-guitarist for Swede trio Peter Bjorn and John, said Thursday night onstage in New York…
William Goodman / January 28, 2011
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