Reviews

Ray LaMontagne, ‘God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise’ (RCA)

There's not much emotional nuance in Ray LaMontagne's fourth album, which maintains a brokenhearted downer elegance, similar to Neil Young at his most somber and…
By: David Menconi / July 31, 2010

Sea of Bees, ‘Songs for the Ravens’ (Crossbill)

Multi-instrumentalist Julie Baenziger hails from Grandaddy's stomping grounds, California's Central Valley, and like her onetime neighbors, she has an impeccable knack for infusing despair with…
By: Chris Martins / July 31, 2010

Lissie, ‘Catching a Tiger’ (Fat Possum)

Equally comfortable with dance grooves ("When I'm Alone"), country-tinged laments ("Everywhere I Go"), and epic pop dramas ("Loosen the Knot"), Illinois-bred, California-based Elisabeth Maurus i…
By: Jon Young / July 31, 2010

Toadies, ‘Feeler’ (Kirtland)

You've been touring nonstop in support of your first new album in seven years. What do you do next? If you're Texas-based scrungers Toadies, you…
By: Doug Brod / July 31, 2010

Brian Wilson, ‘Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin’ (Walt Disney)

The most brilliant Beach Boy has always cited "Rhapsody in Blue," American composer George Gershwin's prodigal 1924 meeting of jazz and classical, as his favorite…
By: Stacey Anderson / July 31, 2010

The National Deliver Big at SPIN25 Live Concert!

If National frontman Matt Berninger ever decides to change careers, he could be a preacher or a shaman or the dictator of a small country.
By: Lizzy Goodman / July 30, 2010

The Black Keys Burn Up the Blues at SPIN25 Live!

The Flaming Lips may be the longest-running band to perform during the week of concerts being held in celebration of SPIN's 25th anniversary…
By: David Marchese / July 29, 2010

The Flaming Lips Wow for SPIN’s 25th Anniversary

"Everyone always says that when bands play places like L.A. and New York that no one wants to have a good time," frontman Wayne Coyne…
By: John Macdonald / July 28, 2010

Smashing Pumpkins Kick Off SPIN’s 25th Anniversary!

"Onstage we are going to give you more than anybody else, and we are going to kick your ass harder than anybody else. You ca…
By: William Goodman / July 27, 2010

Chromeo Launch New Album Tour in D.C.

"Oooh, Oh, Chrome-ee-oh, Oooh, Oh, Chrome-ee-oh," a sold-out room of fans at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club chant-sang Monday night as a bank of lights to…
By: Michael Byrne / July 27, 2010

A United Aerosmith Begin North American Tour

Friday night in Oakland, Aerosmith played their first U.S. show since singer Steven Tyler fell from the stage in South Dakota on August 5, 2009,…
By: Aaron Kayce / July 26, 2010

Robyn and Kelis Launch ‘All Hearts’ Tour in L.A.

All that was missing from Robyn's set Friday at the opening night of the "All Hearts" tour at Los Angeles' Music Box theater was a…
By: Kevin Bronson / July 26, 2010

Rage Against the Machine Protest ‘Racist’ Arizona Law

About halfway through Rage Against the Machine's sold-out benefit show to support organizations fighting to overturn Arizona's controversial SB-1070 immigration law, singer Zack De La…
By: Charlie Amter / July 26, 2010

Paramore Kick Off Summer Shows with Tegan & Sara

During the second song of Paramore's summer tour kick-off show in Raleigh, NC, Friday night, feisty frontwoman Hayley Williams leapt up on a monitor, red…
By: Grayson Currin / July 26, 2010

Bjork/Dirty Projectors, ‘Mount Wittenberg Orca’ (Self-Released)

A year ago, Brooklyn art rockers Dirty Projectors teamed up with alternative icon (and fan) Bjork for a one-off benefit performance inside tiny SoHo bookstore…
By: SPIN Staff / July 24, 2010

British Popsters Keane Kick Off U.S. Tour

Following British pop-rock sensation Keane's concert at Oakland's Fox Theater Tuesday night, a crowd of fans (mostly girls) waited behind the venue, hoping for a…
By: Aaron Kayce / July 23, 2010

Live in NYC: Kid Cudi, Best Coast, Vampire Weekend

Tuesday night Kid Cudi, Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij performed together at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and the…
By: William Goodman / July 21, 2010

5 Notable Moments of the Pitchfork Music Fest

Now five years old, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival shook things up a bit this year, adding a comedy stage for a day and ditching the…
By: Kyle Ryan / July 19, 2010

5 Best Moments of Coney Island’s Siren Fest

BEST EPIC DANCE PARTY: MATT AND KIM"Saturday night Coney Island dance party, what is UPPP?" screamed Matt and Kim's Matt Johnson to thousands of writhing…
By: Jenn Pelly / July 19, 2010

M.I.A., ‘MAYA’ (N.E.E.T./XL/Interscope)

The most combustive song on M.I.A.'s third album isn't loud or chaotic. Built on a mildly ominous, off-kilter beat -- plus an incessant shoosh like…
By: Charles Aaron / July 15, 2010
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