reviews

The Get Up Kids, ‘There Are Rules’ (Quality Hill)

These emo pioneers take the classic get-back route on this reunion effort (their first album since 2004), invoking the band's definitive period by enlisting Shellac's…
David Menconi / January 25, 2011

Gang of Four, ‘Content’ (Yep Roc)

After releasing one of pop music's most lacerating sociopolitical broadsides ever (1979 debut Entertainment!), featuring one of the most unconventionally aggressive guitarists ever (Andy Gill),…
Barry Walters / January 25, 2011

Wanda Jackson Jams with Jack White in Brooklyn

Does anyone under the age of, say, 73, still believe that rock'n'roll is sinful entertainment? Probably not. But for the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry…
Richard Gehr / January 25, 2011

Decemberists Go for Elegant Pop at Tour Kick Off

On their new album, The King Is Dead, the Decemberists embraced elegantly simple, harmony-rich, salt-of-the-earth folk pop, and judging by last night's tour kick off,…
Michael Tedder / January 25, 2011

Get Up Kids Unveil Hot New Tunes at Tour Opener

The Get Up Kids opened their tour behind the brand-new LP, There Are Rules, improbably in Houston, Texas of all cities, just days before the…
Craig Hlavaty / January 24, 2011

Dismemberment Plan Launch Reunion in D.C.

On the first night of the Dismemberment Plan's string of sold-out reunion shows, a few things had changed since the last time the band played…
Jonathan Fischer / January 24, 2011

Wavves, Best Coast Kick Off Tour in SoCal

Wavves and Best Coast kicked off their co-headlining tour on Friday night with an intimately raucous gig at San Diego's Soma, a dingy old theater…
Chris Martins / January 24, 2011

Pete Wentz’ Black Cards Celebrate in Chicago

Fall Out Boy may be "on hiatus," but onstage Thursday night at Chicago's Hard Rock Hotel, Pete Wentz -- now of Black Cards -- remained…
Kyle Ryan / January 21, 2011

Brit Buzz Band Vaccines Impress in U.S. Debut

Thursday night, outside New York City's Bowery Ballroom, a pretty brunette pleaded with passersby in broken English for someone to pull her inside, and stood…
Peter Gaston / January 21, 2011

Linkin Park Mix Ambient with Rage in Tour Opener

Thursday night's opening show of Linkin Park's new tour, at the BankAtlantic Center near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, showed a group of veteran performers standing on…
Arielle Castillo / January 21, 2011

White Lies, ‘Ritual’ (Fiction/Geffen)

"Ritual" is right. On their second full-length, these U.K. post-punk revivalists go about their grave-robbing business with so much humorless efficiency that you can't even…
Mikael Wood / January 18, 2011

Ducktails, ‘III: Arcade Dynamics’ (Woodsist)

With 2010's chillwave tide receding, Real Estate guitarist and Ducktails' lone member Matthew Mondanile moves more toward lo-fi pop on his third full-length. Unfortunately, Mondanile's…
SPIN Staff / January 18, 2011

Review: Smith Westerns, ‘Dye It Blonde’

It's time to stop calling Smith Westerns garage rockers. On their self-titled debut, the Chicago foursome mashed Nuggets scruff and T. Rex/Bowie stomp into some…
Marc Hogan / January 18, 2011

Review: Social Distortion, ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’

When southern California's Social Distortion were getting started, Jimmy Carter occupied the Oval Office and the Sex Pistols were hot news, so merely showing up…
Jon Young / January 18, 2011

Tennis, ‘Cape Dory’ (Fat Possum)

The Mile High City isn't the first place you look for sweetly fuzzed beach pop. But with a handful of vinyl- and cassette-only tracks last…
Marc Hogan / January 18, 2011

Young Prisms, ‘Friends for Now’ (Kanine)

On their debut full-length, Young Prisms capture the exact moment when a nightmare's confounding anxiety shifts into the sigh of relief that it's finally over.
Michael Tedder / January 18, 2011

Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, ‘Teenage and Torture’ (Knitting Factory)

Is Shilpa Ray crazy? You may wonder after the spine-tingling Teenage and Torture, in which she shrieks and sneers stream-of-consciousness lyrics while playing harmonium. Her…
Jon Young / January 18, 2011

Kid Rock Hosts Star-Studded Hometown B-Day Bash!

How, exactly, do you celebrate your 40th birthday when you're a musical icon whose 20-year-plus career leaps from hard-partying hip-hop to hard-rocking arena pomp, shit-kicking…
Chris Handyside / January 18, 2011

The Decemberists, ‘The King Is Dead’

The best thing about the new Decemberists record is what it lacks: a concept. On 2009's The Hazards of Love, these Portland-based nerd's nerds tragically…
Mikael Wood / January 18, 2011

Robert Pollard, ‘Space City Kicks’ (Guided by Voices Inc.)

Defying logic, the famously productive Robert Pollard is getting even more prolific with age. One of five Pollard-related releases slated over a ten-month stretch (plus…
Jon Young / January 18, 2011
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