Reviews - Page 124

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

Biffy Clyro, Author Danielewski Perform in L.A.

On Wednesday night, SPIN's Liner Notes series made its Los Angeles debut at the east side's intimate Bootleg Theater, bringing together Scottish hard rockers Biffy…
Chris Martins / March 3, 2011

Mike Watt, ‘hyphenated-man’ (clenchedwrench)

Even when he's getting in touch with his inner Stephin Merritt by indulging all manner of high-concept, rock-opera cleverness -- yes, every song title is…
David Menconi / March 2, 2011

Those Dancing Days, ‘Daydreams and Nightmares’ (Wichita)

This formerly twee Swedish girl group boast a soulfully swaggering frontwoman, Linnea Jönsson, and a fairly significant identity crisis.On their second album, the quintet of…
Caryn Ganz / March 2, 2011

Papercuts, ‘Fading Parade’ (Sub Pop)

Beach House? More like Beach Mansion. Comparisons to the Baltimore duo are inevitable, but with his fourth album, San Francisco singer-guitarist Jason Quever expands on…
William Goodman / March 1, 2011

Review: Lykke Li, ‘Wounded Rhymes’

When the Swedish pop ingenue Lykke Li first arrived in 2007 at all of 21, she was an adorable little thing, singing and shimmying with…
Sean Fennessey / March 1, 2011

Buddy Miller, ‘The Majestic Silver Strings’ (New West)

In contrast to Miller's usual earthiness, this Americana super-session is sonically lighter than air -- thanks to spectral six-string ambience from Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot,…
David Menconi / March 1, 2011

Middle Brother, ‘Middle Brother’ (Partisan)

Drenched in longing and verging on self-pity, Middle Brother unites singers John McCauley (Deer Tick), Matthew Vasquez (Delta Spirit), and Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) for an…
Jon Young / March 1, 2011

Lucinda Williams, ‘Blessed’ (Lost Highway)

"Good luck findin' your buttercup," Lucinda Williams sings with a sigh to begin her tenth album, setting a good-riddance-to-wishy-washy-boyfriends tone that applies to many of…
David Menconi / March 1, 2011

DeVotchKa, ‘100 Lovers’ (ANTI-)

For the first few tracks of DeVotchka's second album since gaining wider notice via the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack, this Denver foursome swap their core…
Barry Walters / March 1, 2011

The Rural Alberta Advantage, ‘Departing’ (Saddle Creek)

It's intriguing when Jeff Mangum sound-alike Nils Edenloff opens his art-folk band's scrappy yet diverse second album with a promise to hold on so tight…
Spencer Kornhaber / March 1, 2011

Beady Eye, ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ (Dangerbird)

On their first two albums, Oasis aimed to conquer the world. Then, having done that, the Manchester quintet began to believe their own headlines. Now…
Barry Walters / March 1, 2011

The Baseball Project, ‘Volume 2: High & Inside’ (Yep Roc)

Where some baseball fans collect bubble gum cards, Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn (assisted by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, the Hold Steady's Craig Finn, and others)…
David Menconi / March 1, 2011
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