Reviews - Page 124

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

Acrylics, ‘Lives and Treasure’ (Friendly Fire / Hot Sand)

Like their sonic stepcousins Stars and Headlights, this breathy, '80s-loving boy-girl duo are not only attentive to the spoils of love, but also to its…
Spencer Kornhaber / March 1, 2011

PJ Harvey Delivers Chilling, Gripping London Set

It wasn't until the encore that PJ Harvey finally spoke.
Nick Duerden / February 28, 2011

Lupe Fiasco Unveils the Rocker Within

For most of Lupe Fiasco's free show at the Williamsburg Music Hall in Brooklyn Sunday night (officially the Walmart Soundcheck presented by Axe Body Spray),…
Brandon Soderberg / February 28, 2011

East River Pipe, ‘We Live in Rented Rooms’ (Merge)

In the 1990s, the line on F.M. Cornog, a.k.a. East River Pipe, went something like this: "If these songs are even half autobiographical, dude is…
Joe Gross / February 25, 2011

The Flying Burrito Brothers, ‘Authorized Bootleg — Fillmore East, New York, NY: Late Show, November 7, 1970′ (Hip-O/A&M)

Pioneers of what cofounder Gram Parsons called "white soul music," these country rockers were an offshoot of Sweetheart of the Rodeo-era Byrds, featuring Parsons, Byrds…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 23, 2011

The Psychic Paramount, ‘II’ (No Quarter)

This New York trio's 2005 debut boasted instrumental prowess worthy of late-'70s experimental legends This Heat in a post-rock scene where such musculature was frowned…
SPIN Staff / February 23, 2011

Review: Malachai, ‘Return to the Ugly Side’ (Domino)

Cheerfully ignoring stylistic boundaries, Brit duo Malachai (formerly Malakai) polish their cut-and-paste skills on this follow-up to last year's tantalizing Ugly Side of Love. Wistful…
Jon Young / February 22, 2011

Tony Cook, ‘Back to Reality’ (Stones Throw)

Hired as James Brown's drummer right out of high school, Tony Cook also backed Etta James and others in the '70s and '80s; meanwhile, he…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011
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