Reviews - Page 125

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

Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx, ‘We’re New Here’ (XL/Young Turks)

Hip-hop godfather Gil Scott-Heron was 2010's comeback kid, but his I'm New Here was remarkable for the former Rikers inmate's grizzled reflections more than its…
Marc Hogan / February 22, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga!’ (World Psychedelic Funk Classics/Now Again)

The West looked to India during the psychedelic '60s, and India returned that gaze, incorporating Shadows/Ventures-style guitar instrumentals with Eastern scales and later, wah-wah funk,…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Joell Ortiz, ‘Free Agent’ (E One)

Brooklyn's Pillsbury corner boy (and Slaughterhouse member) pops fresh rhymes about project life's ills with such high-spirited, ingloriously precise detail that he renders voyeurism unseemly…
Charles Aaron / February 22, 2011

Vagrants, ‘I Can’t Make a Friend 1965-1968′ (Light In The Attic)

A Queens, New York proto-punk band that earned a spot on Lenny Kaye's original 1972 Nuggets comp, Vagrants featured future Mountain guitarist Leslie West, backed…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Dirty Water: The Birth of Punk Attitude’ (Year Zero)

Compiled by Kris Needs, former editor of U.K. magazine ZigZag, this two-CD roots-of-punk anthology places Sun Ra, the Last Poets, Silver Apples, and Can alongside…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Loch Lomond, ‘Little Me Will Start a Storm’ (Tender Loving Empire)

Elegant yet uneasy, this intriguing Portland sextet echoes the nervous grace of Arcade Fire and the New Pornographers, minus the electric charge. Frontman Ritchie Young…
Jon Young / February 22, 2011

Danielson, ‘Best of Gloucester County’ (Sounds Familyre)

When squeaky-voiced savant Daniel C. Smith begins his jubilantly diverse eighth album by announcing that he's "opening up the Book of Daniel," it's more of…
Spencer Kornhaber / February 22, 2011

Chain & the Gang, ‘Music’s Not for Everyone’ (K)

Ian Svenonius -- spastically charismatic frontman for Nation of Ulysses and the Make-Up -- loves shtick, though he prefers to call it "philosophy" or "manifesto."
Josh Modell / February 22, 2011

Willie Wright, ‘Telling the Truth’ (Numero Group)

A singer-songwriter with bar residencies in 1960s -- '70s New York, Boston, and adopted home Nantucket, Wright followed a hard-to-pigeonhole folk-soul muse reminiscent of Bill…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Tim Buckley, ‘Tim Buckley: Deluxe Edition’ (Rhino Handmade)

Largely known by younger generations as "Jeff's dad," Tim Buckley was a similarly prodigious, mercurial talent with a multi-octave tenor and heartthrob good looks, who…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Review: Adele, ’21’

Throughout 21, the sequel to her smash debut 19, Adele Adkins comes armed with a who's who of producers and songwriting collaborators, spending much of…
Barry Walters / February 22, 2011

Bayside, ‘Killing Time’ (Wind-Up)

With charged-up opener "Already Gone," Bayside immediately obliterate the rigid scolding of 2008's disappointing Shudder. Thank producer Gil Norton, who helped shape the sound of…
Kenny Herzog / February 22, 2011

Michael Chapman, ‘Fully Qualified Survivor’ (Light in the Attic)

This gorgeous 1970 folk-blues masterpiece teams a gnomic songwriter from Leeds with David Bowie's future guitarist (Mick Ronson), and Elton John's future producer (Gus Dudgeon)…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011
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