reviews

Cloud Nothings, ‘Turning On’ (Carpark)

Cynical ears might find Cloud Nothings too raw or half-baked, but hidden beneath their home-recorded cacophony is a melodic knack that approaches Guided by Voices…
Josh Modell / October 29, 2010

A Classic Education, ‘Hey There Stranger’ (Lefse)

"Classic" is right. The second EP by this unlikely and far-flung alliance between Canadian singer-songwriter Jonathan Clancy and five Italian backup players is the sharpest…
David Menconi / October 29, 2010

Cheap Time, ‘Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations)’ (In the Red)

Singer-guitarist Jeffrey Novak pulls off a neat stunt on the second Cheap Time album, bringing fresh life to the most timeworn garage-band conventions. Compared to…
Jon Young / October 29, 2010

Bring Me the Horizon, ‘There Is a Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven Let’s Keep It a Secret’ (Epitaph)

On their third album, these dizzying British metalcore chemists swing erratically in an effort to shake genre conventions, flirting with dystopic Max Headroom stutter, electro…
christopherschultz / October 29, 2010

Blank Dogs, ‘Land and Fixed’ (Captured Tracks)

Brooklyn's Mike Sniper completes a proper metamorphosis with his third album, shedding the cocoon of skronk that enveloped his past to become, well, something quite…
Chris Martins / October 29, 2010

Bilal, ‘Airtight’s Revenge’ (Plug Research)

Bilal Oliver was once a soldier in the Soulquarians, the ?uestlove-led collective that called for a hip-hop and R&B revolution. But 2001's underappreciated 1st Born…
Mosi Reeves / October 29, 2010

Badly Drawn Boy, ‘It’s What I’m Thinking Pt.1 — Photographing Snowflakes’ (The End)

Damon Gough's seventh album tacitly acknowledges the artistically lost decade that the English singer-songwriter has endured since his shambolic, charming debut, The Hour of Bewilderbeest…
Ian Cohen / October 29, 2010

Aeroplane, ‘We Can’t Fly’ (Eskimo/Ultra)

Having built a reputation with masterful remixes for Friendly Fires, Grace Jones, et al. that update '80s Balearic beach grooves with contemporary digitization, Belgium's warmest…
Barry Walters / October 29, 2010

Elvis Costello, ‘National Ransom’ (Hear Music)

With livelier playing and more memorable tunes, Costello's second straight collaboration with producer T Bone Burnett is a major improvement over last year's ho-hum Secret,…
Mikael Wood / October 27, 2010

Magnetic Man, ‘Magnetic Man’ (Startime International)

After nearly a decade of underground acclaim, South London dubstep producers Benga, Skream, and Artwork collaborate for a U.K. crossover hit (and now U.S. major-label…
Barry Walters / October 26, 2010

Taylor Swift, ‘Speak Now’ (Big Machine)

Before you've even heard Taylor Swift's new album, it's hard to resist imagining that the 20-year-old Queen of Tween is secretly addressing these songs to…
Mikael Wood / October 26, 2010

Buffalo Springfield, Pearl Jam Shine at Bridge School

Organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi, the Bridge School Benefit -- begun in 1986 and held each year since 1988 in Mountain View,…
Barry Walters / October 25, 2010

All 5 Nights: My Morning Jacket Live in NYC!

[EDITOR'S NOTE: We reviewed each night of My Morning Jacket's Oct 18-23 concert stand at New York City's Terminal 5. The band played their five…
SPIN Staff / October 25, 2010

Matt & Kim, ‘Sidewalks’ (Fader)

Approaching a new Matt & Kim album is like driving up to the gates of a Christian summer camp — the blithe, loving embrace that awaits…
Chris Martins / October 21, 2010

The 1900s, ‘Return of the Century’ (Parasol)

This Chicago band's remarkable second album mixes sweet and sour, employing graceful chamber pop to illuminate twisted relationships. A melodic improvement on their 2007 debut,…
Jon Young / October 21, 2010

Brian Eno with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams, ‘Small Craft on a Milk Sea’ (Warp)

Glam godfather, ambient inventor, oblique strategist, superstar producer, the very sound of Windows--it's easier to laundry-list what Brian Eno isn't. But after compartmentalizing his strengths…
SPIN Staff / October 21, 2010

Good Charlotte, ‘Cardiology’ (Capitol)

Last time we heard from these pop-punk glamour boys, on 2007's Good Morning Revival, frontman Joel Madden was reflecting on his breakup with Hilary Duff…
Mikael Wood / October 21, 2010

Phoenix & Daft Punk Wow Madison Square Garden

In the last 18 months, Phoenix has released a breakthrough hit album, 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, won its first Grammy, had its music featured in…
David Marchese / October 21, 2010

Keane Side Project Mt. Desolation Starts Tour

On Monday night at Los Angeles' Hollywood Palladium, Mt. Desolation played its first U.S. gig ever -- the kickoff to the band's current tour, in…
Chris Martins / October 19, 2010

Foxy Shazam and Free Energy Headline SPIN Tour

"Show me your ass, baby! Show me your ass!" Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam was yowling in Montreal's tiny bar Jukebox, and despite the crowd…
Mark Lepage / October 18, 2010
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