Michael Stipe Joins Supergroup Tired Pony in NYC

Friday night Gary Lightbody-the lanky, Irish-born frontman for platinum-selling U.K. rockers Snow Patrol-unveiled his latest side project at Manhattan's Irving Plaza. Tired Pony consists of…
John Macdonald / October 4, 2010

Deerhunter Launch Tour with Hometown Gig

Change was in the air Friday night at Deerhunter's U.S. tour kickoff in their hometown of Atlanta.
Austin Ray / October 4, 2010

Fountains of Wayne Play New Tunes at L.A. Tour Stop!

A truly all-ages crowd -- from wide-eyed preteens to silver-haired hipsters -- packed the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Friday night for the triumphant return…
Chris Martins / October 4, 2010

John Lennon Tribute Stars Gaga, Yoko & More

After more than 40 years in the public eye, Yoko Ono remains an indomitable spirit and irrepressible button-pusher.
Kevin Bronson / October 4, 2010

Swedish House Mafia, ‘Until One’ (Astralwerks)

A quarter century ago, Chicago DJs invented emphatically raw house music by sampling and re-creating disco riffs declared extinct. On this nonstop, 24-cut collection of…
Barry Walters / October 4, 2010

Small Black, ‘New Chain’ (Jagjaguar)

Last year's self-titled EP from this Brooklyn quartet, then a duo, was poignant, lo-fi synth-pop sung by a wisp of a guy already worrying what…
Marc Hogan / October 4, 2010

The Secret Sisters, ‘The Secret Sisters’ (Beladroit/Universal Republic)

If there's a flaw on this Alabama duo's debut, it's predictability. T-Bone Burnett and Jack White serve as executive producer and mentor, respectively, with Laura…
David Menconi / October 4, 2010

Sufjan Stevens, ‘The Age of Adz’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

With an overstuffed body of work that includes an orchestral meditation on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, a self-incriminating song about John Wayne Gacy, and two albums…
Mikael Wood / October 2, 2010

The Postelles, ‘The Postelles’ (Capitol/Astralwerks)

Having a Stroke on board--producer Albert Hammond Jr.--translates to more than cool by association for this youthful quartet, whose debut settles somewhere between Manfred Mann…
Colin Fleming / October 1, 2010

Pomegranates, ‘One of Us’ (Afternoon)

The sounds of Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, and MGMT--all in one song? It could be a Pratt Institute student's senior thesis or a Girl…
William Goodman / October 1, 2010

Doug Paisley, ‘Constant Companion’ (No Quarter)

Constant Companion sounds like the latter, an interior monologue of frustrated epigrams. "Who would be so cruel to someone like you / No one but…
David Menconi / October 1, 2010

The Orb vs. David Gilmour, ‘Metallic Spheres’ (Columbia/Sony)

The coupling of mischievous electronic outfit the Orb with the classic guitar-rock soaring of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour is not that strange a fit: the…
SPIN Staff / October 1, 2010

Old 97’s, ‘The Grand Theatre Volume One’ (New West)

Despite frontman Rhett Miller's nice-guy tendencies, Old 97's are way more fun when he gives in to his bitchy side--which is large and in charge…
David Menconi / October 1, 2010

Belle and Sebastian, ‘Write About Love’ (Matador)

Belle and Sebastian's name-making early records put shyness on wax, but the fame they achieved brought transformative confidence to the Scottish septet. The evolution from…
Josh Modell / October 1, 2010

Aaron Neville, ‘I Know I’ve Been Changed’ (Tell It All)

There's always been just a touch of evil in Aaron Neville's fluttery love-man vibrato, which serves him well on this back-to-church move. After all, the…
David Menconi / October 1, 2010

How to Dress Well, ‘Love Remains’ (Lefse)

Hazy nostalgia may have been the indie world's richest musical resource lately (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Wild Nothing), but a long-overdue embrace of R&B has certainly…
Marc Hogan / October 1, 2010

Gold Panda, ‘Lucky Shiner’ (Ghostly International)

Too upbeat for elevators but too mild-mannered for clubs, Brit producer Derwin Panda's laptop compositions recall a distinctly different era--say, seven years back, when Postal…
Spencer Kornhaber / October 1, 2010

Kings of Leon, ‘Come Around Sundown’ (RCA)

Last year, the lovably corny "Use Somebody" turned these Southern-rock road dogs into real-deal pop stars, but if Kings of Leon have (finally!) become their…
Mikael Wood / October 1, 2010

The Extra Lens, ‘Undercard’ (Merge)

Nearly a decade after their debut album as the Extra Glenns, John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) and Franklin Bruno (Nothing Painted Blue) reunite for a collaboration…
Jon Young / October 1, 2010

Die Antwoord, ‘$O$’ (Cherrrytree/Interscope)

"I know it sounds strange," chirps mullet-rockin' Yo-Landi Vi$$er in "Rich Bitch," "but I used to count change." In fact, that's one of the more…
Mikael Wood / October 1, 2010
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