Reviews - Page 126

Toro Y Moi, ‘Underneath the Pine’ (Carpark)

With 2010's Causers of This, Chaz Bundick ambled to the front of the bedhead synth-pop scene -- dubbed chillwave after a blogger's in-joke. The South…
Marc Hogan / February 22, 2011

Review: Radiohead, ‘The King of Limbs’

In a 2009 issue of the literary magazine Believer, Radiohead main brain Thom Yorke said he was tired of the "creative hoo-ha" of releasing full-length…
Chris Martins / February 22, 2011

Ke$ha Kicks Off Her ‘Get $leazy’ Tour

"I'm going to bring the planet an epic dance party," Ke$ha promised SPIN last week, and Tuesday night's kickoff of her Get $leazy tour at…
Mark Lore / February 16, 2011

The Skull Defekts, ‘Peer Amid’ (Thrill Jockey)

After post-hardcore savants Lungfish went on hiatus, their cultish fan base despaired of ever again hearing frontman Daniel Higgs go electric. Though Higgs' psych-folk solo…
Joe Gross / February 16, 2011

Mogwai, ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’ (Sub Pop)

These builders of instrumental skyscrapers have evolved almost imperceptibly: Casual listeners won't find massive differences between the Scots' seventh album and 1997's classic debut Mogwai…
Josh Modell / February 15, 2011

The Twilight Singers, ‘Dynamite Steps’ (Sub Pop)

Greg Dulli -- former Afghan Whigs frontman and Twilight Singers' sole constant -- has been running toward and away from his thinking-woman's douchebag persona for…
Joe Gross / February 15, 2011

Telekinesis, ’12 Desperate Straight Lines’ (Merge)

Darker, more propulsive, and flexing weightier production than his ruddy-cheeked 2009 debut, the second full-length from Seattle's Michael Benjamin Lerner owes the extra power in…
Steve Kandell / February 15, 2011

Drive-By Truckers, ‘Go-Go Boots’ (ATO)

Drive-by Truckers' ninth full-length bears the mark of recent collaborators Booker T. Jones and Bettye LaVette, with a late-night soul vibe and two covers of…
David Menconi / February 15, 2011

The Dears, ‘Degeneration Street’ (Dangerbird)

A corrective after 2008's overreaching downer Missiles, this Canadian band's fifth album heads back to the big, Brit-inspired sounds of 2003's No Cities Left. Singer-guitarist…
Josh Modell / February 15, 2011

Saigon, ‘The Greatest Story Never Told’ (Suburban Noize)

To win in New York hip-hop, you gotta embody brash triumph against stacked odds; scrappy runners-up only earn affectionate shrugs. Burly Brooklyn ex-con Saigon once…
Charles Aaron / February 15, 2011

Hayes Carll, ‘KMAG YOYO & Other American Stories’ (Lost Highway)

Hayes Carll is a wiseacre well versed in both kinds of music -- "honky" and "tonk" -- played in a roadhouse out on Highway 61.
David Menconi / February 15, 2011

Beans, ‘End It All’ (Anticon)

Beans always poses as an abstractionist, freaking motormouth cadences with a self-professed "mind that's literary." But on his fifth soloalbum, the former Anti-Pop Consortium rapper…
Mosi Reeves / February 15, 2011

Review: Bright Eyes, ‘The People’s Key’

As "Jejune Stars" builds into a sweeping, Evita-worthy address to the masses, it seems clear that Conor Oberst wishes to bid Bright Eyes farewell. "So…
Stacey Anderson / February 15, 2011

Asobi Seksu, ‘Fluorescence’ (Polyvinyl)

Asobi Seksu are consis-tently literal with their album titles. For 2009's Hush, the duo of James Hanna and Yuki Chikudate toned down the guitar overdrive…
SPIN Staff / February 15, 2011

Arbouretum, ‘The Gathering’ (Thrill Jockey)

Indie rockers deepen their commitment to stoner metal, get inspired by Carl Jung, and pen lyrics about swashbuckling travelers and the risen dead? The Gathering…
Spencer Kornhaber / February 15, 2011

Marianne Faithfull, ‘Horses and High Heels’ (Naive)

The veteran English singer's latest features fewer next-gen cameos than her last several studio albums; guests here include fellow old-timers Lou Reed, Dr. John, and…
Mikael Wood / February 15, 2011

Review: PJ Harvey, ‘Let England Shake’

PJ Harvey is beloved for a cornucopia of reasons — her ferocity, her frankness, that wild, slicing yelp — but looseness has never been one of…
Amanda Petrusich / February 15, 2011

Cee Lo and Big Boi Rock Grammy Party

If there's one notion that Cee Lo Green's set confirmed Friday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, it's that a theater full of tipsy…
Kevin Bronson / February 14, 2011

Hardcore Legends Glassjaw Return to Stage

Over a decade ago, on Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence, Glassjaw earned the adoration of disaffected youth by tempering the machismo of…
Brian O'neill / February 14, 2011

Patti Smith, Roots, J Mascis Honor Neil Young Live

The watershed moment of Thursday night's star-studded Neil Young tribute concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall came just 20 minutes into the two-hour-plus set,…
William Goodman / February 11, 2011
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