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Greg Dulli Kicks Off Unplugged Tour with Guests

For his first public performance in more than a year, former Afghan Whigs and current Twilight Singers frontman Greg Dulli selected the shin-high stage of…
Keith Michael / October 13, 2010

Sufjan Stevens Kicks Off Tour in Montreal

When your most famous song is a self-critical elegy for a serial killer, there is no "business as usual." And as Sufjan Stevens opened his…
Mark Lepage / October 13, 2010

The Fresh & Onlys, ‘Play It Strange’ (In The Red)

Nobody gets credited for "echo" on this San Francisco quartet's remarkably mature second album, but that's an oversight. Play It Strange is suffused with a…
David Menconi / October 12, 2010

The Mixtures, ‘Stompin at the Rainbow’ (Minky)

Decades before N.W.A and Daryl Gates -- years, even,before the 1965 Watts Riots -- this interracial dancehall band of African Americans, Chicanos, Caucasians, Asians, and…
Andrew Hultkrans / October 12, 2010

The Cool Kids Perform with Travis Barker

If the crowd of Cool Kids fans and sneaker aficionados at Los Angeles' Music Box theater didn't see Travis Barker coming, it was because they…
Chris Martins / October 8, 2010

The Corin Tucker Band Debuts in Hometown Portland

It's only appropriate that Corin Tucker and her band kicked off their West Coast tour Thursday night on her home turf surrounded by fans, family…
Mark Lore / October 8, 2010

8 Notable Moments from Matador’s Vegas B-Day!

It was somehow fitting that the Matador at 21 Lost Weekend at the Palms in Las Vegas coincided with an appearance by renowned DJ Pauly…
Steve Kandell / October 5, 2010

Working for a Nuclear Free City, ‘Jojo Burger Tempest’ (Melodic)

Slippery and mischievous, England's Working for a Nuclear Free City give short attention spans a good name on their second consecutive double album, hopscotching through…
Jon Young / October 4, 2010

Warpaint, ‘The Fool’ (Rough Trade)

While too many indie girl groups seem content to rebuild the Wall of Sound brick by brick, this Los Angeles quartet dedicate their hypnotic harmonies…
Chris Martins / October 4, 2010

The War on Drugs, ‘Future Weather’ (Secretly Canadian)

On their glistening 2008 debut Wagonwheel Blues, Philly's War on Drugs made an album perfect for lightly baked back-roads driving. On Future Weather, the band…
David Marchese / October 4, 2010

Waka Flocka Flame, ‘Flockaveli’ (Asylum/Warner Bros.)

Waka is more agitator than rapper--imagine DJ Kool as an unhinged goon with a fetish for brawling and gunfire. "I'm drunk as hell / Can't…
Ben Detrick / October 4, 2010

Violens, ‘Amoral’ (Friendly Fire/Static Recital)

Violens mastermind Jorge Elbrecht wants listeners to imagine his band's art-pop debut as a Lynchian dream. Indeed, Amoral is macabre, idea-stuffed, and often distressing, but…
Chris Martins / October 4, 2010

KT Tunstall, ‘Tiger Suit’ (Virgin)

Thanks to KT Tunstall's compelling whiskey-and-cigarettes voice, everything she tackles demands to be heard--though not everything here absolutely needs to be. An identity crisis looms…
Jon Young / October 4, 2010

Yann Tiersen, ‘Dust Lane’ (ANTI-)

Sporting a résumé that includes film scores (Amélie) and collaborations with Cocteau Twin Elizabeth Fraser and rapper Sage Francis, French composer-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen resists easy…
Jon Young / October 4, 2010

Guided By Voices End Matador’s B-Day Weekend

It's no stretch of the imagination to say that, for someone like Robert Pollard, reforming an incarnation of a band that existed for a couple…
Steve Kandell / October 4, 2010

Avey Tare, ‘Down There’ (Paw Tracks)

As puckish foil to the choirboy charms of bandmate Panda Bear, Animal Collective's Dave "Avey Tare" Portner pushes the prickly and eerie side of the…
SPIN Staff / October 4, 2010

Gorillaz Evolve Into Arena Rockers in Montreal

No better time to work out the real-vs.-artifice dilemma than the opening night of your world tour, and no one better to do it than…
Mark Lepage / October 4, 2010

After 25 Years, Vaselines’ Return Worth the Wait

The Vaselines are one-quarter jokesters, another quarter dry sarcastic wit, and all the rest, rough-hewn indie-pop gold -- some imperfect alloy of garage, twee, and…
Michael Byrne / October 4, 2010

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
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