Reviews - Page 127

Review: Cut Copy, ‘Zonoscope’

When Cut Copy offer an ostensible remake of Men at Work's "Down Under" as the lead single from their third studio disc, is it a…
Mikael Wood / February 8, 2011

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, ‘Tao of the Dead’ (Richter Scale)

It had to happen. After 16 years and six albums, these noisemongers finally indulge their proggiest tendencies on this epic excursion inspired by frontman Conrad…
William Goodman / February 8, 2011

Akron/Family, ‘S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT’ (Dead Oceans)

This loud and proud psych-folk trio want some old-fashioned joy on their fifth album -- and they want it now. Obviously under the sway of…
Richard Gehr / February 8, 2011

Thin Lizzy, ‘Jailbreak: Deluxe; Johnny the Fox: Deluxe’ (UME)

This writerly '70s boogie band has garnered a posthumous hipster fan base in recent years, and here their two classic 1976 albums are properly celebrated…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 8, 2011

Gang Of Four Kick Off Their Marxist Dance-A-Thon

Gang Of Four grew out of the late-'70s English post-punk movement, making danceable rock out of radical political theory. As unlikely as that may sound…
Dave Morris / February 8, 2011

Robyn Takes the Party to New York City

Fans wonder what the set for Lady Gaga's final leg of the Monster Ball will look like, and what the air at Katy Perry's California…
Caryn Ganz / February 7, 2011

Panic! at the Disco Unveil New Tunes in NYC

Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie might be forgiven for feeling a little panicky himself last night before his band's sold-out show at Manhattan's…
John Macdonald / February 2, 2011

David Lowery, ‘The Palace Guards’ (429)

Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman David Lowery splits the difference between the former's loose eclectic twang and the latter's tight psych-country on his solo…
Richard Gehr / February 1, 2011

The Go! Team, ‘Rolling Blackouts’ (Memphis Industries)

If the Go! Team didn't predate chillwave, they would have led the backlash against it. While fashion calls for smearing Ren & Stimpy-era nostalgia with…
Spencer Kornhaber / February 1, 2011

Isolée, ‘Well Spent Youth’ (Pampa)

Like Arrested Development's difficult matriarch Lucille Bluth, minimalist German producer Rajko Müller gets off on being withholding. After the Caribbean fireworks of accidental 1998 microhouse…
Philip Sherburne / February 1, 2011

Faust, ‘Something Dirty’ (Bureau B)

Talk about confusing: Original members of this German band, which dates back four decades, have split into two groups -- both operating as Faust. Regardless,…
Jon Young / February 1, 2011

The Dirtbombs, ‘Party Store’ (In The Red)

Ever since the mid-'90s electronica boom, rock and techno have had a patchy history, at best. But Detroit's Dirtbombs acknowledge their roots in both with…
SPIN Staff / February 1, 2011

Peter Bjorn and John Debut New Album Live

"What we're doing up here is very simple," Peter Moren, singer-guitarist for Swede trio Peter Bjorn and John, said Thursday night onstage in New York…
William Goodman / January 28, 2011

Funeral Party, ‘Golden Age of Knowhere’ (RCA)

Crossing the garage rock of early Strokes with the dance rock of Franz Ferdinand a decade too late, this suburban Los Angeles trio makes a…
Barry Walters / January 26, 2011

Young the Giant, ‘Young the Giant’ (Roadrunner)

These Orange County upstarts' most notable feature isn't their youthful vigor or melting-pot exoticism (members are of Indian, Persian, British, and French-Canadian descent). It's that…
David Menconi / January 26, 2011

Sidi Touré & Friends, ‘Sahel Folk’ (Thrill Jockey)

Recorded leisurely over tea at his sister's place on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, Sidi Touré's second album is an intimate gem of…
Richard Gehr / January 25, 2011

Review: Iron and Wine, ‘Kiss Each Other Clean’

Iron and Wine's last album, 2007's The Shepherd's Dog, seemed to complete singer-guitarist Sam Beam's journey from spare, black-and-white acoustic sketch artist to full-color aural…
Josh Modell / January 25, 2011

Talib Kweli, ‘Gutter Rainbows’ (Javotti Media/3D)

Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli has a talent for summing up ambitious concepts in powerfully concise phrases, whether it's 2004's The Beautiful Struggle or 2007's Eardrum.
Mosi Reeves / January 25, 2011

Lia Ices, ‘Grown Unknown’ (Jagjaguwar)

Don't be deterred when Lia Ices coos solemnly, "We know that magic is a part of life." Whether you consider her mystical lyrics transformative poetry…
Jon Young / January 25, 2011

Fujiya & Miyagi, ‘Ventriloquizzing’ (Yep Roc)

What's the difference between "conceptual" and "gimmicky"? On 2006's Transparent Things, this British group were cheeky assimilators, combining a Can-like percussive pulse and deadpan vocals…
Ian Cohen / January 25, 2011
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