reviews

Daft Punk, ‘Tron: Legacy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ (Disney)

The most visually savvy electronic act since Kraftwerk, Daft Punk have always reached out an animatronic hand to the world of cinema: The French house…
Barry Walters / December 7, 2010

Engineers, ‘In Praise of More’ (Kscope)

Both the album title and added presence of electronic sound sculptor Ulrich Schnauss on keyboards indicates that this U.K. quintet -- whose 2005 track "Home"
Spencer Kornhaber / December 7, 2010

Deadmau5, ‘4×4=12′

For someone who professes to prefer his studio to the limelight, Deadmau5 sure gets around. This year, the Grammy nominee headlined Coachella, the Olympics, and…
Philip Sherburne / December 7, 2010

Jeff Tweedy Brings Laughs to Loose NYC Solo Gig

"I think people are ready to laugh with us more," Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy told SPIN back in August. He was right. Saturday night at…
William Goodman / December 6, 2010

Telekinesis Debut New Songs, Cover Bieber Live

Hot Seattle power-pop outfit Telekinesis released one of SPIN's favorite under-the-radar albums of 2009 with their self-titled debut, and are poised for their big break…
Charles Cross / December 6, 2010

Lykke Li Debuts New Songs in New York

Le Poisson Rouge is one of many intimate music venues in New York City, but one of very few that offers the option of performing…
Steve Kandell / December 2, 2010

Peter Hook Revives Joy Division Live — and Wow!

Thirty years after Ian Curtis' suicide and Joy Division's subsequent break-up, the band's legacy stillmeans both magic and misery for its three living members.
Reyan Ali / December 2, 2010

The Black Eyed Peas, ‘The Beginning’ (will.i.am/Interscope)

Pop's reigning peddlers of dumb fun are actually starting to sound stylishly avant-garde on their sixth album. Peas leader will.i.am mixes up house and disco…
Kevin O'Donnell / November 30, 2010

Jazmine Sullivan, ‘Love Me Back’ (J)

This Philly-born belter sounds like a direct reaction against the Auto-Tune era, with Sullivan turning her pain into a performance worthy of a vintage Apollo…
Maura Johnston / November 30, 2010

Black Lips Debut New Songs at Hometown Blowout

Black Lips came to party Saturday night in Atlanta.
Austin Ray / November 29, 2010

Weezer Revisits ‘Blue Album,’ ‘Pinkerton’ in L.A.

All that was missing were the home movies.
Kevin Bronson / November 29, 2010

Virtuosic Joanna Newsom Charms at Carnegie Hall

With her virtuoso harp-playing and an ear for complex, ever-morphing arrangements, burgeoning art-rock icon Joanna Newsom undoubtedly deserved to take the stage at New York…
Michael Tedder / November 24, 2010

Inside Kanye West’s Surprise NYC Club Show

A lot of ink has been spilled the past two weeks regarding one Kanye West of Chicago and what it all means and how his…
Steve Kandell / November 24, 2010

Big L, ‘Return of the Devil’s Son’ (Distrolord/SMC)

Lamont "Big L" Coleman was tragically murdered in 1999, leaving behind a revered debut, a classic single ("Ebonics"), and dozens of radio freestyles and demos…
Mosi Reeves / November 23, 2010

My Chemical Romance Dazzle Album Release Party

To celebrate the release of fourth album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, emo standard bearers My Chemical Romance used their recent…
Whitney Pastorek / November 23, 2010

Gangrene, ‘Gutter Water’ (Decon)

As Gangrene, the Alchemist and Oh No are the 2010 equivalent of J Dilla and Madlib's partnership as Jaylib: the grimiest major-label beatmaker around waging…
christopherschultz / November 22, 2010

My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

Four years after The Black Parade solidified their place as America's goth-friendliest pop-punk band, My Chemical Romance return with a follow-up whose best song is…
Mikael Wood / November 22, 2010

Girls, ‘Broken Dreams Club’ (True Panther)

Last year's debut from these gentle San Franciscans achieved a threadbare eloquence not because they craved lo-fi but because they were articulate and broke. Greeted…
Barry Walters / November 22, 2010

Lloyd Banks, ‘H.F.M. 2′ (G-Unit)

Lloyd Banks' hunger is not born of starvation, but of an insatiable appetite. On his third solo effort, the G-Unit rapper is a connoisseur of…
Ben Detrick / November 22, 2010

Review: Yelawolf, ‘Trunk Muzik 0-60′

This Alabama rapper is an amazing postmodern mutation: A grainy Southern-gothic Rob Zombie directing gut-punch 808s, spitting scattergun rhymes screwed to half-speed by his slinky…
christopherschultz / November 22, 2010
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