The Concretes, ‘WYWH’ (Friendly Fire)

"Honey, if you take me back, I will change," sings Lisa Milberg on "My Ways," and indeed there's a rejected-lover quality to the Concretes' second…
Mikael Wood / October 1, 2010

Clinic, ‘Bubblegum’ (Domino)

The title of Clinic's sixth album cheekily nods to the surgical-masked Brits' current, revamped sound--a softer spin on indie pop with their usual gritty agitation…
Josh Modell / October 1, 2010

Bobby Bare Jr., ‘A Storm-A Tree-My Mother’s Head’ (Naked Albino/Thirty Tigers)

Dwelling in the too-rock-for-country/too-country-for-rock DMZ, Bobby Bare Jr. has always been hard to pin down. But with backup from My Morning Jacket and a tight…
David Menconi / October 1, 2010

Belle and Sebastian & Teenage Fanclub Launch Tour

Fog, wind, the constant threat of rain-that was the scene at the Brooklyn waterfront Thursday night when Belle and Sebastian showed up to kick off…
John Macdonald / October 1, 2010

Evan Dando, Juliana Hatfield Duet Together in NYC

The watershed moment of '90s alt-rock stars Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield's joint set in New York City Wednesday night came when the duo performed…
William Goodman / September 30, 2010

Lil Wayne, ‘I Am Not a Human Being’ (Cash Money)

Rap and pop music have long exchanged amorous ogles, and recently, their sparkly offspring have staggered forth in the form of NutraSweet club anthems befitting…
Ben Detrick / September 30, 2010

Neil Young, ‘Le Noise’ (Reprise)

"When will I learn how to give back?" Neil Young asks on "Rumblin'." It's the last song on this brief, solitary, claustrophobic album, and might…
Sean Fennessey / September 30, 2010

Pete Yorn Plays New Album at L.A. Show

For a guy who only last year released two albums that seemed content to background the conversation, Pete Yorn on Monday night played like a…
Kevin Bronson / September 29, 2010

OMD, ‘History of Modern’ (Bright Antenna)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's first album in 14 years--and first in 24 to feature the lineup that recorded the bulk of their hits--meticulously returns…
Barry Walters / September 28, 2010

Gucci Mane, ‘The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted’ (Asylum/Warner Bros.)

With his mushy run-on sentences over stark keyboards and 808 kicks, Gucci Mane has a charmingly sloppy DIY appeal. He's less a craftsman than a…
Ben Detrick / September 28, 2010

Twin Shadow, ‘Forget’ (Terrible)

A pitch-perfect rendering of New Romanticism is probably not the sort of thing you'd expect from a vanity label run by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor.
Ian Cohen / September 28, 2010

King Sunny Ade, ‘Baba Mo Tunde’ (Indigedisc)

King Sunny Ade throws a sublime stylistic curveball on his first album in adecade, replacing the rapturous guitar army that once virtually defined his sound…
Richard Gehr / September 28, 2010

Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax Kick Off ‘Clash’ Tour

Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer's tour kick-off at Dallas on Saturday was something of a homecoming: Back in 1991, this same lineup launched the American leg…
Pete Freedman / September 27, 2010

Best Moments of Virgin Mobile FreeFest

Here was the rare show where you felt alright paying $8 for a beer and $10 for a basket of fries. After all, the tickets…
Jonathan Fischer / September 27, 2010

Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, ‘Lonely Avenue’ (Nonesuch)

Sarah Palin's daughter's baby daddy must be friggin' stoked, bro: On "Levi Johnston Blues," Lonely Avenue's two knights of music nerd-dom use their disarming pop…
William Goodman / September 25, 2010

Jimmy Eat World Launch Tour in Atlanta

Although they're credited as emo godfathers, the Tempe,AZ four-piece Jimmy Eat World have spent the better part of the lastdecade carving out a space on…
David Peisner / September 22, 2010

M.I.A. Mixes Messages at Montreal Tour Opener

Arular, Kala, // / Y / -- Maya Arulpragasm named her albums after her freedom-fighter father, her mother, and herself. It says plenty -- the…
Mark Lepage / September 22, 2010

Sharon Van Etten, ‘Epic’ (Ba Da Bing)

Equal parts lovesick and sick of love, Brooklyn drone-folkie Sharon Van Etten has cultivated a harder edge since her introspective, ethereal 2009 debut flirted with…
christopherschultz / September 21, 2010

Teengirl Fantasy, ‘7 AM’ (True Panther)

Instrumental electronica albums usually aren't known for their storytelling, but this debut from two Ohio dorm buddies plays like an actual compelling narrative. Opener "Vibes"…
Spencer Kornhaber / September 21, 2010

Klaxons Unleash Rave-Worthy Set in NYC

It's been three long years since Klaxons set the British music press into another tizzy with their Mercury Prize-winning debut, Myths of the Near Future.
John Macdonald / September 21, 2010
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