Reviews - Page 127

Ted Leo Performs Intimate Memorial for Slain Austin Scene Booster Esme Barrera

"It's a hard honor, but it's an honor to be here tonight."
Chad Swiatecki / January 30, 2012

Antony and the Johnsons’ ‘Swanlights’ Show, By the Numbers

Last night at Radio City Music Hall, Antony and the Johnsons performed Swanlights, a one-night-only performance art exhibition commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art.The…
Devon Maloney / January 27, 2012

Review: Imperial Teen, ‘Feel the Sound’

"With a foot on the ground / I can turn it around / Warming up to the sound / And I'm not coming down," croons…
David Menconi / January 26, 2012

Review: Craig Finn, ‘Clear Heart Full Eyes’

You can only cheerfully bark the refrain "Gonna walk around / Gonna walk around / Gonna walk around and drink" so long before your feet…
Rob Harvilla / January 24, 2012

Review: First Aid Kit, ‘The Lion’s Roar’

The Pierces. The Watson Twins. Tegan and Sara. In an international indie scene curiously awash in close-harmonizing sister-folk acts, you can understand why Sweden's First…
Mikael Wood / January 24, 2012

Review: Chairlift, ‘Something’

Caroline Polachek is getting better at Scrabble. On her synth-pop crew's skeletal 2008 debut, Does You Inspire You, the singer-keyboardist was so proud of the…
Dan Weiss / January 24, 2012

Review: Porcelain Raft, ‘Strange Weekend’

It's a little too early for chillwave nostalgia. So how do we hashtag the bands who are staunchly holding on to the remnants of glo-fi?
Puja Patel / January 24, 2012

Sharon Van Etten Tests ‘Tramp’ at Sublime NYC Show

A year ago, a Sharon Van Etten show at New York's tiny Mercury Lounge would've seemed just about right: up-and-coming East Coast singer-songwriter with a…
Greg Chow / January 19, 2012

Review: Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, ‘Bikers Welcome! Ladies Drink Free’

What was the golden age of Ministry? Was it the late-'80s, scene-defining aggro-disco of The Land of Rape and Honey and The Mind Is a…
Joe Gross / January 18, 2012

Review: Escort, ‘Escort’

These New York disco-funk revisionists start their self-titled debut album by calling themselves, in more than one language, phonies. "I'm the great imposter / I…
Marc Hogan / January 17, 2012

Review: Snow Patrol, ‘Fallen Empires’

Cooler than Coldplay but less provocative than R.E.M., the Irish-Scottish modern-rock quintet Snow Patrol embrace the "bigger is better" philosophy on their sixth studio album,…
Jon Young / January 10, 2012

Review: Rick Ross, ‘Rich Forever’

As Gang Starr's Guru once posited, "it's mostly the voice"that determines your success. Even the most redundant rapper can prevail if he or she is…
SPIN Staff / January 6, 2012

Skrillex, ‘Bangarang’ (OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic)

Adele sold the most records, and critics had their various pet causes, but for anyone who experienced one of his panic-attack-inducing DJ sets, blasted his…
Garrett Kamps / December 23, 2011

The Weeknd, ‘Echoes of Silence’ (Self-released)

Neither as relentlessly hooky as March's House of Balloons nor as noisy and hatefuck-filled as August's Thursday, the third 2011 mixtape from Internet-driven phenom Abel…
Brandon Soderberg / December 22, 2011

Review: Guided by Voices, ‘Let’s Go Eat the Factory’

You almost could hear Bob Pollard sigh when last year's reunion dates with Guided by Voices' mid-'90s, Bee Thousand-vintage lineup were announced. Though there's certainly…
Steve Kandell / December 20, 2011
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