Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom, ‘Duppy Writer’ (Big Dada)

South London producer Wrongtom (who's also the DJ/remixer for bloke-ish dance punks Hard-Fi) has a refreshingly old-school take on contemporary dub, eschewing trendy dubstep gimmick…
Mosi Reeves / September 7, 2010

Big Boi Plays Old and New Hits in Brooklyn

The sweet sound of falling pins met its match Monday night the minute Big Boi charged down the side staircase leading to the stage at…
Joseph Barracato / September 7, 2010

Eminem and Jay-Z Headline Detroit Stadium Show

"Take a look around," commanded Jay-Z, as he brought the house lights up on the 42,000 gathered fans Thursday night at Detroit's Comerica Park. "Thi…
Chris Handyside / September 3, 2010

Jenny & Johnny Take Their Show to San Fran

Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice played the first of two gigs at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall Thursday night (their third show ever under…
Marc Hawthorne / September 3, 2010

Blonde Redhead, ‘Penny Sparkle’ (4AD)

On a grand detour in a career full of them, these masters of ethereal, swirling New York art-gaze try their hand at ethereal, swirling Scandinavia…
christopherschultz / September 1, 2010

Bear in Heaven, ‘Beast Rest Forth Mouth (Expanded Edition)’ (Hometapes)

Do we really need another impressionistic Brooklyn "Bear" ensemble with pained tenor cries and prog-rock tendencies? Beast Rest Forth Mouth makes an exuberant case, folding…
Barry Walters / September 1, 2010

Jamey Johnson, ‘The Guitar Song’ (Mercury Nashville)

Jamey Johnson is bringing brawny back. While many male country stars are getting in touch with their family-man sensitive sides -- see Brad Paisley and…
Mikael Wood / September 1, 2010

Linkin Park, ‘A Thousand Suns’ (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.)

Linkin Park's fourth studio album (and second collaboration with producer Rick Rubin) contains plenty of aggressively arty material that might surprise fans of the megapopular…
Mikael Wood / September 1, 2010

Les Savy Fav, ‘Root for Ruin’ (Frenchkiss)

Thirteen years in, Les Savy Fav's brutish, anthemic post-punk is as consistent as a cardinal direction. Tim Harrington still barks his best puns, Seth Jabour…
Mike Powell / September 1, 2010

The Corin Tucker Band, ‘1,000 Years’ (Kill Rock Stars)

During Sleater-Kinney's 11-year history, fans were occasionally forced to choose sides -- like, for example, whether to stand stage right in order to witness singer-guitarist…
Phoebe Reilly / September 1, 2010

Tamaryn, ‘The Waves’ (Mexican Summer)

On early recordings, this New Zealand-born/New York-based gothtress exposed her inner Siouxsie Sioux. But with her debut full-length, she relocates to San Francisco, and producer…
Joe Gross / September 1, 2010

Azure Ray, ‘Drawing Down the Moon’ (Saddle Creek)

Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor dissolved Azure Ray in 2004 to pursue projects that closely recalled their band's sad, soothing sound, and this reconvening offer…
Josh Modell / September 1, 2010

The Black Angels, ‘Phosphene Dream’ (Blue Horizon)

These leading (black) lights of the Austin psych-rock scene clean up their murky production for album three, and cast their dilated gaze even further back…
Josh Modell / September 1, 2010

Junip, ‘Fields’ (Mute)

José González's usual mode -- hushed, pretty, acoustic, melancholy -- gets goosed by krautrock ghosts in this side-project trio. Fleshed out with sinister synths and…
Josh Modell / September 1, 2010

Dungen, ‘Skit I Allt’ (Mexican Summer)

These adventuresome Swedes, led by instrumental virtuoso Gustav Ejstes, might be inspired by psychedelics, but they never leave anything to chemical-enhanced chance on their moody,…
Spencer Kornhaber / September 1, 2010

El Guincho, ‘Pop Negro’ (XL)

While autumnal light now means shorter days, inside the music of Spanish producer Pablo Díaz-Reixa, there's always plenty of Vitamin D. The follow-up to 2008'…
SPIN Staff / September 1, 2010

Rah Digga, ‘Classic’ (Raw Koncept)

Back in the late '90s, fire-breathing battle rapper Rah Digga was the only sidekick in Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad who could outroar the dungeon drago…
Mosi Reeves / August 31, 2010

Jenny and Johnny, ‘I’m Having Fun Now’ (Warner Bros.)

What hath She & Him wrought? I'm Having Fun Now is all whimsical, tongue-in-cheek cutesiness, but with songs this sugary, it'd be churlish to complain.
David Menconi / August 31, 2010

Superpitcher, ‘Kilimanjaro’ (Kompakt)

Long the poster boy for techno's New Romantic faction, Aksel "Superpitcher" Schaufler emerges as an eccentric dandy on his first solo album in six years.
Philip Sherburne / August 30, 2010

Vampire Weekend Kick Off Tour in Vancouver

Halfway through Vampire Weekend's Friday night set at Vancouver's Malkin Bowl, singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig made a surprising confession: The group had a mild case of…
Mike Usinger / August 30, 2010
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