reviews

Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ (Roc-A-Fella)

After recording an album-length, Auto-Tuned sigh, Kanye West is ready to celebrate again, but not in the way we've come to expect. My Beautiful Dark…
Chris Martins / November 22, 2010

Killing Joke, ‘Absolute Dissent’ (Spinefarm)

Four years after the surprisingly excellent Hosannas From the Basements of Hell, the band that midwifed (or invented) everything from post-punk to thrash to industrial…
Joe Gross / November 22, 2010

Ke$ha, ‘Cannibal’ (RCA)

The year's most shameless upstart tries to plug into the zeitgeist by playing toxic: "Be too sweet and you'll be a goner / Yep, I'll…
Barry Walters / November 22, 2010

El-P Joins Das Racist Onstage at SPIN Office Gig

It would have been easy enough for rising Brooklyn rappers Das Racist to ride their breakthrough single, "Combination Taco Bell and Pizza Hut," to mini-fame…
Steve Kandell / November 18, 2010

Bruno Mars Earns the Hype in S.F. Tour Opener

He may have titled his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans to acknowledge both his female and male fans as well as his pop and street…
Barry Walters / November 17, 2010

Kings of Leon Throw Housewarming Party at MSG

Three fourths of the Followill clan, aka Kings of Leon, have been calling New York City home off and on for a year or so,…
William Goodman / November 17, 2010

Iron & Wine Debut New Songs in Atlanta

"I figure you have the records, so I gotta change it up," Sam Beam said with a shrug and a grin about halfway through his…
Austin Ray / November 17, 2010

Faun Fables, ‘Light of a Vaster Dark’ (Drag City)

Outlandish and proud of it, Dawn "The Faun" McCarthy could pass for a nutcase on her duo's first album in four years, but don't be…
Jon Young / November 16, 2010

Kid Rock, ‘Born Free’ (Atlantic)

History has proven writing off Kid Rock imprudent — his albums always seem to mosey out the gate, then months later get jump-started when some Midwestern country…
Chuck Eddy / November 16, 2010

Norah Jones, ‘…Featuring’ (Blue Note)

Breathe easy, closeted Norah Jones groupies, you're not alone: cred-boosting fanboys like Foo Fighters, Talib Kweli, Ryan Adams, Q-Tip, OutKast, and M. Ward all appear…
William Goodman / November 16, 2010

Cassidy, ‘C.A.S.H. (Cass a Straight Hustla)’ (E One)

A formidable Philadelphia battle rapper and Swizz Beatz protégé, Cassidy badly needs an editor on his fourth studio full-length. A torrent of lazy similes makes…
Ben Detrick / November 16, 2010

Rihanna, ‘Loud’ (Def Jam)

Oh, lady, you just earned our 15 bucks. Rihanna will sell millions of copies of Loud, her fifth album, and she'll deserve every penny of…
Stacey Anderson / November 16, 2010

The Russian Futurists, ‘The Weight’s on the Wheels’ (Upper Class)

On new single "Hoeing Weeds Sewing Seeds," Russian Futurists leader Matthew Hart swears "to repair things that are broke," and indeed, the song tunes his…
Chris Martins / November 16, 2010

The Pipettes, ‘Earth vs. the Pipettes’ (Polka Dot/Fortuna Pop!)

Down to one original member (Gwenno Saunders) and pared to a duo, the U.K.'s cheekiest girl group transforms via Human League producer Martin Rushent from…
Barry Walters / November 16, 2010

Jesu, ‘Heart Ache & Dethroned’ (Hydra Head)

Justin Broadrick is in it for the long haul -- he started with grindcore legends Napalm Death at age 15, spent decades making brilliant industrial…
Joe Gross / November 16, 2010

J. Cole, ‘Friday Night Lights’ (Roc Nation)

J. Cole is a live-wire rapper like Nas, who feels conflicted about everything like Kanye, yet drops chintzy punch lines like Drake. His third official…
Brandon Soderberg / November 12, 2010

Grinderman Kick Off Tour with ‘Ungodly Squall’

There is exactly one stage prop at a Grinderman show: a massive, all-encompassing tarp that encircles the performance space from floor to ceiling. It's not…
Stuart Berman / November 12, 2010

Cee-Lo Rocks Some Nasty Sh*t at New York City Party

"We're on the eve of a monumental event," Cee-Lo Green purred, two songs in to a rollicking set Thursday night at the W hotel in…
Lizzy Goodman / November 12, 2010

The Wham City Collective Brings Its Crazy Genius

The dimly lit basement of Baltimore's Bell Foundry building is out ofan early '80s hardcore show. Pocked concrete walls tagged everywhereand with everything -- "kill…
Michael Byrne / November 12, 2010

Brandon Flowers Brings Sin City Sounds to L.A.

On his solo debut album, Flamingo, Brandon Flowers articulates the dreams and desperation of Las Vegas with a voice that cuts like a beacon through…
Kevin Bronson / November 11, 2010
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