Reviews

Jay-Z Proves He’s King of the Bonnaroo Headliners

Perhaps the loftiest praise Jay-Z could receive for Saturday's prodigious gig at Bonnaroo's What stage was that he didn't miss Beyonce (who was spotted o…
By: Charles Aaron / June 13, 2010

Kings of Leon Star at Bonnaroo

A friend tells a story of volunteering at a small club in Athens, Ga., in the early days of Kings of Leon, before they were…
By: Charles Aaron / June 13, 2010

Flaming Lips Wow with ‘Dark Side’ at Bonnaroo!

"This is the greatest fucking audience any band will get to play for, ever," said Wayne Coyne, beaming out into the crowd from Bonnaroo's Which…
By: Chris Martins / June 12, 2010

Tour the Grateful Dead Archive with Bill Kreutzmann

When the Grateful Dead played their first show in 1965 at one of Ken Kesey's Acid Tests in San Jose, Calif., no one could have…
By: John Macdonald / June 10, 2010

Actress, ‘Splazsh’ (Honest Jon’s)

Producer Darren Cunningham isn't a time traveler, but he plays one on his second album as Actress. All scuffed and scarred silicon, Splaszh is like…
By: Philip Sherburne / June 9, 2010

Wolf Parade, ‘Expo 86′ (Sub Pop)

Part of what made Wolf Parade's opening double shot-2005's Apologies to the Queen Mary and 2008's At Mount Zoomer-so thrilling was how the band leaped…
By: David Marchese / June 9, 2010

Scissor Sisters, ‘Night Work’ (Universal)

Scissor Sisters' playfully campy 2004 self-titled debut sailed over American heads straight to the top of the European charts. Follow-up Ta-Dah jiggered the same '70…
By: SPIN Staff / June 9, 2010

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present: ‘Dark Night of the Soul’ (EMI)

Now receiving an official release after its "accidental" leak last May provoked by a label dispute, producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton's multimedia concept album about…
By: Barry Walters / June 9, 2010

Sia, ‘We Are Born’ (Monkey Puzzle/Jive)

This Zero 7 alum is best known for moody, atmospheric ballads like "Breathe Me," which scored Six Feet Under's final scene. Yet We Are Bor…
By: Mikael Wood / June 9, 2010

Health, ‘::DISCO2′ (Lovepump United)

This Los Angeles quartet augment the scathing buzz-saw noise and artillery percussion of last year's Get Color album with a batch of audaciously free-handed remixes.
By: Abigail Everdell / June 9, 2010

Robert Randolph & the Family Band, ‘We Walk This Road’ (Warner Bros.)

A product of the "sacred steel" scene that incorporates steel guitar into Pentecostal church services, Robert Randolph could charm the crankiest of infidels with hi…
By: Jon Young / June 9, 2010

Coliseum, ‘House With a Curse’ (Temporary Residence)

After years flailing about as a sorta-punk, sorta-metal, joy-chug bulldozer, Louisville, Kentucky's Coliseum unexpectedly launch a triumphant indie-rock rocket, picking up a less ADD-addled drummer,…
By: christopherschultz / June 9, 2010

Uffie, ‘Sex Dreams & Denim Jeans’ (Ed Banger/Because Music/Elektra)

Uffie's 2006 novelty hit "Pop the Glock" was the essence of dumb hot, marrying her sexy riffs on Audio Two's "Top Billin'" with boyfriend Feadz'…
By: Mosi Reeves / June 9, 2010

Stars, ‘The Five Ghosts’ (Vagrant)

On The Five Ghosts' winsomely tragic "Fixed," Amy Millan coos about the moment a lover's "touch turns into fisticuffs," and it's impossible to believe she'…
By: David Marchese / June 9, 2010

Kele, ‘The Boxer’ (Glassnote)

Kele Okereke follows Thom Yorke's path on this first solo set, stepping away from a hugely successful band to spend more time addressing the aesthetic…
By: Josh Modell / June 9, 2010

The Gaslight Anthem, ‘American Slang’ (SideOneDummy)

Spread the word around: The Boss is back in town. Wherever you turn these days, some feisty crew is channeling the hungry-hearted spirit of Bruce…
By: Mikael Wood / June 9, 2010

Robyn, ‘Body Talk Pt. 1′ (Cherrytree/Interscope)

Though Robyn's been cast in the past as the Swedish Britney, she's been too coolly unconventional to conquer America. But since her self-titled 2008 U.S.
By: Jessica Hopper / June 9, 2010

The Infesticons, ‘Bedford Park’ (Big Dada)

Musician and poet Mike Ladd's hip-hop satire of the true-school "Infesticons" dueling with bling-obsessed "Majesticons" has lain dormant since 2005's Beauty Party. So why revisit…
By: Mosi Reeves / June 9, 2010

Devo, ‘Something for Everybody’ (Warner Bros.)

On their first album in 20 years, the spud boys return to show dancey electro-pop pretenders how it's done -- syn-drums and all. While name…
By: Doug Brod / June 9, 2010

Delta Spirit Kick Off U.S. Tour in San Diego

Even though Tuesday night marked the start of their 37-date U.S. tour and the release of new album History From Below, Delta Spirit took the…
By: Scott Mcdonald / June 9, 2010
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