reviews

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

Indie Supergroup Wild Flag Debut in Olympia

"We are Wild Flag. We've never played a show outside our practice space so thanks for coming to this one."
Jonathan Zwickel / November 11, 2010

Kid Cudi, ‘Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager’ (G.O.O.D./Universal Motown)

Kid Cudi is one fucked-up dude. This is not Web-lurking speculation. It's been the rapper's ongoing, on-the-record confession since he proclaimed, almost jauntily, "I'm looking…
Charles Aaron / November 9, 2010

Maserati, ‘Pyramid of the Sun’ (Temporary Residence)

Of all the bands struck by last year's death of in-demand drummer Jerry Fuchs (!!!, MSTRKRFT, the Juan Maclean, LCD Soundsystem), none were more devastated…
SPIN Staff / November 9, 2010

Julie Christmas, ‘The Bad Wife’ (Rising Pulse)

As the banshee leading New York sludge therapists Made Out of Babies, creepysexycool nerveball Julie Christmas puts the neurosis in Neurosis. This sorta-metal, sorta-sadcore solo…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 9, 2010

Various Artists, ‘Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics’ (Crammed Discs)

Belgian label Crammed Discs has spent years marketing the trancey, electrified street music of Kinshasa as raw native truth with their Congotronics series, so it's…
Mike Powell / November 9, 2010

Smoke DZA, ‘George Kush Da Button – Deluxe Edition’ (Frank Radio/IHipHop)

The retail version of Smoke DZA's Internet mixtape expands the monopoly of the JETS International crew (Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy) on new-school weed…
Mosi Reeves / November 9, 2010

Cee Lo Green, “The Lady Killer” (Elektra)

Atlanta's Cee-Lo Green can rap, write, and produce in any freaky style like it ain't no thang. But as his Gnarls Barkley showcase "Crazy" made…
Barry Walters / November 9, 2010

The Greenhornes, ‘Four Stars’ (Third Man)

The two less-famous Raconteurs also play in this bluesy garage-rock trio, which has been making a retro noise since the mid-'90s. They haven't rocked together…
Josh Modell / November 9, 2010

Tyvek, ‘Nothing Fits’ (In The Red)

For their second collection of no-fi crud-pop, the scab-picking Detroit fuck-it-alls in Tyvek have evolved their cassette-damaged "frustration rock" into a comparatively lusher rendition of…
christopherschultz / November 9, 2010

The Live Insanity that Is Odd Future Wolf Gang…

"Fuck every label and magazine here, suck my dick!" shouted 19-year-old rapper Tyler, The Creator during the New York coming out party for his potty-mouthed,…
christopherschultz / November 9, 2010

Cold War Kids Unveil Bold New Sound

Cold War Kids are currently working up material for their third album and at an intimate gig on Saturday outside Los Angeles, the indie-rock quartet…
Kevin Bronson / November 8, 2010

Robyn Kicks Off U.S. Tour in Miami

For an electro-pop pixie from Sweden, the low 60s temperatures that seized Miami Beach on Friday night must have felt like home. But in this…
Thomas Francis / November 8, 2010

Inside Lil Wayne’s Welcome Home Bash

Lil Wayne was finally released on Thursday from Rikers Island after an eight month sentence for weapons possession, but it wasn't until Sunday night that…
Arielle Castillo / November 8, 2010

A Perfect Circle Play First Shows in 6 Years

After a six-year hiatus, followed by random hints and cryptic tweets about when they might tour again, A Perfect Circle left fans with a new…
Jonathan Mcnamara / November 5, 2010

Skream, ‘Outside the Box’ (Tempa)

Dubstep is only a decade old, but Ollie "Skream" Jones has become one of its figureheads in just half that time. Most of the London…
Philip Sherburne / November 3, 2010

Women, ‘Public Strain’ (Jagjaguawr)

Women aren't a metal band; just one whose frigid, clattering lo-fi guitar racket sounds like it was composed on metal. The fidelity hasn't improved much…
Ian Cohen / November 3, 2010

White Moth, ‘White Moth’ (Angel Oven)

Between Atari Teenage Riot's reunion and M.I.A.'s abrasive moves, 2010 is the biggest year for "digital hardcore" since its mid-'90s heyday. Add to the windfall…
christopherschultz / November 3, 2010

Various Artists, ‘Blow Your Head Volume 1: Diplo Presents Dubstep’ (Mad Decent)

Despite crossover moves by Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, M.I.A., and Britney Spears, British dubstep feels destined for U.S. obscurity; it's too jerky, too heavy, too slow.
Mike Powell / November 3, 2010
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