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Michael Jackson, ‘Michael’ (Epic)

The success of This Is It was that it gave fans a rare glimpse of the candid, still startlingly talented man behind the billion-dollar machine.
Barry Walters / December 14, 2010

Florence, Pumpkins, Black Keys Rock KROQ Xmas

For 21 years, Los Angeles' alt-rock radio stalwart KROQ has thrown the holiday ball to end all. Set at the Gibson Amphitheater, which itself is…
Chris Martins / December 14, 2010

Peaches Debuts Her G-Rated ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Peaches appears onstage wearing a skin-tight white leotard, with a stuffed collar as thick as a fire hose wrapping her neck, when she begins singing…
Eric Magnuson / December 13, 2010

Rammstein Set New York City Ablaze

German metal gods Rammstein might not have scored a hit song or album in the U.S. since 1997, but that didn't stop them from staging…
Chris Steffen / December 13, 2010

R. Kelly, ‘Love Letter’ (Jive)

For his tenth album, R. Kelly programs his own decades-spanning radio station of R&B's greatest bits, and there's plenty here that deserves heavy rotation. Motown-inspired…
Maura Johnston / December 10, 2010

Wavves, Warpaint Rock SPIN’s L.A. Year in Music Party

It was a year when new music sparked and exploded, and SPIN's Year in Music party on Tuesday night at the Music Box Theatre in…
Kevin Bronson / December 8, 2010

Duffy, ‘Endlessly’ (Mercury)

For folks predisposed to sniffing out corporate trickery, Duffy's 2008 debut, Rockferry, was suspect from the start. Materializing after Amy Winehouse's very public collapse, Duffy's…
Amanda Petrusich / December 7, 2010

Daft Punk, ‘Tron: Legacy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ (Disney)

The most visually savvy electronic act since Kraftwerk, Daft Punk have always reached out an animatronic hand to the world of cinema: The French house…
Barry Walters / December 7, 2010

Engineers, ‘In Praise of More’ (Kscope)

Both the album title and added presence of electronic sound sculptor Ulrich Schnauss on keyboards indicates that this U.K. quintet -- whose 2005 track "Home"
Spencer Kornhaber / December 7, 2010

Deadmau5, ‘4×4=12′

For someone who professes to prefer his studio to the limelight, Deadmau5 sure gets around. This year, the Grammy nominee headlined Coachella, the Olympics, and…
Philip Sherburne / December 7, 2010

Jeff Tweedy Brings Laughs to Loose NYC Solo Gig

"I think people are ready to laugh with us more," Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy told SPIN back in August. He was right. Saturday night at…
William Goodman / December 6, 2010

Telekinesis Debut New Songs, Cover Bieber Live

Hot Seattle power-pop outfit Telekinesis released one of SPIN's favorite under-the-radar albums of 2009 with their self-titled debut, and are poised for their big break…
Charles Cross / December 6, 2010

Lykke Li Debuts New Songs in New York

Le Poisson Rouge is one of many intimate music venues in New York City, but one of very few that offers the option of performing…
Steve Kandell / December 2, 2010

Peter Hook Revives Joy Division Live — and Wow!

Thirty years after Ian Curtis' suicide and Joy Division's subsequent break-up, the band's legacy stillmeans both magic and misery for its three living members.
Reyan Ali / December 2, 2010

The Black Eyed Peas, ‘The Beginning’ (will.i.am/Interscope)

Pop's reigning peddlers of dumb fun are actually starting to sound stylishly avant-garde on their sixth album. Peas leader will.i.am mixes up house and disco…
Kevin O'Donnell / November 30, 2010

Jazmine Sullivan, ‘Love Me Back’ (J)

This Philly-born belter sounds like a direct reaction against the Auto-Tune era, with Sullivan turning her pain into a performance worthy of a vintage Apollo…
Maura Johnston / November 30, 2010

Black Lips Debut New Songs at Hometown Blowout

Black Lips came to party Saturday night in Atlanta.
Austin Ray / November 29, 2010

Weezer Revisits ‘Blue Album,’ ‘Pinkerton’ in L.A.

All that was missing were the home movies.
Kevin Bronson / November 29, 2010

Virtuosic Joanna Newsom Charms at Carnegie Hall

With her virtuoso harp-playing and an ear for complex, ever-morphing arrangements, burgeoning art-rock icon Joanna Newsom undoubtedly deserved to take the stage at New York…
Michael Tedder / November 24, 2010

Inside Kanye West’s Surprise NYC Club Show

A lot of ink has been spilled the past two weeks regarding one Kanye West of Chicago and what it all means and how his…
Steve Kandell / November 24, 2010
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