Reviews - Page 130

British Sea Power, ‘Valhalla Dancehall’ (Beggars)

Even before choosing a mission overstatement as the title of 2008's Do You Like Rock Music? these Scots were ambitious omnivores, pilfering from various guitar-group…
Spencer Kornhaber / January 11, 2011

Tapes ‘n Tapes, ‘Outside’ (Ibid)

Tapes 'n Tapes' more polished yet underwhelming second album, 2008's Walk It Off, made the Minneapolis group a "live by the blog, die by the…
Ian Cohen / January 11, 2011

Cage the Elephant, ‘Thank You Happy Birthday’ (Jive)

Openly emulating Black Francis, Gordon Gano, and the dude from Cake, frontman Matt Shultz spends the second album by his Kentucky band spewing street-corner inanities…
Mikael Wood / January 11, 2011

Lennon Debuts Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger Tour

Could Sean Lennon draw a crowd if he didn't have his dauntingly famous pedigree? Or, for that matter, could his model-musician-girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl pack…
Eric Magnuson / January 7, 2011

Ghostface Killah, ‘Apollo Kids’ (Def Jam)

After last year's R&B-friendly Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry, Ghostface Killah's ninth album consoles his hardcore constituency: Forty-plus minutes of gritty, soul-sampling beats soundtracking bizarro street…
Brandon Soderberg / December 21, 2010

Prince Kicks Off ‘Welcome 2 America’ Tour

"We're taking it old school tonight." This is an extremely pleasing sentiment to hear Prince express early in a set, for a couple of reasons.
Andy Battaglia / December 16, 2010

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, ‘III/IV’ (Pax Am)

Ryan Adams has experienced his most consistent artistic success as an acoustic troubadour -- but dude always wants to rock. Cheekily billed as a "double-album…
David Menconi / December 14, 2010

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
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