Jamey Johnson, ‘The Guitar Song’ (Mercury Nashville)

Jamey Johnson is bringing brawny back. While many male country stars are getting in touch with their family-man sensitive sides -- see Brad Paisley and…
Mikael Wood / September 1, 2010

Linkin Park, ‘A Thousand Suns’ (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.)

Linkin Park's fourth studio album (and second collaboration with producer Rick Rubin) contains plenty of aggressively arty material that might surprise fans of the megapopular…
Mikael Wood / September 1, 2010

Les Savy Fav, ‘Root for Ruin’ (Frenchkiss)

Thirteen years in, Les Savy Fav's brutish, anthemic post-punk is as consistent as a cardinal direction. Tim Harrington still barks his best puns, Seth Jabour…
Mike Powell / September 1, 2010

The Corin Tucker Band, ‘1,000 Years’ (Kill Rock Stars)

During Sleater-Kinney's 11-year history, fans were occasionally forced to choose sides -- like, for example, whether to stand stage right in order to witness singer-guitarist…
Phoebe Reilly / September 1, 2010

Azure Ray, ‘Drawing Down the Moon’ (Saddle Creek)

Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor dissolved Azure Ray in 2004 to pursue projects that closely recalled their band's sad, soothing sound, and this reconvening offers…
Josh Modell / September 1, 2010

The Black Angels, ‘Phosphene Dream’ (Blue Horizon)

These leading (black) lights of the Austin psych-rock scene clean up their murky production for album three, and cast their dilated gaze even further back…
Josh Modell / September 1, 2010

Junip, ‘Fields’ (Mute)

José González's usual mode -- hushed, pretty, acoustic, melancholy -- gets goosed by krautrock ghosts in this side-project trio. Fleshed out with sinister synths and…
Josh Modell / September 1, 2010

Tamaryn, ‘The Waves’ (Mexican Summer)

On early recordings, this New Zealand-born/New York-based gothtress exposed her inner Siouxsie Sioux. But with her debut full-length, she relocates to San Francisco, and producer…
Joe Gross / September 1, 2010

Dungen, ‘Skit I Allt’ (Mexican Summer)

These adventuresome Swedes, led by instrumental virtuoso Gustav Ejstes, might be inspired by psychedelics, but they never leave anything to chemical-enhanced chance on their moody,…
Spencer Kornhaber / September 1, 2010

El Guincho, ‘Pop Negro’ (XL)

While autumnal light now means shorter days, inside the music of Spanish producer Pablo Díaz-Reixa, there's always plenty of Vitamin D. The follow-up to 2008's…
SPIN Staff / September 1, 2010

Rah Digga, ‘Classic’ (Raw Koncept)

Back in the late '90s, fire-breathing battle rapper Rah Digga was the only sidekick in Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad who could outroar the dungeon dragon…
Mosi Reeves / August 31, 2010

Jenny and Johnny, ‘I’m Having Fun Now’ (Warner Bros.)

What hath She & Him wrought? I'm Having Fun Now is all whimsical, tongue-in-cheek cutesiness, but with songs this sugary, it'd be churlish to complain.
David Menconi / August 31, 2010

Superpitcher, ‘Kilimanjaro’ (Kompakt)

Long the poster boy for techno's New Romantic faction, Aksel "Superpitcher" Schaufler emerges as an eccentric dandy on his first solo album in six years.
Philip Sherburne / August 30, 2010

Vampire Weekend Kick Off Tour in Vancouver

Halfway through Vampire Weekend's Friday night set at Vancouver's Malkin Bowl, singer-guitarist Ezra Koenig made a surprising confession: The group had a mild case of…
Mike Usinger / August 30, 2010

Interpol, ‘Interpol’ (Matador)

At the core of every great Interpol song hangs a hook so barbed it could draw blood, no matter how heavy the surrounding goth atmospherics.
Josh Modell / August 30, 2010

Jukebox the Ghost, ‘Everything Under the Sun’ (Yep Roc)

Nervous energy seeps from every note of Jukebox the Ghost's catchy (and at times annoying) second album. Polishing the snappy pop of their 2008 debut,…
Jon Young / August 27, 2010

Philip Selway, ‘Familial’ (Nonesuch)

For someone drumming in the world's most successful experimental band, the first solo record from Radiohead's Phil Selway is remarkably plain. As with most fragile…
christopherschultz / August 27, 2010

Radiohead’s Philip Selway Launches Tour in Tokyo

"Good evening," said Philip Selway. "And welcome to our quiet night in."…
SPIN Staff / August 27, 2010

Hitmaker Bruno Mars Wows the Ladies in NY Debut

Bruno Mars' talents are much in demand these days. Earlier this year, the 23-year-old co-wrote and produced two of the biggest hits of the spring-Travie…
John Macdonald / August 26, 2010

Weezer, ‘Hurley’ (Epitaph)

Such is the predictable cycle of pre-release Weezer buzz that Rivers Cuomo fans must've been skeptical upon hearing that, on the new Hurley, their hero…
David Marchese / August 24, 2010
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