Reviews

Blitzen Trapper, ‘Destroyer of the Void’ (Sup Pop)

It takes guts to open a record with a six-minute song that splits the difference between the soft prog of ELO and the folk po…
By: Chris Martins / May 24, 2010

Chemical Brothers, ‘Further’ (Freestyle Dust/Astralwerks)

It's not dismissive to say the Chems' last essential tracks were tribal-trance pounder "It Began in Afrika" and majestic synth geyser "Star Guitar" (from 2002'…
By: Charles Aaron / May 24, 2010

Konono No. 1, ‘Assume Crash Position’ (Crammed Discs)

Four tracks into this Kinshasa institution's second album since the 1960s, founder Mingiedi Mawangu's solo is interrupted by the alarming thud of a brick wall…
By: Richard Gehr / May 24, 2010

Rhymefest, ‘El Che’ (dN Be)

The table was set for Rhymefest in 2006: He'd won a Grammy for writing "Jesus Walks" and had a Kanye-approved major-label debut filled with smart,…
By: David Peisner / May 24, 2010

Paul Weller, ‘Wake Up the Nation’ (Yep Roc)

Paul Weller's tenth solo album contains his first collaborations with bassist Bruce Foxton since the early-'80s breakup of the Jam. Yet, with its hurtling tempo…
By: Mikael Wood / May 24, 2010

Melvins, ‘The Bride Screamed Murder’ (Ipecac)

These expressionist metal muckos have always jammed a little bubblegum in their bristles, dating back to the punked-out Cars and Kiss covers of their earliest…
By: christopherschultz / May 24, 2010

Of Montreal Kicks Off Tour in New Orleans

The crowd was ready for Mardi Gras in May when Of Montreal started its summer tour in New Orleans Saturday night. Fans wore Indian headdresse…
By: Alex Rawls / May 24, 2010

The 10 Best Moments of Rock on the Range

Now in its fourth year, Rock on the Range 2010 fit 38 bands with hard rock and metal leanings into the two-day fest, packing the…
By: Reyan Ali / May 24, 2010

The Dead Weather, ‘Sea of Cowards’ (Third Man/Warner Bros.)

Between Jack White and Alison Mosshart, there's a whole lotta id spilled out on the garage floor. Either she's his evil twin, or he's hers,…
By: Stacey Anderson / May 24, 2010

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang, ‘The Wonder Show of the World’ (Drag City)

It's fitting for singer/songwriter Will Oldham to collaborate with young Chicago guitar whiz Emmett Kelly. Both are intimate with folk forms lodged in the Blue…
By: SPIN Staff / May 23, 2010

Bright Eyes and Neva Dinova, ‘One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels’ (Saddle Creek)

No matter which of these Omaha, Nebraska-bred bands is pouring on this oddly packaged collaboration-which augments a 2004 EP with four new tracks-the jug of…
By: David Menconi / May 23, 2010

Eddy Current Suppression Ring, ‘Rush to Relax’ (Goner)

Recorded in grubby mono, the third album from Australia's Eddy Current Suppression Ring begins on familiar ground, with frontman Brendan Suppression muttering about anxiety and…
By: Jon Young / May 22, 2010

Jamie Lidell, ‘Compass’ (Warp)

Jamie Lidell has managed the neat trick of constructing a solid, distinctive identity out of headlong pastiche: falsetto crooning, post-IDM glitch funk, '90s-indebted R&B beats.
By: J Gabriel Boylan / May 21, 2010

Marina & the Diamonds, ‘The Family Jewels’ (Chop Shop/Atlantic)

The latest U.K. sensation writes about neither love nor sex: Caring not even for friends, she's more gaga on fame than our Lady. Navigating the…
By: Barry Walters / May 19, 2010

STP Play New Songs, Hits at Intimate NYC Gig

Three songs into Stone Temple Pilots' 90-minute set Tuesday night, celebrating the May 25 release of their first album in nearly a decade, Scott Weiland…
By: William Goodman / May 19, 2010

Karen Elson, ‘The Ghost Who Walks’ (XL)

Nancy Sinatra comparisons should roll in fast for Karen Elson. The redheaded supermodel has treaded in some mighty sharp boots in Vogue, and on the…
By: Stacey Anderson / May 18, 2010

Kelis, ‘Flesh Tone’ (Will.i.am/Interscope)

Recorded amid her messy divorce from Nas while she was six months pregnant with their son, Kelis' fifth album is part reinvention, part creative vengeance.
By: Jessica Hopper / May 17, 2010

Kravitz, Legend, Mos Def Headline Gulf Aid Concert

On Sunday, the day BP inserted a catheter-like pipe inside the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico to help stem the spill, skepticism wa…
By: Alex Rawls / May 17, 2010

Buzzcocks Outlast Bomb Scare in New York City

Britain may have a new prime minister, but they'll always have the Buzzcocks.
By: John Macdonald / May 14, 2010

Atari Teenage Riot Reunite in London

There are at least two things you should never take to an Atari Teenage Riot show. The first is a sensitive disposition, because ATR are…
By: Nick Duerden / May 13, 2010
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