Reviews - Page 131

The Black Eyed Peas, ‘The Beginning’ (

Pop's reigning peddlers of dumb fun are actually starting to sound stylishly avant-garde on their sixth album. Peas leader 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

Big L, ‘Return of the Devil’s Son’ (Distrolord/SMC)

Lamont "Big L" Coleman was tragically murdered in 1999, leaving behind a revered debut, a classic single ("Ebonics"), and dozens of radio freestyles and demos…
Mosi Reeves / November 23, 2010

My Chemical Romance Dazzle Album Release Party

To celebrate the release of fourth album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, emo standard bearers My Chemical Romance used their recent…
Whitney Pastorek / November 23, 2010

Gangrene, ‘Gutter Water’ (Decon)

As Gangrene, the Alchemist and Oh No are the 2010 equivalent of J Dilla and Madlib's partnership as Jaylib: the grimiest major-label beatmaker around waging…
christopherschultz / November 22, 2010

My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

Four years after The Black Parade solidified their place as America's goth-friendliest pop-punk band, My Chemical Romance return with a follow-up whose best song is…
Mikael Wood / November 22, 2010

Girls, ‘Broken Dreams Club’ (True Panther)

Last year's debut from these gentle San Franciscans achieved a threadbare eloquence not because they craved lo-fi but because they were articulate and broke. Greeted…
Barry Walters / November 22, 2010

Lloyd Banks, ‘H.F.M. 2′ (G-Unit)

Lloyd Banks' hunger is not born of starvation, but of an insatiable appetite. On his third solo effort, the G-Unit rapper is a connoisseur of…
Ben Detrick / November 22, 2010

Review: Yelawolf, ‘Trunk Muzik 0-60′

This Alabama rapper is an amazing postmodern mutation: A grainy Southern-gothic Rob Zombie directing gut-punch 808s, spitting scattergun rhymes screwed to half-speed by his slinky…
christopherschultz / November 22, 2010

Nicki Minaj, ‘Pink Friday’ (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown)

Nicki Minaj will not be contained. Not to 16-bar verses. Not to one persona. Not even to hip-hop. Brought up in Jamaica, Queens, and taught…
Marc Hogan / November 22, 2010

Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ (Roc-A-Fella)

After recording an album-length, Auto-Tuned sigh, Kanye West is ready to celebrate again, but not in the way we've come to expect. My Beautiful Dark…
Chris Martins / November 22, 2010

Killing Joke, ‘Absolute Dissent’ (Spinefarm)

Four years after the surprisingly excellent Hosannas From the Basements of Hell, the band that midwifed (or invented) everything from post-punk to thrash to industrial…
Joe Gross / November 22, 2010

Ke$ha, ‘Cannibal’ (RCA)

The year's most shameless upstart tries to plug into the zeitgeist by playing toxic: "Be too sweet and you'll be a goner / Yep, I'll…
Barry Walters / November 22, 2010

El-P Joins Das Racist Onstage at SPIN Office Gig

It would have been easy enough for rising Brooklyn rappers Das Racist to ride their breakthrough single, "Combination Taco Bell and Pizza Hut," to mini-fame…
Steve Kandell / November 18, 2010

Bruno Mars Earns the Hype in S.F. Tour Opener

He may have titled his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans to acknowledge both his female and male fans as well as his pop and street…
Barry Walters / November 17, 2010

Kings of Leon Throw Housewarming Party at MSG

Three fourths of the Followill clan, aka Kings of Leon, have been calling New York City home off and on for a year or so,…
William Goodman / November 17, 2010
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