reviews

Antony and the Johnsons, ‘Swanlights’ (Secretly Canadian)

Has there ever been a persona quite like the Mercury Prize–winning Antony Hegarty? One who so effortlessly straddles popular song and the avant-garde? Perhaps Björk,…
SPIN Staff / September 9, 2010

Pete Yorn, ‘Pete Yorn’ (Vagrant)

Pete Yorn's 2001 debut was so melodically and lyrically sharp that his subsequent releases (including last year's pairing with Scarlett Johansson) have seemed unfocused and…
Peter Gerstenzang / September 9, 2010

No Age, ‘Everything in Between’ (Sub Pop)

Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt make hazy, fragmented punk rock that fits as comfortably in art galleries as it does in all-ages venues. (The…
Mike Powell / September 9, 2010

Salem, ‘King Night’ (IAMSOUND)

Salem are three melancholy Michigan youths who set leaden hip-hop beats adrift in vast goth atmospherics. The vocals are often pitched down into funny-demon registers,…
Mike Powell / September 9, 2010

Laetitia Sadier, ‘The Trip’ (Drag City)

The first solo outing by the Stereolab frontwoman is a reaction to tragic news -- her younger sister's suicide. Supported by a crew that includes…
Jon Young / September 9, 2010

Restless People, ‘Restless People’ (IAMSOUND)

Flashing the same sort of polyglot pop skills and omni-vorous appetite as fellow Brooklynites Yeasayer, Restless People ratchet up the BPM and eagerly embody their…
SPIN Staff / September 9, 2010

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl., ‘Record Collection’ (RCA)

Celebrity DJ/superproducer/scenester/fashion plate/society boy Mark Ronson will never be a beloved man of the people. But his hugely successful R&B mash-up with Amy Winehouse was…
Jon Dolan / September 9, 2010

Jimmy Eat World, ‘Invented’ (DGC/Interscope)

These influential Arizonans have been churning out carefully calibrated emo-rock jams for so long that you kind of wish they'd lengthened the title of their…
Mikael Wood / September 9, 2010

Glasser, ‘Ring’ (True Panther Sounds/Matador)

Somewhere, druids are dancing around a circle of stones. That's probably not the ring Glasser, a.k.a. Los Angeles' Cameron Mesirow, had in mind when she…
Chris Martins / September 9, 2010

Fences, ‘Fences’ (Onto/ADA)

By his debut's end, former Berklee Music schoolboy Chris Mansfield has been overwhelmed by his indie-folk influences in a downcast, tremulously voiced, you-won't-believe-it's-not-Bright Eyes kind…
Barry Walters / September 9, 2010

Deerhunter, ‘Halcyon Digest’ (4AD)

When a skeletal drum-machine beat sputters to life on opener "Earthquake," Deerhunter's third album threatens to be their most threadbare yet, but then a dreamy…
Andy Beta / September 9, 2010

Aloe Blacc, ‘Good Things’ (Stones Throw)

Nathaniel "Aloe Blacc" Hawkins' first album since his promising 2006 debut is yet another retro-soul riff, but the rapper turned singer's wonderfully expressive voice (shades…
Mosi Reeves / September 9, 2010

Torche, ‘Songs for Singles’ (Hydra Head)

What does one call eight songs in 25 minutes? An EP? A mini-LP? Just don't call it a placeholder -- there are too many bulldozer…
Joe Gross / September 9, 2010

Swans, ‘My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky’ (Young God)

This pioneering no-wave act went into hibernation in 1997, but the hiatus hasn't sapped leader Michael Gira's desire for renewal and redemption through spectacular destruction:…
Spencer Kornhaber / September 9, 2010

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, ‘Buzzard’ (Mariel)

After butting heads with their major-label bosses at Epic over 2008's Animal album, the Indianapolis-based Margot and the Nuclear So and So's return to the…
Jon Young / September 9, 2010

John Legend & the Roots, ‘Wake Up!’ (Columbia)

A proudly dependable source of silly little love songs, John Legend makes for an unlikely heir to Marvin Gaye's conscious-soul crown. Yet, here he is…
Mikael Wood / September 9, 2010

The Hundred in the Hands, ‘The Hundred in the Hands’ (Warp)

This Brooklyn duo reverses dance music's gender roles: Drawing from Gallic girlie-pop, singer-keyboardist Eleanore Everdell maintains a blasé sense of control, while multi-instrumental guy pal…
Barry Walters / September 9, 2010

Abe Vigoda, ‘Crush’ (Post Present Medium)

This quartet's profile benefited greatly from the No Age–led national arrival of Los Angeles' avant-rock scene and local DIY club the Smell, but Abe Vigoda…
Spencer Kornhaber / September 9, 2010

The Black Angels Play New Album at Private Show

The Black Angels were made to play a place like this: a mid-19th century neo-gothic synagogue, the oldest in the city, nestled in the heart…
John Macdonald / September 8, 2010

The Jim Jones Revue, ‘Burning Your House Down’ (Punk Rock Blues)

Those still crowing that rock'n'roll is dead clearly haven't heard this righteous London band who play frantic Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano stomp with the leering…
Doug Brod / September 7, 2010
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