reviews

Foxy Shazam and Free Energy Headline SPIN Tour

"Show me your ass, baby! Show me your ass!" Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam was yowling in Montreal's tiny bar Jukebox, and despite the crowd…
Mark Lepage / October 18, 2010

REVIEW: Say Anything, Motion City Headline Tour

On Friday night in Hollywood, Say Anything offered their co-headlining tour with Motion City Soundtrack and Saves The Day a supercharged show of their best…
Kevin Bronson / October 18, 2010

Live in L.A.: LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells

"I can change, I can change, I can change," James Murphy sang Friday night at the Hollywood Bowl, "if it helps you fall in love."
Mikael Wood / October 18, 2010

Kylesa, ‘Spiral Shadow’ (Season of Mist)

These crusty Southern punks outed themselves as prog rockers in 2008 with a brilliant cover of Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of…
Joe Gross / October 14, 2010

Bryan Ferry, ‘Olympia’ (Astralwerks)

For his 13th solo album, Bryan Ferry reconvenes the original lineup of Roxy Music (including elusive Brian Eno) for the first time in nearly four…
Mikael Wood / October 14, 2010

The Extra Lens, ‘Undercard’ (Merge)

Nearly a decade after their debut album as the Extra Glenns, John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) and Franklin Bruno (Nothing Painted Blue) reunite for a collaboration…
Jon Young / October 14, 2010

Die Antwoord Shock, Rock in U.S. Tour Kickoff

Die Antwoord started their first headlining tour of the U.S. in a manner typical for a band that at every turn leaves audiences scratching their…
Charles Cross / October 14, 2010

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan Play First U.S. Show

Much is still made about the sheer oddity of Isobel Campbell's detour into rootsy Americana with Mark Lanegan -- even after the duo released their…
Eric Magnuson / October 14, 2010

Ben Folds, Nick Hornby Bring Collabo to Life in NYC

Back in 2003, British author Nick Hornby sang the praises of the Ben Folds Five tune "Smoke" in the pages of his essay collection, Songbook.
John Macdonald / October 13, 2010

Greg Dulli Kicks Off Unplugged Tour with Guests

For his first public performance in more than a year, former Afghan Whigs and current Twilight Singers frontman Greg Dulli selected the shin-high stage of…
Keith Michael / October 13, 2010

Sufjan Stevens Kicks Off Tour in Montreal

When your most famous song is a self-critical elegy for a serial killer, there is no "business as usual." And as Sufjan Stevens opened his…
Mark Lepage / October 13, 2010

The Fresh & Onlys, ‘Play It Strange’ (In The Red)

Nobody gets credited for "echo" on this San Francisco quartet's remarkably mature second album, but that's an oversight. Play It Strange is suffused with a…
David Menconi / October 12, 2010

The Mixtures, ‘Stompin at the Rainbow’ (Minky)

Decades before N.W.A and Daryl Gates -- years, even,before the 1965 Watts Riots -- this interracial dancehall band of African Americans, Chicanos, Caucasians, Asians, and…
Andrew Hultkrans / October 12, 2010

The Cool Kids Perform with Travis Barker

If the crowd of Cool Kids fans and sneaker aficionados at Los Angeles' Music Box theater didn't see Travis Barker coming, it was because they…
Chris Martins / October 8, 2010

The Corin Tucker Band Debuts in Hometown Portland

It's only appropriate that Corin Tucker and her band kicked off their West Coast tour Thursday night on her home turf surrounded by fans, family…
Mark Lore / October 8, 2010

8 Notable Moments from Matador’s Vegas B-Day!

It was somehow fitting that the Matador at 21 Lost Weekend at the Palms in Las Vegas coincided with an appearance by renowned DJ Pauly…
Steve Kandell / October 5, 2010

Working for a Nuclear Free City, ‘Jojo Burger Tempest’ (Melodic)

Slippery and mischievous, England's Working for a Nuclear Free City give short attention spans a good name on their second consecutive double album, hopscotching through…
Jon Young / October 4, 2010

Warpaint, ‘The Fool’ (Rough Trade)

While too many indie girl groups seem content to rebuild the Wall of Sound brick by brick, this Los Angeles quartet dedicate their hypnotic harmonies…
Chris Martins / October 4, 2010

The War on Drugs, ‘Future Weather’ (Secretly Canadian)

On their glistening 2008 debut Wagonwheel Blues, Philly's War on Drugs made an album perfect for lightly baked back-roads driving. On Future Weather, the band…
David Marchese / October 4, 2010

Waka Flocka Flame, ‘Flockaveli’ (Asylum/Warner Bros.)

Waka is more agitator than rapper--imagine DJ Kool as an unhinged goon with a fetish for brawling and gunfire. "I'm drunk as hell / Can't…
Ben Detrick / October 4, 2010
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