Reviews - Page 133

Review: Chairlift, ‘Something’

Caroline Polachek is getting better at Scrabble. On her synth-pop crew's skeletal 2008 debut, Does You Inspire You, the singer-keyboardist was so proud of the…
Dan Weiss / January 24, 2012

Review: Porcelain Raft, ‘Strange Weekend’

It's a little too early for chillwave nostalgia. So how do we hashtag the bands who are staunchly holding on to the remnants of glo-fi?
Puja Patel / January 24, 2012

Sharon Van Etten Tests ‘Tramp’ at Sublime NYC Show

A year ago, a Sharon Van Etten show at New York's tiny Mercury Lounge would've seemed just about right: up-and-coming East Coast singer-songwriter with a…
Greg Chow / January 19, 2012

Review: Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, ‘Bikers Welcome! Ladies Drink Free’

What was the golden age of Ministry? Was it the late-'80s, scene-defining aggro-disco of The Land of Rape and Honey and The Mind Is a…
Joe Gross / January 18, 2012

Review: Escort, ‘Escort’

These New York disco-funk revisionists start their self-titled debut album by calling themselves, in more than one language, phonies. "I'm the great imposter / I…
Marc Hogan / January 17, 2012

Review: Snow Patrol, ‘Fallen Empires’

Cooler than Coldplay but less provocative than R.E.M., the Irish-Scottish modern-rock quintet Snow Patrol embrace the "bigger is better" philosophy on their sixth studio album,…
Jon Young / January 10, 2012

Review: Rick Ross, ‘Rich Forever’

As Gang Starr's Guru once posited, "it's mostly the voice"that determines your success. Even the most redundant rapper can prevail if he or she is…
SPIN Staff / January 6, 2012

Skrillex, ‘Bangarang’ (OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic)

Adele sold the most records, and critics had their various pet causes, but for anyone who experienced one of his panic-attack-inducing DJ sets, blasted his…
Garrett Kamps / December 23, 2011

The Weeknd, ‘Echoes of Silence’ (Self-released)

Neither as relentlessly hooky as March's House of Balloons nor as noisy and hatefuck-filled as August's Thursday, the third 2011 mixtape from Internet-driven phenom Abel…
Brandon Soderberg / December 22, 2011

Review: Guided by Voices, ‘Let’s Go Eat the Factory’

You almost could hear Bob Pollard sigh when last year's reunion dates with Guided by Voices' mid-'90s, Bee Thousand-vintage lineup were announced. Though there's certainly…
Steve Kandell / December 20, 2011

The Internet, ‘Purple Naked Ladies’ (Sony Red)

This slippery debut from Odd Future's Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians embarks on a journey into Twilight Zone pop, with a lovelorn story arc…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / December 20, 2011

Asher Roth, ‘Pabst and Jazz’ (Self-released)

"First of all, don't ever say a fuckin' thing about the homie / Call a favor in and leave your dyke mother very lonely." That…
Phillip Mlynar / December 20, 2011

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Return With Searing Set at Toubin Benefit

"The world is a fucking unstable place," Tunde Adebimpe grumbled into his microphone Friday night in Brooklyn. It wasn't a random complaint: TV on the…
Caryn Ganz / December 19, 2011

Anthony Hamilton, ‘Back to Love’ (RCA)

The heyday of soul sincerity minus the corn is long over, but Anthony Hamilton nevertheless generates disarming warmth while straddling the thin line between traditionalism…
Barry Walters / December 16, 2011

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, ‘Mac & Devin Go to High School: Music From and Inspired by the Movie’ (Atlantic)

Over 12 tracks and 36 smoke breaks, Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg incinerate enough chronic to convince themselves they really are the two oldest high…
Jeff Weiss / December 15, 2011
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