reviews

Interpol, ‘Interpol’ (Matador)

At the core of every great Interpol song hangs a hook so barbed it could draw blood, no matter how heavy the surrounding goth atmospherics.
Josh Modell / August 30, 2010

Jukebox the Ghost, ‘Everything Under the Sun’ (Yep Roc)

Nervous energy seeps from every note of Jukebox the Ghost's catchy (and at times annoying) second album. Polishing the snappy pop of their 2008 debut,…
Jon Young / August 27, 2010

Radiohead’s Philip Selway Launches Tour in Tokyo

"Good evening," said Philip Selway. "And welcome to our quiet night in."
SPIN Staff / August 27, 2010

Philip Selway, ‘Familial’ (Nonesuch)

For someone drumming in the world's most successful experimental band, the first solo record from Radiohead's Phil Selway is remarkably plain. As with most fragile…
christopherschultz / August 27, 2010

Hitmaker Bruno Mars Wows the Ladies in NY Debut

Bruno Mars' talents are much in demand these days. Earlier this year, the 23-year-old co-wrote and produced two of the biggest hits of the spring-Travie…
John Macdonald / August 26, 2010

Weezer, ‘Hurley’ (Epitaph)

Such is the predictable cycle of pre-release Weezer buzz that Rivers Cuomo fans must've been skeptical upon hearing that, on the new Hurley, their hero…
David Marchese / August 24, 2010

Sufjan Stevens, ‘All Delighted People’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

History, social problems, and serial-killer clowns have inspired many of pillow-voiced singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens' efforts to date, but now, five years after his last vocal…
Spencer Kornhaber / August 23, 2010

Superchunk, ‘Majesty Shredding’ (Merge)

Superchunk's first album in nine years begins with the sound of clearing cobwebs and a hazy wave of feedback. Then the opening track snaps into…
David Menconi / August 23, 2010

Underworld, ‘Barking’ (Cooking Vinyl/Om)

The problem with the last two albums from these English rave vets wasn't the absence of DJ/producer Darren Emerson. It was that the surviving duo…
Barry Walters / August 23, 2010

Mavis Staples, ‘You Are Not Alone’ (Anti-)

Everyone from Prince to Ry Cooder has had a crack at producing the iconic Staple Singers frontwoman over the years, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy does…
David Menconi / August 23, 2010

Screaming Females, ‘Castle Talk’ (Don Giovanni)

The fourth album from this New Jersey DIY success story features fewer blown-out garage tantrums and more dynamic Sleater-Kinney–style rock'n'roll fun -- another step toward…
christopherschultz / August 23, 2010

Robert Plant, ‘Band of Joy’ (Rounder)

Plant has had an unlikely late-career resurgence by embracing his folkier (if not freakier) side, starting with 2007's T-Bone Burnett–produced Raising Sand. Nashville alt-country icon…
David Menconi / August 23, 2010

Brandon Flowers, ‘Flamingo’ (Island)

Never one for understatement, alternative pop's most sincere showman resurrects '80s classic-rock clichés on a Vegas-themed solo debut that suggests the Killers'
Barry Walters / August 23, 2010

The Drums, ‘The Drums’ (Downtown)

By the time frontman Jonathan Pierce yodels his first "ee-oh!" two tracks into the Drums' debut full-length, it's already clear that this New York quartet…
Spencer Kornhaber / August 23, 2010

Chromeo, ‘Business Casual’ (Atlantic)

After sharing a festival stage with plastic-soul godhead Daryl Hall, what's a pair of funked-up '80s electro-pop replicants to do? If your answer involves more…
Marc Hogan / August 23, 2010

Olof Arnalds, ‘Innundir Skinni’ (One Little Indian)

At first, this album just feels wrong. Icelander Ólöf Arnalds performs mostly in her native tongue, creating a David Lynchian sense of disorientation, and her…
Jon Young / August 23, 2010

Of Montreal, ‘False Priest’ (Polyvinyl)

Kevin Barnes, the madman/genius/spaz behind Of Montreal, might have the craziest career path in modern music. No one could've predicted 13 years ago that this…
Barry Walters / August 23, 2010

Black Mountain, ‘Wilderness Heart’ (Jagjaguwar)

For 2008's In the Future, these Black Sabbath revivalists were engaged in deep dungeon exploration, culminating in the 17-minute incantation "Bright Lights." But on the…
Spencer Kornhaber / August 23, 2010

Grinderman, ‘Grinderman 2′ (ANTI-)

Somewhere between Pavement getting pelted at Lollapalooza in 1995 and the Strokes bringing sexy back in 2001, rock music extinguished the Birthday Party's fire. During…
Joe Gross / August 23, 2010

Crocodiles, ‘Sleep Forever’ (Fat Possum)

Disciples of a noise-punk tradition that runs from the Velvet Underground to the Jesus and Mary Chain and beyond, San Diego's death-obsessed Crocodiles revise their…
Jon Young / August 23, 2010
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