Iron Maiden Bring Their Metal Might to New York City

It's easy to forget, amid the constant deluge of news about the cratering music industry, that a few lucky bands are thriving, seemingly oblivious to…
Steve Kandell / July 13, 2010

Paul McCartney Triumphs in Return to San Francisco

Saturday night, during his concert at San Francisco's AT&T Park, Paul McCartney remembered the Beatles' final public concert on August 29, 1966, which happened at…
Aaron Kayce / July 12, 2010

Francis and the Lights, ‘It’ll Be Better’ (Cantora)

As hip-hop's latest nerdy, white-boy muse, Francis Starlite is a Drake- and Kanye-approved, Eraserheaded ball of overearnestness who can moonwalk like Fred Astaire. Tightly wound…
Kenny Herzog / July 12, 2010

Endless Boogie, ‘Full House Head’ (No Quarter)

Be the riff. Over 76 minutes and eight tracks (and utilizing what sounds like half as many chords), New York City satori seekers Endless Boogie…
David Marchese / July 12, 2010

Gyptian, ‘Hold You’ (VP)

After this honey-tongued Jamaican singer scored an unlikely crossover hit with the summer-friendly slow jam "Hold You," he merited a follow-up album -- stat. So…
Baz Dreisinger / July 12, 2010

Carissa’s Wierd Play One-Off Reunion Show

Call it musical archaeology: Seattle's alt-folk missing link made a rare appearance Friday night as a (mostly) reunited Carissa's Wierd played their first show i…
Jonathan Zwickel / July 12, 2010

Mountain Man, ‘Made the Harbor’ (Partisan)

Formed at Vermont's Bennington College, this female trio play bare-bones folk, featuring lustrous harmonies adorned by occasional acoustic guitar. But Made the Harbor isn't particularly…
Jon Young / July 12, 2010

The Books, ‘The Way Out’ (Temporary Residence)

Five years since their last full-length and the Books' sparkling, folksy collages haven't changed much: Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong still mince their acoustic…
Mike Powell / July 12, 2010

Korn, ‘Korn III: Remember Who You Are’ (Roadrunner)

Following a synthed-up self-titled album and one they made with Avril Lavigne producers the Matrix, Korn go back to nü-metal basics on the aptly titled…
Mikael Wood / July 7, 2010

Smashing Pumpkins Launch Tour in Cleveland

The Smashing Pumpkins that kicked off their new tour at Cleveland's sweltering House of Blues Tuesday night aren't the same Smashing Pumpkins you know and…
Michael Gallucci / July 7, 2010

Rihanna and Ke$ha Kick-Off Wild Summer Tour!

Considering Rihanna cancelled the original July 2 opening date of her North American 'Last Girl on Earth' tour due to production issues, you'd think the…
Mike Usinger / July 6, 2010

Janet Jackson Performs for the First Time in a Year

Janet Jackson's appearance in New Orleans Friday night showed that Control and Discipline are more than album titles. Opening the Essence Music Festival in the…
Alex Rawls / July 6, 2010

Big Boi, ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty’ (Def Jam)

For years, André "3000" Benjamin has been valorized as OutKast's engine, its creative heartbeat, its auteur, and its soul. But Dre is nowhere to be…
Sean Fennessey / July 2, 2010

Wavves, ‘King of the Beach’ (Fat Possum)

Behold, the greatest mindfuck to emerge from the '90s nostalgia mill since that Nicktoons coffee-table book a few years back: Indie rock has reclaimed Gree…
Spencer Kornhaber / July 2, 2010

Versus, ‘On the Ones and Threes’ (Merge)

With the original lineup reconvening for their first album in a decade, Versus equal the eclectic, tautly melodic indie pop they crafted throughout the '90s.
Jon Young / July 2, 2010

Eminem, ‘Recovery’ (Shady/Aftermath/ Interscope)

Like all great orators -- stand-up comedians, politicians, preachers, wrestlers, etc. -- rappers are at their best when they're grounded in a unique point of…
Benjamin Meadows-ingram / July 2, 2010

Kylie Minogue, ‘Aphrodite’ (Astralwerks)

Finally even the suits realize that no one wants ersatz hip-hop or Americanized AOR from Australia's ultimate pop tart. Club crossover boffins Stuart Price and…
Barry Walters / July 2, 2010

School of Seven Bells, ‘Disconnect From Desire’ (Vagrant)

Alpinisms, School of Seven Bells' intriguing 2008 debut, blended dreamy, deep-focus soundscapes with spiraling melodies sung in close harmony. On Desire, guitarist Ben Curtis and…
David Marchese / July 2, 2010

How to Destroy Angels, ‘How to Destroy Angels EP’ (The Null Corporation)

Trent Reznor's dark symphonies of clank succeed when their bleakness is broken by moments of humanity or hilarity, both of which come from the Nine…
Spencer Kornhaber / July 2, 2010

The Love Language, ‘Libraries’ (Merge)

"I want you to beware of me 'cause I've got a big heart to feed," Stuart McLamb croons on the Love Language's stunning second album.
David Menconi / July 2, 2010
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