KT Tunstall, ‘Tiger Suit’ (Virgin)

Thanks to KT Tunstall's compelling whiskey-and-cigarettes voice, everything she tackles demands to be heard--though not everything here absolutely needs to be. An identity crisis looms…
Jon Young / October 4, 2010

Yann Tiersen, ‘Dust Lane’ (ANTI-)

Sporting a résumé that includes film scores (Amélie) and collaborations with Cocteau Twin Elizabeth Fraser and rapper Sage Francis, French composer-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen resists easy…
Jon Young / October 4, 2010

Guided By Voices End Matador’s B-Day Weekend

It's no stretch of the imagination to say that, for someone like Robert Pollard, reforming an incarnation of a band that existed for a couple…
Steve Kandell / October 4, 2010

Avey Tare, ‘Down There’ (Paw Tracks)

As puckish foil to the choirboy charms of bandmate Panda Bear, Animal Collective's Dave "Avey Tare" Portner pushes the prickly and eerie side of the…
SPIN Staff / October 4, 2010

Gorillaz Evolve Into Arena Rockers in Montreal

No better time to work out the real-vs.-artifice dilemma than the opening night of your world tour, and no one better to do it than…
Mark Lepage / October 4, 2010

After 25 Years, Vaselines’ Return Worth the Wait

The Vaselines are one-quarter jokesters, another quarter dry sarcastic wit, and all the rest, rough-hewn indie-pop gold -- some imperfect alloy of garage, twee, and…
Michael Byrne / October 4, 2010

Michael Stipe Joins Supergroup Tired Pony in NYC

Friday night Gary Lightbody-the lanky, Irish-born frontman for platinum-selling U.K. rockers Snow Patrol-unveiled his latest side project at Manhattan's Irving Plaza. Tired Pony consists of…
John Macdonald / October 4, 2010

Deerhunter Launch Tour with Hometown Gig

Change was in the air Friday night at Deerhunter's U.S. tour kickoff in their hometown of Atlanta.
Austin Ray / October 4, 2010

Fountains of Wayne Play New Tunes at L.A. Tour Stop!

A truly all-ages crowd -- from wide-eyed preteens to silver-haired hipsters -- packed the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Friday night for the triumphant return…
Chris Martins / October 4, 2010

John Lennon Tribute Stars Gaga, Yoko & More

After more than 40 years in the public eye, Yoko Ono remains an indomitable spirit and irrepressible button-pusher.
Kevin Bronson / October 4, 2010

Swedish House Mafia, ‘Until One’ (Astralwerks)

A quarter century ago, Chicago DJs invented emphatically raw house music by sampling and re-creating disco riffs declared extinct. On this nonstop, 24-cut collection of…
Barry Walters / October 4, 2010

Small Black, ‘New Chain’ (Jagjaguar)

Last year's self-titled EP from this Brooklyn quartet, then a duo, was poignant, lo-fi synth-pop sung by a wisp of a guy already worrying what…
Marc Hogan / October 4, 2010

The Secret Sisters, ‘The Secret Sisters’ (Beladroit/Universal Republic)

If there's a flaw on this Alabama duo's debut, it's predictability. T-Bone Burnett and Jack White serve as executive producer and mentor, respectively, with Laura…
David Menconi / October 4, 2010

Sufjan Stevens, ‘The Age of Adz’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

With an overstuffed body of work that includes an orchestral meditation on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, a self-incriminating song about John Wayne Gacy, and two albums…
Mikael Wood / October 2, 2010

The Postelles, ‘The Postelles’ (Capitol/Astralwerks)

Having a Stroke on board--producer Albert Hammond Jr.--translates to more than cool by association for this youthful quartet, whose debut settles somewhere between Manfred Mann…
Colin Fleming / October 1, 2010

Pomegranates, ‘One of Us’ (Afternoon)

The sounds of Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, and MGMT--all in one song? It could be a Pratt Institute student's senior thesis or a Girl…
William Goodman / October 1, 2010

Doug Paisley, ‘Constant Companion’ (No Quarter)

Constant Companion sounds like the latter, an interior monologue of frustrated epigrams. "Who would be so cruel to someone like you / No one but…
David Menconi / October 1, 2010

The Orb vs. David Gilmour, ‘Metallic Spheres’ (Columbia/Sony)

The coupling of mischievous electronic outfit the Orb with the classic guitar-rock soaring of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour is not that strange a fit: the…
SPIN Staff / October 1, 2010

Old 97’s, ‘The Grand Theatre Volume One’ (New West)

Despite frontman Rhett Miller's nice-guy tendencies, Old 97's are way more fun when he gives in to his bitchy side--which is large and in charge…
David Menconi / October 1, 2010

Belle and Sebastian, ‘Write About Love’ (Matador)

Belle and Sebastian's name-making early records put shyness on wax, but the fame they achieved brought transformative confidence to the Scottish septet. The evolution from…
Josh Modell / October 1, 2010
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