reviews

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

Aaron Neville, ‘I Know I’ve Been Changed’ (Tell It All)

There's always been just a touch of evil in Aaron Neville's fluttery love-man vibrato, which serves him well on this back-to-church move. After all, the…
David Menconi / October 1, 2010

How to Dress Well, ‘Love Remains’ (Lefse)

Hazy nostalgia may have been the indie world's richest musical resource lately (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Wild Nothing), but a long-overdue embrace of R&B has certainly…
Marc Hogan / October 1, 2010

Gold Panda, ‘Lucky Shiner’ (Ghostly International)

Too upbeat for elevators but too mild-mannered for clubs, Brit producer Derwin Panda's laptop compositions recall a distinctly different era--say, seven years back, when Postal…
Spencer Kornhaber / October 1, 2010

Kings of Leon, ‘Come Around Sundown’ (RCA)

Last year, the lovably corny "Use Somebody" turned these Southern-rock road dogs into real-deal pop stars, but if Kings of Leon have (finally!) become their…
Mikael Wood / October 1, 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 1, 2010

Die Antwoord, ‘$O$’ (Cherrrytree/Interscope)

"I know it sounds strange," chirps mullet-rockin' Yo-Landi Vi$$er in "Rich Bitch," "but I used to count change." In fact, that's one of the more…
Mikael Wood / October 1, 2010

The Concretes, ‘WYWH’ (Friendly Fire)

"Honey, if you take me back, I will change," sings Lisa Milberg on "My Ways," and indeed there's a rejected-lover quality to the Concretes' second…
Mikael Wood / October 1, 2010

Clinic, ‘Bubblegum’ (Domino)

The title of Clinic's sixth album cheekily nods to the surgical-masked Brits' current, revamped sound--a softer spin on indie pop with their usual gritty agitation…
Josh Modell / October 1, 2010

Bobby Bare Jr., ‘A Storm-A Tree-My Mother’s Head’ (Naked Albino/Thirty Tigers)

Dwelling in the too-rock-for-country/too-country-for-rock DMZ, Bobby Bare Jr. has always been hard to pin down. But with backup from My Morning Jacket and a tight…
David Menconi / October 1, 2010

Belle and Sebastian & Teenage Fanclub Launch Tour

Fog, wind, the constant threat of rain-that was the scene at the Brooklyn waterfront Thursday night when Belle and Sebastian showed up to kick off…
John Macdonald / October 1, 2010

Evan Dando, Juliana Hatfield Duet Together in NYC

The watershed moment of '90s alt-rock stars Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield's joint set in New York City Wednesday night came when the duo performed…
William Goodman / September 30, 2010

Lil Wayne, ‘I Am Not a Human Being’ (Cash Money)

Rap and pop music have long exchanged amorous ogles, and recently, their sparkly offspring have staggered forth in the form of NutraSweet club anthems befitting…
Ben Detrick / September 30, 2010

Neil Young, ‘Le Noise’ (Reprise)

"When will I learn how to give back?" Neil Young asks on "Rumblin'." It's the last song on this brief, solitary, claustrophobic album, and might…
Sean Fennessey / September 30, 2010

Pete Yorn Plays New Album at L.A. Show

For a guy who only last year released two albums that seemed content to background the conversation, Pete Yorn on Monday night played like a…
Kevin Bronson / September 29, 2010

OMD, ‘History of Modern’ (Bright Antenna)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's first album in 14 years--and first in 24 to feature the lineup that recorded the bulk of their hits--meticulously returns…
Barry Walters / September 28, 2010

Gucci Mane, ‘The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted’ (Asylum/Warner Bros.)

With his mushy run-on sentences over stark keyboards and 808 kicks, Gucci Mane has a charmingly sloppy DIY appeal. He's less a craftsman than a…
Ben Detrick / September 28, 2010

Twin Shadow, ‘Forget’ (Terrible)

A pitch-perfect rendering of New Romanticism is probably not the sort of thing you'd expect from a vanity label run by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor.
Ian Cohen / September 28, 2010

King Sunny Ade, ‘Baba Mo Tunde’ (Indigedisc)

King Sunny Ade throws a sublime stylistic curveball on his first album in adecade, replacing the rapturous guitar army that once virtually defined his sound…
Richard Gehr / September 28, 2010

Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax Kick Off ‘Clash’ Tour

Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer's tour kick-off at Dallas on Saturday was something of a homecoming: Back in 1991, this same lineup launched the American leg…
Pete Freedman / September 27, 2010
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