Reviews - Page 134

10 Best Moments from the MoogFest Celebration

Robert Moog would have been proud. The man DJ Spooky credits with paving the way for hip-hop loved to watch his inventions and creations --…
Mark Kemp / November 1, 2010

Phish Trick and Treat With Little Feat & Led Zeppelin

Halloween has become such a hallowed part of the Phish mythology that it took the band two nights to celebrate it this year. On Saturday…
Richard Gehr / November 1, 2010

10 Best Moments of Voodoo Music Experience

A music festival named the Voodoo Experience. Staged in New Orleans, the home of Mardi Gras. On Halloween weekend. Might folks costume? Oh, yes. Friday's…
Kevin Michael / November 1, 2010

Free Moral Agents, ‘Control This’ (Chocolate Industries)

Isaiah "Ikey" Owens earned his punk-prog cred playing keyboards and synths for the Mars Volta, but the Long Beach auteur noodles with a crisper sense…
Spencer Kornhaber / October 29, 2010

Eternal Summers, ‘Silver’ (Kanine)

This Virginia duo's debut could double as a hypercompressed essay on post-punk's shift into indie. The single-string guitar solos on "Running High" and "Disciplinarian" reveal…
Maura Johnston / October 29, 2010

Elizabeth & the Catapult, ‘The Other Side of Zero’ (Verve Forecast)

Don't expect any lighthearted "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" shenanigans here -- Brooklyn chamber-poppers Elizabeth & the Catapult lace their levity with foreboding and undercut their sweeping…
Stacey Anderson / October 29, 2010

Das Racist, ‘Sit Down, Man’ (Greedhead/Mad Decent)

When Das Racist debuted with 2008's "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," it was difficult to tell if the Brooklyn duo were just outsider scoundrels…
Ben Detrick / October 29, 2010

Cloud Nothings, ‘Turning On’ (Carpark)

Cynical ears might find Cloud Nothings too raw or half-baked, but hidden beneath their home-recorded cacophony is a melodic knack that approaches Guided by Voices…
Josh Modell / October 29, 2010

A Classic Education, ‘Hey There Stranger’ (Lefse)

"Classic" is right. The second EP by this unlikely and far-flung alliance between Canadian singer-songwriter Jonathan Clancy and five Italian backup players is the sharpest…
David Menconi / October 29, 2010

Cheap Time, ‘Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations)’ (In the Red)

Singer-guitarist Jeffrey Novak pulls off a neat stunt on the second Cheap Time album, bringing fresh life to the most timeworn garage-band conventions. Compared to…
Jon Young / October 29, 2010

Bring Me the Horizon, ‘There Is a Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven Let’s Keep It a Secret’ (Epitaph)

On their third album, these dizzying British metalcore chemists swing erratically in an effort to shake genre conventions, flirting with dystopic Max Headroom stutter, electro…
christopherschultz / October 29, 2010

Blank Dogs, ‘Land and Fixed’ (Captured Tracks)

Brooklyn's Mike Sniper completes a proper metamorphosis with his third album, shedding the cocoon of skronk that enveloped his past to become, well, something quite…
Chris Martins / October 29, 2010

Bilal, ‘Airtight’s Revenge’ (Plug Research)

Bilal Oliver was once a soldier in the Soulquarians, the ?uestlove-led collective that called for a hip-hop and R&B revolution. But 2001's underappreciated 1st Born…
Mosi Reeves / October 29, 2010

Badly Drawn Boy, ‘It’s What I’m Thinking Pt.1 — Photographing Snowflakes’ (The End)

Damon Gough's seventh album tacitly acknowledges the artistically lost decade that the English singer-songwriter has endured since his shambolic, charming debut, The Hour of Bewilderbeest…
Ian Cohen / October 29, 2010

Aeroplane, ‘We Can’t Fly’ (Eskimo/Ultra)

Having built a reputation with masterful remixes for Friendly Fires, Grace Jones, et al. that update '80s Balearic beach grooves with contemporary digitization, Belgium's warmest…
Barry Walters / October 29, 2010

Elvis Costello, ‘National Ransom’ (Hear Music)

With livelier playing and more memorable tunes, Costello's second straight collaboration with producer T Bone Burnett is a major improvement over last year's ho-hum Secret,…
Mikael Wood / October 27, 2010

Magnetic Man, ‘Magnetic Man’ (Startime International)

After nearly a decade of underground acclaim, South London dubstep producers Benga, Skream, and Artwork collaborate for a U.K. crossover hit (and now U.S. major-label…
Barry Walters / October 26, 2010

Taylor Swift, ‘Speak Now’ (Big Machine)

Before you've even heard Taylor Swift's new album, it's hard to resist imagining that the 20-year-old Queen of Tween is secretly addressing these songs to…
Mikael Wood / October 26, 2010

Buffalo Springfield, Pearl Jam Shine at Bridge School

Organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi, the Bridge School Benefit -- begun in 1986 and held each year since 1988 in Mountain View,…
Barry Walters / October 25, 2010

All 5 Nights: My Morning Jacket Live in NYC!

[EDITOR'S NOTE: We reviewed each night of My Morning Jacket's Oct 18-23 concert stand at New York City's Terminal 5. The band played their five…
SPIN Staff / October 25, 2010
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