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

Matt & Kim, ‘Sidewalks’ (Fader)

Approaching a new Matt & Kim album is like driving up to the gates of a Christian summer camp — the blithe, loving embrace that awaits…
Chris Martins / October 21, 2010

The 1900s, ‘Return of the Century’ (Parasol)

This Chicago band's remarkable second album mixes sweet and sour, employing graceful chamber pop to illuminate twisted relationships. A melodic improvement on their 2007 debut,…
Jon Young / October 21, 2010

Brian Eno with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams, ‘Small Craft on a Milk Sea’ (Warp)

Glam godfather, ambient inventor, oblique strategist, superstar producer, the very sound of Windows--it's easier to laundry-list what Brian Eno isn't. But after compartmentalizing his strengths…
SPIN Staff / October 21, 2010

Good Charlotte, ‘Cardiology’ (Capitol)

Last time we heard from these pop-punk glamour boys, on 2007's Good Morning Revival, frontman Joel Madden was reflecting on his breakup with Hilary Duff…
Mikael Wood / October 21, 2010

Phoenix & Daft Punk Wow Madison Square Garden

In the last 18 months, Phoenix has released a breakthrough hit album, 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, won its first Grammy, had its music featured in…
David Marchese / October 21, 2010

Keane Side Project Mt. Desolation Starts Tour

On Monday night at Los Angeles' Hollywood Palladium, Mt. Desolation played its first U.S. gig ever -- the kickoff to the band's current tour, in…
Chris Martins / October 19, 2010

Foxy Shazam and Free Energy Headline SPIN Tour

"Show me your ass, baby! Show me your ass!" Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam was yowling in Montreal's tiny bar Jukebox, and despite the crowd…
Mark Lepage / October 18, 2010

REVIEW: Say Anything, Motion City Headline Tour

On Friday night in Hollywood, Say Anything offered their co-headlining tour with Motion City Soundtrack and Saves The Day a supercharged show of their best…
Kevin Bronson / October 18, 2010

Live in L.A.: LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells

"I can change, I can change, I can change," James Murphy sang Friday night at the Hollywood Bowl, "if it helps you fall in love."
Mikael Wood / October 18, 2010

Kylesa, ‘Spiral Shadow’ (Season of Mist)

These crusty Southern punks outed themselves as prog rockers in 2008 with a brilliant cover of Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of…
Joe Gross / October 14, 2010

Bryan Ferry, ‘Olympia’ (Astralwerks)

For his 13th solo album, Bryan Ferry reconvenes the original lineup of Roxy Music (including elusive Brian Eno) for the first time in nearly four…
Mikael Wood / October 14, 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 14, 2010

Die Antwoord Shock, Rock in U.S. Tour Kickoff

Die Antwoord started their first headlining tour of the U.S. in a manner typical for a band that at every turn leaves audiences scratching their…
Charles Cross / October 14, 2010

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan Play First U.S. Show

Much is still made about the sheer oddity of Isobel Campbell's detour into rootsy Americana with Mark Lanegan -- even after the duo released their…
Eric Magnuson / October 14, 2010

Ben Folds, Nick Hornby Bring Collabo to Life in NYC

Back in 2003, British author Nick Hornby sang the praises of the Ben Folds Five tune "Smoke" in the pages of his essay collection, Songbook.
John Macdonald / October 13, 2010
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