reviews

Scissor Sisters Kick Off Fairy Tale Tour

Saturday night, the Scissor Sisters kicked off their world tour in front of a sold out Atlanta, GA, crowd.Their third album, Night Work, has been…
Mark Green / August 23, 2010

The Vaselines, ‘Sex With an X’ (Sub Pop)

A whopping 23 years since their last album and with a competent new drummer in tow, the Vaselines have lost the wide-eyed wonder and ragged…
christopherschultz / August 20, 2010

Ke$ha Throws a Party at Solo NYC Show

Love her or hate her, Ke$ha knows how to throw a party.
Kelsey Paine / August 20, 2010

JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys, ‘Fidelity’ (La Mina/Rocket Science)

Kudos to main Pretender Chrissie Hynde for changing the script: Her collaboration with young Welsh singer JP Jones feels fresher than anything she's done in…
Jon Young / August 17, 2010

Richard Thompson, ‘Dream Attic’ (Shout! Factory)

Recording new material live in a series of concerts with his longtime road band is the best idea Thompson's had since he ditched soul-muting '90s…
Joe Gross / August 16, 2010

Brandon Flowers Plays First Solo Show

He often sang with a hand over his heart, in a "Pledge of Allegiance" pose, looking as earnest and hopeful as a man asking for…
Jason Bracelin / August 16, 2010

Terrible Things, ‘Terrible Things’ (Universal Motown)

For Terrible Things, former Taking Back Sunday member Fred Mascherino rallies an ex–Coheed and Cambria guitarist and a Hot Rod Circuit alum around a song…
Chris Martins / August 13, 2010

Queens of the Stone Age Return at L.A. Benefit

Metal heads, stoners, and hard rock aficionados turned out in droves for the intimate show at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night,…
Chris Martins / August 13, 2010

Sonny & the Sunsets, ‘Tomorrow Is Alright’ (Fat Possum)

Fanciful whimsy and weary self-deprecation should be at odds, but Sonny Smith invokes them both with a shrug on his band's low-key garage-pop debut. Originally…
Abigail Everdell / August 13, 2010

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, ‘Junky Star’ (Lost Highway)

This Texas-trained troubadour's recent Oscar win (for the Crazy Heart theme) hasn't softened his cranky country-rock mindset: "Look at my face, it's blood and tears…
Mikael Wood / August 13, 2010

Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’ (Merge)

On an album full of moments when hope turns haunting, the ghosts hang heaviest on the spellbinding "Suburban War," which comes roughly halfway through Arcade…
David Marchese / August 11, 2010

Ra Ra Riot, ‘The Orchard’ (Barsuk)

This sextet's poetry-quoting, cello-chugging debut came with plenty of stop-start, hum-along rockers, as if the band was out to prove that liberal-arts fops could soundtrack…
Spencer Kornhaber / August 10, 2010

Katy Perry, ‘Teenage Dream’ (Capitol)

When Katy Perry revealed the title of her sophomore album earlier this year, the members of dream-pop duo Beach House took to Twitter and vented…
Mikael Wood / August 9, 2010

Maximum Balloon, ‘Maximum Balloon’ (DGC/Interscope)

As TV on the Radio's resident sound sculptor, Dave Sitek has never hidden his dance-floor inclinations. On this solo-ish debut, though, he gives that funk…
Mikael Wood / August 9, 2010

Land of Talk, ‘Cloak and Cipher’ (Saddle Creek)

Written and recorded during frontwoman Elizabeth Powell's recovery from a vocal hemorrhage, this Montreal band's second full-length expands the abrasive post-hardcore and tender, tuneful poles…
William Goodman / August 9, 2010

James Blackshaw, ‘All Is Falling’ (Young God)

For his ninth LP of pastoral plucking, British guitarist James Blackshaw graduates from gifted fingerpicker to masterful composer, combining John Fahey's tender arpeggios and Terry…
christopherschultz / August 9, 2010

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, ‘Hawk’ (Vanguard)

Isobel Campbell wrote and produced nearly all the songs on her previous two collaborations with former Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age growler Mark Lanegan,…
Marc Hogan / August 9, 2010

!!!, ‘Strange Weather, Isn’t It?’ (Warp)

Bits of darkness invade !!!'s first album in three years, and it's a dangerous supplement for a band whose foundation is winking, boisterous funk. When…
Josh Modell / August 9, 2010

Fitz & the Tantrums, ‘Pickin’ Up the Pieces’ (Dangerbird)

Many recent students of old-school soul get the rhythms and vibe right, but what sets Michael Fitzpatrick and his L.A. crew apart is their mastery…
Barry Walters / August 9, 2010

The Pack, ‘Wolfpack Party’ (SMC)

Moody, unhinged rapper Lil B has become the face of this Berkeley quartet, but their sex-themed sophomore LP is just as frivolously accessible as 2006…
Ben Detrick / August 9, 2010
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