Reviews

Arcade Fire Prank the Crowd, Spurn the Hits at ‘$500 Gift’ Brooklyn Show

  “We’ve all got things to hide,” goes a throwaway line in “Reflektor,” the disco-thumping lead single and title track of Arcade Fire’s upcoming…
By: Kory Grow / October 19, 2013

Drake Kicks Off Tour With a Pristinely Indulgent Hockey-Arena Spectacular

Drake / Miguel / FutureCONSOL Energy CenterPittsburgh, PAFriday, October 18, 2013…
By: Rob Harvilla / October 19, 2013

Cass McCombs Lets It Roll With the Spooky, Overstuffed ‘Big Wheel and Others’

Big Wheel and Others has an awful lot of songs. Big whoop. Cass McCombs released an awful lot of music in 2011, too: two albums'…
By: Alfred Soto / October 18, 2013

Four Tet Vividly Imagines Future Dance Floors on ‘Beautiful Rewind’

At some point in late 2010 or early 2011, Four Tet's Kieran Hebden found himself in the studio alongside Thom Yorke and Burial for their…
By: Andy Beta / October 17, 2013

The Dismemberment Plan Slouch Toward Maturity on ‘Uncanny Valley’

Despite the love songs, the tempered tempos, and the "You say 'cluster' / I say 'fuck'!" call-and-response joke, the Dismemberment Plan's first album in 12…
By: Dan Weiss / October 17, 2013

Tim Hecker Conducts Harrowing, Thrilling Drone Warfare on His New Masterpiece, ‘Virgins’

At the risk of falling prey to the Intentional Fallacy, it seems safe to surmise that Tim Hecker was working through some shit on hi…
By: Philip Sherburne / October 15, 2013

Cults’ ‘Static’ Is a Forward-Thinking Breakup Record That Actually Respects Itself, and You

It's hard to move forward if you can't make sense of the past, whatever set of events led you from love to loss: his night…
By: Garrett Kamps / October 14, 2013

Pearl Jam’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ Brings Just Enough Thunder

It is silly and reductive to think this way, but still: Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, is older today than the Who's Tommy was the…
By: Rob Harvilla / October 14, 2013

Neutral Milk Hotel’s First Show in 15 Years Was Ragged, Glorious

Neutral Milk Hotel / 2640 / Baltimore, MD / Friday, October 11, 2013After 15 years, what's another five minutes of suspense as to what Jeff Mangum's new old…
By: Jesse Jarnow / October 14, 2013

Date With the Devil: Watain Arrives in New York City

Swedish black metal horde Watain are, to put it exceptionally mildly, an extreme bunch of dudes, and their literally gory, fiery (also literally) live show…
By: Krista Schlueter / October 10, 2013

Sleigh Bells’ ‘Bitter Rivals’ Delivers Candy-Coated Annihilation You Can Believe In

Sleigh Bells are fight-pop for grown-ups. Left jab. Snap back your head. Shifty footwork. Right cross to your dread. Shower. Dress. Grind.Sure, the duo's first…
By: Charles Aaron / October 9, 2013

Luke Bryan’s Goofy Charm, Tyler Farr’s Truck-Nuts Rage, and More New Hits in SPIN Country

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Luke Bryan, Crash My Party (Capitol) Luke Bryan sings about his truck so often you start to worry he’s living out of it.
By: Rob Harvilla / October 9, 2013

Pusha T’s ‘My Name Is My Name’ Is Too Ambitious to Fail

When the Clipse finally dissolved after a decade-plus as critical darlings and major-label hostages (those situations often being synonymous before the Internet Rap Renaissance), felled…
By: Brandon Soderberg / October 7, 2013

Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ Serves Up the Perfectly American Horrorshow We Deserve

What is there to "review" when it comes to a Miley Cyrus album? Her singing, affected and perfected by software? How her powerless pop make…
By: Jessica Hopper / October 7, 2013

Matana Roberts Weaves Stunning Avant-Jazz Tapestry on ‘Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile’

To recap: In 2011, Constellation Records, an indie-leaning label best known for its association with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, released the first chapter of saxophonist-composer…
By: Seth Colter Walls / October 3, 2013

Danny Brown’s ‘Old’ Announces the End of the Pill-Popping Party

Danny Brown, the Internet's number one most hedonistic rapper, is actually a moralist. The first half of his 2011 XXX mixtape was a crazed collectio…
By: Brandon Soderberg / October 2, 2013

Oneohtrix Point Never and Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside Serve Up Noirish, Sensuous Hypnosis

Oneohtrix Point Never, R Plus Seven (Warp) 8…
By: Andy Beta / October 2, 2013

Moby Plays to His Strengths Again (Finally!) on the Surprisingly Soulful ‘Innocents’

A ridiculously easy target for would-be Eminems everywhere, Moby, by virtue of his wild popularity and innate friendliness, long ago became one of those act…
By: Barry Walters / October 1, 2013

Justin Timberlake Attempts to Wow Us Again on ‘The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2′

The sequel rarely beats the original. Cinematic exceptions include the return of the Corleone family, the Empire striking back, and the encore early-'80s outing of…
By: Jason King / September 30, 2013
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