Reviews - Page 197

Crowded House, ‘Intriguer’ (Fantasy)

Like Paul McCartney, Crowded House leader Neil Finn possesses a massive melodic gift, but no longer seems interested in writing anthems (à la "Don't Dream…
Barry Walters / July 2, 2010

Paul Wall, ‘Heart of a Champion’ (Swishahouse/Asylum)

This famously grill-adorned Houston rapper has experienced diminishing returns since his platinum-selling 2005 major-label debut, but there's no desperation here. Wall cruises along with his…
Ben Detrick / July 2, 2010

Jay Bennett, ‘Kicking at the Perfumed Air’ (Rock Proper)

Bennett was finishing up Kicking at the Perfumed Air when he died last year, and it comes with all the requisite intimations of mortality. The…
David Menconi / July 2, 2010

Fol Chen, ‘Part II: The New December’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

As their "The Beautiful Ones" contribution to spin's Purplish Rain compilation last year proved, this Los Angeles band loves Prince something fierce, right down to…
SPIN Staff / July 2, 2010

Sun Kil Moon, ‘Admiral Fell Promises’ (Caldo Verde)

Mark Kozelek has long been a fruitful inhabitant of the acoustic balladeer/ craggy electric-loner persona perfected by Neil Young. The big shift on his beautifully…
David Marchese / July 1, 2010

Smashing Pumpkins Triumph Over Hecklers in Debut

Billy Corgan debuted his leaner, meaner Smashing Pumpkins on Wednesday night, roaring through a scintillating 80 minutes of songs old and new before ending the…
Kevin Bronson / July 1, 2010

The-Dream & Wavves Woo Partygoers in NYC

It's one of the odder pairings of the summer so far: surf-punk outfit Wavves opening for R&B smoothy The-Dream Tuesday night in the basement of…
William Goodman / June 30, 2010

The-Dream, ‘Love King’ (Radio Killa/Def Jam)

"Radio killa"? Sure, but the R&B ATLien behind "Umbrella" and "Single Ladies" is also an auteur of weirdly personal, brilliantly lowbrow, and dazzlingly state-of-the-art pop?albums.
Marc Hogan / June 29, 2010

Lady Gaga Launches New ‘Monster’ Tour in Montreal

One Nation Under Gaud -- that was Lady Gaga's declaration ofindependence as her Monster Ball Tour re-opened in a packed MontrealBell Centre on Monday night.
Mark Lepage / June 29, 2010

Alejandro Escovedo, ‘Street Songs of Love’ (Fantasy)

With a mournful voice and handful of musical styles spanning introspective folk and blast-furnace punk, Alejandro Escovedo never makes dull albums, but his dark aura…
Jon Young / June 29, 2010

Steel Train, ‘Steel Train’ (Terrible Thrills)

The third album from New Jersey's Steel Train is a textbook example of how to use splashy arrangements and high-octane performances to enhance tepid material.?In…
Jon Young / June 29, 2010

3OH!3, ‘Streets of Gold’ (Atlantic)

As anyone who's ever worked retail will attest, some people are so unfathomably thickheaded you suspect that they're stealth sociopathic geniuses. 3OH!3 are the punk-crunk…
Stacey Anderson / June 29, 2010

Maps & Atlases, ‘Perch Patchwork’ (Barsuk)

This Chicago band's skittish energy recalls Talking Heads and TV on the Radio, lightening any dark subject matter with twitchy bursts of color. Early EPs…
Josh Modell / June 29, 2010

The Best Moments of Glastonbury 2010

Ah, Glastonbury: 200,000 people amassed together on Worthy Farm in Pilton, England for what has become the biggest, muddiest, loudest festival in the world. While…
Jen Boyles / June 28, 2010

M.I.A., Interpol, Spike Jonze Launch ‘Creators Project’

New York City's 80,000 square-foot Milk Studios was transformed into a playground for music and art lovers on Saturday, as M.I.A., Interpol, Neon Indian, Sleigh…
William Goodman / June 28, 2010
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