Reviews - Page 197

Vampire Weekend, Patti Smith Rock for Tibet

The idea behind the annual Tibet House Benefit Concert is really quite simple: "You get as many talented people in the room and then you…
John Macdonald / February 4, 2009

Razorlight Play Special Show in L.A.

Last night at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, Brit rockers Razorlight played one of only two U.S. gigs in support of their upcoming album, Slipway…
Larry Fitzmaurice / February 4, 2009

M. Ward, ‘Hold Time’ (Merge)

Matt Ward's playful leads and warm, insistent strum make him the rare indie-rock guitarist with an instantly recognizable style. His voice is also distinctive, though…
David Peisner / February 4, 2009

Antony and the Johnsons Kick Off U.S. Tour

Antony and the Johnsons opened their 15-date U.S. tour Monday night at Glenside, PA's Keswick Theater, just outside Philadelphia, with a 90-minute set that featured…
Brian Mcmanus / February 3, 2009

Photos: Motley Crue Are Back!

Fresh from the release of their first album in eight years, Saints of Los Angeles, '80s hair-metal gods Motley Crue kicked off their North American…
SPIN Staff / February 3, 2009

Metallica Shred New Jersey A New One

"How old are you?" Metallica leader James Hetfield quizzed a boy in the front row during a break in the chaos of Saturday night's show…
Matt Kiser / February 2, 2009

Fu*kin’ A: The Thermals’ New Songs Rock Live

"Now we're going to bore you with our new songs," frontman Hutch Harris said Saturday night at Brooklyn's Bell House, where the Thermals played a…
William Goodman / February 2, 2009

Here We Go Magic, ‘Here We Go Magic’ (Western Vinyl)

It's a risky proposition when a largely unheard artist wraps himself in a newidentity that's clearly evocative of two trendy styles -- Panda Bear's Beach…
Barry Walters / February 2, 2009

B-Real, ‘Smoke N Mirrors’ (Duck Down)

Los Angeles' Cypress Hill, with their G'd-up-stoner-dude-meets-Beelzebub aesthetic, always represented an exceptional sonic mélange. And on his solo debut, Cypress frontman B-Real exemplifies his group's…
Will Dukes / February 2, 2009

Asobi Seksu , ‘Hush’ (Polyvinyl)

This Brooklyn group's previous albums established them as shoegaze confectioners, molding candy swirls out of Yuki Chikudate's soaring, translucent voice and guitarist James Hanna's Kevin…
Jessica Suarez / February 1, 2009

Beirut/Realpeople, ‘March of the Zapotec/Holland’ (Pompeii)

Thank God for that voice. Without such caramel pipes, Beirut's Zach Condon would never be able to own his shape-shifting styles -- elegant French pop…
Jessica Suarez / February 1, 2009

Alela Diane, ‘To Be Still’ (Rough Trade)

This small-town California-reared singer could hypnotize forest critters with her mournful, oddly serene voice, which seems to be a timeless element of nature. To Be…
Barry Walters / February 1, 2009

The Drones, ‘Havilah’ (ATP)

Taking cues from Australian forebears the Birthday Party and the Scientists, with touches of Dirty Three's dusty rage, these country-tinged post-punks would be bookish if…
J Gabriel Boylan / February 1, 2009

Robyn Hitchcock, ‘Goodnight Oslo’ (Yep Roc)

Hitchcock's second album with the Venus 3, who include R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, is less dazzling than 2006's Olé! Tarantula, yet still pretty compelling. Curiously, his…
Jon Young / February 1, 2009

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, ‘Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit’ (Lightning Rod)

Southern rock is a minefield of rebel flags, drinking songs, and dudes yelling "Free Bird!" With Drive-By Truckers, singer-guitarist Jason Isbell learned to embrace some…
David Peisner / February 1, 2009

Eleni Mandell, ‘Artificial Fire’ (Zedtone)

Eleni Mandell's musical coordinates obviously include sultry sirens Chrissie Hynde and PJ Harvey, but she also possesses an uncanny knack for sweetly sinister, heartsick vignettes.
Shannon Zimmerman / February 1, 2009

Telepathe, ‘Dance Mother’ (IAMSOUND)

Conjuring a chillier Bananarama transplanted to Brooklyn, this female duo's debut album is the latest intriguing art-pop indulgence produced by TV on the Radio's David…
Shannon Zimmerman / February 1, 2009

These Are Powers, ‘All Aboard Future’ (Dead Oceans)

Blipping and thumping through nine tracks, These Are Powers' debut album cross-wires art-damaged difficult listening with skewed rock swagger. The result is a thrilling, hyperpercussive…
Shannon Zimmerman / February 1, 2009

Various Artists, ‘Dark Was the Night’ (4AD)

Produced by the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner, the latest in the Red Hot series of AIDS benefit albums plays like a musically and thematically…
Barry Walters / February 1, 2009

Vetiver, ‘Tight Knit’ (Sub Pop)

Vetiver's music sounds like it was written in midday sunshine, yet longs for a dark bedroom in the dead of night. Andy Cabic's balmy folk…
Jessica Suarez / February 1, 2009
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