reviews

J. Tillman, ‘Vacilando Territory Blues’ (Western Vinyl)

Fleet Foxes' comparatively glossy production and gentle harmonizing almost seem cartoonish when paired with the world-weary solo albums of the Seattle band's drummer,J. Tillman. On…
Spencer Kornhaber / January 7, 2009

Glasvegas Kick Off U.S. Tour

The vibe inside New York City's Bowery Ballroom for a sold-out show by U.K. chart-topping quartet Glasvegas wasn't any less bleak and frigid than the…
Diana Pastrana / January 7, 2009

My Morning Jacket Celebrate the New Year!

With new tunes and classics, lengthy jams, loads of covers, and more, My Morning Jacket's four-hour New Year's Eve show at New York City's Madison…
Larry Fitzmaurice / January 2, 2009

Animal Collective, ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ (Domino)

A waterlogged sample of a voice croaking, "You can dance" opens Animal Collective's ninth album, and it's a sign of what's to come, even if…
Andy Beta / December 29, 2008

Andrew Bird, ‘Noble Beast’ (Fat Possum)

Over the course of his five solo albums, Andrew Bird's music has become a custom- tailored suit: fussy and impossible for anyone else to wear.
Jessica Suarez / December 27, 2008

Concert Photos: Metallica Live!

The heavy metal machine that is Metallica continued the U.S. leg of its world tour at Oakland's Oracle Arena Saturday night, Dec. 20. Check out…
SPIN Staff / December 22, 2008

Franz Ferdinand, ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’ (Domino/Epic)

How did Scottish people ever have sex before the existence of Franz Ferdinand? No offense to the Highlands' cozy twee-pop lineage, but until this Glasgow…
Brian Raftery / December 22, 2008

The BPA, ‘I Think We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat’ (Southern Fried)

The latest project from Norman Cook, a.k.a. Fatboy Slim, comes with a cute backstory about a group of friends dropping by a Brighton, England studio…
Lindsey Thomas / December 21, 2008

Grace Jones, ‘Hurricane’ (Wall of Sound)

"Speak of the Devil, and he will appear," Grace Jones advises on her first album in almost two decades. And it's fair to wonder if…
Josh Wimmer / December 21, 2008

Mark Olson & Gary Louris, ‘Ready for the Flood’ (New West)

Though this duo have recorded and toured together since Olson quit the Jayhawks in 1995, Ready for the Flood is their official reunion album, and…
Rob O'connor / December 19, 2008

Robert Pollard, ‘The Crawling Distance’ (Guided by Voices Inc.)

This solo album by the ridiculously prolific former Guided by Voices leader, with help from instrumental accomplice Todd Tobias, features another ten songs of standard…
Rob O'connor / December 19, 2008

A.C. Newman, ‘Get Guilty’ (Matador)

"Few have the luxury ofB-sides / I've got buckets full," New Pornographers singer- guitarist Carl Newman brags on "Submarines of Stockholm." Here, the Canadian power-pop…
Jessica Suarez / December 19, 2008

Late of the Pier, ‘Fantasy Black Channel’ (Astralwerks)

If you still get a tingle from the electro pop theatrics of Gary Numan or Ultravox, say hello to Late of the Pier. The quartet's…
Jon Young / December 19, 2008

The Rapture, ‘Tapes’ (!K7)

Fans of the Rapture might not be familiar with many of the artists on the New York dance punks' swift, 80-minute DJ mix; only a…
Josh Modell / December 19, 2008

The (international) Noise Conspiracy, ‘The Cross of My Calling’ (Vagrant/American)

Their sound is a fizzy old-style brew of hard rock, psychedelia, and pop punk. Sometimes they nod to the Doors, and the drummer is clearly…
Jon Young / December 19, 2008

Rivers Cuomo, ‘Alone II’ (DGC)

With Rivers Cuomo having declared himself a formalist obsessive-compulsive, the question of whether he's being sincere has become increasingly difficult to parse. Alone II, the…
David Marchese / December 19, 2008

Ladyhawke, ‘Ladyhawke’ (Modular)

Plundering the 1980s for inspiration (shock!), 27-year- old New Zealander Pip Brown emerges with a confection of synth-infused, mammoth-chorused tunes that sound surprisingly and thrillingly…
Nadine Oregan / December 19, 2008

Nickelback, ‘Dark Horse’ (Roadrunner)

By now, when it comes to his lyrics, you have to wonder if Chad Kroeger is just taking the piss: "Gotta meet the hottie with…
Mikael Wood / December 19, 2008

Beyoncé, ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’ (Music World/Columbia)

Because 2008 wasn't enough like the ultimate battle of good versus evil, Beyoncé would like to throw her hat into the fray. Or, rather, her…
Stacey Anderson / December 19, 2008

Femi Kuti, ‘Day by Day’ (Mercer Street)

On his first collection of original material since 2001's Fight to Win, Afrobeat scion Femi Kuti and his sprawling Positive Force ensemble unfurl 12 songs…
Mosi Reeves / December 19, 2008
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