Reviews

Iggy Pop, ‘Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009′ (Shout! Factory)

Spanning The Idiot/Lust for Life late-'70s solo comeback concerts through the 21st-century Stooges reunion tours, this four-CD live box is so raw that you ca…
By: Andrew Hultkrans / May 17, 2011

Austra, ‘Feel It Break’ (Domino)

Despite taking the name of the Latvian goddess of light, this Canadian trio craft dark and turbid moods. And while singer Katie Stelmanis' roots connect…
By: SPIN Staff / May 17, 2011

13 & God, ‘Own Your Ghost’ (Anticon)

Rebooted after a six-year hiatus, this unlikely joint venture between low-key Oakland rap collective Themselves and genteel German pop group the Notwist seems more like…
By: Jon Young / May 17, 2011

Mona, ‘Mona’ (ZionNoiz/Mercury/Island)

This U.K.-hyped Nashville band's debut is full of broad rock gestures and sticky hooks that initially satisfy, but reveal themselves over time as a bit…
By: Maura Johnston / May 16, 2011

Adele Wows With Chops, Chatter in D.C.

In 1978, the herald of young Britain arrived in the U.S. to sneer that the queen "ain't no human bein'." Some 33 years later, a…
By: Mark Jenkins / May 13, 2011

Okkervil River, ‘I Am Very Far’ (Jagjaguwar)

As a former critic, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheffknows that being championed as a "great singer-songwriter" can be a compliment and a trap. Especially whe…
By: Michael Tedder / May 10, 2011

Gang Gang Dance, ‘Eye Contact’ (4AD)

As a proudly underground entity, Manhattan's Gang Gang Dance seemed bent on creating one long celestial psych jam. But for 2008's Saint Dymphna, they pared…
By: Chris Martins / May 10, 2011

The Felice Brothers, ‘Celebration, Florida’ (Fat Possum)

Plenty of bands try to re-create Bob Dylan's mid-'60s apex, but Celebration, Florida sounds like it's conjuring Dylan's mid-'70s Rolling Thunder Revue period. These 11…
By: David Menconi / May 10, 2011

Manchester Orchestra, ‘Simple Math’ (Favorite Gentlemen/Columbia)

Andy Hull, Manchester Orchestra's 23-year-old wunderkind leader, has been making shockingly precocious records for years. But his band's third full-length is an old-fashioned magnum opu…
By: David Menconi / May 10, 2011

Raphael Saadiq, ‘Stone Rollin’ (Columbia)

Raphael Saadiq's retro soul homage is almost too expertly calibrated. Cases in point: "Heart Attack," which riffs on the driving tempo of Sly and the…
By: Mosi Reeves / May 10, 2011
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