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MGMT Get an Assist from the Kids at Chicago Benefit

MGMT's biggest hit took on an added dimension on Friday at Chicago's House of Blues. Before the psych-pop quintet's piquant headlining set at the Dare…
Kevin Bronson / August 7, 2010

Arcade Fire Make Themselves at Home in the Garden

For a moment there, it looked like Win Butler was just reciting from the Cheesy Arena Stage Banter Handbook (foreword by Paul Stanley). "This is…
Steve Kandell / August 5, 2010

Green Day Kick Off Epic Tour Near Philly

If you hopped inside a flux-capacitor-equipped DeLorean, traveled back in time to Berkeley's crusty 924 Gilman Street club circa 1989, and told someone in the…
Michael Goldberg / August 4, 2010

Spiritualized Play Classic Album Live at SPIN25!

When Spiritualized closed their set Friday night at Radio City Music Hall with an orchestral-rock encore of gospel standard "Oh Happy Day," the venerable Art…
Charles Aaron / August 2, 2010

Arcade Fire Headline Montreal Fest with True Passion

Arcade Fire ringleader Win Butler spends much of his band's latest album, The Suburbs(out Tuesday), revisiting his past growing up in suburban Houston, but Saturday…
Charlie Amter / August 2, 2010

Lissie, ‘Catching a Tiger’ (Fat Possum)

Equally comfortable with dance grooves ("When I'm Alone"), country-tinged laments ("Everywhere I Go"), and epic pop dramas ("Loosen the Knot"), Illinois-bred, California-based Elisabeth Maurus is…
Jon Young / July 31, 2010

Toadies, ‘Feeler’ (Kirtland)

You've been touring nonstop in support of your first new album in seven years. What do you do next? If you're Texas-based scrungers Toadies, you…
Doug Brod / July 31, 2010

Brian Wilson, ‘Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin’ (Walt Disney)

The most brilliant Beach Boy has always cited "Rhapsody in Blue," American composer George Gershwin's prodigal 1924 meeting of jazz and classical, as his favorite…
Stacey Anderson / July 31, 2010

Ray LaMontagne, ‘God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise’ (RCA)

There's not much emotional nuance in Ray LaMontagne's fourth album, which maintains a brokenhearted downer elegance, similar to Neil Young at his most somber and…
David Menconi / July 31, 2010

Sea of Bees, ‘Songs for the Ravens’ (Crossbill)

Multi-instrumentalist Julie Baenziger hails from Grandaddy's stomping grounds, California's Central Valley, and like her onetime neighbors, she has an impeccable knack for infusing despair with…
Chris Martins / July 31, 2010

The National Deliver Big at SPIN25 Live Concert!

If National frontman Matt Berninger ever decides to change careers, he could be a preacher or a shaman or the dictator of a small country.
Lizzy Goodman / July 30, 2010

The Black Keys Burn Up the Blues at SPIN25 Live!

The Flaming Lips may be the longest-running band to perform during the week of concerts being held in celebration of SPIN's 25th anniversary -- presented…
David Marchese / July 29, 2010

The Flaming Lips Wow for SPIN’s 25th Anniversary

"Everyone always says that when bands play places like L.A. and New York that no one wants to have a good time," frontman Wayne Coyne…
John Macdonald / July 28, 2010

Smashing Pumpkins Kick Off SPIN’s 25th Anniversary!

"Onstage we are going to give you more than anybody else, and we are going to kick your ass harder than anybody else. You can…
William Goodman / July 27, 2010

Chromeo Launch New Album Tour in D.C.

"Oooh, Oh, Chrome-ee-oh, Oooh, Oh, Chrome-ee-oh," a sold-out room of fans at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club chant-sang Monday night as a bank of lights to…
Michael Byrne / July 27, 2010
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