Reviews

Gossip, ‘Live in Liverpool’ (Music With a Twist/Columbia)

If this CD-plus-DVD package included the tinsel wig and sweat-soaked leopard unitard that singer Beth Ditto wore at this July 2007 U.K. show, maybe it…
By: Phoebe Reilly / May 15, 2008

Windsor for the Derby, ‘How We Lost’ (Secretly Canadian)

If Activision ever issues an indie-rock edition of Guitar Hero, Windsor for the Derby should be the house band. Melodic, melancholy crunch is the vetera…
By: Shannon Zimmerman / May 15, 2008

We Are Scientists, ‘Brain Thrust Mastery’ (Astralwerks)

The title of the second LP by this Brooklyn synth-rockduo (formerly a trio) loosely alludes to singer Keith Murray's newly discreet, mind-over- body m.o. O…
By: Julia Simon / May 15, 2008

Flight of the Conchords, ‘Flight of the Conchords’ (Sub Pop)

This New Zealand duo dignify the term "novelty band," whether spoofing Pet Shop Boys or decrying the high cost of sneakers made by "little slave…
By: Lindsey Thomas / May 15, 2008

Quiet Village, ‘Silent Movie’ (K7)

Named for Martin Denny's seminal exotica/lounge album, Quiet Village opt for a sketchy sunset -- rather than the more traditional nymph in a loincloth --…
By: SPIN Staff / May 15, 2008

El Perro Del Mar, ‘From the Valley to the Stars’ (The Control Group)

Aside from the bouncing ivories of "Somebody's Baby" and the girl-group harmonies of groovy gem "How Did We Forget?" Sarah Assbring's third LP ditches the…
By: William Goodman / May 15, 2008

The Wedding Present, ‘El Rey’ (Manifesto)

The Wedding Present's greatest days are in the rear view: ReenlistingSteve Albini -- who recorded the band's pinnacle of dark Britishness, 1991'sSeamonsters -- tacitly admit…
By: Josh Modell / May 15, 2008

The Kooks, ‘Konk’ (Astralwerks)

These British phenoms' energetic pop-rock tunes are eminently listenable and sometimes downright joyous (album opener "See the Sun"), but nary a nanosecond of the Kooks'…
By: Josh Modell / May 15, 2008

The Death Set, ‘Worldwide’ (Counter)

Like seemingly everyone emerging from Baltimore's pogo-stick-and-glow-stick indie music scene, Australian natives the Death Set rock out à la Looney Tunes -- maniacal, colorful, and…
By: Spencer Kornhaber / May 15, 2008

Shy Child, ‘Noise Won’t Stop’ (Kill Rock Stars)

Before they formed New York's Shy Child, Pete Cafarella and Nate Smith helped funk up the Washington, D.C. punk scene as members of Dischord band…
By: Mikael Wood / May 15, 2008
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