Dungen, ‘Ta Det Lugnt’ (Kemado) Dungen, ‘Dungen’ (Subliminal Sounds)

Since ax-wielding, flesh-piercing Norse gods once ruled Scandinavia, it's not surprising that black metal still thrives today. But while the land of the midnight su…
Adrienne Day / August 2, 2005

Frank Black, ‘Honeycomb’ (Back Porch/Virgin)

No man should have to scream forever. Except maybe Charles "Frank Black" Thompson, who could make a comfortable living doing nothing but spazzing out with…
Andrew Beaujon / July 28, 2005

Royksopp, ‘The Understanding’ (Astralwerks)

At the beginning of the decade, dance music got downsized. You can, in part, thank Royksopp for this. The Bergen, Norway duo's late 2001 debut,…
Michaelangelo Matos / July 27, 2005

Various Artists, ‘Wedding Crashers’ (New Line Records)

Spoon is the Owen Wilson of rock bands. Let us count the ways: Both Spoon and Wilson are from Austin, Texas. Both Britt Daniels and…
Jessica Grose / July 27, 2005

The Posies, ‘Every Kind of Light’ (Rykodisc)

On the list of vastly underrated '90s bands, ones that got pummeled into the turf by ferocious grunge also-rans, the Posies hold a lofty perch.
Peter Gaston / July 25, 2005

Quasimoto, ‘The Further Adventures of Lord Quas’ (Stones Throw)

For Otis Jackson Jr., life is what happens to you while you're busy making beats. As Quasimoto (and his alter egos, Madlib, DJ Rels, and…
SPIN Staff / July 21, 2005

Fountains of Wayne, ‘Out of State Plates’ (Virgin)

Glib little show-offs that they are, power-pop whizzes Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood surround the expected covers (a moody version of Britney's "...Baby One More…
Keith Harris / July 19, 2005

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, ‘Cold Roses’ (Lost Highway) Sufjan Stevens, ‘Illinois’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

Ah, the lure of the open road -- a central tenet of American mythology since Tom Joad rolled down dirt trails in his Ford-tough SUV.
Will Hermes / July 14, 2005

B.C. Camplight, ‘Hide, Run Away’ (One Little Indian)

Our world is full of sad singer-songwriters, and B.C. Camplight (ne Brian Christinzio) is one of the latest in the line-up. His debut album, Hide,…
Jenna Payne / July 13, 2005

Slim Thug, ‘Already Platinum’ (Star Trak/Geffen)

Slim Thug already had his name in the credits of two mix-tape heatseekers (his own "3 Kings" and Mike Jones' "Still Tippin'") by the time…
Chris Ryan / July 12, 2005
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