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Red Head Redemption: The New Pornographers Knock Out Power-Pop on ‘Brill Bruisers’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: August 26, 2014Label: MatadorNot since the legendary I Love Lucys has a band repped for red hair harder than…
Barry Walters / August 27, 2014

Bear in Heaven Get Astral on Space Jam ‘Time Is Over One Day Old’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: August 05, 2014Label: Dead OceansCombining chillwave, psychedelia, Krautrock, shoegaze, synthpop, and a few other amorphous genres, Bear in Heaven…
Barry Walters / August 6, 2014

Spoon Destroy Their Sound to Save It on Triumphant ‘They Want My Soul’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: August 05, 2014Label: Loma VistaA generally unconventional act, Spoon nevertheless made a name for themselves the old-fashioned way: In…
Barry Walters / August 4, 2014

Elly Jackson (Re)Discovers Her Voice on La Roux’s ’80s Romp ‘Trouble in Paradise’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 22, 2014Label: Cherrytree /InterscopeNot a month after releasing her 2009 debut, Elly Jackson was struggling to live up…
Barry Walters / July 21, 2014

Moz Gives Old Age the Finger on ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: July 15, 2014Label: Harvest RecordsThirty-plus years in the music business haven't changed what makes Morrissey tick: He still relishes…
Barry Walters / July 16, 2014

Brian Eno and Underworld’s Karl Hyde Pursue Oblique Strategies on ‘High Life’ and ‘Someday World’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: July 01, 2014Label: WarpWhen Brian Eno and Underworld frontman Karl Hyde got together to record Someday World, released in…
Barry Walters / July 1, 2014

How To Dress Well Opens a Vein, Bleeds Turbulent R&B on ‘”What Is this Heart?'”

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: June 24, 2014Label: Domino / Weird WorldHaving grown up loving both the introspective side of ‘90s R&B and the…
Barry Walters / June 25, 2014

Sister Act First Aid Kit Are Resplendently Winsome on 14-Karat ‘Stay Gold’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: June 11, 2014Label: Columbia"I won't take the easy road," cry Johanna and Klara Söderberg of First Aid Kit in…
Barry Walters / June 10, 2014

Röyksopp & Robyn Revel in Dance-Pop Excess on ‘Do It Again’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: May 27, 2014Label: Cherrytree/InterscopeRöyksopp and Robyn do it again because they aced the first go-round: Back in 2009,…
Barry Walters / May 29, 2014

Hercules and Love Affair’s Erudite Dance Jams Sparkle on ‘The Feast of the Broken Heart’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 27, 2014Label: Big Beat/AtlanticHercules and Love Affair are structurally no different than many club acts: A producer calls…
Barry Walters / May 28, 2014

Morrissey Seems at Peace, Generates Drama in San Jose Tour Opener

Morrissey may have willfully resisted maturity for over 30 years, but he nevertheless came across flatteringly dignified on Wednesday's opening San Jose stop on his…
Barry Walters / May 8, 2014

tUnE-yArDs Transform Turbulence into Transcendence on Exultant ‘Nikki Nack’

9SPIN Rating: 9 of 10Release Date: May 06, 2014Label: 4ADSuccess brought crisis to tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus. Following up 2011's Whokill filled her with fear – not…
Barry Walters / May 2, 2014