Charles Aaron

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DOM, ‘Family of Love EP’ (Astralwerks)

With their 2010 debut EP, Sun Bronzed Greek Gods -- especially wounded snot-nosed manifestos "Living in America" and "Burn Bridges" -- this sincerely smart-ass Dorchester,…
Charles Aaron / August 9, 2011

Robyn Leads a Bonnaroo Lovefest on Her B-Day

Anyone who spied Swedish electro-pop diva Robyn backstage in the dusty gravel parking lot at the Other Tent on Sunday afternoon got a serious glimpse…
Charles Aaron / June 13, 2011

Wiz Khalifa Gets High on… (Music?) at Bonnaroo

His bent-paper-clip physique thickly tatted up and down, baseball cap askew, skein of gold chains, sleeveless black Taylor Gang t-shirt, eyes past the point where…
Charles Aaron / June 12, 2011

My Morning Jacket Deliver Brilliant Bonnaroo Set

For generations in the South, one little-discussed ritual of youth has had a persistent influence -- the ceremonial cranking of southern rock (ironically or not)…
Charles Aaron / June 11, 2011

Urge Overkill, ‘Rock & Roll Submarine’ (UO)

Against looonnng odds, Urge Overkill's first album since 1995's pooch-screw Exit the Dragon isn't horrific, but considering the satiric/horrific chalk line they've always sloshed across,…
Charles Aaron / May 10, 2011

‘Mess With Texas’ Megashow Helps Close out SXSW

It was no stunner that Ted Leo, punk-ethos lifer and reluctant interlocutor in South By Southwest's music-industry minstrel show, provided the most cutting epilogue to…
Charles Aaron / March 20, 2011

SXSW’s Best Foxy Girl Group: Puro Instinct

As the Isley Brothers' cinematic wet kiss "Between the Sheets" faded down (at the buzzkillingly named Klub Krucial), Los Angeles indie-pop troupe Puro Instinct launched…
Charles Aaron / March 19, 2011

The Strokes Cause Fireworks at Free SXSW Show

Being partially jaded and partially giddy before the Strokes' free show at Auditorium Shores Stage Thursday night -- their second of the year supporting new…
Charles Aaron / March 18, 2011

LISTEN: 10 Post-Dubstep Artists Who Matter

With the tense, negative-space drama of his eponymous debut album haunted by his own palpably vulnerable voice, James Blake has played the coy illusionist, transforming…
Charles Aaron / March 14, 2011

Kurt Vile, ‘Smoke Ring for My Halo’ (Matador)

Kurt Vile has rock's most believable sneer. When on his fourth album the Philly singer-songwriter confesses to being "a puppet to the man" and that…
Charles Aaron / March 8, 2011

Joell Ortiz, ‘Free Agent’ (E One)

Brooklyn's Pillsbury corner boy (and Slaughterhouse member) pops fresh rhymes about project life's ills with such high-spirited, ingloriously precise detail that he renders voyeurism unseemly…
Charles Aaron / February 22, 2011

Radiohead’s ‘King of Limbs’: 9 Thoughts on 8 Tracks

Editor's Note: Like the rest of the world, SPIN was surprised by the Feb. 18 release of King of Limbs, the new studio record from…
Charles Aaron / February 18, 2011

Saigon, ‘The Greatest Story Never Told’ (Suburban Noize)

To win in New York hip-hop, you gotta embody brash triumph against stacked odds; scrappy runners-up only earn affectionate shrugs. Burly Brooklyn ex-con Saigon once…
Charles Aaron / February 15, 2011

The 20 Best Songs of 2010

LES SAVY FAV, "LET'S GET OUT OF HERE" Flashback to the early-'90s' cash-grab half-light when flannelphobiclosers were desperate for a hang-out-the-car-window rock refrain…
Charles Aaron / December 8, 2010

Kid Cudi, ‘Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager’ (G.O.O.D./Universal Motown)

Kid Cudi is one fucked-up dude. This is not Web-lurking speculation. It's been the rapper's ongoing, on-the-record confession since he proclaimed, almost jauntily, "I'm looking…
Charles Aaron / November 9, 2010

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