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Review: Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

This review of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible first ran in the March 2007 issue of Spin, and we're republishing it here to mark the…
Josh Modell / March 6, 2017

Free Energy, ‘Love Sign’ (Free Energy)

Dramatic cowbell use by a rock band in 2013 could almost be considered a political act, or at the very least a statement. It's either…
Josh Modell / January 23, 2013

The Evens, ‘The Odds’ (Dischord)

The further he gets from Fugazi, the more Ian MacKaye seems comfortable with allowing his current band to echo the legitimately legendary D.C. post-punk powerhouse…
Josh Modell / November 20, 2012

Jason Lytle, ‘Dept. of Disappearance’ (Anti-)

Grandaddy ended with a whimper in 2006, six years after hitting an artistic and commercial peak with The Sophtware Slump, an album that forward-thinking trucker-hat…
Josh Modell / October 16, 2012

Divine Fits, ‘A Thing Called Divine Fits’ (Merge)

Dan Boeckner's musical report card should be emblazoned with the words "Plays well with others." He has shared the spotlight in Wolf Parade (now two…
Josh Modell / August 30, 2012

Eternal Summers, ‘Correct Behavior’ (Kanine)

Twee trio recalls '90s indie-swirl like Tiger Trap and the reverb-iest bits of Best Coast.
Josh Modell / July 26, 2012

Dusted, ‘Total Dust’ (Polyvinyl)

Holy Fuck and Final Fantasy guys strip bare and make heartbroken bedroom rock on shitty gear: Calling Lou Barlow……
Josh Modell / July 12, 2012

DZ Deathrays, ‘Bloodstreams’ (INgrooves/3qtr/Hassle Records)

Two long-haired Aussies impress more with volume than skill....Still, there’s nothing wrong with grunge.
Josh Modell / July 9, 2012

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, ‘The Lion The Beast The Beat’ (Hollywood)

Potter’s country lean gives way to cliché rock moves: It’s Heart sans heart.
Josh Modell / June 29, 2012

The Mynabirds, ‘Generals’ (Saddle Creek)

Indie-soulsters drop the '60s wisp for darker, buzzier moods, nicely adding Cat Power, Siouxsie, politics.
Josh Modell / June 28, 2012

Tallest Man On Earth, ‘There’s No Leaving Now’ (Dead Oceans)

Big-named tiny Swede still loves Dylan, doesn't think twice about copping his early strum.
Josh Modell / June 15, 2012

Ryan Monroe, ‘A Painting of a Painting on Fire’ (RCM)

Band of Horses sideman plays every note, leaves his band’s songwriting magic at home.
Josh Modell / June 15, 2012

Metric, ‘Synthetica’ (Mom + Pop)

Unlike Broken Social Scene — her besties in the very social scene from which she sprang — Emily Haines has never seemed destined for anonymity.
Josh Modell / June 14, 2012

Post Teens, ‘The Heat EP’ (No Idea)

Florida heavy-rock vets get their yayas out in the garage, deliver six cathartic, samey songs in six minutes.
Josh Modell / June 5, 2012

Diamond Rugs, ‘Diamond Rugs’ (Partisan)

Deer Tick frontman gathers Black Lips, a Dead Confederate, and a Los Lobo for a raucous, loose hootenanny.
Josh Modell / May 29, 2012

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