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  • thecontrollersphere

    thecontrollersphere | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Of Montreal's thecontrollersphere Few would argue that Of Montreal leader Kevin Barnes lost his freakiness in the feverish pursuit of soul-rock...

    April 19, 2011 8:00 AM ET
  • "Wet"

    "Wet" | SONG REVIEW

    Created for Prince William's bachelor party ("and all bachelor parties around the world to follow"), Snoop's new single is a bit of seductive minimalism that packs an R. Kelly album's worth of sex metaphors into four laid-back...

    December 27, 2010 9:15 AM ET
  • "Rolling in the Deep"

    "Rolling in the Deep" | SONG REVIEW

    With the follow-up to her Grammy-snagging 2008 album looming, this London pop-soul singer made a surprising choice for the disc's first single: "Rolling in the Deep" finds the 22-year-old in bluesy gospel mode, sounding powerful but not...

    December 15, 2010 5:10 PM ET
  • "Whataya Want From Me"

    "Whataya Want From Me" | SONG REVIEW

    Pink's original recording of the hit she co-wrote for Adam Lambert reveals that Lambert's producers more or less replaced her voice with his. Lambert's desperation gives him the edge, but this would have fit well on any...

    December 6, 2010 9:40 AM ET
  • Rolling in the Deep

    Rolling in the Deep | SONG REVIEW

    With the follow-up to her Grammy-snagging 2008 album looming, this London pop-soul singer made a surprising choice for the disc's first single: "Rolling in the Deep" finds the 22-year-old in bluesy gospel mode, sounding powerful but not...

    November 29, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • "Endlessly"

    "Endlessly" | SONG REVIEW

    The Welsh singer carries a lover's torch on the title track from her second album, sighing sweetly over spare acoustic guitars and suggesting early-Sixties soul at its warmest. 

    November 22, 2010 12:35 PM ET
  • "Not in Love"

    "Not in Love" | SONG REVIEW

    "Not in Love" was a generic arena-rock tune by big-haired Eighties band Platinum Blonde. But with the help of the Cure's frontman, Canadian synth duo Crystal Castles have transformed it into an awesomely gothic, vocoder-slathered dance-floor monster....

    November 17, 2010 1:30 PM ET
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest, Eclectic and Vital

    Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest, Eclectic and Vital | ARTICLE

    “It’s a cool thing, a community,” says Steve Earle about San Francisco’s annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, where he has been a fixture for its ten-year existence. “You never know quite what’s gonna happen until you get...

    October 4, 2010 5:48 PM ET
  • "Set the Right"

    "Set the Right" | SONG REVIEW

    A just-surfaced outtake from 2003's American Life, "Set the Right" drops a simple, catchy tune over a blend of folky guitar and austere electronics. Less successful are Madonna's odd delivery (proper British vowels, casual Midwestern r's) and...

    September 27, 2010 2:54 PM ET
  • Home Sweet Mobile Home

    Home Sweet Mobile Home | ALBUM REVIEW

    Nellie McKay is all over the place — wonderfully so. Whether she's delivering social commentary while strumming a ukulele in "Adios," exorcising the spirit of a devilish former lover over a festive bed of New Orleans jazz...

    September 23, 2010 7:36 PM ET
  • Something for the Rest of Us

    Something for the Rest of Us | ALBUM REVIEW

    The first album in four years from the Buffalo, New York, trio sounds like the darkest moments of previous Goo discs stuck together in a 48-minute marathon of middling angst. For many groups, digging deeper and hitting...

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • "Life During Wartime"

    "Life During Wartime" | SONG REVIEW

    The unearthly theme song for Todd Solondz's latest film of the same name was crafted for its meek social worker protagonist to perform in the middle of the movie. But a better version plays as the credits...

    August 23, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • "Crystal Meth Christian"

    "Crystal Meth Christian" | SONG REVIEW

    Swedish beatmasters (and Robyn producers) cook up warm, gurgling funk while the Lips' Wayne Coyne gets nasty, telling the titular Christian, "You take a diamond and make it sand."

    August 20, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • "You Can Dance"

    "You Can Dance" | SONG REVIEW

    As the former frontman of Roxy Music, this arch romantic sets a mighty high bar. He doesn't reach it on this slow-grinding single, but the layered guitars and Ferry's suave croon make for an elegant celebration of...

    August 9, 2010 12:30 PM ET
  • "Tiger"

    "Tiger" | SONG REVIEW

    On the debut single from his new project, TV on the Radio's David Sitek comes up with the killer dance anthem TVOTR never quite delivered. Guest vocalist Aku growls over steely electro, and the "meow-meow" refrain offers...

    August 6, 2010 12:30 PM ET
  • Aerosmith Launch "Ready to Rock" Tour

    Aerosmith Launch "Ready to Rock" Tour | ARTICLE

    On the first night of the North American leg of their Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour, Aerosmith proved that all they have to do to keep their fans happy is do what they still do best...

    July 26, 2010 11:23 AM ET
  • "No One's Gonna Love You"

    "No One's Gonna Love You" | SONG REVIEW

    The Gnarls Barkley belter remains a master of the unexpected on this knockout reinvention of the Band of Horses ballad. Green meets the lyrics' heartbroken drama head-on, transforming country rock into electro R&B and revealing a buried...

    July 23, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • Homeland

    Homeland | ALBUM REVIEW

    For her first studio album in nine years, performance art's greatest star combines personal acoustic songs with the synth-powered social commentary of her 1980s heyday. Laurie Anderson summons chamber music on "Thinking of You" and echoes classic...

    June 22, 2010 10:00 AM ET
  • Laws of Illusion

    Laws of Illusion | ALBUM REVIEW

    Breakups tend to bring out the best and worst in singer-songwriters. Unfortunately, Sarah McLachlan's first disc since splitting from her husband, Ashwin Sood, feels scattered: The carefree single "Loving You Is Easy" feels out of place. The...

    June 15, 2010 8:20 AM ET
  • Something for Everybody

    Something for Everybody | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the 20 years since the last album from these Ohio New Wave satirists, the world has become a much more Devo place: The synthesized dance rock the band pioneered with hits like "Whip It" is everywhere,...

    June 15, 2010 8:15 AM ET