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  • "Get Some (Remix by Beck)"

    "Get Some (Remix by Beck)" | SONG REVIEW

    Beck hacks the groovy tribal single (by on-the-rise Swedish singer Lykke Li) into a spazzy collage with a shuffling beat, chunky power chords and vocals that head toward Bollywood. Gallery: Random Notes, Rock's Hottest Photos

    January 12, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • Strip Me

    Strip Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    While fellow pop stars like Lady Gaga and Ke$ha squabble over who's the boldest freak, Natasha Bedingfield has found a niche repping for the wide-eyed average gal. "Strip Me" is a deceptively saucy name for the lighter-waver...

    December 7, 2010 12:10 AM ET
  • "T.O.R.N.A.D.O."

    "T.O.R.N.A.D.O." | SONG REVIEW

    This U.K. band, known for head-snapping sound collages, returns with a mix of schoolyard chants, turntable scratches and horn blasts. It's deafening and funky — like a drill team strutting into a funnel cloud. Video:...

    November 10, 2010 6:39 PM ET
  • Merry Christmas II You

    Merry Christmas II You | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sixteen years have passed since Mariah Carey released her first blockbuster holiday album, but she hasn't lost her desire to dress up in a Santa suit or the silky flexibility of her voice. Her take on a...

    November 1, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • The Postelles

    The Postelles | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like the Strokes, the members of the Postelles met at a Manhattan high school and operate under a distinctly retro MO. But where Julian Casablancas and company reference the taut Seventies guitar rock of Television, the Postelles...

    October 12, 2010 4:32 PM ET
  • Notorious (Reissue)

    Notorious (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Notorious caught Duran Duran in transition: By the time the album was released, two of three members named Taylor had jumped ship, and the LP showed that Duran had lost some of the worldbeating hook savvy that...

    October 12, 2010 12:26 PM ET
  • Pete Yorn

    Pete Yorn | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 2009, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Pete Yorn released a collaboration with Omaha tunesmith Mike Mogis and a disc of duets with Scarlett Johansson. His latest, a team-up with Pixies leader Frank Black recorded in just five days,...

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • The Remix

    The Remix | ALBUM REVIEW

    On this Lady Gaga remix album, 10 producers and DJs sink their teeth into her meaty catalog — with predictably uneven results. Stuart Price gives "Paparazzi" a breezy shuffle that diffuses the track's gritty tension, Marilyn Manson...

    August 12, 2010 5:00 PM ET
  • Mines

    Mines | ALBUM REVIEW

    With their fourth full-length disc, Portland trio Menomena have made their Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – a gorgeous and moody collection of songs about weathering emotional storms that’s meticulously orchestrated and tuneful. Brent Knopf, Justin Harris...

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM ET
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Coldplay's "New Direction": Band Offers Songs to 'Glee'

    Coldplay's "New Direction": Band Offers Songs to 'Glee' | ARTICLE

    Before Glee became Fox's newest musical juggernaut, invading shopping malls, concert halls, record stores and the Tony Awards, rock stars weren't sure what to make of the concept of young theater actors portraying high school students remaking...

    June 15, 2010 9:33 AM ET
  • We Are Born

    We Are Born | ALBUM REVIEW

    Aussie singer Sia got famous cooing moody tracks for Zero 7 and Six Feet Under, but there's a perky dance diva trapped behind her blond bob. On her first album of uptempo numbers, the 34-year-old combines disco...

    June 7, 2010 2:20 PM ET
  • Aguilera and Perry Invade MTV Movie Awards

    Aguilera and Perry Invade MTV Movie Awards | ARTICLE

    Twilight unsurprisingly had the biggest night at MTV's Movie Awards in Los Angeles, but a pair of pop stars nearly stole the show with their own giant spectacles. Katy Perry took the stage first with Snoop Dogg...

    June 7, 2010 8:54 AM ET
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DeWyze Defeats Bowersox on Simon Cowell's Last 'American Idol'

    DeWyze Defeats Bowersox on Simon Cowell's Last 'American Idol' | ARTICLE

    Lee DeWyze didn't get the best critique from American Idol's judges Tuesday night, but after three months of charming performances, he won the popular vote. The 24-year-old former paint salesman from Illinois was named Idol's Season...

    May 27, 2010 7:58 AM ET
  • Bowersox Overpowers DeWyze on 'American Idol' Finals

    Bowersox Overpowers DeWyze on 'American Idol' Finals | ARTICLE

    All season long, it's seemed like American Idol was pulling for Lee DeWyze to win — then producers permitted the 24-year-old former paint salesman to sing U2's "Beautiful Day" on the final competition episode. It's a song...

    May 26, 2010 10:22 AM ET
  • He Said, She Said: How Liz Phair Took the Rolling Stones to 'Guyville'

    He Said, She Said: How Liz Phair Took the Rolling Stones to 'Guyville' | ARTICLE

    Liz Phair was apartment-sitting in Chicago, thumbing through a box of cassettes, when the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street caught her eye. "I remember telling my boyfriend I wanted to write a record but I didn't...

    May 21, 2010 2:26 PM ET
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Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze Advance to 'American Idol' Finals

    Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze Advance to 'American Idol' Finals | ARTICLE

    If the winner of American Idol is determined by how many tears were shed during the final singers' hometown visits, Lee DeWyze is a lock. The 24-year-old DeWyze returned to Chicago, where he wept upon returning to...

    May 20, 2010 8:45 AM ET
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Judges Play "Hallelujah" Card for Lee DeWyze on 'American Idol'

    Judges Play "Hallelujah" Card for Lee DeWyze on 'American Idol' | ARTICLE

    A year ago, Leonard Cohen asked for a brief halt to new covers of "Hallelujah." But the song's myth has only grown over the past 12 months, and on American Idol, the lilting track has conferred Immediate...

    May 19, 2010 8:56 AM ET
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Bowersox, DeWyze, James Advance to 'American Idol' Final Three

    Bowersox, DeWyze, James Advance to 'American Idol' Final Three | ARTICLE

    After being voted off the show, receiving the Judges' Save and surviving to sing for five additional weeks, American Idol hopeful Michael Lynche was eliminated last night, leaving a trio of singers with gritty, soulful voices competing...

    May 13, 2010 8:24 AM ET
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Crystal Bowersox Breaks From 'American Idol' Pack on Movie Night

    Crystal Bowersox Breaks From 'American Idol' Pack on Movie Night | ARTICLE

    With just 14 days to go until American Idol crowns its Season Nine winner, is it a good idea to give Simon Cowell the opportunity to mock you for singing a tune from Free Willy? Is it...

    May 12, 2010 9:32 AM ET
  • Lady Gaga Invades 'American Idol' as Aaron Kelly Exits

    Lady Gaga Invades 'American Idol' as Aaron Kelly Exits | ARTICLE

    Lady Gaga hit the American Idol stage in a black fishnet body stocking to perform her latest Fame Monster single "Alejandro." If the performance, which was filmed after last week's elimination show in L.A. and aired last...

    May 6, 2010 8:36 AM ET
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