195 items by Christian Hoard

  • "Kush"

    "Kush" | SONG REVIEW

    The most amusing thing about the first single from Dre's long-gestating Detox album? Hearing Snoop claim he needs weed for his "cataracts." Otherwise, "Kush" is hookless, forgettable bud love.

    December 3, 2010 7:40 AM ET
  • "Unbreak My Heart"

    "Unbreak My Heart" | SONG REVIEW

    From Weezer's new rarities collection, a cover of Toni Braxton's forlorn 1996 hit. In another band's hands, this might be a joke, but Rivers Cuomo moans the chorus like the words came straight from his diary. ...

    November 26, 2010 9:45 AM ET
  • Body Talk

    Body Talk | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Even the Vatican knows not to fuck with me," chirps Robyn on her third release of 2010. The Swedish diva's swagger is earned. This disc cherry-picks from two previous Body Talk EPs while tossing...

    November 22, 2010 12:35 AM ET
  • "Indestructible"

    "Indestructible" | SONG REVIEW

    The Swedish diva drops the first single from Body Talk PT 3, a disco remake of a ballad from PT 2. She sings an uncommonly elegant Europop melody, promising, "I'm gonna love you like I've never been...

    November 8, 2010 6:27 PM ET
  • Noise Floor (Rarities 1998-2005)

    Noise Floor (Rarities 1998-2005) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bright Eyes leader Conor Oberst was a prolific songwriter back before he could shave, and he kept up that pace while turning into the poet laureate of Heartbreak Nation and a sex symbol for nice girls who...

    November 2, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Live Trax, Vol. 6: 7/7 - 7/8/2006 Fenway Park, Boston Ma.

    Live Trax, Vol. 6: 7/7 - 7/8/2006 Fenway Park, Boston Ma. | ALBUM REVIEW

    This four-disc set, recorded this summer at Fenway Park in Boston, is your typical DMB live album: pretty hot in places and pretty unnecessary in others. The band is particularly energized, though, and the set is tipped...

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Phosphene Dream

    Phosphene Dream | ALBUM REVIEW

    The third album from this Austin quintet is a pysch-rock salvo that evokes a variety of freaky images: gnarly opium dens, paisley-clad go-go dancers, the acid-trip scene from Easy Rider. Phosphene Dream kicks off with a storm...

    October 18, 2010 5:40 PM ET
  • $0$

    $0$ | ALBUM REVIEW

    Die Antwoord are rap's new aliens: a trio of "zef" (i.e., white trash) South Africans led by an MC with a craggy, off-his-meds flow and a pipsqueak hype girl with a crazy mullet. Their major-label debut piles...

    October 12, 2010 12:47 PM ET
  • Austin City Limits, Day 3: Eagles, Flaming Lips, National Close Fest

    Austin City Limits, Day 3: Eagles, Flaming Lips, National Close Fest | ARTICLE

    By 8 p.m. Sunday, all but one of the 130 bands at Austin City Limits had taken the stage, and it was tough to find a spot within 500 feet of that final act if you hadn"t...

    October 11, 2010 12:15 PM ET
  • "Power (Remix)"

    "Power (Remix)" | SONG REVIEW

    A five-and-a-half-minute reimagining of Kanye's fantastic "Power," this remix adds heavier synths, the beat from Snap!'s "The Power" and Jay-Z, who rises to the occasion with clever, strident verses: "We're on that Norman Mailer...

    September 16, 2010 2:50 PM ET
  • Root for Ruin

    Root for Ruin | ALBUM REVIEW

    Onstage, Tim Harrington looks like an accountant on a rampage: The Les Savy Fav singer is a balding dude fond of stripping half-naked and making out with random audience members. On their fifth album, LSF match Harrington's...

    September 13, 2010 2:10 PM ET
  • "The Bike Song"

    "The Bike Song" | SONG REVIEW

    Ronson delivers a breezy summer single just under the wire, pairing loose-limbed funk with a creamy tune about cruising through the city on two wheels — and refusing to grow up. Video: Mark Ronson Previews...

    September 13, 2010 12:28 PM ET
  • "See Me Now"

    "See Me Now" | SONG REVIEW

    "I'm Socrates, but my skin more chocolaty," shouts Kanye, who goes on to detail several feats of attention-whore behavior — cruising in Ferraris, rocking fur coats, walking into high-end restaurants with no shoes on. But the...

    August 16, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • Modern Rituals

    Modern Rituals | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their debut, this shaggy quartet conjure classic West Coast folk rock like they were baptized by David Crosby and reared by the members of Love. The guitars on Modern Rituals are mostly electric, but the sound...

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • "Repercussions"

    "Repercussions" | SONG REVIEW

    Hill has been showing life on the road lately, but "Repercussions," apparently an old outtake, is disappointing — an undercooked jam about struggling through a world that's full of good intentions but devoid of hooks.

    August 5, 2010 12:30 PM ET
  • Str8 Killa No Filla (No DJ)

    Str8 Killa No Filla (No DJ) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Perhaps the most fearsome figure to come out of Gary, Indiana, since Joe Jackson, Freddie Gibbs is a former-freight-train-robber-turned-hardcore-rap-revivalist. He's also poised to become hip-hop's next big thing, having generated serious heat with mixtapes like this 15-track...

    August 2, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • "Jardin Du Luxembourg"

    "Jardin Du Luxembourg" | SONG REVIEW

    "People say your brain is like cream cheese/Takes the shape of anything you please," sing Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl on the debut single from their new band. It's a fitting line for a chirpy psych-rocker...

    July 26, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • "Barricade"

    "Barricade" | SONG REVIEW

    Funky in a pale, heart-wrenching sort of way, this new single mixes a propulsive backbeat with Paul Banks' drama-packed moans about the fate of "thieves and snakes."

    July 20, 2010 1:00 PM ET
  • Artist of the Week: Janelle Monae

    Artist of the Week: Janelle Monae | ARTICLE

    Janelle Monáe is walking through midtown Manhattan on the day before the release of her second album, The ArchAndroid. Barely five feet tall, dressed in all white and wearing her hair in her usual Fifties-style quiff, Monáe...

    June 30, 2010 3:22 PM ET
  • Night Work

    Night Work | ALBUM REVIEW

    When these New Yorkers debuted in 2004, their flamboyant glam pop made them stars in Europe — not to mention a welcome new queer voice in rock. Three albums in, the Sisters are as gleefully hedonistic as...

    June 29, 2010 5:43 PM ET