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  • Blue Slide Park

    Blue Slide Park | ALBUM REVIEW

    White rapper from upper Rust Belt conquers world – sound familiar? Pittsburgh's Mac Miller, the Wiz Khalifa labelmate whose debut LP has already topped the album charts, is no Marshall Mathers. But when his themes stick close to Steeltown, he's likable enough. When his rhymes turn...

    December 13, 2011 12:30 PM ET
  • Lulu

    Lulu | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Lou Reed and Metallica walked the wild side together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary concert in 2009, it seemed like a one-off jam session. But two years later, they've joined...

    November 1, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • How Do You Do

    How Do You Do | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mayer Hawthorne's oldschool pop-R&B homages are so meticulous that it's tempting to overrate his pipes. Dude's got a convincing falsetto; in the Seventies, he might've made the backup-harmony cut for some mid-level vocal group. Hawthorne's second album...

    October 25, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Heritage

    Heritage | ALBUM REVIEW

    Stockholm quintet Opeth have been gradually opening up their sound, inching away from deathmetal terror and toward old-school prog rock. On Heritage, they could almost be a jazz-fusion band conjured up by a Renaissance-faire magician. They exhibit...

    September 28, 2011 2:50 PM ET
  • Mastodon, 'The Hunter'

    Mastodon, 'The Hunter' | BLOG ENTRY

    Over their first four albums, these Georgia sludgethrashers grew increasingly conceptual, centering lyrics around classical elements (fire, water, earth) while expanding toward classical-movement song lengths. But after 2009's grandiose Crack the Skye -...

    September 27, 2011 4:51 PM ET
  • The Hunter

    The Hunter | ALBUM REVIEW

    Over their first four albums, these Georgia sludgethrashers grew increasingly conceptual, centering lyrics around classical elements (fire, water, earth) while expanding toward classical-movement song lengths. But after 2009's grandiose Crack the Skye - which had an...

    September 27, 2011 12:35 AM ET
  • Chickenfoot III

    Chickenfoot III | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Chickenfoot's 'Three and a Half Letters' Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith have no problem finding a groove...

    September 27, 2011 12:15 AM ET
  • Monument Of Metal: The Very Best Of Anvil

    Monument Of Metal: The Very Best Of Anvil | ALBUM REVIEW

    The 2009 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil unmasked this Toronto band as a real-life Spinal Tap, founded by two polite Jewish boys who never caught a break. Questions of musical worth went mostly unanswered. This...

    September 27, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Pistol Annies, 'Hell on Heels'

    Pistol Annies, 'Hell on Heels' | BLOG ENTRY

    On the debut by their ad hoc trio, Miranda Lambert and friends Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley show off the kind of hard-living wit and hardscrabble class consciousness that have become tough to find in...

    September 13, 2011 1:22 PM ET
  • Welcome 2 My Nightmare

    Welcome 2 My Nightmare | ALBUM REVIEW

    On 1975's Welcome to My Nightmare, Alice Cooper largely traded in high school parking-lot hard rock for fright-show theater; it had bruising moments, but also self-parodying schmaltz. Welcome 2 My Nightmare is its sequel, so...

    September 13, 2011 12:40 AM ET
  • Hell on Heels

    Hell on Heels | ALBUM REVIEW

    On the debut by their ad hoc trio, Miranda Lambert and friends Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley show off the kind of hard-living wit and hardscrabble class consciousness that have become tough to find in Nashville. Their...

    September 12, 2011 7:20 PM ET
  • Band to Watch: Dum Dum Girls' Sixties-Inspired Girl-Group Pop

    Band to Watch: Dum Dum Girls' Sixties-Inspired Girl-Group Pop | ARTICLE

    Click to listen to the Dum Dum Girls' "Coming Down" Who: The girl-group-harmonizing fuzz-pop project of 28-year-old, Bay Area-suburb-raised Dee Dee Penny, who has...

    August 31, 2011 12:35 PM ET
  • Band to Watch: JEFF the Brotherhood's Pop-wise Scuzz-Rock

    Band to Watch: JEFF the Brotherhood's Pop-wise Scuzz-Rock | ARTICLE

    May 31, 2011 6:25 PM ET
  • Blizzard of Ozz (Reissue)

    Blizzard of Ozz (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Not yet heavy metal's Homer Simpson, Ozzy Osbourne in 1980 was nonetheless an elder statesman. But on his solo debut, the locomotion of "Crazy Train" proved indelible; explorations of alcoholism ("Suicide Solution") and Satanism ("Mr. Crowley")...

    May 31, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Band to Watch: Southern Fried Sister Act Those Darlins

    Band to Watch: Southern Fried Sister Act Those Darlins | ARTICLE

    WHO: Three rip-roaring gals and a guy, all of whom met a half-decade ago at the Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. On their cowpunkish 2009 debut, youngest member Jessi Darlin, now 21, played...

    May 10, 2011 4:41 PM ET
  • Queens of the Stone Age

    Queens of the Stone Age | ALBUM REVIEW

    When the debut by Queens of the Stone Age sneaked out in 1998, it seemed like a lark: Josh Homme and Alfredo Hernandez from Kyuss, tired of frying sludge metal in the desert sun, were now...

    March 29, 2011 12:25 AM ET
  • Screws Get Loose

    Screws Get Loose | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their 2009 debut, these Southern girls cooked up catchy cowpunk tunes about drunken misbehavior. Having roped in a male band member, they stumble toward shitfaced garage punk on their second album. The road leaves them wasted...

    March 29, 2011 12:25 AM ET
  • The Bands You Didn't See, But Maybe Should Have, at SXSW 2011

    The Bands You Didn't See, But Maybe Should Have, at SXSW 2011 | BLOG ENTRY

    One thing nobody seems to warn you about South By Southwest is that you can't really trust the schedules too much. Band lineups you'll study online a week or two before the festival don't always correspond with...

    March 20, 2011 1:54 PM ET
  • Bright Eyes Presents Long, Wordy Set and Anti-War Sentiment at SXSW

    Bright Eyes Presents Long, Wordy Set and Anti-War Sentiment at SXSW | BLOG ENTRY

    The most moving moment of Bright Eyes' hour-and-three-quarters open-air SXSW set at Auditorium Shores Stage (which borders Austin's Lady Bird Lake reservoir) early Saturday evening wasn't a song; it was a statement, following the Nebraska indie-folksters' 17th...

    March 20, 2011 1:16 PM ET
  • Kanye West, Jay-Z, Justin Vernon and More Overwhelm in SXSW's Crowning Blowout

    Kanye West, Jay-Z, Justin Vernon and More Overwhelm in SXSW's Crowning Blowout | BLOG ENTRY

    So hey, here's something  that might deflate Kanye West's ego just a little bit: Of the main rap artists billed on his overblown South By Southwest-ending G.O.O.D. Music extravaganza at Austin's ad-hoc VEVO Power Station venue very...

    March 20, 2011 12:52 PM ET
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