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14 items by Eric Magnuson

  • "Same Mistake"

    "Same Mistake" | SONG REVIEW

    One of the past decade’s biggest blog-buzz acts brightens up on their first single in four years, garnishing their guitars with cascading strings and disco-rock rhythms....

    July 5, 2011 9:50 AM ET
  • "Abducted"

    "Abducted" | SONG REVIEW

    This buzzy New York duo take Sixties girl-group pop sounds and wash them out in haunting reverb. Singers Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin sound extra-ghostly on this sugary ode to lost love, trading eerily happy verses about...

    April 29, 2011 2:05 PM ET
  • Civilization

    Civilization | SONG REVIEW

    The first single from the French electronic duo's long-awaited second album delivers a high- end baguette beat-down — it's a blistering track, part Daft Punk's "Aerodynamic," part the Who's "Baba O'Riley," and totally over-the-top. Listen to...

    April 20, 2011 9:30 AM ET
  • Tune-Yards, 'Bizness'

    Tune-Yards, 'Bizness' | BLOG ENTRY

    One-woman art-pop tempest Merrill Garbus crafts an awesome collage of African rhythms and hip-shaking horns. Garbus' vocals conjure both Odetta and Janis Joplin, if they'd had looping software. Listen to "Bizness":

    March 15, 2011 2:25 PM ET
  • "Bizness"

    "Bizness" | SONG REVIEW

    One-woman art-pop tempest Merrill Garbus crafts an awesome collage of African rhythms and hip-shaking horns. Garbus' vocals conjure both Odetta and Janis Joplin, if they'd had looping software. Listen to "Bizness":

    February 28, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long"

    "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long" | SONG REVIEW

    Director Flying Lotus creates an alien landscape where Badu fits in just fine. Watching the soul queen's visage glide around a trippy animated spaceship is nearly as hypnotic as listening to the breezily funked-out music. Listen to "Gone...

    February 22, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • "Cut Me Out"

    "Cut Me Out" | SONG REVIEW

    New York electro-pop duo Amanda Warner and Peter Wade mix warm synth beats with a soaring chorus that sounds like what birds must be thinking. The fantastically bespectacled Warner manages the impossible: Gearheads and hipsters swoon. Listen to...

    February 9, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • "When the Night Was Young"

    "When the Night Was Young" | SONG REVIEW

    From How to Become Clairvoyant, Robertson's first album since 1998, this pretty, wistful reminiscence finds the former Band man longing for the days when he hung out with "card sharks and grifters" and thought he could...

    January 31, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • "Thunder on the Mountain"

    "Thunder on the Mountain" | SONG REVIEW

    Click to hear Wanda Jackson's "Thunder On The Mountain" Bob Dylan himself suggested that the rockabilly queen record this blues shuffle from Modern Times. Jackson — who...

    January 14, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • "Freak Out"

    "Freak Out" | SONG REVIEW

    Like a blog-buzz phoenix, Minneapolis' Tapes 'n Tapes tries rising again to the hype-making garage rock that first earned them Internet love five years ago. This galloping mix of distorted guitars and wild yelps is their strongest...

    January 5, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • "I'm Up on That"

    "I'm Up on That" | SONG REVIEW

    These baked Brooklyn MCs got sophisticated since they stumbled into that Pizza Hut-Taco Bell: Moving into jazz rap, they spit witty rhymes — "Every Thanksgivin'/I'm killin'/A pilgrim" — while name-checking the D.C. sniper and Harry Nilsson.

    December 8, 2010 8:45 AM ET
  • Invented

    Invented | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been a decade since these emo pioneers broke through and helped 15-year-old sad sacks everywhere get through high school. And while Jimmy Eat World rock more like the Foo Fighters today than mopey young men, they...

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • 11:59

    11:59 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Best known for placing sixth on Rock Star: Supernova in 2006, Ryan Star returns with a much-delayed major-label debut album filled with second-rate pop rock and a formula he beats senseless: He takes his brooding rasp from...

    August 16, 2010 6:17 PM ET
  • The Boxer

    The Boxer | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kicking off his solo debut, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke immediately announces that he wants to 'cut ties to the past and wave it goodbye.' For the rest of The Boxer, Kele makes good on that promise:...

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM ET
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