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  • Infestissumam

    Infestissumam | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Swedish metallers raised eyebrows with their Lucifer-loving lyrics, Blue Öyster Cult choruses and their frontman's infernal pope get-up, but on their second LP they embrace something even more unholy: prog. The songs are knotty and complicated;...

    April 22, 2013 2:24 PM ET
  • Band to Watch: King Tuff

    Band to Watch: King Tuff | VIDEO

    Hometown: Bennington, Vermont Backstory: After releasing his 2008 debut as King Tuff, Thomas spent the next few years playng in other bands – including the folky Feathers, and Witch, a metal outfit led by J Mascis of Dinosaur...

    October 22, 2012 7:25 AM ET
  • Yellow & Green

    Yellow & Green | ALBUM REVIEW

    This Georgia metal band's most accessible record is this sprawling, 75-minute double album. The edges are smoother and the choruses more pronounced than before, but they're still as marauding and feral as ever. The Yellow disc is...

    July 17, 2012 3:25 PM ET
  • King Tuff

    King Tuff | ALBUM REVIEW

    If "Keep On Movin'" is to be believed, King Tuff's guitar doesn't shred, it "drools." That's an appropriate visual: The greasy, catchy garage-pop on the Vermont-bred singer's second record sneers like convenience store parking lot stoners. Black-and-blue...

    June 25, 2012 11:15 AM ET
  • A Church That Fits Our Needs

    A Church That Fits Our Needs | ALBUM REVIEW

    The second album from North Carolina chamber-pop collective Lost in the Trees opens on a note of uncertainty, a far-off piano playing a chilling minor chord. It's a good indication of what's to come. Over the course...

    April 9, 2012 1:10 PM ET
  • Gone

    Gone | ALBUM REVIEW

    The songs on the debut album from Vacationer move like musical Rube Goldberg machines. Slow-rolling percussion topples tiny blips of guitar in "No Rules," gently swiveling guitar trigger Christmas-light synths in "Gone," and a tumbling electro-harp kicks...

    April 9, 2012 11:25 AM ET
  • The Interpreter: Live at Largo

    The Interpreter: Live at Largo | ALBUM REVIEW

    Who knew the Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation" sounds best played as a back-porch country stomper? Only Rhett Miller, apparently, who gives the song that treatment halfway through this collection of covers recorded live at the Los Angeles club Largo...

    December 31, 2011 12:30 PM ET
  • Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson Lead VH1 Divas Tour

    Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson Lead VH1 Divas Tour | ARTICLE

    New York's 34th Street has seen its share of miracles – especially during the month of December – but it seemed particularly aglow last night at Hammerstein Ballroom, where the 10th installment of VH1's...

    December 19, 2011 11:50 AM ET
  • Acrobats

    Acrobats | ALBUM REVIEW

    The second album from UK trio Peggy Sue arrives draped in black lace and casting an evil eye. Though its predecessor burst with folky sea shanties, Acrobats is all pallor and dread, icy ghost...

    November 22, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Long Live The King

    Long Live The King | ALBUM REVIEW

    On this six track EP, the Decemberists stick to the sound that made this year's The King Is Dead so tasty, leaning into rustic Americana like they're settling into an old chair. They recast the...

    November 1, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town

    Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town | ALBUM REVIEW

    Finally free of a contentious contract with Curb records, the grandson of Hank Williams celebrates by releasing three records bubbling over with surly, scuzzy bootstompers; the results sound like line Dance Night at Thunderdome. Cattle Callin'...

    September 28, 2011 2:55 PM ET
  • Mayhem

    Mayhem | ALBUM REVIEW

    Irish singer Imelda May hangs out at the same intersection of rockabilly and swing where Brian Setzer parked his Cadillac in the late Nineties. Her third record places her rich, pouty voice inside coils of surf guitar...

    September 28, 2011 2:50 PM ET
  • The Horrible Crowes, 'Elsie'

    The Horrible Crowes, 'Elsie' | BLOG ENTRY

    Click to listen to The Horrible Crowes' album 'Elsie' On this side project, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon trades his main band's Springsteenian punk for pianos and ballad choruses -...

    September 13, 2011 1:26 PM ET
  • Elsie

    Elsie | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to The Horrible Crowes' album 'Elsie' On this side project, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon trades his main band's Springsteenian punk...

    September 6, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • In the Mountain in the Cloud

    In the Mountain in the Cloud | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's a fine coat of glitter across the major-label debut by Alaska's Portugal. The Man. For In the Mountain in the Cloud, they piled on the mascara, set the way-back machine for 1972 and turned out 11...

    August 16, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • The Essential Outside Lands 2011 Playlist

    The Essential Outside Lands 2011 Playlist | BLOG ENTRY

    Whether you prefer classic R&B or shimmering electro-pop, there's something at this year's Outside Lands festival to satisfy every taste. Get ready for San Francisco's most eclectic festival with this 25-track playlist. 1. The Shins,...

    August 9, 2011 12:00 PM ET
  • Outside Lands 2011: The 25 Acts You Need to See

    Outside Lands 2011: The 25 Acts You Need to See | BLOG ENTRY

    Now in its fourth year, the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco sets itself apart with the breadth and diversity of its performers. No niche is left unexplored, from the simmering soul of the...

    August 9, 2011 12:00 PM ET
  • Band to Watch: Sleeper Agent Make Hook-Filled, Hormone-Fueled Garage-Rock

    Band to Watch: Sleeper Agent Make Hook-Filled, Hormone-Fueled Garage-Rock | ARTICLE

    Click to listen to Sleeper Agent's 'Get It Daddy' Who: Shaggy Kentucky kids whose songs are sweet, fizzy and combustible as a can of shook...

    August 5, 2011 2:05 PM ET
  • Listen: The Essential Lollapalooza 2011 Playlist

    Listen: The Essential Lollapalooza 2011 Playlist | BLOG ENTRY

    The breadth of acts on display at Lollapalooza this year is overwhelming. We've assembled this 25 track playlist to get you ready to experience the best the fest has to offer – from the most ragged edges...

    July 25, 2011 11:00 AM ET
  • The Hottest Acts at Lollapalooza 2011

    The Hottest Acts at Lollapalooza 2011 | BLOG ENTRY

    Even in its earliest incarnations, the focus of the Lollapalooza festival was on discovery. Beginning as something of a touring freak show in 1991, Lolla brought musicians and performance artists that proudly operated outside the margins to...

    July 25, 2011 11:00 AM ET
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