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  • Education, Education, Education & War

    Education, Education, Education & War | ALBUM REVIEW

    This record should come with a case of Harp Lager and a picture of David Cameron to throw your empty cans at. Kaiser Chiefs' fifth album is full of frothingly pissed-off working-class British rock,...

    April 4, 2014 11:25 AM ET
  • "Fever"

    "Fever" | SONG REVIEW

    It's sleek and sinewy like Little Willie John's foundational 1956 "Fever," and it's got a strutting four-on-the-floor like the Bee Gees' "Night Fever." But the first offering from the Black Keys' Turn Blue (due out...

    April 4, 2014 11:25 AM ET
  • "Dark Sunglasses"

    "Dark Sunglasses" | SONG REVIEW

    After 35 years fronting the Pretenders, Hynde is releasing her first solo album, Stockholm, produced by Bjorn Yttling of Swedish outfit Peter, Bjorn and John. Its cutting, springy first single is about people trading...

    April 4, 2014 11:10 AM ET
  • "Draft Day"

    "Draft Day" | SONG REVIEW

    Drake's latest statement-of-Drakeness casually big-ups his sports bros Johnny Manziel and Andrew Wiggins over a dreamy sample of Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)," then drops a little Jennifer Lawrence fan fic: "On some Hunger Games...

    April 4, 2014 11:05 AM ET
  • Here and Nowhere Else

    Here and Nowhere Else | ALBUM REVIEW

    Cleveland indie rocker Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings has been releasing records since 2009, when he was 18, spending what would have been his college years learning the ways of catchy, low-fi guitar punishment....

    April 1, 2014 12:30 AM ET
  • Teeth Dreams

    Teeth Dreams | ALBUM REVIEW

    On the Hold Steady's sixth album, frontman Craig Finn is still finding new ways to chronicle the underside of dead-end partying (see the grueling opener, "I Hope the Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You"). The...

    March 25, 2014 12:35 AM ET
  • About Last Night

    About Last Night | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I wanna shake some action," these Kentucky alt-rockers holler on their second proper record. The line quotes Sixties garage hippies the Flamin' Groovies, but the track bumps like dance pop, and 21-year-old singer Alex Kandel has some...

    March 25, 2014 12:30 AM ET
  • Kiss Me Once

    Kiss Me Once | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Australian dance-pop diva recently signed a management deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation, and she's been working with crossover-friendly writers Pharrell and Sia. But if her 12th album sounds a lot like contemporary...

    March 25, 2014 12:05 AM ET
  • "Hero"

    "Hero" | SONG REVIEW

    The cross-generational collaboration – part of a Converse ad campaign – throws Clash vets Simonon and Jones together with omnidirectional beatmaker Diplo and R&B rebel Ocean. It's every bit the punky hip-hop party you'd expect,...

    March 20, 2014 1:30 PM ET
  • "Howl"

    "Howl" | SONG REVIEW

    Producer Jordy Asher (a.k.a. Boots) got the divine stamp of approval with his work on Beyoncé. The beat on this solo release – a symphony of wobbling synths, layered moans and crosscutting rhythm crack –...

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM ET
  • Darlings

    Darlings | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kevin Drew's second solo album opens with a geyser of warm noise that seems sure to turn into one of the expansive indie-rock bliss-outs he's been sculpting for more than a decade as the leader of Toronto's...

    March 18, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack | ALBUM REVIEW

    Divergent, Hollywood's next big Hunger Games, is based on a bestselling trilogy of teen novels set in a dystopian future. The movie's soundtrack offers an image of the dystopian present, wanly blurring EDM, alt-rock and hip-hop...

    March 11, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • G I R L

    G I R L | ALBUM REVIEW

    2013 was the year of Pharrell. Sure, he's been lacing the pop charts for more than a decade, composing beats and singing hooks for everyone from Snoop Dogg and Jay Z to Justin...

    March 7, 2014 4:20 PM ET
  • "Magic"

    "Magic" | SONG REVIEW

    Coldplay's new single skates close to the wintry post-dubstep soulfulness coursing through much of U.K. pop these days: A skeletal beat carries the weight before the guitars kick in and Chris Martin goes from mushmouth croon...

    March 7, 2014 11:20 AM ET
  • "Supernova"

    "Supernova" | SONG REVIEW

    Nice-guy singer-songwriter LaMontagne cut his new LP with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who laces this prim folk-pop come-on with psych-bubblegum guitars and Morse-code keyboard bleats. Auerbach's production turns an upbeat tune into something surprisingly rich...

    March 7, 2014 11:10 AM ET
  • Eagulls

    Eagulls | ALBUM REVIEW

    When these super-bleak postpunks from Leeds, England, yell, "Fester! Blister!," they don't just sound ragingly bummed. It's like they're encouraging a wound to grow – the way some people talk to their plants. On songs...

    March 4, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • Tomorrow's Hits

    Tomorrow's Hits | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Men, from Brooklyn, started six years ago as noise-punk heathens. They've been collecting musical and emotional accessories ever since: Their fifth album features harmonica, pedal steel, horns and pianos, and it opens with a...

    March 4, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • St. Vincent

    St. Vincent | ALBUM REVIEW

    Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) isn't just a great songwriter. She's a great song dissector, breaking down pop's essential rhythmic, melodic and emotional components, retooling every impulse. No wonder her fourth album has a lushly distracted jam...

    February 25, 2014 12:25 AM ET
  • Black Portland

    Black Portland | ALBUM REVIEW

    The fact that Jeffrey Williams chose a rap name as bland as Young Thug just makes the revelation of his off-the-wall brilliance all the more intense. The 22-year-old Atlanta lunatic gets over on pure, giddy...

    February 21, 2014 12:25 PM ET
  • "Lookin' Ass"

    "Lookin' Ass" | SONG REVIEW

    The first taste of Minaj’s album The Pink Print is like if TLC had punctuated "No Scrubs" with 

    February 21, 2014 10:55 AM ET
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