From Paul Simon playing stickball to the secrets of N.W.A's tour bus, three books this fall promise new insight into long-loved musicians
The punk heroes' Nineties noise gets new emotional resonance on an urgent LP
Our take on the country rockers' 11th album
Our take on band's third album
Our take on the folky Seattle band's third album
Our take on the fifth album from the global pop diva
Icelandic rockers dig into American blues and folk
Adding a new member, the band returns to (and builds on) its golden-age sound
Rihanna, Beyoncé, Drake and more of the year's greatest tunes
Nineties alt-rock icons go heavy on the dark stuff, and it's great
Indie rockers make strange epiphanies seem heaven-sent
Throwback pop where nothing comes as easy as you might expect.
Brooklyn band turns the fine art of not letting go into excellent indie-rock.
Band of Horses show once again why they're one of the most amiable guitar bands around.
Indie-pop sister duo stays out on the dancefloor