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  • Hypnotic Eye

    Hypnotic Eye | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Tom Petty emerged in the mid-Seventies, he was the perfect down-to-earth rock star for the times: a hungry Southern boy playing tight rock & roll in mellow Southern California,...

    July 29, 2014 12:20 AM ET
  • These Days...

    These Days... | ALBUM REVIEW

    L.A. rapper Ab-Soul comes out of the same Black Hippy collective that's produced platinum star Kendrick Lamar and gritty chart-topper Schoolboy Q. With a rep as the crew's most cerebral member, Ab-Soul works a warm underdog weirdness...

    July 25, 2014 10:30 AM ET
  • "Bigger Party"

    "Bigger Party" | SONG REVIEW

    "I'm sorry for the time I made out with all your friends/I'm really a shithead," Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis says on this top-drawer Nineties indie slogger. The apology comes with the sincerity of someone calling in sick...

    July 24, 2014 2:30 PM ET
  • "No Flex Zone" Remix

    "No Flex Zone" Remix | SONG REVIEW

    Woe betide thee who dares enter the No Flex Zone! "Running this game for five years, guess that's why my feet hurt/Wonder when they bite me, do these bitches' teeth hurt?" Minaj raps with zany singsong glee...

    July 24, 2014 2:15 PM ET
  • Strange Desire

    Strange Desire | ALBUM REVIEW

    As the guitarist for pop-rock stars fun., Jack Antonoff helped build a sound that brought Eltonian grandeur to the kind of open-wound introspection that's usually confined to the dark, comfy corners of emo records. With this...

    July 15, 2014 10:05 AM ET
  • Game Time for Parquet Courts

    Game Time for Parquet Courts | ARTICLE

    The last day job Parquet Courts frontman Andrew Savage had was delivering weed. It was a pretty good gig – flexible hours, interesting co-workers, lots of time riding around New York on your bike. It also gave...

    July 8, 2014 9:10 AM ET
  • X

    X | ALBUM REVIEW

    On his second album, X, Ed Sheeran supersizes his romantic affliction: Each new day is a fresh chance for this guy to hit the bar, fall in love, get his heart stomped like a bug...

    June 23, 2014 12:20 AM ET
  • Michael Hastings' Life After Death

    Michael Hastings' Life After Death | ARTICLE

    Elise Jordan, the widow of journalist Michael Hastings, is standing in the kitchen of the Manhattan apartment they shared during their two-year marriage. She's reading from a medical examiner's account of her late husband's fatal single-car accident...

    June 18, 2014 11:30 AM ET
  • The Hunting Party

    The Hunting Party | ALBUM REVIEW

    More than a decade ago, Linkin Park sold a couple zillion records by making better-than-Bizkit rap metal and collaborating with Jay Z. They've since wandered the emo wilderness, and singer Chester Bennington is...

    June 17, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • "Maps"

    "Maps" | SONG REVIEW

    Adam Levine covering the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' greatest song could have been pretty cool. Instead, we get a moody summer jam, reminiscent of Maroon 5's hit "Payphone," only rougher around the edges: Levine plays the...

    June 16, 2014 4:15 PM ET
  • Similar Skin

    Similar Skin | ALBUM REVIEW

    Umphrey's McGee are a veteran act steeped in prog musicianship, metal power and genre-jumping inventiveness that thinks in terms of album-length statements – in other words, a novelty act in 2014. All those elements are...

    June 16, 2014 10:35 AM ET
  • Only Run

    Only Run | ALBUM REVIEW

    "As Always," the first song on Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's fourth album, is an enormous-sounding rush of ambient noise, thunderclap snare shots, iridescent guitar beauty and singer Alec Ounsworth guardedly assuring, "Sooner or later...

    June 16, 2014 10:15 AM ET
  • Stay Gold

    Stay Gold | ALBUM REVIEW

    Seven years ago, when Swedish sister duo Johanna and Klara Söderberg appeared on YouTube singing a Fleet Foxes song in a forest, they seemed like an adorable one-view wonder. Instead, they've blossomed into an excellent...

    June 10, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • Whispers

    Whispers | ALBUM REVIEW

    Last year, after a decade in the game, gentle U.K. folk-pop depressive Mike Rosenberg (a.k.a. Passenger) had a global smash with his feather-soft breakup tune "Let Her Go." Perhaps unsurprisingly, his first album since finding...

    June 10, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Meteorites

    Meteorites | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the Eighties, Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch battled the Cure's Robert Smith for goth-doll dominance. But nobody could touch the Buns for glowering guitar grandeur. On their 12th LP, trademark psychedelic swirls and...

    June 3, 2014 12:20 AM ET
  • Black Hours

    Black Hours | ALBUM REVIEW

    With the Walkmen (currently on "extreme hiatus"), Hamilton Leithauser tied rakish, majestic indie rock to Fifties sounds from doo-wop to Sun Records. That stuff is more present than ever on the singer's solo debut, where he's backed...

    June 3, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • "Believe Me"

    "Believe Me" | SONG REVIEW

    Lil Wayne says the upcoming Tha Carter V may be our last chance to kiss his ring, so it's great that "Believe Me" evokes his classic years. Over a creeping beat...

    May 15, 2014 6:25 PM ET
  • "Good Kisser"

    "Good Kisser" | SONG REVIEW

    A woman who gets lipstick on Usher's leg and is up at 5 a.m. to fix him steak and eggs deserves something more than this half-mast funk-soul jam. It's like watching a guy rev his engine for...

    May 15, 2014 6:10 PM ET
  • "16 Shades of Blue"

    "16 Shades of Blue" | SONG REVIEW

    Amos gets proper credit as a drama-pop master (young soul-spillers from Perfect Pussy to Lorde owe her a debt), but she's often underrated as a sonic pathfinder. Here she marries twitchy, low-key electronic burble with confessional piano...

    May 15, 2014 6:00 PM ET
  • Sheezus

    Sheezus | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been five years since Lily Allen's last album, a period in which the U.K. pop diva got married and had kids. But fear not – she's still the same firecracker who turned heads...

    May 15, 2014 11:05 AM ET
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