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  • Here

    Here | ALBUM REVIEW

    On its 2009 debut, this 12-piece ensemble went whole-hog on the hippie dream, dressing like an Aquarian cult and playing dazed acid folk that reimagined 1969 as one swaying group hug. Leader Alex Ebert was an L.A....

    June 5, 2012 12:45 AM ET
  • Live From the Underground

    Live From the Underground | ALBUM REVIEW

    "If you're lookin' for a Southern country bumpkin, let me be it," Meridian, Mississippi, rapper-producer Big K.R.I.T. proclaims on his major-label debut. As on his mixtapes, this lovable throwback evokes his down-home life and day-to-day grind...

    June 5, 2012 12:30 AM ET
  • Analog Man

    Analog Man | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Welcome to cyberspace/I'm lost in a fog," 64-year-old veteran guitar slinger and part-time Eagle Joe Walsh sings on the amiably cantankerous title track to his first solo record in 20 years. I.T. issues notwithstanding, life's clearly been...

    June 5, 2012 12:25 AM ET
  • Die In Your Arms

    Die In Your Arms | SONG REVIEW

    Released just days after he allegedly up and decked a pesky paparazzi, the second single from Justin Bieber's forthcoming Believe follows the self-described "swag" of "Boyfriend" with a more subtle moonwalk down the fault line between...

    May 29, 2012 10:40 AM ET
  • Heaven

    Heaven | ALBUM REVIEW

    Originally a second–tier New York garage band, The Walkmen grew into their own large‐hearted sound. Heaven is their most expansive LP, alternating shaggy ballads with songs like "The Witch," a U2–huge waltz about pondering the...

    May 29, 2012 10:05 AM ET
  • Occupy This Album

    Occupy This Album | ALBUM REVIEW

    This 99-track Occupy benefit shows how far beyond Sixties folk lefty rabble-rousing has come, with hip-hop, electronica and indie rock sitting alongside Pete Seeger and Joan Baez. The comp's high point is unexpectedly ambivalent: the slow-build...

    May 23, 2012 12:40 AM ET
  • R.A.P. Music

    R.A.P. Music | ALBUM REVIEW

    "We're money-hungry wolves and we down to eat the rich," Killer Mike warns, sounding at once like a trap-rap hustler and an Occupy anarchist. This Dirty South fixture has evolved into the Noam Chomsky of the strip...

    May 23, 2012 12:35 AM ET
  • Dr Dee

    Dr Dee | ALBUM REVIEW

    On this solo joint, the ever-adventuring Gorillaz and Blur frontman gets together with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Nigerian drummer Tony Allen for an operatic salute to mysterious Elizabethan alchemist John Dee. An ambitious and...

    May 23, 2012 12:25 AM ET
  • "Henrietta"

    "Henrietta" | SONG REVIEW

    This Brooklyn band calls its upcoming third LP "demented R&B,"and the alluringly weird first single makes good on that promise. Over hot molasses dub bass and flowery keyboard spritz, Chris Keating croons a ballad to Henrietta...

    May 22, 2012 5:10 PM ET
  • Neck of the Woods

    Neck of the Woods | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their two previous discs, this L.A. band tapped into the shoegaze majesty of peak Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. There's a little more digital burble coursing underneath the guitar haze this time out....

    May 22, 2012 12:20 PM ET
  • Born and Raised

    Born and Raised | ALBUM REVIEW

    There have always been two John Mayers. There's John the Musician, the neo-James Taylor of "Daughters" and "No Such Thing," and the blues-guitar omnivore who can back Jay-Z and cover "Sweet Child o' Mine." Then there's...

    May 22, 2012 12:25 AM ET
  • "Okay Cupid"

    "Okay Cupid" | SONG REVIEW

    High school-age mall employee and avowed Justin Bieber obsessive Kitty Pryde is this millisecond's internet-rap brush fire. But the Floridian's debut single is arresting well beyond its novelty appeal. Over a sumptuously screwed beat from Lil B...

    May 15, 2012 2:05 PM ET
  • "Youth Without Youth"

    "Youth Without Youth" | SONG REVIEW

    Glam sugar with a bitter core: Perennial indie crush Emily Haines drops a wasted-youth anthem with scarred poetry like "We played blindman's bluff till they stopped the game," over a bleak- bubblegum stomp. Listen to Metric's "Youth Without...

    May 11, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • "Blue Jeans (Smims and Belle remix)"

    "Blue Jeans (Smims and Belle remix)" | SONG REVIEW

    The original was a nice idea – ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" made into a trip-hop ballad, even if Del Rey is too thin a singer to pull it off. This remix proves you can save...

    May 10, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • "45"

    "45" | SONG REVIEW

    Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem has been in a kind of Tom Waits-meets-Billy Joel phase of late, especially in his side band the Horrible Crowes. But the title of the Jersey group's new single...

    May 9, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • "Breath of Life"

    "Breath of Life" | SONG REVIEW

    Inspired by Charlize Theron's evil-queen character in the new Snow White movie, this song from the film's soundtrack is Flo at her most toweringly gothed-out. All doom-drum rush and endless-midnight orchestral sweep, it sounds like it was...

    May 8, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • "Gun Has No Trigger"

    "Gun Has No Trigger" | SONG REVIEW

    This Brooklyn sextet – who dominated the grad student/barista scene with 2009's Bitte Orca – are off their springy game on this new single. Over a flat, Soul Coughing-style hip-hop beat and bored-angel backing vocals, David Longstreth...

    April 17, 2012 1:25 PM ET
  • Open Your Heart

    Open Your Heart | ALBUM REVIEW

    Go draw yourself a nice, soothing bath. You're going to need one after spending some time with Brooklyn scuzz-noise maniacs the Men. Singer-guitarist Nick Chiericozzi does his best grizzly-bear impersonation over a pile-driver attack that recalls old-school...

    April 11, 2012 10:05 AM ET
  • Boys & Girls

    Boys & Girls | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's a girl named Brittany, singing about fighting and fucking and how she "didn't think I'd make it to 22 years old." Run for cover! Actually, Brittany Howard is in total control on the Athens, Alabama, band's...

    April 10, 2012 12:10 AM ET
  • Noctourniquet

    Noctourniquet | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been three years since the noisiest little prog-rock band in Texas put out a record, but they haven't been slacking. Their newest is a "future punk" experiment based on a comic-book villain (Solomon Grundy) and a...

    March 27, 2012 12:20 AM ET
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