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  • "Abraham's Daughter"

    "Abraham's Daughter" | SONG REVIEW

    Count on Arcade Fire to throw a funeral at the multiplex. Their haunting, cathedral-huge battle hymn for Hunger Games updates a Civil War-era song about volunteers giving their lives for the Union, adding a ghost-children chorale led...

    March 7, 2012 8:30 AM ET
  • Break It Yourself

    Break It Yourself | ALBUM REVIEW

    Over a nearly 20-year career, Chicago singer, songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird has built a rep as one of indie rock's most beguiling light touches – a dude who makes Jeff Tweedy look like a Nordic death-metal...

    March 6, 2012 10:15 AM ET
  • Zoo

    Zoo | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ceremony's website offers visitors this adorably Luddite message: "We do not have a Twitter, MySpace or Facebook." Indeed, interpersonal connection does not seem to come easy for this Bay Area hardcore punk band: "It's getting hard... to...

    March 6, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • "Shadow Days"

    "Shadow Days" | SONG REVIEW

    John Mayer's new LP was held for months while the singer recuperated from throat surgery, and the break seems to have given Mr. "David Duke cock" some time for self-reflection. "I'm a good man with a good...

    February 29, 2012 4:15 PM ET
  • "Girl Gone Wild"

    "Girl Gone Wild" | SONG REVIEW

    Madge pissed off Girls Gone Wild scumtard Joe Francis with the title of her latest - and that isn't the only admirable thing about this return to the straight-ahead club trance she holds dear. Sure, as wildness...

    February 29, 2012 4:05 PM ET
  • All of Me

    All of Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    Estelle is the rare one-name diva whose main appeal is her approachability. It's been four years since the round-the-way London girl's breakthrough, Kanye-abetted hit, "American Boy," but she's still the same proud graduate of the Lauryn Hill/

    February 28, 2012 12:15 AM ET
  • Roses

    Roses | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Cranberries' fusion of the Smiths and Sinéad O'Connor was weirdly fetching when it drifted out of Ireland in the early 1990s, but the band grew bombastic as sales skyrocketed. So it's a relief that...

    February 28, 2012 12:10 AM ET
  • Interstellar

    Interstellar | ALBUM REVIEW

    Frankie Rose is a pop sophisticate with a knack for reading the infinitesimal trendlines coursing through Hiplandia. A few years ago, with Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls, she was early on the girl-group punk boomlet. Now...

    February 27, 2012 1:30 PM ET
  • Mr. P

    Mr. P | ALBUM REVIEW

    Crushingly funny stand-up star Patrice O'Neal, who died of a diabetes-related stroke last fall at 41, dressed like a pimp and riffed like a philosopher. On this posthumous disc, recorded last April, he brings finely-wrought nastiness (his...

    February 24, 2012 2:40 PM ET
  • "How Many More Times"

    "How Many More Times" | SONG REVIEW

    Brittany Howard – the wrecking ball who fronts this roots band – turns Zeppelin's blues miasma into a scorched-earth riposte. When she moans, "I got another child on the way, that makes 11/I'm in constant heaven,"...

    February 24, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • Tally Ho!: Flying Nun’s Greatest Bits

    Tally Ho!: Flying Nun’s Greatest Bits | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the Eighties and early Nineties, bands on Flying Nun Records made tiny, sheep-clogged New Zealand seem like indie-rock's last wild frontier -- an aboriginal paradise where post-Velvet Underground guitar rhapsody was pursued for its own...

    February 22, 2012 10:05 AM ET
  • Voice of Ages

    Voice of Ages | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Chieftains have collaborated with everyone from Ziggy Marley to Madonna, but this 50th-anniversary album is the Celtic traditionalists' first-ever foray into indie rock. The Decemberists' Colin Meloy spins a springy version of Bob...

    February 21, 2012 12:05 AM ET
  • "DoYaThing"

    "DoYaThing" | SONG REVIEW

    LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy will soon be marketing his own espresso blend, and he probably blazed up a blammo batch of it for this zippy future-freak soul summit. Putting this many visionary types in one studio...

    February 17, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • Starships

    Starships | SONG REVIEW

    Minaj’s latest Roman Reloaded cut is pure beach party trance-rap – clearly an apologetic offering to the gods of Pop Normalcy, after a Grammy performance that made Middle America feel like it was being home invaded by...

    February 15, 2012 12:23 PM ET
  • "One Engine"

    "One Engine" | SONG REVIEW

    The Decemberists' Colin Meloy is clearly more of a Middlemarch kind of guy than a young-adult sci-fi fan. But he also loves a literary challenge, and his contribution to the T Bone Burnett-produced Hunger Games soundtrack...

    February 15, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • Young & Old

    Young & Old | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their 2011 debut, husband-and-wife team Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley played miniskirt-twirling girl-group tunes about a boat trip they took down the East Coast. It's a grabby conceit they don't try to top here; they just...

    February 14, 2012 12:10 AM ET
  • "Off the Wall"

    "Off the Wall" | SONG REVIEW

    It's hard not to read the Sonic Youth guitarist's new solo joint as a reckoning with SY founders Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon’s marital split. "These days are so uncertain," Ranaldo sings. But with Wilco's Nels...

    February 9, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • Down in the Willow Garden

    Down in the Willow Garden | SONG REVIEW

    The Celtic traditionalists and the cathedral-folk troubador get together for some creepily beautiful murder ballad magic. Even when he’s singing about sending a saber through his "dear little girl," Justin Vernon’s immolating mumble-croon can convince you he’s...

    February 8, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • Go Fly a Kite

    Go Fly a Kite | ALBUM REVIEW

    On a series of early-2000s albums, Ben Kweller established himself as a versatile, lyrically clever power-pop whiz kid. But now he's 30, and mere talented craftsmanship will no longer do. So on his first album since 2009's...

    February 7, 2012 10:10 AM ET
  • Scars & Stories

    Scars & Stories | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I wanna kiss your scars tonight," Isaac Slade sings on "Heartbeat," a hope-rock anthem inspired by a visit to Rwanda. If it were a Lonely Island parody of an earnest rock band it'd be kind of funny....

    February 7, 2012 10:00 AM ET
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