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  • "No Future/No Past"

    "No Future/No Past" | SONG REVIEW

    Back in January, Cleveland's Dylan Baldi put out a debut disc of bright and cute lo-fi pop-punk. On this first taste of his second LP, he fronts a full band, gets in a studio with aural verite...

    December 1, 2011 8:55 AM ET
  • "Origins"

    "Origins" | SONG REVIEW

    Produced by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, the new single from adorable husband-wife duo Tennis continues in the sunny-Sixties vein of their 2010 debut, Cape Dory; Alaina Moore brings it like a pink-chiffon teen diva over sweet,...

    November 29, 2011 7:20 AM ET
  • The Singles Collection: 2001-2011

    The Singles Collection: 2001-2011 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Is Damon Albarn's "virtual band" the greatest British hip-hop act ever? This best-of makes a pretty strong argument for it – not that the competition is all that stiff. Gorillaz have made happy-hour dance pop from less-than-happy...

    November 29, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage

    Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to R.E.M.'s 'We All Go Back To Where We Belong' No better time than a breakup for a long goodbye: R.E.M.'s...

    November 15, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • "Rented Room"

    "Rented Room" | SONG REVIEW

    Earlier this year, while the Hold Steady were on vacation, their workaholic frontman, Craig Finn, decamped to Austin to record a low-key solo LP steeped in the literate roots rock of his native Midwest. This seven-inch...

    November 14, 2011 7:00 AM ET
  • "Honolulu Blues"

    "Honolulu Blues" | SONG REVIEW

    Earlier this year, while the Hold Steady were on vacation, their workaholic frontman, Craig Finn, decamped to Austin to record a low-key solo LP steeped in the literate roots rock of his native Midwest. This seven-inch...

    November 14, 2011 7:00 AM ET
  • Take Care

    Take Care | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hip-hop has never produced anything quite like Drake – a guy with a Jay-Z ego and a Charlie Brown soul. The Canadian singer-rapper introduced his melancholy-player persona on 2010's platinum Thank Me Later, spooling out...

    November 11, 2011 12:30 PM ET
  • The Singing Mailman Delivers

    The Singing Mailman Delivers | ALBUM REVIEW

    Before John Prine's 1971 debut got him dubbed the next Dylan, he was a Chicago mailman playing his homespun folk tunes at an open mic. These two discs contain a radio appearance and a live...

    November 8, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Drake's 'Take Care': A Track-By-Track Breakdown

    Drake's 'Take Care': A Track-By-Track Breakdown | ARTICLE

    Drake's 2010 debut Thank Me Later was one of the most striking hip-hop coming-out parties in recent memory. The Canadian rapper's tales of the high life were tinged with a sense of regret that perfectly fit the...

    November 7, 2011 5:40 PM ET
  • R.E.M., 'We All Go Back to Where We Belong'

    R.E.M., 'We All Go Back to Where We Belong' | BLOG ENTRY

    Click to listen to R.E.M.'s 'We All Go Back To Where We Belong' The last R.E.M. song (for now?), from the band's upcoming greatest-hits...

    October 18, 2011 1:15 PM ET
  • "We All Go Back to Where We Belong"

    "We All Go Back to Where We Belong" | SONG REVIEW

    Click to listen to R.E.M.'s 'We All Go Back To Where We Belong' The last R.E.M. song (for now?), from the band's upcoming greatest-hits...

    October 18, 2011 10:45 AM ET
  • The Great Escape Artist

    The Great Escape Artist | ALBUM REVIEW

    The second Jane’s Addiction album since 1990 – and first to feature Dave Sitek, of TV on the Radio – is a slog through murky waters, with a submerged sound far from the...

    October 18, 2011 12:15 AM ET
  • Only in Dreams

    Only in Dreams | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Dum Dum Girls' 2010 debut, I Will Be, was girl-group rock cut with low-fi guitar frizz. This disc is all hi-fi, sonically and emotionally, piling on Phil Spector echo and Go-Go's gloss as singer-guitarist Dee Dee...

    October 18, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Conatus

    Conatus | ALBUM REVIEW

    Zola Jesus frontwoman Nika Roza Danilova is a goth in the sadwhite-girl sense as well as the creepy-European-cathedral sense. Stretching a baroque, husky Russian-American voice over tracks that cover up the disco in black crepe paper, the...

    October 4, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Panic of Girls

    Panic of Girls | ALBUM REVIEW

    On Blondie's self-released ninth album, the New York new wave greats fold the present into their past – from a "Tide Is High"-tinged cover of Brooklyn avant-folkies Beirut to a "Dreaming"-like basher with a melody via...

    September 28, 2011 3:00 PM ET
  • Father, Son, Holy Ghost

    Father, Son, Holy Ghost | ALBUM REVIEW

    A girl can do funny things to a boy: like make him write a love- wracked space-rock epic called "Vomit" that sounds like My Morning Jacket with a gun in their mouth. This San Francisco band's...

    September 28, 2011 2:45 PM ET
  • Girls, 'Father, Son, Holy Ghost'

    Girls, 'Father, Son, Holy Ghost' | BLOG ENTRY

    A girl can do funny things to a boy: like make him write a love- wracked space-rock epic called "Vomit" that sounds like My Morning Jacket with a gun in their mouth. This San Francisco band's...

    September 27, 2011 4:54 PM ET
  • Wilco, 'The Whole Love'

    Wilco, 'The Whole Love' | BLOG ENTRY

    Wilco often specialize in uncomfortable comfort music: Seventies-style melodies submerged in dark, abstract sounds and cloudy emotions. But their eighth disc manages to be both upbeat and experimental – as casually chooglin' as...

    September 27, 2011 4:49 PM ET
  • The Whole Love

    The Whole Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Wilco often specialize in uncomfortable comfort music: Seventies-style melodies submerged in dark, abstract sounds and cloudy emotions. But their eighth disc manages to be both upbeat and experimental – as casually chooglin' as 2007's Sky...

    September 27, 2011 12:55 AM ET
  • Neighborhoods

    Neighborhoods | ALBUM REVIEW

    Do not expect to see Blink-182 streaking through the Nineties-nostalgia party. Twelve years ago, Blink blew up with bubblegum thrash that injected a Porky's populism into punk's obsession with the ickiness of sex. But  on their...

    September 27, 2011 12:45 AM ET
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