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  • The Grand Theatre Vol. 2

    The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their 2010 album, The Grand Theatre Vol. 1, the Old 97's per- formed new material live at a Dallas theater,...

    July 5, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • New Brigade

    New Brigade | ALBUM REVIEW

    Hamlet, Lars Van Trier, Lars Ulrich: Denmark has produced its share of overly-intense dudes. Now you can add these post-punk teens to the list. On their debut album Iceage replicate the tormented post-punk of very-early Joy...

    June 29, 2011 10:45 AM ET
  • "Stereo Heart"

    "Stereo Heart" | SONG REVIEW

    Travie McCoy doesn’t work in a specific genre – unless "crossover" is a genre. And this potential summer smash, cut with his band Gym Class Heroes, highlights his skill at pop that floats between styles. "Stereo Heart"...

    June 24, 2011 7:35 AM ET
  • Hell: The Sequel

    Hell: The Sequel | ALBUM REVIEW

    How nice that Eminem is following up a rec­ord called Recovery with a record about making amends. Bad Meets Evil is his collaboration with once-estranged Detroit homey Royce da 5'9". The duo released a handful...

    June 21, 2011 12:20 PM ET
  • Devil's Music

    Devil's Music | ALBUM REVIEW

    This Swedish band's dance pop is at once hyper-actively attention-hungry and synthetically bland, like the soundtrack to a video game set in a Euro club. Teddybears' second U.S. release seems designed to be a coming-out party, but...

    June 21, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • The Light of the Sun

    The Light of the Sun | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's impossible not to root for Jill Scott. The 'Illa- delphian R&B vet is a self-described "grande dame queen beast" in a genre of...

    June 21, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • "Ric Flair"

    "Ric Flair" | SONG REVIEW

    Over a lip-smacking soul sample, the Atlanta rapper dispenses excellent baller advice ("You gotta politic your situations like Clinton") and laces the track with monologues from pro wrestler Flair: "I got more cars than most of you...

    June 15, 2011 7:45 AM ET
  • Kanye West, 'Mama's Boyfriend'

    Kanye West, 'Mama's Boyfriend' | BLOG ENTRY

    Update: Kanye West says that the version of his song which was widely circulated this week is "entirely bogus and unsanctioned" and features a fake backing track. "We are the voices of our parents' bad...

    June 14, 2011 3:14 PM ET
  • "Mama's Boyfriend"

    "Mama's Boyfriend" | SONG REVIEW

    Update: Kanye West says that the version of his song which was widely circulated this week is "entirely bogus and unsanctioned" and features a fake backing track. "We are the voices of our parents'...

    June 14, 2011 2:53 PM ET
  • Beyonce, 'Best Thing I Never Had'

    Beyonce, 'Best Thing I Never Had' | BLOG ENTRY

    "You showed your ass, and baby, I saw the real you," Beyoncé sings with monsoon fury on her new single, giving the Real Housewives of R&B the perfect pinot-grigio-powered bomb to drop before sending...

    June 14, 2011 11:47 AM ET
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

    All Things Bright and Beautiful | ALBUM REVIEW

    Listening to an Owl City song is like speed-eating a box of Girl Scout cookies: You go from tasty to pukey in minutes. Like his 2009 hit, Ocean Eyes, Minnesota native Adam Young's third disc...

    June 14, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Torches

    Torches | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Foster the People's Torches Like their super-obvious influence MGMT, this L.A. trio bridge disco elation and psych-pop escapism to take...

    June 10, 2011 2:55 PM ET
  • No More Teachers, No More Books: The Complete School's Out Playlist

    No More Teachers, No More Books: The Complete School's Out Playlist | ARTICLE

    If there's one thing rock & rollers love it's summer. And if there's one thing rock and rollers love almost as much as summer it's hating school. So as the clock winds down on another year of...

    June 10, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • "Best Thing I Never Had"

    "Best Thing I Never Had" | SONG REVIEW

    "You showed your ass, and baby, I saw the real you," Beyoncé sings with monsoon fury on her new single, giving the Real Housewives of R&B the perfect pinot-grigio-powered bomb to drop before sending a 9-iron...

    June 10, 2011 7:25 AM ET
  • David Comes to Life

    David Comes to Life | ALBUM REVIEW

    This Toronto punk band love a good gimmick, from the 12-hour-show they played in 2008, to their 300-pound singer Pink Eyes' love of nude stage-diving. But Fucked Up's real appeal is simple: guitars, three of 'em, though...

    June 7, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • "Shotgun"

    "Shotgun" | SONG REVIEW

    The new jizz-oint from Bizkit's first disc in six years clings defiantly to the frat-tastic funk of circa-1999 rap rock — complete with "a shout to you ladies with the hot tits." So, welcome back Fred...

    June 6, 2011 10:15 AM ET
  • "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall"

    "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" | SONG REVIEW

    Chris Martin says Coldplay's upcoming album is influenced by old-school New York graffiti, and in a recent photo the bandmates are dressed in neon chillwear like they just walked off the set of Breakin' 3: A...

    June 3, 2011 11:00 AM ET
  • "Reckless Serenade"

    "Reckless Serenade" | SONG REVIEW

    Over a "Sweet Jane" bass line, Alex Turner sings the praises of a girl so awesome that "topless models doing semaphore wave their flags as she walks by and get ignored." Sounds like a catch!...

    June 1, 2011 1:25 PM ET
  • My Morning Jacket, 'Circuital'

    My Morning Jacket, 'Circuital' | BLOG ENTRY

    Click here to listen to My Morning Jacket's Circuital "I can see potential/Speaking through you/Speaking to you/ From all of heaven's possibility," My Morning Jacket's Jim James sings at the opening of...

    May 27, 2011 3:57 PM ET
  • "Rise Above 1"

    "Rise Above 1" | SONG REVIEW

    Amid the all many disasters that beset the Broadway version of Spider-Man, Bono and the Edge's songs emerge pretty much unscathed by critics. Now that the show has been revised and restaged, this centerpiece anthem of struggle...

    May 26, 2011 3:30 PM ET
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