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  • Tomorrow's Hits

    Tomorrow's Hits | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Men, from Brooklyn, started six years ago as noise-punk heathens. They've been collecting musical and emotional accessories ever since: Their fifth album features harmonica, pedal steel, horns and pianos, and it opens with a...

    March 4, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • St. Vincent

    St. Vincent | ALBUM REVIEW

    Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) isn't just a great songwriter. She's a great song dissector, breaking down pop's essential rhythmic, melodic and emotional components, retooling every impulse. No wonder her fourth album has a lushly distracted jam...

    February 25, 2014 12:25 AM ET
  • Black Portland

    Black Portland | ALBUM REVIEW

    The fact that Jeffrey Williams chose a rap name as bland as Young Thug just makes the revelation of his off-the-wall brilliance all the more intense. The 22-year-old Atlanta lunatic gets over on pure, giddy...

    February 21, 2014 12:25 PM ET
  • "Lookin' Ass"

    "Lookin' Ass" | SONG REVIEW

    The first taste of Minaj’s album The Pink Print is like if TLC had punctuated "No Scrubs" with 

    February 21, 2014 10:55 AM ET
  • "Hundreds of Ways"

    "Hundreds of Ways" | SONG REVIEW

    Mr. Bright Eyes drops country signifiers all over this tune from his first record in three years: Sun Studios slap-back rhythm guitar, lap steel, allusions to Carolina rhinestones and Bakersfield cash. But he isn't aiming for...

    February 21, 2014 10:45 AM ET
  • "Moon Song"

    "Moon Song" | SONG REVIEW

    This Oscar-nominated acoustic valentine, penned by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O with director Spike Jonze, was pretty cute when Scarlett Johansson sang it in Her. Now it's even cuter: Karen and Koenig of Vampire...

    February 21, 2014 10:35 AM ET
  • Sun Structures

    Sun Structures | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I wrote a song for thee," frontman James Edward Bagshaw offers on this U.K. band's debut. As his archaic address implies, Temples play mid-Sixties psych rock at its most archly transporting. Every swirling fuzz tone, cathedral-organ bleat...

    February 11, 2014 12:30 AM ET
  • Hotel Valentine

    Hotel Valentine | ALBUM REVIEW

    Few bands embodied the Nineties' hey-whatever boho freedom like Cibo Matto: two Japanese women living large on the Lower East Side, mixing jazz, dub and lounge pop with a post-Beasties hip-hop swizzle. Their bright sound is a...

    February 11, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • "Automatic"

    "Automatic" | SONG REVIEW

    Add Nashville's toughest mega-diva to the list of iPhone-hating celebrities that already includes Arcade Fire and Louis C.K. "C'mon, let's take a picture/The kind you gotta shake," she sings on this slow-build remembrance of simpler...

    February 7, 2014 10:25 AM ET
  • "Godfather Four"

    "Godfather Four" | SONG REVIEW

    Diabolically stoned NOLA rapper Curren$y and Ghostface Killah-steeped nutjob Action Bronson toast their own hustle over this dreamily plush track. Bronson raps, "Billy Crystal kissed my cheek before the Oscars/He said, 'It was my pleasure,' I said,...

    February 7, 2014 10:05 AM ET
  • After the Disco

    After the Disco | ALBUM REVIEW

    Broken Bells are a collaboration between two guys who sit at very different tables in the music-biz lunchroom. Danger Mouse is a hip-hop-savant-turned-L.A.-superproducer (his credits include Gnarls Barkley, the Black Keys and the next

    February 4, 2014 12:05 AM ET
  • 'House of Cards' Slithers Back: The Diabolical Show Gets Even Darker

    'House of Cards' Slithers Back: The Diabolical Show Gets Even Darker | ARTICLE

    Beloved political dramas like The West Wing and Lincoln inspire feelings of star-spangled patriotism. The equally gushed-over House of Cards, which features Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, a ruthless, power-obsessed politician, elicits different emotions. "Last year,...

    February 3, 2014 11:00 AM ET
  • Bruno Mars Brings Drum Solos, Chili Peppers, Nostalgia to Super Bowl

    Bruno Mars Brings Drum Solos, Chili Peppers, Nostalgia to Super Bowl | ARTICLE

    Super Bowl halftime shows usually break down into three groups: classic rock legends (Paul McCartney, the Who, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen), pop icons (Madonna, Prince, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake) and more recent stars riding high on big success...

    February 2, 2014 9:25 PM ET
  • Miley Cyrus 'Unplugged': 10 Hilarious, Twerkcentric Observations

    Miley Cyrus 'Unplugged': 10 Hilarious, Twerkcentric Observations | ARTICLE

    You may have heard a loud rumbling explosion around 9 o'clock EST last night. Or perhaps your town was briefly shaken by a small earthquake. Fear not: that was just the Miley Cyrus Movement taking another...

    January 30, 2014 11:40 AM ET
  • Too True

    Too True | ALBUM REVIEW

    On the cover of Dum Dum Girls' third album, singer-guitarist Dee Dee Penny stalks the bluelit night looking like a vampire Pat Benatar. That's the music's vibe, too: sleek, tough, pouty indie pop streaked with black-eyeliner distortion...

    January 28, 2014 12:30 AM ET
  • Trouble

    Trouble | ALBUM REVIEW

     On their 2012 debut, Hospitality made charming, quickwitted indie pop full of cagey guitar frizz. The Brooklyn trio's second album is a little more worry-worn and a little tougher-sounding – and it's all the better for...

    January 28, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • Drowners

    Drowners | ALBUM REVIEW

    A New York band fronted by a 25-year-old Welsh model, Drowners play what they've called "friendly post-punk" – crisp, bright Anglo-Eighties guitar pop bristling with the coy cockiness of posh bros who never get much resistance at...

    January 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Hard Working Americans

    Hard Working Americans | ALBUM REVIEW

    Todd Snider specializes in bitingly funny, populist country-rock storytelling (his 2012 album Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables was a vivid Great Recession indictment). Here, he convenes a tough, versatile band for a set of rootsy, lefty...

    January 21, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • 15 Golden Moments From ESPN's Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Doc

    15 Golden Moments From ESPN's Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Doc | ARTICLE

    Last night's installment of ESPN's documentary series 30 for 30 was undoubtedly one of the greatest of all time. The Price of Gold, directed by Nanette Burstein, took us back to the winter of 1994 and the...

    January 17, 2014 1:25 PM ET
  • EP 2

    EP 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's not quite the Pixies; more like spray-on Pixies. As with EP 1, released last fall, this four-song set feels like a faint echo of the band's later albums, 1990's Bossanova and 1991's Trompe...

    January 14, 2014 12:05 AM ET
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