525 items by Jon Dolan

  • Circuital

    Circuital | ALBUM REVIEW

    "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 his band's sixth album. He sounds like a hippie shaman, but the track...

    May 26, 2011 8:30 AM ET
  • Demolished Thoughts

    Demolished Thoughts | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sonic Youth have always had a classier side, but they usually show it on avant-noise collaborations with guys like John Cage or Steve Reich. On his fourth solo disc, SY main man Thurston Moore pursues a...

    May 24, 2011 12:25 PM ET
  • Generation Indigo

    Generation Indigo | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Poly Styrene's "Thrash City" Poly Styrene was a brace-faced kid in 1977 when she shrieked, "Oh, bondage: up yours!" on X-Ray...

    May 23, 2011 12:07 PM ET
  • Bon Iver's 'Bon Iver': A Track-by-Track Breakdown

    Bon Iver's 'Bon Iver': A Track-by-Track Breakdown | ARTICLE

    Bon Iver's folky, meditative 2007 debut For Emma, Forever Ago was one of the most beloved indie albums of the '00s. Since then, frontman Justin Vernon has appeared on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and...

    May 20, 2011 5:25 PM ET
  • "Adolescents"

    "Adolescents" | SONG REVIEW

    Five years after their last album, Incubus are still smoothing and softening the tantrum edge of what used to be called new metal, and still doing it pretty skillfully. The churning guitars here give arena emo an...

    May 20, 2011 9:25 AM ET
  • Destroyed

    Destroyed | ALBUM REVIEW

    It wouldn't be unfair to argue that Moby has kind of been treading water since 1999's techno-blues opus, Play. That said, the guy's not a bad water-treader. Destroyed follows the understated elegance of 2009's...

    May 17, 2011 12:15 AM ET
  • "Fast Lane"

    "Fast Lane" | SONG REVIEW

    "I hope that I don't sound too heinous when I say this, Nicki Minaj/But I wanna stick my pain-us in your anus," Eminem rhymes on "Fast Lane." Oh, please, Em, you've been way ­heinouser before. And,...

    May 16, 2011 10:40 AM ET
  • This Is Gonna Hurt

    This Is Gonna Hurt | ALBUM REVIEW

    "A few blocks away a teenage girl plays Russian roulette with her daughter/Is this the best that we can do?" Nikki Sixx asks. Apparently, it's the best he can do: The Mötley Crüe bassist clearly poured...

    May 12, 2011 6:25 PM ET
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit (Live)"

    "Smells Like Teen Spirit (Live)" | SONG REVIEW

    Performed in Ecuador (born for the Internet), this embodies the kind of slimy pop serendipity that would make Kurt laugh, and then cry, and then laugh again (then sleep, probably). Miley may have the least Cobain-ian...

    May 10, 2011 1:45 PM ET
  • Turtleneck & Chain

    Turtleneck & Chain | ALBUM REVIEW

    Five years since "Dick in a Box" forever changed our idea of dicks, boxes and Justin Timberlake, SNL's pop-parody trio show no sign of running out of impossibly brilliant half-jokes. Their consistently great second disc combines...

    May 10, 2011 12:30 AM ET
  • Goblin

    Goblin | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I'm not a fucking role model, I know this/I'm a 19-year-old fucking emotional coaster with pipe dreams," Tyler, the Creator raps on Goblin. That would be putting it lightly: With his pension for horrific lyrics, on-stage outrageousness...

    May 10, 2011 12:25 AM ET
  • Stone Rollin’

    Stone Rollin’ | ALBUM REVIEW

    On 2008's The Way I See It, former Tony! Toni! Toné! frontman and current Malcolm X look-alike Raphael Saadiq did a spot-on impression of Motown circa 1965, defying retro-soul's bias for Seventies babymaking mush. Some have called...

    May 10, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • Santigold feat. Karen O, 'Go'

    Santigold feat. Karen O, 'Go' | BLOG ENTRY

    Hipster siren Santigold has said her new single is about "the new American Dream." If said dream includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O getting her Interplanetary Warrior Priestess on over an electro-punk track you can jump-rope to,...

    May 6, 2011 1:06 PM ET
  • "Ballin'"

    "Ballin'" | SONG REVIEW

    Jeezy's last album was called The Recession. On his new single, the recovery is in full swing: "I'm on them Diddys, spendin' dirty money," he raps over a razor-sharp beat. Not to be out-balled, Weezy offers,...

    May 6, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • "Go"

    "Go" | SONG REVIEW

    Hipster siren Santigold has said her new single is about "the new American Dream." If said dream includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O getting her Interplanetary Warrior Priestess on over an electro-punk track you can jump-rope...

    May 4, 2011 9:20 AM ET
  • "Holdin On to Black Metal"

    "Holdin On to Black Metal" | SONG REVIEW

    "Oh Black Metal you're so misunderstood," Jim James sings on this ode to Lucifer's favorite racket. Putting any actual metal in a song about metal would be way too obvious for these genre-bending Southern boys. So...

    April 26, 2011 1:16 PM ET
  • Walls

    Walls | ALBUM REVIEW

    An Horse may be grammatically challenged, but singer-guitarist Kate Cooper and drummer Damon Cox sure know how to re-purpose two generations of girl-powered indie pop. The Australian duo's second disc recalls the trance-y college rock of Throwing...

    April 26, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • Don't Turn Out the Lights

    Don't Turn Out the Lights | SONG REVIEW

    To boy-band fans, New Kids on the Block getting together with the Backstreet Boys is like Moses teaming up with Jesus. And the gut-sucking supergroup's debut track is blue-eyed dance-pop whoosh. Every Boy and Kid gets...

    April 19, 2011 9:30 AM ET
  • "Judas"

    "Judas" | SONG REVIEW

    From its drone-smeared synth throb to its bizarro hook, Gaga's latest club-crusher is a feistier monster than "Born This Way." A bad-romance confessional about a lover she can't leave behind, "Judas" is Gaga in full-on...

    April 18, 2011 12:43 PM ET
  • "End to the Lies"

    "End to the Lies" | SONG REVIEW

    Getting the newest edition of Jane's Addiction off the ground hasn't been easy: Former Guns n' Roses bassist Duff McKagan recently quit the band after just six months. He was replaced by TV on...

    April 18, 2011 9:25 AM ET