553 items by Jon Dolan

  • 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
  • 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