552 items by Jon Dolan

  • "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
  • TV on the Radio, 'Nine Types of Light'

    TV on the Radio, 'Nine Types of Light' | BLOG ENTRY

    On 2008's Dear Science, these Brooklyn artistes brought twitchy dance rock with an apocalyptic edge. Well, the end of all things must've been pretty bitchin', because the follow-up is pure heaven. "I'm optimistic, on overload," they sing. 

    April 13, 2011 3:00 PM ET
  • Rockpango

    Rockpango | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Texacan lite rock of Los Lonely Boys' 2004 hit "Heaven" seemed built to last. But then hard times followed: Drummer Ringo Garza and his bassist brother, JoJo, ran into trouble with the law; and two follow-up...

    April 13, 2011 10:40 AM ET
  • Nine Types of Light

    Nine Types of Light | ALBUM REVIEW

    On 2008's Dear Science, these Brooklyn artistes brought twitchy dance rock with an apocalyptic edge. Well, the end of all things must've been pretty bitchin', because the follow-up is pure heaven. "I'm optimistic, on overload," they...

    April 12, 2011 12:35 AM ET
  • Who You Are

    Who You Are | ALBUM REVIEW

    This 23-year-old Londoner is being hailed as "the U.K.'s answer to Lady Gaga," which might say more about the U.K.'s desire to answer to Lady Gaga than it does about Jessica Ellen Cornish. She's got a...

    April 12, 2011 12:25 AM ET
  • "Benediction"

    "Benediction" | SONG REVIEW

    The lead track from Moore's Beck-produced solo record is strikingly tranquil – an acoustic rendering of a classic Sonic Youth chord progression and sweet singing. Sea Change-like flourishes subtly let you feel Beck's presence. Listen to "Benediction":

    April 8, 2011 7:30 AM ET
  • "Cardiac Arrest"

    "Cardiac Arrest" | SONG REVIEW

    While her fellow Swedes Teddybears make frothy disco rock, Robyn coyly disses a drugged-up young woman. Call it a pinch of arsenic in a tequila shot. Listen to "Cardiac Arrest":

    April 7, 2011 7:45 AM ET
  • "Chillin' "

    "Chillin' " | SONG REVIEW

    The last leak from Dre's eternally forthcoming Detox was "I Need a Doctor," a hard-rocker featuring Eminem that made Dre's return seem not just imminent but urgent. With "Chillin' " (as yet unconfirmed for Detox), Dre returns...

    April 1, 2011 11:05 AM ET
  • Rolling Papers

    Rolling Papers | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ben Franklin had his lightning bolt. Newton had his apple. For Wiz Khalifa, the aha! moment must have come when he realized the words "green," "blow," "rollin' " and "paper" all applied to both marijuana and money....

    March 29, 2011 12:45 AM ET
  • Gimme Some

    Gimme Some | ALBUM REVIEW

    The adorably wimpy Swedes' whistled 2006 focus track, "Young Folks," suggested sensitive boy-children who would have a hard time lifting guitars, let alone rocking out on them. But Peter Bjorn and John's sixth disc is pretty mannish,...

    March 29, 2011 12:40 AM ET
  • Meyrin Fields

    Meyrin Fields | ALBUM REVIEW

    James Mercer and Danger Mouse are first-class astral geeks. And on last year's Broken Bells, the Shins frontman and the hip-hop surrealist came up with melancholic psychedelic folk hop - somewhere between Pet Sounds and...

    March 29, 2011 12:25 AM ET
  • Screaming Bloody Murder

    Screaming Bloody Murder | ALBUM REVIEW

    You probably haven't paid much attention to Sum 41 since their 2001 bubblegum punk hit "Fat Lip." Keep doing that. On subsequent discs, frontman Deryck Whibley has aspired to depth outside his skill set. 2004's Chuck was...

    March 29, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Doggumentary

    Doggumentary | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I'm smokin' grape Purple Urkle/You in Doggie World, come and join my circle," Snoop raps on "Boom," which features T-Pain and samples Eighties synth greats Yaz. The Doggfather's 11th disc shows how big that circle can...

    March 29, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • "Codes and Keys"

    "Codes and Keys" | SONG REVIEW

    This new ballad (heard here in a live, solo-piano version) proudly bites Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Ben Gibbard follows minor falls and major lifts to the cold and broken refrain, "We are a-live" — sounding both fragile and...

    March 23, 2011 12:00 AM ET