552 items by Jon Dolan

  • The King of Limbs

    The King of Limbs | ALBUM REVIEW

    Radiohead's 2000 masterpiece, Kid A, came with a song called "How to Disappear Completely." On the band's eighth album, Thom Yorke has a new magic trick up his sleeve. "I will disappear," he sings. "I will slip...

    March 17, 2011 11:30 AM ET
  • "Arms"

    "Arms" | SONG REVIEW

    Matching the young-adult tumult of Kelly Clarkson with the wind-swept angst of Florence and the Machine, Perri's 2010 smash hit "Jar of Hearts" was bad-boyfriend-crushing piano pop — the kind of thing that you crank as you...

    March 15, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • Endgame

    Endgame | ALBUM REVIEW

    Rise Against's mastery of anthemic punk rock is second only to their mastery of being pissed off. On the Chicago band's sixth album, Tim McIlrath is an "orphan of the American dream," heraldically ranting about environmental collapse,...

    March 15, 2011 12:15 AM ET
  • Lasers

    Lasers | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Me and my different drummer/He play the timpanis," Lupe Fiasco raps on his third disc. Dude's not kidding. Few rappers this side of his fellow Chicagoan Kanye West bring left-field bombast like the man born Wasalu Muhammad...

    March 8, 2011 12:25 AM ET
  • "Till the World Ends"

    "Till the World Ends" | SONG REVIEW

    Click to listen to Britney Spears' "Till the World Ends" You want a party song, call a partier. Written by Ke$ha (with Max Martin and...

    March 4, 2011 4:49 PM ET
  • Divine (EP)

    Divine (EP) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Blaqstarr is the Baltimore DJ/producer behind M.I.A.'s "XXXO" and some the spaciest, squelchiest beats on her last two albums. He's been local club titan for years, and his first release on M.I.A.'s label N.E.E.T. presents his bizarre...

    March 3, 2011 8:35 AM ET
  • Science & Faith

    Science & Faith | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I'm standing under a white flag," sings Danny O'Donoghue, positing his Dublin trio as inheritors to the Emerald Isle's greatest band. The Script have enjoyed Euro-chart success with a mix of lite rock, rap rock and Guinness-informed...

    March 3, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Radiohead, 'The King of Limbs'

    Radiohead, 'The King of Limbs' | BLOG ENTRY

    Radiohead's 2000 masterpiece, Kid A, came with a song called "How to Disappear Completely." On the band's eighth album, Thom Yorke has a new magic trick up his sleeve. "I will disappear," he sings. "I will slip into...

    March 2, 2011 10:00 AM ET
  • "808"

    "808" | SONG REVIEW

    A month into his track-a-week "Timbaland Thursdays" series, Timbo already seems stretched thin. "808" is Tim-boilerplate: some kind words for his favorite drum machine, a few breaths of Brandy and a bland skitter beat. Listen to "808":

    March 2, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • Blessed

    Blessed | ALBUM REVIEW

    2008's Little Honey was Williams at her most content. But on her 10th disc, she revives the literary realism that's turned so many of her songs into true-talk crushers. The quietly heartbreaking "Soldier's Song" is an imagining...

    March 1, 2011 12:30 AM ET
  • Alexander

    Alexander | ALBUM REVIEW

    If it's vaguely hippie-ish and vaguely Californian, count on Ebert to work it into his solo debut: acid-folk reveries, Beck-ish busker rap, lyrics about Vietnam, sensitive maleness, Dylanisms, yodeling, calling women "mama," reggae, bongos. A Jesus-beard guy...

    March 1, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • "Rope"

    "Rope" | SONG REVIEW

    Click to listen to the Foo Fighters' "Rope" The Foos went for a stripped down, return-to-basics approach on their forthcoming seventh album, Wasting Light (recorded...

    February 23, 2011 2:03 PM ET
  • "Swate"

    "Swate" | SONG REVIEW

    Six heavy-lidded minutes of Bollywood-steeped wisecracking from Brooklyn's reigning rap ironists. They reference Marxist theorist Slavoj Žižek as casually as most rappers reference cheeba. They also reference cheeba. Listen to "Swate":

    February 22, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • James Blake

    James Blake | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to James Blake's "Limit To Your Love," "Wilhelm Scream," "I Never Learnt To Share" and "I Mind" U.K. dance music subgenres...

    February 8, 2011 12:30 AM ET
  • First Four EPs

    First Four EPs | ALBUM REVIEW

    Keith Morris is 55 years-old, a fact that's hard to process when listening to Off!'s explosive punk rock. It's been over three decades since he sang on the first recordings by L.A. hardcore's founding band Black Flag,...

    February 3, 2011 6:26 PM ET
  • Emergency & I

    Emergency & I | ALBUM REVIEW

    The third album from Washington D.C.'s Dismemberment Plan was a game-changer for indie rock fans coming up in the genre's fallow late Nineties — a link between the tense, complex emo-punk of Fugazi and Jawbox and the...

    February 3, 2011 6:14 PM ET
  • "Satellite"

    "Satellite" | SONG REVIEW

    This scuzz-loving English blues-punk duo were on hiatus while singer Alison Mosshart howled alongside Jack White in the Dead Weather. Now they're back with bad vibes to burn and an even freakier new sound. On "Satellite," corrosive...

    February 2, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • The People's Key

    The People's Key | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to Listen to Bright Eyes' The People's Key It's been almost a decade since Bright Eyes' Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil,...

    February 1, 2011 12:30 AM ET
  • Rolling Blackouts

    Rolling Blackouts | ALBUM REVIEW

    Few Brit-pop bands could soundtrack an NFL apparel ad, but this Brighton, England crew's pom-pom waving spirit fit one fine. The naïve exuberance underpinning their mash-up of marching-band funk, jump-rope rap chants and indie-pop could feel forced...

    February 1, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

    Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes | ALBUM REVIEW

    These Cali-punk lifers have released only seven albums in a 32-year career, and who can blame 'em: Social D have survived drugs, rehab, death and constant lineup changes. On their sharpest disc since their commercial peak in...

    February 1, 2011 12:00 AM ET