549 items by Jon Dolan

  • Content

    Content | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Gang of Four's "Who I Am" and "Never Pay For the Farm" Gang of Four are grumpy old Marxists and proud...

    January 25, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • "Living in America (Remix)"

    "Living in America (Remix)" | SONG REVIEW

    On this unlikely collaboration, indie-pop band Dom slow their patriotic original while Atlanta MC Gucci Mane drawls hypnotically and turns "Brett Favre!" into a club chant. Only in America. Listen to "Living in America (Remix)":

    January 21, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • "Oh My Heart"

    "Oh My Heart" | SONG REVIEW

    Even more than the brightly rocking "Discoverer," the newest glimpse at the upcoming Collapse Into Now finds R.E.M. in classic mode, employing a soft melody and a magnolia mandolin that cuts against an accordion. The lyrics suggest...

    January 19, 2011 12:56 PM ET
  • Dye It Blonde

    Dye It Blonde | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Smith Westerns' Dye It Blonde The second disc from this Chicago trio is what David Bowie might call a...

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Native Speaker

    Native Speaker | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I found my place in the wishing well/I found my place not feeling well," sings Braids vocalist/guitarist Raphaelle Standell-Preston, summing up the Montreal foursome's mix of euphoria and ambiguity. Their debut takes the beatific psychedelic washes of...

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Showroom of Compassion

    Showroom of Compassion | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Cake's Showroom Of Compassion Cake graduated from the same Nineties class of alt-rock oddballs that produced Beck and Weezer. But where their contemporaries evolved...

    January 11, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • "Used to Be a Cop"

    "Used to Be a Cop" | SONG REVIEW

    Over seven minutes of tensely coiled Southern rock, Patterson Hood plays an ex-cop whose "temper and the shakes" cost him his badge, his family and his mind. Maybe he'll shoot up a Cracker Barrel. Either way, his...

    January 10, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • The Fall

    The Fall | ALBUM REVIEW

    Recorded on tour, on an iPad, this low-key album (streaming for free on the band's website) is the sound of Damon Albarn blowing trees and tweaking apps as the American outback rolls by his bus window. Featuring...

    December 29, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • "6 Foot 7 Foot"

    "6 Foot 7 Foot" | SONG REVIEW

    Wayne's first post-prison single (which he cut for Tha Carter IV) suggests his teeming brain was eating itself during all that time alone: Rarely has the man sounded so virtuosically loopy. Over thick synth burble and a...

    December 23, 2010 9:15 AM ET
  • All You Need Is Now

    All You Need Is Now | ALBUM REVIEW

    Duran's Mark Ronson-produced 13th disc is a return to roots for a band that's all implants — which is part of the album's charm. "Being Followed" and the tawdry "Runway Runaway" are every bit the chic Riviera...

    December 21, 2010 12:20 AM ET
  • iTunes Session (EP)

    iTunes Session (EP) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Vampire Weekend don't reinvent the six songs they run through on this live-in-the-studio session, but they do some nifty interior decorating. Trumpets add a Victorian air to VW's Afro-tinged hits "A-Punk" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," and...

    December 21, 2010 12:15 AM ET
  • The Beginning

    The Beginning | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's kind of poetic that Will.i.am was one of the last people to record with Michael Jackson. Whether or not you like the Black Eyed Peas, their 11 million-selling 2009 album, The E.N.D.,...

    November 30, 2010 5:50 PM ET
  • Love Me Back

    Love Me Back | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jazmine Sullivan's crowbar-wielding 2008 hit, "Bust Your Windows," was a tsunami of R&B man-hate. On her follow-up disc, the 23-year-old diva plays a little nicer, adhering to the Mary J. Blige school of gritty, nuanced hip-hop soul....

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • The DeAndre Way

    The DeAndre Way | ALBUM REVIEW

    A shaky stab at Soulja manhood, the third disc from the "Crank That" cutie finds him hitting drinking age, torn between pup and pit bull. "Soulja Boy rich/Sayin' 'Fuck an allowance,' " he raps. R&B nuggets like...

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • "The Joy"

    "The Joy" | SONG REVIEW

    Our first taste of the Kanye-Jay collaboration album (due next year) celebrates some simple pleasures: a dusty Curtis Mayfield sample, a butter-dripping beat, and Jay waxing nostalgic about listening to his mama's shit when...

    November 24, 2010 8:40 AM ET
  • Get Closer

    Get Closer | ALBUM REVIEW

    Nicole Kidman's husband is so naturally content that it's a little jarring when he tries to shoehorn some pathos into his albums. His seventh solo disc features good-natured country rock that's as likely to feature a Police...

    November 16, 2010 3:10 PM ET
  • "What's My Name"

    "What's My Name" | SONG REVIEW

    With the second single from the forthcoming Loud, Rihanna has created a perfect little tropical storm: Over dark, humid synths and swirling snare skitters, she's in full-on Caribbean-queen mode, dialing up her islander accent and...

    November 11, 2010 6:05 PM ET
  • "Speak Now"

    "Speak Now" | SONG REVIEW

    Taylor repurposes the "she wears short skirts" melody from "You Belong With Me" in order to bust up a wedding, Graduate-style. But freeing the man of her dreams from bad-marriage hell is almost an afterthought on "Speak...

    October 27, 2010 5:07 PM ET
  • Olympia

    Olympia | ALBUM REVIEW

    At 65, former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry is still the smoothest art-rocker ever. Here he reconvenes the original Roxy (minus drummer Paul Thompson) for their first recording together since Brian Eno departed in 1973, along with...

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • 4 Stars

    4 Stars | ALBUM REVIEW

    The optimistically titled fourth disc from these Midwestern garage revivalists is not unlike the racket bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler kick up alongside Jack White and Brendan Benson in the Raconteurs. But whereas White relives...

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET