553 items by Jon Dolan

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon | ALBUM REVIEW

    Despite their roots on the scrappy New York post-punk-revival scene of the early 2000s, the Walkmen's sweeping visions often imply wide-open spaces, or at least the skyscraper diaspora as the Grand Canyon. On Lisbon's opening track, "Juveniles,"...

    September 13, 2010 2:30 PM ET
  • "Devil in a New Dress"

    "Devil in a New Dress" | SONG REVIEW

    First he apologized to Taylor Swift. Now the contrite-Kanye trend continues on this bit of gorgeously swirling soul. Kanye confesses to being an asshole, then calls himself "the LeBron of rhyme." A year ago that...

    September 10, 2010 7:04 PM ET
  • "Radioactive"

    "Radioactive" | SONG REVIEW

    Lesser men than the Kings of Leon might follow up an arena-rock blockbuster like 2008's Only by the Night with a scrappy bid for street cred — something akin to the horny garage rock of their early...

    September 7, 2010 1:37 PM ET
  • All Delighted People EP

    All Delighted People EP | ALBUM REVIEW

    Some artists think big. Sufjan Stevens thinks long — whether it's the 20-word song titles or the orchestral suite about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. This EP features two monster opuses: the Simon and Garfunkel-quoting "All Delighted People," and...

    August 23, 2010 1:00 AM ET
  • The Black Keys Rock Central Park

    The Black Keys Rock Central Park | ARTICLE

    The Black Keys Central Park SummerStage New York, New York July 27th, 2010 As the sun set on Central Park, the...

    August 19, 2010 4:55 PM ET
  • "Drink the Kool-Aid"

    "Drink the Kool-Aid" | SONG REVIEW

    In the video, Cube wears a T-shirt with a gangsta-fied Kool-Aid smiley face — a great metaphor for his journey from N.W.A to TBS. The gutbucket beat is crackin', but Cube wastes time dissing "young bucks" who...

    August 18, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • Release Me

    Release Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Like load up their sharp, peppy tunes with zillions of pop references — Tracey Ullman, the Four Tops, Toni Basil, Duran Duran, just to name a few. And with good reason. They're children of the music...

    August 16, 2010 6:32 PM ET
  • Rated R (Deluxe Edition)

    Rated R (Deluxe Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy and alcohol/C-c-c-c-c-cocaine." With those words, Josh Homme introduced excess to a metal landscape lousy with mook thumb-suckers. Weaving the stoner rock of Homme's old band Kyuss with Blue Öyster Cult evil and...

    August 12, 2010 4:50 PM ET
  • "Black Rain"

    "Black Rain" | SONG REVIEW

    Cut in 1991 but never released (it'll be on Soundgarden's forthcoming best-of), this grunge nugget finds Chris Cornell rocking like Sammy Hagar on a three-state killing spree. Obscure demo? No way — this burns as much flannel...

    August 12, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • King of the Beach

    King of the Beach | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's telling that Nathan Williams, a.k.a. Wavves, is a poor speller. His hazy California pop punk is all about skipping school and riding your bong to the ocean. On the third Wavves full-length, a one-man bedroom experiment...

    August 2, 2010 3:06 PM ET
  • It'll Be Better

    It'll Be Better | ALBUM REVIEW

    Francis Farewell Starlite is a smart 28-year-old songwriter in love with Eighties R&B at its slickest, whitest and oddest — he sings a little like Peter Gabriel and mixes cutting jazz-piano chords and clever pop constructions like...

    August 2, 2010 2:57 PM ET
  • Lazers Never Die

    Lazers Never Die | ALBUM REVIEW

    White-beat pirates can come home from Jamaica with riddim realness, or sand in their shorts. Producers Diplo and Switch, a.k.a. Major Lazer, definitely do JA right. Recorded at Kingston's legendary Tuff Gong studios, this EP twists dancehall...

    August 2, 2010 2:13 PM ET
  • "Angel Dance"

    "Angel Dance" | SONG REVIEW

    Plant is a Zen master who has always marched to his own flute. So it's almost fitting that he's forgoing a much-rumored Led Zeppelin reunion tour in order to revive the band he fronted in the mid-Sixties....

    August 2, 2010 12:30 PM ET
  • "Crossfire"

    "Crossfire" | SONG REVIEW

    In the genius video for the first single from Flowers' solo debut, Charlize Theron rescues him from evil ninjas, showing off her throwingstar chops and flashing him a brilliant, you-are-so-high-maintenance glare before she cuts him free. Sadly,...

    July 21, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • "Bonus Track #77"

    "Bonus Track #77" | SONG REVIEW

    Having declared the Internet "over," Prince is releasing his new disc by giving it away in copies of European newspapers and magazines, such as Rolling Stone's German edition and Belgium's enticingly named Het Nieuws­blad. Sadly, 20Ten is...

    July 19, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • Korn III: Remember Who You Are

    Korn III: Remember Who You Are | ALBUM REVIEW

    Korn have intellectualized their splenic new-metal as they've declined commercially. But their ninth disc jettisons layered samples and pointy-headed craft for a live-band blitz, mutating the bleakest aspects of rap, rock, funk and industrial into a molten...

    July 13, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • Fables of the Reconstruction

    Fables of the Reconstruction | ALBUM REVIEW

    They hated making it and have often dismissed it, but R.E.M.'s third record, a dark meditation on the soul of the South, has aged brilliantly. Recorded with producer Joe Boyd, Fables explored a craggy interiority they'd later...

    July 12, 2010 11:45 AM ET
  • Custom Built

    Custom Built | ALBUM REVIEW

    Every rose has its thorn, and every airport bar has its 22-year-old divorcee. But not every album has two songs from different reality shows starring Bret Michaels, or the theme from the prison movie he wrote, directed...

    July 6, 2010 3:55 PM ET
  • Flesh Tone

    Flesh Tone | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kelis doesn't shake much milk on her first record in four years. Instead, she brings it to a slow boil. Flesh Tone is a foray into the percolating house, moody electro and hard trance grooves that pump...

    July 6, 2010 3:54 PM ET
  • "Misery"

    "Misery" | SONG REVIEW

    Some people might have a hard time picking out "Misery" from a police line-up of Maroon 5 songs. Thankfully, Adam Levine helps us out by getting his ass kicked by a beautiful lady in the video. The...

    June 29, 2010 8:38 PM ET