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  • "Light Up (Rikers Remix)"

    "Light Up (Rikers Remix)" | SONG REVIEW

    A song about how hard it is to keep the world partying when you feel like dying inside, 'Light Up' was already one of the more poignant tracks on Drake's Thank Me Later. Jay-Z's cameo was note-perfect...

    June 28, 2010 12:30 PM ET
  • Lazarus

    Lazarus | ALBUM REVIEW

    Gym Class Heroes' Travie (formerly Travis) McCoy invented his own market by mixing emo, hip-hop and tween pop, and on his solo debut he makes good on a life of passing out business cards by pulling in...

    June 22, 2010 3:41 PM ET
  • Shake/Shiver/Moan

    Shake/Shiver/Moan | ALBUM REVIEW

    This U.K. group's 2004 debut was then-trendy blues punk, the kind of sound a band can mine every year or so until it splits up or gets some new influences. Weirdly, both of those things happened. It's...

    June 22, 2010 11:20 AM ET
  • "Power"

    "Power" | SONG REVIEW

    After you've sampled Can and compared yourself to Maya Angelou, how do you reach new heights of left-field craziness? How about rapping over King Crimson's paranoid prog jam "21st Century Schizoid Man"? Kanye's best single...

    June 8, 2010 10:55 PM ET
  • Disintegration: Deluxe Edition

    Disintegration: Deluxe Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Cure's 1989 masterpiece gave goth its Dark Side of the Moon — an alienated opus from a tortured star that only deepened his fame. Robert Smith translated the gloom of their gory early-Eighties records into sweeping...

    June 8, 2010 2:15 PM ET
  • Becoming a Jackal

    Becoming a Jackal | ALBUM REVIEW

    Conor J. O'Brien is as Irish as they come: soft-spoken, given to black moods and flights of literary mysticism, so full of Catholic guilt he probably sweats Communion wine. Villagers' debut album (on which he plays almost...

    June 8, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • History From Below

    History From Below | ALBUM REVIEW

    This San Diego foursome's rhythm section was in an emo band called Noise Ratchet; as Delta Spirit, they've embraced rootsiness but maintained that gloomy emo urgency: It's no surprise that their second disc opens with a mordant...

    June 7, 2010 2:25 PM ET
  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals | ALBUM REVIEW

    Grace Potter, 26, hails from Vermont, and she's big on the jam-band scene, but her neoblues has subtlety and concision you don't often find with noodle-dancers. The Nocturnals' third disc tilts from Janis Joplin-esque bluster, to laid-back...

    June 7, 2010 2:00 PM ET
  • "XXXO"

    "XXXO" | SONG REVIEW

    With its ultraviolent video and synth-punk harshness, the Sri Lankan antidiva's most recent offering, "Born Free," suggested that her forthcoming third disc might be aimed at only her fringiest fans. So it's a big relief that the...

    May 25, 2010 3:20 PM ET
  • Treats

    Treats | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sleigh Bells have ridden their love of cheap beats and scorched-earth guitars into an almost Vampire Weekend-level hype storm. This Brooklyn duo keep it hilariously simple: neck-snapping hip-hop beats and blasts of gonzo riffage from producer Derek...

    May 24, 2010 1:05 PM ET
  • "Not Afraid"

    "Not Afraid" | SONG REVIEW

    "Let's be honest, that last Relapse CD was eh," Eminem admits on "Not Afraid," his therapeutic new single. Even a sicko like Slim Shady couldn't stomach another humorless disc of Lindsay Lohan decapitation fantasies, so he scrapped...

    May 12, 2010 12:05 AM ET
  • "Lights"

    "Lights" | SONG REVIEW

    On 2007's Our Love to Admire, New York's doomy New Wavers abandoned taut goth punk in favor of bigger, more expansive art rock. Chastened, the band is back to its old voodoo on a new single. "Lights"...

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • A Different Kind of Tension (Reissue)

    A Different Kind of Tension (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Buzzcocks were the Seventies U.K. punk band that sang about all the corny teenage fixations the other Seventies U.K. punks rejected: love, lust, orgasm addiction, cars, being 16. But they did it with just as much...

    May 11, 2010 7:06 AM ET
  • Diamond Eyes

    Diamond Eyes | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Deftones' sixth album is inspired by tragedy: a car accident in 2008 that left bassist Chi Cheng barely conscious. The results recall the convulsive pummel of 2000's White Pony, which remains the standard for the thinking...

    May 10, 2010 11:57 AM ET
  • Heaven is Whenever

    Heaven is Whenever | ALBUM REVIEW

    At a time when all the hipster bands are highbrow conceptualists, the Hold Steady are keeping alive the tradition of the schlubby genius. The Brooklyn quartet make something mythic from a simple set of core values: sport...

    May 4, 2010 3:50 PM ET
  • Cosmogramma

    Cosmogramma | ALBUM REVIEW

    He's related to John Coltrane, he's tight with Thom Yorke, so it's fitting that L.A. hip-hop surrealist Steven Ellison is a restless experimenter with an ear for forlorn beauty. The shape-shifting tracks on his third disc incorporate...

    May 4, 2010 3:00 PM ET
  • Junior

    Junior | ALBUM REVIEW

    King is a guitar virtuoso whose genre of choice — indie-rock — forces her into an odd middle-ground between dexterous displays of technique and thorny evocations of self-doubt with titles like "Everything Has An End Even Sadness."...

    April 22, 2010 7:02 PM ET
  • Rise Up

    Rise Up | ALBUM REVIEW

    With its two Tom Morello rap-rock tracks and lefty-punk cover art, the first Cypress Hill record in six years promises radical reinvention. Sure, 70 million bong hits have rendered B-Real and Sen Dog confused political theorists (complaining...

    April 22, 2010 4:53 PM ET
  • Sisterworld

    Sisterworld | ALBUM REVIEW

    After tearing up the New York post-punk scene in the early 2000s, the Liars reappeared as Berlin electronic experimentalists and L.A. industrial groove things. Their fifth album lays claim to L.A.'s pulpy occult mythos with glowering...

    April 8, 2010 3:44 PM ET
  • Slash

    Slash | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's the anti-Chinese Democracy. If Axl's masterwork was a solitary quest for perfection, Slash's solo debut is a freewheeling group hug. The former G n' R guitarist doesn't sing, of course, but his snake pit runneth over...

    April 5, 2010 4:55 PM ET
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