549 items by Jon Dolan

  • No Ceilings

    No Ceilings | ALBUM REVIEW

    Weezy's great new mixtape leaked online nine days after he pleaded guiltyto a gun-possession charge, so there's only accidental allusion to the jailtime staring him in the grill. When he raps, "I'm in the gun club/Do youwanna...

    November 9, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Embryonic

    Embryonic | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I wish I could go back in time," Wayne Coyne yelps on the Flaming Lips' 12th record. In a sense, he has: These psych-rock mystics haven't sounded so off-the-wall since they were Oklahoma acidheads in the...

    October 15, 2009 12:00 PM ET
  • Brand New Eyes

    Brand New Eyes | ALBUM REVIEW

    Emo can be a gross mix of self-absorption and media savvy. Which is what makes the naiveté of these tortured Tennesseans so likable. On 2007's platinum Riot!, they seemed to behaving actual fun playing their sharp, sheer...

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Steely Dan Wrap Beacon Theatre Stand With "Gaucho" Gig

    Steely Dan Wrap Beacon Theatre Stand With "Gaucho" Gig | ARTICLE

    Last night Donald Fagen and Walter Becker got dressed, walked down the street and made a little lucre playing the most cynical music ever. The event was the final night of Steely Dan's long stand at New...

    August 13, 2009 2:48 PM ET
  • Lungs

    Lungs | ALBUM REVIEW

    At points on her debut album, Lungs, Florence Welch suggests she's a wild Englishwoman on par with PJ Harvey: She sets her boyfriend ablaze and cuts out a girl's eye because the bitch won't get...

    July 6, 2009 3:05 PM ET
  • Farm


    Dinosaur Jr. set the standard for convulsive indie-rock guitar fireworks in the Eighties. Incredibly, the band's original lineup — guitarist J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph — hasn't lost a thunderous step. On the second...

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Preliminaires

    Preliminaires | ALBUM REVIEW

    With the recent Stooges reunion, 62-year-old Iggy Pop proved that old guys can still be punk-rock bone-crushers. This bizarre foray into French jazz, Dixieland swing and lite Euro-trashy electro (inspired by nihilist-chic novelist Michel Houellebecq) proves they...

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Midlife: A Beginners Guide to Blur

    Midlife: A Beginners Guide to Blur | ALBUM REVIEW

    Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon have made up, and the smartest, funniest Brit-pop band is back (woo-hoo!). But Blur haven't recorded any new music yet (boohoo). So here's a two-disc best-of to coincide with their shows this...

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • All the Kings' Gems: 10 Essential Kings of Leon Tracks

    All the Kings' Gems: 10 Essential Kings of Leon Tracks | ARTICLE

    Kings of Leon started out as preacher's sons forbidden to listen to anything but church music and turned into the new gods of dirty Southern rock & roll. Austin Scaggs traveled around the world with the band...

    April 15, 2009 8:00 AM ET