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  • "Howl"

    "Howl" | SONG REVIEW

    Producer Jordy Asher (a.k.a. Boots) got the divine stamp of approval with his work on Beyoncé. The beat on this solo release – a symphony of wobbling synths, layered moans and crosscutting rhythm crack –...

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM ET
  • Darlings

    Darlings | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kevin Drew's second solo album opens with a geyser of warm noise that seems sure to turn into one of the expansive indie-rock bliss-outs he's been sculpting for more than a decade as the leader of Toronto's...

    March 18, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack | ALBUM REVIEW

    Divergent, Hollywood's next big Hunger Games, is based on a bestselling trilogy of teen novels set in a dystopian future. The movie's soundtrack offers an image of the dystopian present, wanly blurring EDM, alt-rock and hip-hop...

    March 11, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • G I R L

    G I R L | ALBUM REVIEW

    2013 was the year of Pharrell. Sure, he's been lacing the pop charts for more than a decade, composing beats and singing hooks for everyone from Snoop Dogg and Jay Z to Justin...

    March 7, 2014 4:20 PM ET
  • "Magic"

    "Magic" | SONG REVIEW

    Coldplay's new single skates close to the wintry post-dubstep soulfulness coursing through much of U.K. pop these days: A skeletal beat carries the weight before the guitars kick in and Chris Martin goes from mushmouth croon...

    March 7, 2014 11:20 AM ET
  • "Supernova"

    "Supernova" | SONG REVIEW

    Nice-guy singer-songwriter LaMontagne cut his new LP with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who laces this prim folk-pop come-on with psych-bubblegum guitars and Morse-code keyboard bleats. Auerbach's production turns an upbeat tune into something surprisingly rich...

    March 7, 2014 11:10 AM ET
  • Eagulls

    Eagulls | ALBUM REVIEW

    When these super-bleak postpunks from Leeds, England, yell, "Fester! Blister!," they don't just sound ragingly bummed. It's like they're encouraging a wound to grow – the way some people talk to their plants. On songs...

    March 4, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • Tomorrow's Hits

    Tomorrow's Hits | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Men, from Brooklyn, started six years ago as noise-punk heathens. They've been collecting musical and emotional accessories ever since: Their fifth album features harmonica, pedal steel, horns and pianos, and it opens with a...

    March 4, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • St. Vincent

    St. Vincent | ALBUM REVIEW

    Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) isn't just a great songwriter. She's a great song dissector, breaking down pop's essential rhythmic, melodic and emotional components, retooling every impulse. No wonder her fourth album has a lushly distracted jam...

    February 25, 2014 12:25 AM ET
  • Black Portland

    Black Portland | ALBUM REVIEW

    The fact that Jeffrey Williams chose a rap name as bland as Young Thug just makes the revelation of his off-the-wall brilliance all the more intense. The 22-year-old Atlanta lunatic gets over on pure, giddy...

    February 21, 2014 12:25 PM ET
  • Distraction

    Distraction | ALBUM REVIEW

    If MGMT hadn't got so trippy, if Vampire Weekend didn't know Soweto from Secaucus – they'd probably both still be better, or at least bigger, than Bear Hands. But the Brooklyn band's second LP (on the...

    February 21, 2014 12:20 PM ET
  • "Lookin' Ass"

    "Lookin' Ass" | SONG REVIEW

    The first taste of Minaj’s album The Pink Print is like if TLC had punctuated "No Scrubs" with 

    February 21, 2014 10:55 AM ET
  • "Hundreds of Ways"

    "Hundreds of Ways" | SONG REVIEW

    Mr. Bright Eyes drops country signifiers all over this tune from his first record in three years: Sun Studios slap-back rhythm guitar, lap steel, allusions to Carolina rhinestones and Bakersfield cash. But he isn't aiming for...

    February 21, 2014 10:45 AM ET
  • "Moon Song"

    "Moon Song" | SONG REVIEW

    This Oscar-nominated acoustic valentine, penned by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O with director Spike Jonze, was pretty cute when Scarlett Johansson sang it in Her. Now it's even cuter: Karen and Koenig of Vampire...

    February 21, 2014 10:35 AM ET
  • Sun Structures

    Sun Structures | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I wrote a song for thee," frontman James Edward Bagshaw offers on this U.K. band's debut. As his archaic address implies, Temples play mid-Sixties psych rock at its most archly transporting. Every swirling fuzz tone, cathedral-organ bleat...

    February 11, 2014 12:30 AM ET
  • Hotel Valentine

    Hotel Valentine | ALBUM REVIEW

    Few bands embodied the Nineties' hey-whatever boho freedom like Cibo Matto: two Japanese women living large on the Lower East Side, mixing jazz, dub and lounge pop with a post-Beasties hip-hop swizzle. Their bright sound is a...

    February 11, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • "Automatic"

    "Automatic" | SONG REVIEW

    Add Nashville's toughest mega-diva to the list of iPhone-hating celebrities that already includes Arcade Fire and Louis C.K. "C'mon, let's take a picture/The kind you gotta shake," she sings on this slow-build remembrance of simpler...

    February 7, 2014 10:25 AM ET
  • "Godfather Four"

    "Godfather Four" | SONG REVIEW

    Diabolically stoned NOLA rapper Curren$y and Ghostface Killah-steeped nutjob Action Bronson toast their own hustle over this dreamily plush track. Bronson raps, "Billy Crystal kissed my cheek before the Oscars/He said, 'It was my pleasure,' I said,...

    February 7, 2014 10:05 AM ET
  • After the Disco

    After the Disco | ALBUM REVIEW

    Broken Bells are a collaboration between two guys who sit at very different tables in the music-biz lunchroom. Danger Mouse is a hip-hop-savant-turned-L.A.-superproducer (his credits include Gnarls Barkley, the Black Keys and the next

    February 4, 2014 12:05 AM ET
  • 'House of Cards' Slithers Back: The Diabolical Show Gets Even Darker

    'House of Cards' Slithers Back: The Diabolical Show Gets Even Darker | ARTICLE

    Beloved political dramas like The West Wing and Lincoln inspire feelings of star-spangled patriotism. The equally gushed-over House of Cards, which features Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, a ruthless, power-obsessed politician, elicits different emotions. "Last year,...

    February 3, 2014 11:00 AM ET
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