525 items by Jon Dolan

  • "Runaway"

    "Runaway" | SONG REVIEW

    Mysterious U.K. dance producer Sbtrkt floats the voices of singers Ware and Sampha over a twitchy beat and warm, ghostly synths for a 75-second wisp of a snippet of a track. It's the spirit of Aaliyah's "Are...

    January 10, 2014 11:37 AM ET
  • "Cannibal"

    "Cannibal" | SONG REVIEW

    These alt-rockers have never been shy about admitting they watched a lot of 120 Minutes back in the day, and on this new track they continue to fine-tune their mix of fuzzy guitar chug and glassy beats....

    January 10, 2014 11:30 AM ET
  • "Trophies"

    "Trophies" | SONG REVIEW

    Drake winds up his massive year by giving himself the only award that matters: the gift of reminding himself that he's Drake. Over a Hit-Boy beat that sounds like the Rocky theme dipped in champagne, he informs...

    January 10, 2014 11:27 AM ET
  • Purple Snow

    Purple Snow | ALBUM REVIEW

    The hybrid of funk, pop, New Wave and guitar-rock Prince concocted in the early Eighties was briefly dubbed "The Minneapolis sound." This two-disc set tells the story of that sound, from the proto-disco Seventies to the...

    January 3, 2014 12:15 PM ET
  • Underground Luxury

    Underground Luxury | ALBUM REVIEW

    B.o.B is a gifted crossover artist – a fluid rapper, a fine singer and a skilled piano and guitar player who stuffs his albums with diverse cameos (Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Rivers Cuomo). But his lyrics...

    January 3, 2014 11:15 AM ET
  • I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling

    I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling | ALBUM REVIEW

    Punk-rock revelations like Perfect Pussy don't come along nearly often enough. They've got it all: great riot-feminist name, excellently miserable hometown (Syracuse, New York), ragingly chaotic live shows and a noise-assault donnybrook of a debut EP. The...

    December 26, 2013 2:57 PM ET
  • 'Beyonce' Breakdown: The Ultimate Guide to Bey's Surprise New Album

    'Beyonce' Breakdown: The Ultimate Guide to Bey's Surprise New Album | ARTICLE

    Beyoncé surprised the world with a brand-new "visual album" at midnight. Here's a listening guide as you make your way through the follow-up to 2011's 4. Beyoncé and 49 more of the best live acts...

    December 13, 2013 1:40 PM ET
  • "High Hopes"

    "High Hopes" | SONG REVIEW

    The theme of this spirited cover (from Springsteen's new LP, due January 14th) is bedrock Bruce – the struggle for love and prosperity in a nation where, as original songwriter Tim Scott McConnell put it, "you...

    December 2, 2013 6:00 PM ET
  • "La Flaca"

    "La Flaca" | SONG REVIEW

    The 66-year-old ace teams up with Colombian star Juanes for a song that starts as sumptuous salsa blues before resolving into smoothly elevating crossover rock – with a hot solo, of course.

    December 2, 2013 5:40 PM ET
  • Shangri La

    Shangri La | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I wake up/Check my phone/Jump in my whip/And off I go," Jake Bugg sings on "Kingpin." It's a song about the lush life of a drug dealer with a steelback giddyap that connects Eddie Cochran to

    November 19, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • Blur the Line

    Blur the Line | ALBUM REVIEW

    The third Those Darlins record opens with a drunk shower in a "shit hotel." But it doesn't stay clean for long: "Flowing these juices/The weed has induced us," Jessi Darlin sings a couple of songs later on...

    November 18, 2013 12:35 PM ET
  • "Holding On for Life"

    "Holding On for Life" | SONG REVIEW

    The new LP from Danger Mouse and James Mercer of the Shins is called After the Disco, and that's the vibe here. The duo dive into pillow-talk soft rock and Bee Gees harmonies as they...

    November 15, 2013 5:40 PM ET
  • "Feel My Pain"

    "Feel My Pain" | SONG REVIEW

    The indie singer-songwriter's new EP is titled it's a big world out there (and i am scared), and this lovely, Spartan track – just droll fingerpicking, mush-mouthed intimacy and bedroom drum-machine patter – makes Vile's pain cave...

    November 15, 2013 5:35 PM ET
  • "Melrose"

    "Melrose" | SONG REVIEW

    Community actor Donald Glover returns as his surprisingly good rap alias, Childish Gambino, for a few minutes of Frank Ocean-ic R&B minimals – falsetto loveman action over last-call jazz piano and a molasses beat. It's luxuriantly vibey...

    November 15, 2013 5:35 PM ET
  • "Feeling Myself"

    "Feeling Myself" | SONG REVIEW

    "Now everybody trippin' like they poppin' 'molly'/Up in the club is where you find me," Miley raps over a throbby beat, finding her level as an MC. As hip-hop summits go, it's not exactly Yalta, but as...

    November 15, 2013 5:30 PM ET
  • Fade Away

    Fade Away | ALBUM REVIEW

    On this seven-song EP, Bethany Cosentino combines the sundown power-pop buzz of Best Coast's 2010 debut with the Hulk-hug melodies and emotional gravity of last year's The Only Place to make for something masterfully archetypal but...

    November 4, 2013 2:20 PM ET
  • The Marshall Mathers LP 2

    The Marshall Mathers LP 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is the kind of sequel that gets people shouting at the screen in disbelief before their seats are warmed up. The first song, "Bad Guy," is seven white-knuckled minutes of psycho-rap insanity...

    November 1, 2013 12:01 PM ET
  • Corsicana Lemonade

    Corsicana Lemonade | ALBUM REVIEW

    Texas rockers White Denim have a rich sense of rock history and a 21st-century attention span – like Steely Dan raised on video games and weed. At times, their blender whir of blues boogie, hippie country,...

    October 29, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71

    Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71 | ARTICLE

    Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today on Long Island. The cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed underwent a...

    October 27, 2013 1:15 PM ET
  • "Meant to Be"

    "Meant to Be" | SONG REVIEW

    The third TLC-greatest-hits album since the death of the goddess Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes comes with this new Ne-Yo-penned track, which recalls the lilting prettiness and the sweet realism of the group's finest moments, minus the...

    October 23, 2013 3:10 PM ET