525 items by Jon Dolan

  • Emancipated Hearts

    Emancipated Hearts | ALBUM REVIEW

    Dean Wareham is one of the great New York guitar sophisticates, crafting soft, elegant indie rock in Galaxie 500, Luna and his husband-wife duo, Dean and Britta. He's now an Angeleno, and his first solo album is...

    October 18, 2013 12:40 PM ET
  • That's It!

    That's It! | ALBUM REVIEW

    This New Orleans crew has been keepers of local jazz tradition for more than 50 years, but it has never recorded an LP of original material until now. With help from songwriters like Paul "Rainbow Connection" Williams...

    October 18, 2013 12:00 PM ET
  • Q&A: Van Jones on Hosting 'Crossfire' and Getting Along With Newt

    Q&A: Van Jones on Hosting 'Crossfire' and Getting Along With Newt | ARTICLE

    In the last five years, Van Jones has gone from progressive activist to White House green-job advisor to right-wing punching bag to ascendant TV pundit. In 2009, shortly after joining the Obama administration as an advisor on...

    October 18, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Prism

    Prism | ALBUM REVIEW

    Katy Perry's 2010 album, Teenage Dream, was such a massive blockbuster that we've had to wait three years for the follow-up where she reveals the multifaceted artist behind the fun pop sheen. And Prism is as...

    October 16, 2013 11:56 AM ET
  • Magpie and the Dandelion

    Magpie and the Dandelion | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Avett Brothers' eighth LP came out of the same Rick Rubin-helmed sessions that produced last year's The Carpenter, on which they deepened their mix of rootsy authenticity and pop polish. More hard-bitten and somberly...

    October 15, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • "Love, Sex, Death"

    "Love, Sex, Death" | SONG REVIEW

    FOB are releasing a quickie digital LP, recorded in two days at Ryan Adams' Pax Am Studio. This 1:24 hardcore rant is fun fake-thrash rendered with all the sincerity and care of someone throwing out...

    October 10, 2013 3:05 PM ET
  • Bulldozer

    Bulldozer | ALBUM REVIEW

    In song, 33-year-old Kevin Devine calls himself "a non-starter never-was has-been since 2008." In life, he's a Kickstarter, leveraging a decade in the indie-rock trenches to fan-fund two good new albums: Bubblegum is the noise-pop one; Bulldozer...

    October 8, 2013 3:50 PM ET
  • Melophobia

    Melophobia | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kentucky's Cage the Elephant warp Sixties garage rock, Seventies punk and Eighties alt-rock into excellently weird new shapes – like the way a Beatles reference bumps up against chaotic horns and deranged Pixies crooning on...

    October 8, 2013 12:25 AM ET
  • Siberia

    Siberia | ALBUM REVIEW

    The return of wonderfully abstruse Nineties guitar-benders Polvo might not be the splashiest indie-rock comeback (that distinction goes to their Chapel Hill, North Carolina, homeys Superchunk). But it's one of the finest. On Siberia (the follow-up to...

    October 7, 2013 5:35 PM ET
  • Pure Heroine

    Pure Heroine | ALBUM REVIEW

    New artists in 2013 don't come any "2013"-ier than Lorde. Ella Yelich-O'Connor is 16, but she could be 25. She sings tough and raps soft. She's from New Zealand, but she could just as easily be from...

    October 7, 2013 5:25 PM ET
  • Bangerz

    Bangerz | ALBUM REVIEW

    Way to kill it, Milez. Your VMA performance put the Internet in traction, enraging liberals with its dicey racial burlesque and scandalizing conservatives with its twerking-toward-Bethlehem decadence. You've taken raging-bull control of your sexuality, even if it...

    October 4, 2013 10:44 AM ET
  • The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2

    The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience was a rare thing in the pop world of 2013: an experimental blockbuster. Other artists roar like lions and bang like gorillas to get our attention. Having spent years...

    September 30, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • Days Are Gone

    Days Are Gone | ALBUM REVIEW

    Haim are three twentysomething sisters (and an unrelated drummer) from Los Angeles who grew up playing in a band with their mom and dad. And if that isn't cute enough for you, their charming debut recalls...

    September 30, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • "Sirens"

    "Sirens" | SONG REVIEW

    This velvet-grunge ballad – the second single from the upcoming Lightning Bolt – ascends fragilely as Eddie Vedder evokes the way love lingers as a relationship fades. "I study your face and the fear goes away,"...

    September 24, 2013 4:20 PM ET
  • "5 AM"

    "5 AM" | SONG REVIEW

    Katy B has a warm, searching voice and a knack for undercutting infectious club grooves with late-night realism. "I lost my friends, I check my phone," she sings. The woozy, tuneful house track pushes her into...

    September 24, 2013 4:00 PM ET
  • Mechanical Bull

    Mechanical Bull | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kings of Leon started out a decade ago as scraping, scrapping Southern garage-rockers, but they found their voice as the great American arena band of their generation – grasping toward U2 levels of spacious grandeur...

    September 24, 2013 12:25 AM ET
  • In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition

    In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1993, In Utero's venomous sound scared DGC Records so much it hired R.E.M. producer Scott Litt to polish two key tracks. This reissue returns to the scene of the crime, with producer Steve Albini's...

    September 24, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • The Bones of What You Believe

    The Bones of What You Believe | ALBUM REVIEW

    Chvrches are the latest in what seems like an endless parade of bands tapping early-Eighties synth pop for inspiration. But not many do it better. Bones is full of incisive, sweeping songs made from last-ditch emotions. Lauren...

    September 24, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • MGMT


    MGMT keep finding new and exciting ways to mess with our heads. On the New York art-rock duo's 2008 Oracular Spectacular, pie-eyed keyboard whimsy was a Trojan horse for cagey lyrics about rock careerism....

    September 17, 2013 12:15 AM ET
  • From Here to Now to You

    From Here to Now to You | ALBUM REVIEW

    The last album from Jack Johnson, 2010's To the Sea, was a minor system shock, setting lyrics about his late father's life over stormy electric guitars. With help from former Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato Jr.,...

    September 17, 2013 12:10 AM ET