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  • Bruno Mars Brings Drum Solos, Chili Peppers, Nostalgia to Super Bowl

    Bruno Mars Brings Drum Solos, Chili Peppers, Nostalgia to Super Bowl | ARTICLE

    Super Bowl halftime shows usually break down into three groups: classic rock legends (Paul McCartney, the Who, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen), pop icons (Madonna, Prince, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake) and more recent stars riding high on big success...

    February 2, 2014 9:25 PM ET
  • Miley Cyrus 'Unplugged': 10 Hilarious, Twerkcentric Observations

    Miley Cyrus 'Unplugged': 10 Hilarious, Twerkcentric Observations | ARTICLE

    You may have heard a loud rumbling explosion around 9 o'clock EST last night. Or perhaps your town was briefly shaken by a small earthquake. Fear not: that was just the Miley Cyrus Movement taking another...

    January 30, 2014 11:40 AM ET
  • Too True

    Too True | ALBUM REVIEW

    On the cover of Dum Dum Girls' third album, singer-guitarist Dee Dee Penny stalks the bluelit night looking like a vampire Pat Benatar. That's the music's vibe, too: sleek, tough, pouty indie pop streaked with black-eyeliner distortion...

    January 28, 2014 12:30 AM ET
  • Trouble

    Trouble | ALBUM REVIEW

     On their 2012 debut, Hospitality made charming, quickwitted indie pop full of cagey guitar frizz. The Brooklyn trio's second album is a little more worry-worn and a little tougher-sounding – and it's all the better for...

    January 28, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • Drowners

    Drowners | ALBUM REVIEW

    A New York band fronted by a 25-year-old Welsh model, Drowners play what they've called "friendly post-punk" – crisp, bright Anglo-Eighties guitar pop bristling with the coy cockiness of posh bros who never get much resistance at...

    January 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Hard Working Americans

    Hard Working Americans | ALBUM REVIEW

    Todd Snider specializes in bitingly funny, populist country-rock storytelling (his 2012 album Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables was a vivid Great Recession indictment). Here, he convenes a tough, versatile band for a set of rootsy, lefty...

    January 21, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • 15 Golden Moments From ESPN's Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Doc

    15 Golden Moments From ESPN's Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan Doc | ARTICLE

    Last night's installment of ESPN's documentary series 30 for 30 was undoubtedly one of the greatest of all time. The Price of Gold, directed by Nanette Burstein, took us back to the winter of 1994 and the...

    January 17, 2014 1:25 PM ET
  • EP 2

    EP 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's not quite the Pixies; more like spray-on Pixies. As with EP 1, released last fall, this four-song set feels like a faint echo of the band's later albums, 1990's Bossanova and 1991's Trompe...

    January 14, 2014 12:05 AM ET
  • "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
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