527 items by Jon Dolan

  • 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
  • "Reflektor"

    "Reflektor" | SONG REVIEW

    Clocking in at nearly eight minutes, promoted via two different videos (one theatrical, one interactive), produced by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem with backing vocals by none other than David Bowie himself, the first single...

    September 10, 2013 12:19 PM ET
  • Dynamics

    Dynamics | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their second album, this New York synth-pop duo trumpet the power of "Dumb Disco Ideas." And they've got more than a few of them, expertly cribbed from classic Depeche Mode, Italo-disco, Giorgio Moroder, New Order,...

    September 10, 2013 12:25 AM ET
  • B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime

    B.O.A.T.S. II #MeTime | ALBUM REVIEW

    Is anyone in music having more fun right now than 2 Chainz? The Atlanta MC has become hip-hop's most irrepressibly entertaining star, and his second LP further displays his knack for playfully hollering about money like he's...

    September 10, 2013 12:15 AM ET
  • The Electric Lady

    The Electric Lady | ALBUM REVIEW

    You've got to admire an artist who can cut through the weight of her own pretensions. And with Janelle Monáe, the pretensions are pretty impressive. Her 2010 full-length debut, The ArchAndroid, was a head-spinning album conceived...

    September 10, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • Atmosphere

    Atmosphere | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kaskade (a.k.a. Ryan Raddon, DJ-producer) is a 42-year-old dance-music veteran in an EDM moment rampant with raging teenage converts, and a practicing Mormon in a traditionally drug-fueled scene. No wonder the music on his eighth album would...

    September 10, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You

    Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You | ALBUM REVIEW

    Death hangs everywhere in Mark J. Mulcahy's music. The Connecticut singer-songwriter lost his wife in 2008, and on "Where's the Difference Now," from his first album since that tragedy, he grieves over a suicide ("why would someone...

    September 9, 2013 4:00 PM ET
  • Rich Gang

    Rich Gang | ALBUM REVIEW

    In recent years, New Orleans sister labels Cash Money and Young Money have turned into one of hip-hop's most reliable hit factories, thanks to superstars like Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Drake. On this celebratory all-star compilation,...

    September 9, 2013 3:55 PM ET
  • AM


    It's been almost a decade since the Arctic Monkeys torpedoed out of Sheffield, England, riding a bunch of sharp pub-punk songs and the kind of ravenous U.K. media hype that often fades like a hangover. But...

    September 5, 2013 2:30 PM ET
  • The 10 Most Killer Cover Songs of the Past Decade

    The 10 Most Killer Cover Songs of the Past Decade | ARTICLE

    This century has been a golden age for cover songs. Thanks to YouTube, we're always there whenever a band plays a must-hear version of some recent hit or Eighties classic or forgotten rarity, and after years of...

    September 3, 2013 5:20 PM ET
  • Love in the Future

    Love in the Future | ALBUM REVIEW

    John Legend's fiancee, model Chrissy Teigen, recently said she never wears underwear. And who can blame her: Undies fly away like silken doves when the reigning king of hip-hop soul is in the general vicinity. On Legend's...

    September 3, 2013 12:20 AM ET
  • "Another Is Waiting"

    "Another Is Waiting" | SONG REVIEW

    This is some genuinely "alt" alt-country: The genre-bending Avett Brothers mix bluegrass banjos and power chords to re-imagine classic Weezer as sweet, strip-mined mountain music. There's a girl reading a magazine on a dark road and an...

    August 28, 2013 11:40 AM ET
  • Age Against the Machine

    Age Against the Machine | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the Nineties, Goodie Mob helped put the Dirty South on the map, and while they often played Al Gore to Outkast's Bill Clinton, they did produce CeeLo Green, America's favorite TV soul freak. CeeLo's elastic hype­ness...

    August 27, 2013 12:20 AM ET
  • Hail to the King

    Hail to the King | ALBUM REVIEW

    The bowels of hell used to disgorge metal messiahs like Avenged Sevenfold all the time. But these days, the band's vision of mainstream headbanging is as adorably quaint as a glow-in-the-dark Iron Maiden poster in a...

    August 27, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • Hall of Fame

    Hall of Fame | ALBUM REVIEW

    Big Sean's second LP might've already been overshadowed by a Big Sean song that isn't on it – "Control," where guest Kendrick Lamar carpet-bomb-dissed a generation of rappers, including Big Sean. It's too bad: The Detroit MC...

    August 27, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • 6 Feet Beneath the Moon

    6 Feet Beneath the Moon | ALBUM REVIEW

    Archy Marshall makes music that's pleasantly out of focus, dangling his drowsily exaggerated Cockney accent over ice-flow hip-hop beats striped with sad-lounge pianos and watery guitars. On his full-length debut, lazy-bloke admissions like "I will end up...

    August 27, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Kicker Town

    Kicker Town | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mark Seliger is one of the most accomplished rock photographers ever – his credits include 125 covers for this magazine alone. Turns out the 54-year-old Texas native has an impressive side gig, too: fronting the L.A. country-rock...

    August 26, 2013 4:15 PM ET
  • Sleeper

    Sleeper | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's hard to imagine Ty Segall taking a lunch break, much less sleeping. The ravenously prolific San Francisco garage rocker released three albums of bleary guitar dementia in 2012 alone. But his first full-length in nine whole...

    August 20, 2013 12:25 AM ET
  • Songs From St. Somewhere

    Songs From St. Somewhere | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jimmy Buffett's 31st album is full of chill evocations of island life, from "Einstein Was a Surfer" to "Somethin' 'Bout a Boat." His music is an island, too – a place apart where country, old-guy rock,...

    August 20, 2013 12:05 AM ET