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  • "I Love It"

    "I Love It" | SONG REVIEW

    On this female Swedish duo's supercatchy breakup anthem, skyscraping synth lines go up as they scream-sing about the liberation that comes from dumping a draggy partner. Listen to "I Love It": Related•

    June 5, 2012 3:25 PM ET
  • Evans the Death

    Evans the Death | ALBUM REVIEW

    This London band mixes post–Smiths jangle and early–grunge sludge, as Katherine Whitaker explores varying shades of bad romance. Her raw emotion blends with slashing,whirling guitars to inject paralysis with weird power. Listen to 'Evans the...

    May 23, 2012 12:10 AM ET
  • Loaded

    Loaded | ALBUM REVIEW

    This semi–reformed hustler (and Ke$ha collaborator) returns with dinky synths and half–baked rhymes about drugs and sex that are as complex as playground taunts – and less clever. Listen to 'Loaded': Related•

    May 23, 2012 12:05 AM ET
  • "Go All the Way"

    "Go All the Way" | SONG REVIEW

    This cover of the Raspberries' warmly catchy power–pop classic (which appears on the Dark Shadows soundtrack) is fairly straightforward. But Brandon Flowers' querulous voice lends the track an otherworldly urgency that's well matched to the...

    May 22, 2012 5:05 PM ET
  • Rize of the Fenix

    Rize of the Fenix | ALBUM REVIEW

    The first full-length album in six years from Jack Black and Kyle Gass' comedy-cock-rock duo is chock-full of swaggering pomposity. But too many of its gags sound like they've been festering since the Pick of Destiny days;...

    May 15, 2012 12:20 AM ET
  • The Wanted

    The Wanted | ALBUM REVIEW

    The other English-Irish boy band to crash the States in 2012 is slyer than its apple-cheeked counterparts in One Direction, as evidenced by its demi-entendre hit "Glad You Came." But on this EP, the Wanted take cues from...

    April 24, 2012 12:25 AM ET
  • Sweet Love

    Sweet Love | SONG REVIEW

    Moving from the club to the bedroom, Brown oozes loverman charm and let-it-all-out lustover tinkling keyboards. He also gets so detailed about his lady-pleasing techniques, any video accompaniment would be almost pornographically unnecessary.  Listen To Chris Brown's "Sweet...

    April 17, 2012 2:00 PM ET
  • The MF Life

    The MF Life | ALBUM REVIEW

    On her hit second album, this Canadian-Guyanese singer shows she's a multidimensional diva. Melanie Fiona belts her way through "Wrong Side of a Love Song," where her supple voice is framed by organ and string flourishes; "Watch...

    April 13, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • “Go Right Ahead”

    “Go Right Ahead” | SONG REVIEW

    The Swedish garage-rock pyrotechnicians crib from an unlikely source on this comeback single: ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down," whose main riff becomes this tune's backbone. The Hives dispense with the original's orchestral pomp in favor of horns...

    March 27, 2012 4:50 PM ET
  • "Flutes"

    "Flutes" | SONG REVIEW

    This dreamy extended workout by the British electro-pop act throws in dime-store synths, drum-machine thunderbolts and a sample from the titular instrument. But it doesn't hit its moody-disco mark until Alexis Taylor's haunted vocals kick in, casting...

    March 27, 2012 4:45 PM ET
  • South By Southwest Recruits Blur's Graham Coxon, Das Racist and More

    South By Southwest Recruits Blur's Graham Coxon, Das Racist and More | ARTICLE

    The South By Southwest Festival, the yearly confab of music, film and digital-media types that takes over downtown Austin, Texas, every March, has announced the third group of artists that will be performing during the festival's...

    December 21, 2010 6:05 PM ET
  • New Orleans Rapper Magnolia Shorty Murdered

    New Orleans Rapper Magnolia Shorty Murdered | ARTICLE

    A 28-year-old woman found shot to death in a car that crashed into the gates of a New Orleans apartment complex has been identified as Renetta "Magnolia Shorty" Lowe, a bounce MC who had been affiliated with...

    December 21, 2010 3:05 PM ET
  • Daily Digest: Lauryn Hill Tour Dates; Velvet Revolver New Frontman

    Daily Digest: Lauryn Hill Tour Dates; Velvet Revolver New Frontman | ARTICLE

    Lauryn Hill Announces More ConcertsHaving announced a handful of East Coast shows earlier this month, the enigmatic soul singer has filled out her touring schedule over the coming weeks. Concerts in...

    December 21, 2010 12:10 PM ET
  • Kings Of Leon Show Canceled After Fire

    Kings Of Leon Show Canceled After Fire | ARTICLE

    Update: Kings of Leon have officially postponed tonight's show. Two tour buses parked in a loading bay of the O2 Arena in London caught fire early Tuesday morning, possibly jeopardizing a Kings of Leon show scheduled for...

    December 21, 2010 10:00 AM ET
  • 'Spider-Man' Star Hurt in Major Fall

    'Spider-Man' Star Hurt in Major Fall | ARTICLE

    Monday night's performance of the troubled musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark ended prematurely after an actor playing the web-slinging superhero fell between 8 and 10 feet into a pit during a complicated aerial stunt that...

    December 21, 2010 9:00 AM ET
  • Video: PJ Harvey Releases Stunning Clip for 'The Last Living Rose'

    Video: PJ Harvey Releases Stunning Clip for 'The Last Living Rose' | ARTICLE

    PJ Harvey, whose eight studio album Let England Shake comes out next year, has released another song from the record. "The Last Living Rose" is a spare track that recalls Harvey's most personal, stripped-down work. The song's

    December 20, 2010 5:30 PM ET
  • Christina Aguilera and Rihanna Officially Too Hot for 'X Factor'

    Christina Aguilera and Rihanna Officially Too Hot for 'X Factor' | ARTICLE

    Simon Cowell's British talent show The X Factor has crowned Matt Cardle its newest winner, and the singer has already topped the UK's Christmas-week singles chart with his cover of Biffy Clyro's "When We Collide." But...

    December 20, 2010 2:47 PM ET
  • Video: Lil Wayne and Eminem Take Over 'SNL'

    Video: Lil Wayne and Eminem Take Over 'SNL' | ARTICLE

    Saturday Night Live recruited Eminem and Lil Wayne for their last show of 2010, with the two MCs dueting on their vindictive, Haddaway-sampling single "No Love." The sample of the   hit "What Is Love" (enshrined on...

    December 20, 2010 1:20 PM ET
  • Prince Parties With Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg Onstage at MSG

    Prince Parties With Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg Onstage at MSG | ARTICLE

    On Saturday night, Prince continued his Welcome 2 America Tour with a show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The career-spanning setlist included a few songs with legendary drummer and frequent Prince collaborator Sheila E., a raft...

    December 20, 2010 12:15 PM ET
  • Paramore's Guitarist and Drummer Call It Quits

    Paramore's Guitarist and Drummer Call It Quits | ARTICLE

    Josh and Zac Farro, the guitarist and drummer for Paramore, have left the band, according to a statement posted on the band's official site on Saturday. "A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know...

    December 20, 2010 9:06 AM ET
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