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  • "Bigger Than Prince"

    "Bigger Than Prince" | SONG REVIEW

    For this late-summer dance-floor monster, Chicago house figurehead Curtis Jones programmed drum machines and synth filigrees straight out of the 1999 playbook. But the sly shade of the muttered chorus – "Walk around like you're bigger than...

    August 28, 2013 11:45 AM ET
  • "Newspeak"

    "Newspeak" | SONG REVIEW

    European bass producers, recoiling at brostep, have moved into house music. This moody, dirty jam by a Dutch Flying Lotus associate rides an irresistible bass lope as low-fi video-game samples festoon the mix.

    April 29, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Mazembe @ 45rpm, Vol. 1

    Mazembe @ 45rpm, Vol. 1 | ALBUM REVIEW

    A sprawling collective that rolled so hard you won't need it to rock, OSM fused the billowing rumba style of their native Congo with the harder bite of benga, the local flavor of Kenya, where they relocated...

    April 15, 2013 3:55 PM ET
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs Bring the Love in New York

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs Bring the Love in New York | ARTICLE

    "Love is in the air tonight!" shouted Karen O at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ New York homecoming show on Sunday night. She wasn’t kidding – the YYYs could inspire couples to make out even before they...

    April 8, 2013 12:30 PM ET
  • Kompakt 20 Jahre Kollektion 1

    Kompakt 20 Jahre Kollektion 1 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Berlin became techno's gravity center during the 2000s, much the way Brooklyn became indie rock's. But the best dance-music label of the new millennium is actually situated some 300 miles west, in Cologne. Kompakt started out...

    March 19, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • Rebel Rave 3

    Rebel Rave 3 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Not long ago, London-L.A. dance label Crosstown Rebels put out consistently sharp house records with a moody sense of grit. On this overlong overview – two discs of 12-inches, plus a negligible mix CD by Subb-an –...

    March 19, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Ultra Music Festival Serves Up Banging Beats and Other Delights

    Ultra Music Festival Serves Up Banging Beats and Other Delights | ARTICLE

    Getting one's head around the entirety of Miami's Ultra Music Festival is nigh impossible – and not just because this year, its 15th, the festival has expanded, Coachella-style, to two consecutive weekends with largely the same lineup....

    March 18, 2013 12:40 PM ET
  • Swedish House Mafia Set It Off at Ultra Music Festival

    Swedish House Mafia Set It Off at Ultra Music Festival | ARTICLE

    About 20 minutes into their second-to-last show as a group, Swedish House Mafia's Axwell spoke into the mike. "Thank you for joining us on our little journey," he said. "Turn on your hearts, turn off your brains."...

    March 17, 2013 10:55 AM ET
  • Elvis Costello, the Roots, Chris Rock Pay Tribute to Prince

    Elvis Costello, the Roots, Chris Rock Pay Tribute to Prince | ARTICLE

    If Thursday night's all-star tribute to Prince – including appearances by D'Angelo, Elvis Costello, the Blind Boys of Alabama and ex-SNL star Maya Rudolph – had a theme, it was that the Minneapolis pop...

    March 8, 2013 11:20 AM ET
  • EDM superstar plays rare small-room gig fo

    EDM superstar plays rare small-room gig fo | VIDEO

    The upscale New York eatery Tao put the tables and chairs away for a night of dancing recently, with some help from one of the top DJs in the world, Tiësto. Co-sponsored by Rolling Stone and...

    November 15, 2012 5:33 PM ET
  • "True Thrush"

    "True Thrush" | SONG REVIEW

    The Baltimore cult fave pushes his crazy beat mutations further toward celebratory laptop pop. "Show me the sky, tell me I’m home," he murmurs, as a dense fog of hand claps, synths and guitars helps make this...

    July 13, 2012 3:10 PM ET
  • Ronnie Spector Opens One-Woman Show in New York

    Ronnie Spector Opens One-Woman Show in New York | ARTICLE

    "Phil Spector wanted to erase me from the public consciousness," the producer's ex-wife, Ronnie Spector, said with righteous indignation. The former lead singer of classic 1960s girl group the Ronettes was nearing the end of her...

    July 7, 2012 2:55 PM ET
  • “Silhouettes”

    “Silhouettes” | SONG REVIEW

    Swedish DJ Avicii typically purveys utter gush, but on "Silhouettes" his prancing synth chords and euphoric builds are tauter than usual, and less over-the-top. Odd that Salem Al Fakir croons he's "never getting back to the new...

    June 27, 2012 10:50 AM ET
  • Late Night Tales—Music for Pleasure

    Late Night Tales—Music for Pleasure | ALBUM REVIEW

    Many DJs mine Seventies AM gold for inspiration, but this mix from London vet Findlay (half of Groove Armada) dives all the way in. Seamlessly and shamelessly blending the obvious (Boz Scaggs' "Lowdown") with the...

    June 27, 2012 8:00 AM ET
  • Songs

    Songs | ALBUM REVIEW

    This Brit beatmaker's productions ("Cockney Thug") and DJ'ing (Fabric Live 37,with Caspa) helped define early subwoofer-punishing dubstep well before Skrillex made it rage like new metal. But on Songs, rather than go full-on aggro (or even collaborate again with various Dirty Projectors, as on 2010's O.M.G.),...

    March 27, 2012 12:00 AM ET
  • In the Mix: Dancepop Anthems

    In the Mix: Dancepop Anthems | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's time someone adapted the Now That's What I Call... compilation formula to fit dance music's pop surge. But on this remix-heavy collection, pop stars are subsumed to the machine, e.g. Sidney Samson reducing Nicki Minaj to...

    March 26, 2012 3:20 PM ET
  • "Hey Jane"

    "Hey Jane" | SONG REVIEW

    Jason Pierce has always worn his classic-rock ambition on his poufy sleeve. So naturally his band's latest sounds like "Jane Says" and "Sweet Jane" with psychedelic Stones thrown in – a rowdy sing along that swells over...

    March 20, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • "Under the Westway"

    "Under the Westway" | SONG REVIEW

    Debuted live and acoustic in London, this drizzly Ray Davies-style ballad should sate anyone missing the Blur of old. "It was a quiet day in my city today/Everything was sinking," Damon Albarn sings mournfully, tying everyday London...

    March 9, 2012 12:45 PM ET
  • "Do You Remember"

    "Do You Remember" | SONG REVIEW

    Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun (who toured with Peter Gabriel in 2009) is typically a rustic acoustic type. But on this knockout single, Brun hires three Burundi-style drummers who turn her elegy to a finished romance into...

    February 9, 2012 10:05 AM ET
  • Sparrowmania!

    Sparrowmania! | ALBUM REVIEW

    Harry Belafonte made calypso briefly popular in1950s America, but Trinidad’s Mighty Sparrow wasits sharpest-tongued golden-age singer. This tour of his 1960-76 output has too many novelties and covers – stick with Louis Jordan’s version of “What’s the...

    February 2, 2012 10:30 AM ET