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  • "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
  • A Collection

    A Collection | ALBUM REVIEW

    A single CD of short edits is an odd thing for a prog-techno act who specialize in spacious songs that often run for more than 10 minutes. The live "Cowgirl" is nothing and the dubstep moves are...

    January 31, 2012 12:10 AM ET
  • DJ Kicks

    DJ Kicks | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fans of cuddly, home-listening indie electronica (like Four Tet or the bells-loving Pantha du Prince) will want to hear this lovely DJ set of headphone beat candy. The rising U.K. producer's grooves tease beguilingly (see Muslimgauze's dry-textured...

    January 12, 2012 8:05 AM ET
  • "I'm Excited"

    "I'm Excited" | SONG REVIEW

    Shadow's music used to be touched by the uncanny; this may be the clunkiest thing he's done. Stray, seemingly found noises give the groove ridges, but it's so busy it never finds its footing. Listen to...

    July 29, 2011 7:00 AM ET
  • SBTRKT, 'SBTRKT'

    SBTRKT, 'SBTRKT' | BLOG ENTRY

    Ambitious like James Blake, and freewheeling like the London dubstep scene he’s lit up for two years, SBTRKT (real name Aaron Jerome) tries a lot of things on his debut — and succeeds at most....

    July 6, 2011 10:38 AM ET
  • SBTRKT

    SBTRKT | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ambitious like James Blake, and freewheeling like the London dubstep scene he’s lit up for two years, SBTRKT (real name Aaron Jerome) tries a lot of things on his debut — and succeeds at most. Guest vocalist...

    June 29, 2011 11:25 AM ET
  • Equal Rights: Legacy Edition (Reissue)

    Equal Rights: Legacy Edition (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Before he was gunned down during a home invasion in 1987, Peter Tosh was one of reggae's most militant performers – a civil rights agitator who co-wrote "Get Up, Stand Up" as a member of the Wailers....

    June 21, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • Disc-Overy

    Disc-Overy | ALBUM REVIEW

    The PlayStation-bleepy crossbreed of hip-hop and house known as grime has become England's new chart-pop. On his debut, 22-year-old MC-producer Tinie Tempah dreams of even wider glory: "Disturbing London, baby, we about to branch...

    May 17, 2011 12:45 AM ET
  • "Synchronize"

    "Synchronize" | SONG REVIEW

    Jarvis goes disco! On the latest in a stellar year's worth of singles from DFA Records (LCD Soundsystem main man James Murphy's label), Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker teams up with French house luminary Pilooski's part-time duo Discodeine...

    January 7, 2011 9:15 AM ET
  • Back to Me

    Back to Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    American Idol Season Three winner Fantasia Barrino comes across like an updated Patti LaBelle: She has a big voice equal parts gurgling and throaty, with a predilection for melodrama to go with it. But on her third...

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • 
Hollywood Hellraiser Dennis Hopper Dies at 74

    Hollywood Hellraiser Dennis Hopper Dies at 74 | ARTICLE

    Dennis Hopper — actor (Rebel Without a Cause, Blue Velvet), director (Easy Rider, Colors), screenwriter, photographer, painter, hellraiser, raconteur, and no-bull Hollywood legend — died of prostate cancer at his house in Venice Beach, in Los Angeles...

    May 29, 2010 7:00 PM ET
  • Remembering Michael Viner, The Man Who Recorded "Apache"

    Remembering Michael Viner, The Man Who Recorded "Apache" | ARTICLE

    Michael Viner, the record producer whose 1973 recording of "Apache" by the Incredible Bongo Band is the cornerstone of hip-hop, died in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 8th, from cancer. He was 65. Viner held a number of...

    August 14, 2009 1:35 PM ET
  • Kings of Leon, NIN Join Northwest Acts at High-Voltage Sasquatch!

    Kings of Leon, NIN Join Northwest Acts at High-Voltage Sasquatch! | ARTICLE

    Central Washington's Columbia River Valley is some of the most beautiful natural landscape in the U.S., and the headlining acts at the Sasquatch! Festival, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, over Memorial Day weekend knew it....

    May 26, 2009 11:53 AM ET
  • Chickenfoot's Rowdy Tour Launch Draws Visit From Fire Department

    Chickenfoot's Rowdy Tour Launch Draws Visit From Fire Department | ARTICLE

    The launch of new rock supergroup Chickenfoot's short spring tour at Seattle's El Corazon last night (May 14th) pleased the rowdy crowd despite a number of logistical issues. Nine songs into the band's main set, a visit...

    May 15, 2009 7:56 AM ET
  • Franz Ferdinand Blast Through "Tonight" Tunes at Seattle Opener

    Franz Ferdinand Blast Through "Tonight" Tunes at Seattle Opener | ARTICLE

    The Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle is a sit-down venue, but you'd never know it judging from Franz Ferdinand's performance there Monday night. The Scottish quartet's 85-minute set had a road-tight feel, despite the show being the...

    April 14, 2009 8:53 AM ET
  • Rihanna, N.E.R.D and Fiasco Shine at Kanye's "Glow" Tour Opener

    Rihanna, N.E.R.D and Fiasco Shine at Kanye's "Glow" Tour Opener | ARTICLE

    Kanye West, Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco all turned in stellar sets to begin the "Glow in the Dark" Tour, what will likely end up as one of 2008's most talked-about bills. All of Kanye's openers were...

    April 17, 2008 11:15 AM ET
  • Dave Matthews and Death Cab Rock for Compassion With the Dalai Lama

    Dave Matthews and Death Cab Rock for Compassion With the Dalai Lama | ARTICLE

    Two of Seattle's biggest artists — local indie-rock heroes Death Cab for Cutie and longtime resident Dave Matthews — took a back seat on Friday to a name even bigger than theirs: the Dalai Lama. Death Cab...

    April 14, 2008 11:31 AM ET
  • Dear Heather

    Dear Heather | ALBUM REVIEW

    Thirteen new (and old) songs from Canada's hippest seventy-year-old. It's folly to complain that Leonard Cohen has lost his voice, since he never really had one to begin with. From the thin Canadian-folkie drawl of 1967's Songs...

    November 11, 2004 12:00 AM ET
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