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  • "Demon to Lean On"

    "Demon to Lean On" | SONG REVIEW

    The greatest song yet by these twentysomething San Diego surf punks treats Nirvana like a killer thrift-shop find, with the guitars set to "mudslide" and an oh-well Nathan Williams drawling (possibly accidental) Kurt Cobain allusions...

    February 12, 2013 2:50 PM ET
  • Heartthrob

    Heartthrob | ALBUM REVIEW

    These twin sisters from Calgary worked the jittery end of the coffeehouse throughout their twenties, crafting a sharp folk-rock sound that was a touch emo, but still Canadian-modest. But now, at 32, the Quins have decided to...

    January 17, 2013 2:20 PM ET
  • "I Got a Boy"

    "I Got a Boy" | SONG REVIEW

    It took the most beloved of all Korean girl groups (and a handful of Euro writers) to finally deliver a song as sharply plotted and blindingly razzle-dazzle as the K-pop machine itself. Harmonizing, speed rapping, and belting...

    January 11, 2013 3:10 PM ET
  • "Sugar and Spice"

    "Sugar and Spice" | SONG REVIEW

    Willow Smith is 12, with the withered soul of a 15-year-old – on this fabulously gloomy ballad, anyway. Cooing her own aching melody over a chunk of Radiohead's "Codex," she wishes to "inject my soul with...

    January 11, 2013 3:00 PM ET
  • Finally Rich

    Finally Rich | ALBUM REVIEW

    For a 17-year-old YouTube champ with a co-sign from Kanye West (who refashioned the Chicago rapper's viral hit "I Don't Like" for radio), Chief Keef is weirdly lacking in irony. Beyond "I Don't Like," which inverts...

    December 28, 2012 11:10 AM ET
  • True

    True | ALBUM REVIEW

    As Beyoncé's kid sister, Solange has perhaps had no choice but to work the weird-little-sibling angle, making the Brooklyn scene as a DJ and releasing two albums where she tried on "disco queen" and "R&B kitten"...

    December 3, 2012 5:20 PM ET
  • Rage Against the Machine - XX

    Rage Against the Machine - XX | ALBUM REVIEW

    Rage Against the Machine's 1992 debut is a grenade that keeps exploding; among Nineties albums, only Nevermind and The Chronic rival it for cultural impact. Rage made hip-hop-tinged funk metal the new rebel music,...

    November 27, 2012 12:05 AM ET
  • "AK47"

    "AK47" | SONG REVIEW

    On this supremely pleasurable, ultraplush track, the sure-shot producer and R&B balladeer solemnly but not quite seriously compares an ex to a famously cheap, easily available assault rifle. Even R. Kelly wouldn't go there. But The-Dream...

    November 20, 2012 12:10 PM ET
  • "Boy Division"

    "Boy Division" | SONG REVIEW

    Ditched during the glitter-glam reinvention that produced 2009's Danger Days, this punky outtake smokes like an imminent burnout (it's one of 10 orphaned tracks the band is releasing over the next five months in a kind...

    November 12, 2012 10:20 AM ET
  • "Ball"

    "Ball" | SONG REVIEW

    On the new single off his forthcoming Trouble Man, T.I. – whose post-prison enterprises have included a crime novel and a role in the cable drama Boss – barrels for the dance floor, elbows flying....

    October 28, 2012 10:10 AM ET
  • Former Lives

    Former Lives | ALBUM REVIEW

    What do you do when the world's most flawless bangs walk out on you? Ben Gibbard – the former Mr. Zooey Deschanel and chief of Death Cab for Cutie – mourned with a solo set of...

    October 16, 2012 12:05 AM ET
  • "Crayon"

    "Crayon" | SONG REVIEW

    A smashing synthesis of pidgin rap, EDM head rush and YOLO 'tude: The token "pretty boy" rapper from K-pop crossover comers Big Bang drops a Joker laugh line ("Why so serious?") and a Kanye contraction ("cray") over...

    October 10, 2012 10:05 AM ET
  • Lightning

    Lightning | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Matt Johnson nasally sing-songs, "We've all danced alone," on "I Wonder," a hip-hop homage on his Brooklyn duo's fourth LP, you've already gathered that this guy busts his moves mirror-side. The band's thrift-store pastiche, from that...

    October 2, 2012 12:05 AM ET
  • In Limbo

    In Limbo | ALBUM REVIEW

    Singer Teenie Lieberson, her two sisters and another pal convened last year in Brooklyn with one apparent mission: Imagine space rock as it might've sounded before the moon landing, in the time of girl groups and garage...

    September 25, 2012 12:00 AM ET
  • C.A.R.

    C.A.R. | ALBUM REVIEW

    Chicago rapper Serengeti has a refreshingly deadpan outlook: "Cold" calls out scrubs in their thirties, "still wearing jerseys." On his latest disc, producers Jel and Odd Nosdam drop furious record scratches and stand-up-bass samples into their thorny,...

    August 23, 2012 4:00 PM ET
  • "Go Hard"

    "Go Hard" | SONG REVIEW

     The rapper behind the viral earworm "Gucci Gucci" proves a bratty, insult-slinging MC can turn into a trash-pop princess, given a jittery enough dance beat and a little de-snarking. There's a familiar storyline – lifting stepdad's...

    July 31, 2012 10:20 AM ET
  • Living Things

    Living Things | ALBUM REVIEW

    Linkin Park showed up to the rap-rock mixer late, but they were the first band with a DJ to sound so utterly alienated, hitching Chester Bennington's existential wail to the suburban swagger of Mike Shinoda's rhymes....

    June 26, 2012 12:10 AM ET
  • The Secret of Swedish House Mafia's Success

    The Secret of Swedish House Mafia's Success | ARTICLE

    "Where is all the cocaine? Have you hidden it?" The three capifamiglia of Swedish House Mafia – Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell (a.k.a. Axel Christofer Hedfors) – are in a suite at the W Hotel,...

    June 12, 2012 4:55 PM ET
  • "The Rains of Castamere"

    "The Rains of Castamere" | SONG REVIEW

    As fantasy fan wish-fulfillment goes, the morose Brooklyn rockers' spare, deadly dull go at a Game of Thrones battle ballad ranks somewhere south of spotting Peter Dinklage walking the dog. Related• The Best and...

    June 5, 2012 3:30 PM ET
  • "Pull Up"

    "Pull Up" | SONG REVIEW

    The mixtape-slinging Indiana MC's speedy, almost jittery, rhymes about road head and pricey paint jobs couldn't be sharper, inspiring similarly hot runs from his bigger-name pals. Related• Photos: Random Notes

    June 5, 2012 3:10 PM ET
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