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  • John Oliver Steps Up on 'Last Week Tonight'

    John Oliver Steps Up on 'Last Week Tonight' | ARTICLE

    Any man who can make Right Said Fred politically resonant is clearly doing something right. And John Oliver is such a man. He certainly dreamed up a novel way to trash Syria's Bashar al-Assad on his HBO...

    July 21, 2014 10:10 AM ET
  • World Peace Is None of Your Business

    World Peace Is None of Your Business | ALBUM REVIEW

    Being misunderstood is Morrissey's great joy in life, as he keeps proving in World Peace – a much stronger album than fans were expecting at this point. The fantastic title song is a doo-wop rant against...

    July 15, 2014 10:15 AM ET
  • Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2014 So Far

    Rob Sheffield's Top 25 Songs of 2014 So Far | ARTICLE

    We're only halfway through 2014, but this year is already gloriously overstuffed with great music. Even if nothing else worth hearing comes out until January, it's still a boom year, just like 2012 and 2013. (Where the...

    June 19, 2014 1:55 PM ET
  • 'Orange Is the New Black' Season 2: Color Us Impressed

    'Orange Is the New Black' Season 2: Color Us Impressed | ARTICLE

    "Going to jail" is always a more compelling TV premise than "still being in jail." So the whole idea of a second season for Orange Is The New Black might have posed a challenge. But the Netflix drama's...

    June 10, 2014 8:30 AM ET
  • Sunbathing Animal

    Sunbathing Animal | ALBUM REVIEW

    Parquet Courts perfected their guitar clang on 2013's Light Up Gold – if all they wanted to do was make the exact same album again, most of us would have been delighted. But these Brooklyn dudes...

    June 3, 2014 12:35 AM ET
  • Bodies and Control and Money and Power

    Bodies and Control and Money and Power | ALBUM REVIEW

    They're young, they're rude, they're mad and they mean it. The Washington, D.C., kids in Priests might be your punk-rock dream come true if you're in the market for emotionally urgent, politically pissed-off, wildly funny rants in...

    June 3, 2014 12:25 AM ET
  • The Batman Cometh: Peter Murphy Returns With Goth Epic 'Lion'

    The Batman Cometh: Peter Murphy Returns With Goth Epic 'Lion' | ARTICLE

    Peter Murphy has been a pin-up monster for the goth nation for almost 40 years now, ever since he croaked "the bats have left the bell tower" with Bauhaus, on their classic 1979 debut single "Bela Lugosi's...

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Definitely Maybe [Reissue]

    Definitely Maybe [Reissue] | ALBUM REVIEW

    Twenty years on, Oasis' debut remains one of the most gloriously loutish odes to cigarettes, alcohol and dumb guitar solos that the British Isles have ever coughed up. This deluxe three-disc reissue captures the madness of...

    May 19, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • More Than Any Other Day

    More Than Any Other Day | ALBUM REVIEW

    These Montreal punk upstarts establish their own sound right on their debut album – they're young men in love with their own misery, taking out all their frustrations on their instruments, until every guitar strum...

    May 15, 2014 11:00 AM ET
  • Brian Eno: Inside the Noisy Lab of One of Rock's Greatest Producers

    Brian Eno: Inside the Noisy Lab of One of Rock's Greatest Producers | ARTICLE

    Brian Eno began his workday by drawing a small card from a box that sits on a desk in his London studio. The box was labeled Oblique Strategies, a system Eno devised in the 1970s with...

    May 15, 2014 9:05 AM ET
  • Lady Gaga's Live Artflop: NYC Ghosts and Flowers

    Lady Gaga's Live Artflop: NYC Ghosts and Flowers | ARTICLE

    Nostalgia might be for geeks, as Lady Gaga let us all know in "Applause," yet it's tough not to miss the Gaga of four years ago, when she ruled as the planet's most voracious pop goddess, slaying...

    May 14, 2014 11:30 AM ET
  • Why Can't Louis Be Happy?

    Why Can't Louis Be Happy? | ARTICLE

    When Louis C.K. brought Louie to FX four years ago, his lovable-loser gags were agonizingly believable. He seethed with misery and self-loathing, whether his masturbation jokes were about doing it to the wedding album he discovered in...

    May 6, 2014 1:20 PM ET
  • Time Warp: The Return of '24' and Jack Bauer

    Time Warp: The Return of '24' and Jack Bauer | ARTICLE

    So why is Jack Bauer back? Easy: Dude needs a job. We saw him try to retire before — taking his granddaughter to the zoo — and it didn't take him long to decide that sucked. Hence...

    May 6, 2014 1:05 PM ET
  • Indie Cindy

    Indie Cindy | ALBUM REVIEW

    How long were they supposed to wait? Ten years after the Pixies launched their reincarnation as a touring band, they've cranked out a new album – exactly what fans praised them for not doing back in...

    April 29, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • Under Color of Official Right

    Under Color of Official Right | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Detroit guitar boys in Protomartyr totally nail the sound of youthful melancholy. Joe Casey sings every line like he's the drunkest guy in the bar, fighting to keep on his feet for one...

    April 17, 2014 5:00 PM ET
  • When Did Pavement's 'Wowee Zowee' Become a Masterpiece?

    When Did Pavement's 'Wowee Zowee' Become a Masterpiece? | ARTICLE

    On April 11th, 1995, Pavement released their third album, Wowee Zowee, and everybody hated it. Everybody. Pavement fans around the country were on the phone telling each other, "We're gonna get through this. Don't panic. The next...

    April 11, 2014 1:35 PM ET
  • The Future's Void

    The Future's Void | ALBUM REVIEW

    Is EMA's "So Blonde" the most 1994 song of 2014? Erika M. Anderson, a punk-rock daughter of South Dakota, yowls about lost youth in the big city ("Livin' underground like I don't know what to fear/Barely survived...

    April 8, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Mess

    Mess | ALBUM REVIEW

    This globe-trotting trio have an uncommonly diverse dossier: over seven albums, Liars have ranged from dance-punk chants to prog gloom to primal-rock action. They've never made the same album twice – and they've never made...

    April 4, 2014 11:10 AM ET
  • David Letterman: Last of the Stand-Up Guys

    David Letterman: Last of the Stand-Up Guys | ARTICLE

    David Letterman had a sketch in 1983 called "They Took My Show Away" — an after-school special where Dave helps coach a little kid to be a more responsible TV watcher. ("Jimmy, are you gonna do homework...

    April 4, 2014 10:35 AM ET
  • The Boy Is Fine: Boy George, Back From the Edge

    The Boy Is Fine: Boy George, Back From the Edge | ARTICLE

    Boy George lounges on a comfy love seat in the bar of New York's posh Soho Grand Hotel, chatting in the Saturday­ afternoon winter sunlight, as the DJ spins Lorde's "Royals." All the chic people in this...

    April 3, 2014 10:00 AM ET
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