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  • Rather Ripped

    Rather Ripped | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sonic Youth have always had an eccentric taste for melody, but they've rarely indulged it as blatantly as they do on Rather Ripped. Damn if these grizzled art-punk elders aren't trying to make a pop album a...

    June 12, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • The Pop Life Rates the MTV Music Awards: Alba Dreamy, Gnarls "Crazy," AFI Sketchy

    The Pop Life Rates the MTV Music Awards: Alba Dreamy, Gnarls "Crazy," AFI Sketchy | BLOG ENTRY

    "Thanks to all the perverts who voted for me" -- Jessica Alba No, Jessica -- thank YOU. With your style, your grace, your principled refusal to wear anything that might deny America full nipple privileges, you made this...

    June 9, 2006 5:40 AM ET
  • Broken Boy Soldiers

    Broken Boy Soldiers | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Jack White formed the Raconteurs with his longtime Detroit crony Brendan Benson, the two friends proclaimed they were working on "Detroit's answer to Nevermind." But on Broken Boy Soldiers, they sound more like a fractured skunkweed...

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Taking Their Glorious Freak Rock Global

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Taking Their Glorious Freak Rock Global | ARTICLE

    The Yeah Yeah Yeahs do not scare easily. The New York art-punk rockers are gobbling some post-rehearsal sushi at Manhattan's Nobu 57, and...

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • First Impressions Of Earth

    First Impressions Of Earth | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Strokes making a third album? That wasn't supposed to happen. After all the tricks they stole from their 1970s New York rock heroes, they seemed destined to blaze out in a storm of booze and leather...

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Somebody's Miracle

    Somebody's Miracle | ALBUM REVIEW

    Liz Phair's voice is thin and dry, perfectly suited to the conversational tone of her 1993 indie-rock masterpiece, Exile in Guyville, but nowhere near muscular enough for the belters she's trying to write these days. It's weird...

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Prairie Wind

    Prairie Wind | ALBUM REVIEW

    Neil Young has come a long way since the 1990s, when he reigned as rock's noisiest elder statesman. In 2005, he's as far removed from Ragged Glory as Ragged Glory was from Tonight's the Night, and his...

    October 6, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Rolling Stones Rock the Sox Off Fenway Park

    Rolling Stones Rock the Sox Off Fenway Park | ARTICLE

    Oh, my God, that's Mick!" a couple of female fans outside Fenway Park screamed, as the lean, shadowy figure jumped out of his...

    September 22, 2005 11:45 AM ET
  • Late Registration

    Late Registration | ALBUM REVIEW

    If anything, Kanye West is too modest. Yeah, he's got an ego or two — he's liable to compare himself to Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Bill Gates and Prince, sometimes in the same sentence. But...

    September 8, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • No Direction Home: The Soundtrack — The Bootleg Series Volume 7

    No Direction Home: The Soundtrack — The Bootleg Series Volume 7 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Everything's been returned which was owed? Not even close, pal. Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series has barely begun to unpack the treasures he vaulted in the Sixties, when he was redefining rock & roll month to month,...

    August 30, 2005 3:30 PM ET
  • Plans

    Plans | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sometimes you hear a hungry, young indie-rock band toughing it out in a small town somewhere, and you just know that this band is destined to take the whole world by storm. Death Cab for Cutie are...

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Push Barman To Open Old Wounds

    Push Barman To Open Old Wounds | ALBUM REVIEW

    "This is just a modern rock song/This is just a sorry lament/We're four boys in corduroys/We're not terrific, but we're competent." With these words, Belle and Sebastian defined not a thing about their generation, just their own...

    June 30, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Get Behind Me Satan

    Get Behind Me Satan | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bad news for satan: Jack White's mama said knock you out. Get Behind Me Satan is a Biblical reference, plus a possible invitation to back-door action with the Prince of Darkness. But the music is so wild,...

    June 16, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection

    Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection | ALBUM REVIEW

    The greatness of Def Leppard can be summed up in four words, and not gunter glieben glauten globen. The four words are: Girls totally liked them. This was such a formal breakthrough in metal terms, it can...

    June 2, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Magic Time

    Magic Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Van Morrison visits a recording studio, you can bet your worn-out vinyl copy of Hard Nose the Highway he will not leave until he has recorded some seriously astral Irish blues poetry ("Celtic New Year"),...

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Make Believe

    Make Believe | ALBUM REVIEW

    Oh, the suspense of a new Weezer album. Is Rivers Cuomo still one messed-up little rock auteur? Will he write a batch of crunchy pop-punk gems, reporting from his tortured private world about the fun he imagines...

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • With Teeth

    With Teeth | ALBUM REVIEW

    Trent Reznor was ahead of his time. Like nobody else in the 1980s, he heard the smoldering teen rage inside the blip and bleep of early synth-pop: Under all the Atari beats and shiny-shiny haircuts, there was...

    May 5, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Rebirth

    Rebirth | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jennifer Lopez's music career evokes Don Corleone's question in The Godfather: How did things ever get so far? How did such a glam movie star turn into such a rinky-dink pop singer? At least on her last...

    April 7, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Devil's Playground

    Devil's Playground | ALBUM REVIEW

    Did somebody say, "New Billy Idol album"? Thanks, God! The quintessential 1980s New Wave glam-rock leather boy is back, for his first album in twelve long years. On Devil's Playground, Idol reunites with guitar foil Steve Stevens...

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Singles 1968-1971

    Singles 1968-1971 | ALBUM REVIEW

    On Singles 1968-1971 you hear the Rolling Stones take full possession of their demonic powers. It's almost as though they waited until the Beatles started falling apart before settling down to serious business: "Jumpin' Jack Flash,"...

    February 28, 2005 3:45 PM ET
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