76 items by Rob Tannenbaum

  • "My Road Now"

    "My Road Now" | SONG REVIEW

    The first Westerberg song in a while plays like a songwriter's card trick. It starts as a tender piano-ballad portrayal of an outsider, until the reveal comes at the chorus; Westerberg turns ornery, ordering the song's subject,...

    October 10, 2012 10:15 AM ET
  • "Everything Burns"

    "Everything Burns" | SONG REVIEW

    Breakneck, brief and free of any unnecessary detailing, "Everything Burns" carries remnants of Ceremony's decade-old origins in severe California hardcore. But, appropriately, this shout-along alarm about the inevitability of change is also the catchiest song they've recorded.

    October 10, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • Q&A: Paul Westerberg on the Replacements Reunion

    Q&A: Paul Westerberg on the Replacements Reunion | ARTICLE

    When Paul Westerberg called Rolling Stone last week from his home in Minneapolis, the plan was to discuss "My Road Now" (right-click to download), a slippery piano ballad he recently released. But Westerberg also had some...

    October 9, 2012 2:49 PM ET
  • Kaleidoscope Dream

    Kaleidoscope Dream | ALBUM REVIEW

    Just when you thought there were no new ways to say "I love you," here comes Miguel Pimentel: "I'm gonna do you like drugs tonight." With this pledge, Miguel proves that he is, easily, uninhibited enough to...

    October 5, 2012 10:05 AM ET
  • The Replacements Reunite for Covers EP

    The Replacements Reunite for Covers EP | ARTICLE

    For the first time since 2006, the Replacements have recorded new songs. In late September, singer Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson spent a day in a Minneapolis studio and cut four cover songs that will...

    October 3, 2012 4:38 PM ET
  • "No More Girls"

    "No More Girls" | SONG REVIEW

    Synth-rockers in T-shirts are always dour. Synth-rockers in satin shirts are always gleeful. Maus Haus, a scruffy San Francisco band, reverse this gulf with "No More Girls," jumpy rock-tronica that's exuberant with distortion and la-lala's. Listen to "No...

    September 25, 2012 4:20 PM ET
  • Q&A: 'The Daily Show''s John Oliver on Romney, Springsteen and Jon Stewart Naked

    Q&A: 'The Daily Show''s John Oliver on Romney, Springsteen and Jon Stewart Naked | ARTICLE

    John Oliver left his native England to join The Daily Show in 2006, fulfilling his ambition "to be both an entertainer and an irritant." Oliver has been juggling a stand-up career and a role on Community as...

    September 7, 2012 11:50 AM ET
  • This Is PiL

    This Is PiL | ALBUM REVIEW

    Since John Lydon last made an album, he reunited the Sex Pistols and appeared on TV as a Judge Judy litigant, a reality-show contestant and a spokesman for Country Life butter; in short, he's become the punk-rock...

    June 18, 2012 12:15 PM ET
  • Live in Detroit, 1986

    Live in Detroit, 1986 | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Fela Kuti played this 1986 gig, he'd just spent 20 months in prison on charges brought by a Nigerian dictator. So the Afrobeat godfather's always-present indignation has particular bite on this live LP, as he...

    June 18, 2012 12:05 PM ET
  • Donna Summer: 1948–2012

    Donna Summer: 1948–2012 | ARTICLE

    Donna Summer, who topped dance, rock and R&B charts with some of the biggest hits of the Seventies and early Eighties, died of...

    June 7, 2012 5:15 PM ET
  • Old School

    Old School | ALBUM REVIEW

    Before he hit the road for Bruce Springsteen's latest tour, Nils Lofgren made this weird, funny, crabby LP about seemingly everything that annoys him: Congress, yoga, lattes, sexting, any teen "dressed like a whore." Lofgren...

    May 23, 2012 12:00 AM ET
  • Not Your Kind of People

    Not Your Kind of People | ALBUM REVIEW

    Shirley Manson is an avenger. Since Garbage emerged in 1995, their albums have mixed aggressive digital rock with the lashings Manson gives to liars, conformists and other villains. She's a red-haired sister of vampire-slaying Buffy Summers, another...

    May 22, 2012 12:20 AM ET
  • Strange Clouds

    Strange Clouds | ALBUM REVIEW

    With B.o.B, you have to take the good (Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj cameos) with the bad (Ryan Tedder, more Ryan Tedder). As on his first album, the Atlanta rapper has called in a crazy array of...

    May 1, 2012 10:00 AM ET
  • Django Django

    Django Django | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bands are rarely led by their drummers – there's too big a risk of 25-minute tom-tom solos. But David Maclean, mastermind of the delightful new group Django Django, is an exception. He and his band take a...

    April 24, 2012 12:00 AM ET
  • First Serve

    First Serve | ALBUM REVIEW

    Two accomplished New York rappers in their forties portray two newbie New York rappers in their twenties – that's the simplest way to explain this typically complex album from two members of De La Soul. Their tale...

    April 19, 2012 10:10 AM ET
  • Shallow Bed

    Shallow Bed | ALBUM REVIEW

    Dry the River take their music so seriously, even Sting would giggle. The debut from this London five-piece, who've gotten loads of Mumford & Sons comparisons, shouts "We're intense!" at every moment – especially in the...

    April 17, 2012 2:10 PM ET
  • MTV Unplugged

    MTV Unplugged | ALBUM REVIEW

    Nothing minor happens in a Florence Welch song. While most of us worry about hangnails or roaming charges, her mind is gripped by images of blindness, despair, suicide and other symptoms of love. On Unplugged, she intensifies...

    April 10, 2012 12:00 AM ET
  • Tuskegee

    Tuskegee | ALBUM REVIEW

    Imagine: You walk into a karaoke bar in Nashville and see Lionel Richie singing his cottony R&B hits with a bunch of country stars. Best vacation ever! OK, Rascal Flatts make “Dancing on the Ceiling” feel strained,...

    March 27, 2012 12:05 AM ET
  • Giant Anthology: The Profile Records Rap Anthology

    Giant Anthology: The Profile Records Rap Anthology | ALBUM REVIEW

    This menagerie of thrilling, mostly overlooked jams begins in rap’s naive era, when “I’m on the cover of TV Guide” passed as a big-time boast. New York-based Profile Recordsstruck gold with Run-DMC, whose success funded a bonanzaof...

    February 2, 2012 10:35 AM ET
  • Sacred Fire EP

    Sacred Fire EP | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jimmy Cliff is reggae’s second-most-famous singer, tied with about 20 other people who aren’t Bob Marley, but his stature is mostly based on music he made 40 years ago. Tim Armstrong, who mixed punk and reggae...

    January 2, 2012 9:00 AM ET