6843 items by Rolling Stone

  • Kanye West feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver, "Monster"

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    On this rumbling id-fest, Minaj delivers the cameo of the year, switching personae and voices like she's rap's Meryl Streep. Kanye has the good sense to let her go on for 31 thrilling bars. • Video: Kanye...

    December 15, 2010 2:21 PM ET
  • Broken Bells, "The Ghost Inside"

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    This noirish jam mixes Danger Mouse's steely funk with a creepily addictive chorus from the Shins' James Mercer. Bet you loosen your collar. • Video: Watch Broken Bells' clip for "The Ghost Inside"

    December 15, 2010 2:19 PM ET
  • Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi, "Tightrope"

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    Sister-from-another-planet Monáe delivers a ferocious, horn-splashed burner that mashes up Cab Calloway, hip-hop, James Brown and art-pop wackiness. • Feature: Artist of the Week: Janell Monáe

    December 15, 2010 2:17 PM ET
  • Vampire Weekend, "White Sky"

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    Synth foam, perky digital rhythms, joyful whoops and African-flavored guitars. The sound of a young band discovering how much is possible. • Video: Vampire Weekend Talk the Making of Contra

    December 15, 2010 2:15 PM ET
  • Mavis Staples, "You Are Not Alone"

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    A modern hymn, written by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and sung with maternal assurance by the voice that once told you to "Respect Yourself."

    December 15, 2010 2:14 PM ET
  • Arcade Fire, "We Used to Wait"

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    "Now our lives are changing fast," sings Win Butler, spooked and sleepless. But his empathetic croon — and his band's orchestral- rock wallop — make high anxiety sound almost sublime. • Gallery: Arcade Fire Rock Madison Square...

    December 15, 2010 2:12 PM ET
  • Yeasayer, 'Odd Blood'

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    Secretly Canadian The second album from these Brooklyn synth wizards overflows with art-pop nuggets ("Ambling Alp"), Afro-beat updates ("Mondegreen"), and tropical party jams ("O.N.E.") There's nothing Yeasayer touch that isn't transformed by their mix of sweetness, swirling psychedelia...

    December 14, 2010 4:19 PM ET
  • Rick Ross, 'Teflon Don'

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    Def Jam Teflon Don is the Miami MC's best album yet: a sleek, seductive portrait of a badass rapper living a life of South Florida luxury. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, and Erykah Badu make cameos, and Ross shows...

    December 14, 2010 4:17 PM ET
  • The Roots, 'How I Got Over'

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    Def Jam In 2010, the Roots kicked ass five nights a week as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and teamed up with John Legend for the Seventies-soul tribute Wake Up! But their most impressive...

    December 14, 2010 4:17 PM ET
  • Peter Wolf, 'Midnight Souvenirs'

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    Verve The first album in eight years from the J. Geils Band singer proves nothing can kill Wolf's charm, musicality and youthfulness. Wolf is the passionate impresario of his own musical world, sharing his love of classic country,...

    December 14, 2010 4:15 PM ET
  • Maximum Balloon, 'Maximum Balloon'

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    DGC/Interscope TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek is indie-rock's most visionary producer — the Phil Spector of 21st century Brooklyn. His solo project is a great headphone record that's also staggeringly groovy, with soulful guest vocals from TVOTR's...

    December 14, 2010 4:14 PM ET
  • Spoon, 'Transference'

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    Merge Britt Daniel is the best kind of minimalist: the kind with endless hooks in his pocket and endless tricks up his sleeve. On Transference he builds elliptical, indelible songs from off-kilter drum patterns, cheap organ squeals, vocal...

    December 14, 2010 4:13 PM ET
  • Elizabeth Cook, 'Welder'

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    31 Tigers The Florida singer-songwriter writes rhymes as witty and cutting as Kanye's ("If I wake up married, I'll have to annul it/Right now my hands are in his mullet"). "Yes to Booty" (chorus: "When you say yes...

    December 14, 2010 4:13 PM ET
  • Big Boi, 'Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty'

    Big Boi, 'Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty' | LIST ENTRY

    Def Jam The OutKast rapper's solo debut is a nasty, future-funk odyssey, done the way George Clinton used to do it: stretched-out grooves, cavernous bass boom, gutbucket guitar and thick electro thump, all held together by Big Boi's...

    December 14, 2010 4:12 PM ET
  • Neil Young, 'Le Noise'

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    Reprise Turbulent, distorted — and one of the most intimate albums Young has ever made. Most of Le Noise is jagged, solo electric guitar, but even when Young goes acoustic on "Love and War," his lifelong determination —...

    December 14, 2010 4:12 PM ET
  • M.I.A., 'Maya'

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    N.E.E.T./Interscope/XL The backlash against M.I.A.'s high jinks — that graphic "Born Free" video and her beef with The New York Times — distracted everyone from the fact that her biggest provocations in 2010 were sonic. Maya's art-punk noise...

    December 14, 2010 4:11 PM ET
  • Kings of Leon, 'Come Around Sundown'

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    RCA The best arena-rock album of the year. The backwoods doo-wop flair of "Mary" and country-U2 yearning in "Back Down South" catch the Kings at the perfect midpoint between pure pop and down-home. And the staccato "End," Sundown's...

    December 14, 2010 4:11 PM ET
  • Beach House, 'Teen Dream'

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    Sub Pop Victoria Legrand's sexy vocals are hazy and androgynous, like a stoned late-night heart-to-heart in which no one's sure who is sleeping where. Beach House sharpened their sound and hooks on their third album — what's surprising...

    December 14, 2010 4:11 PM ET
  • Kid Rock, 'Born Free'

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    Atlantic Mr. Bawitdaba finally cuts the Bob Seger record of his dreams. This Rick Rubin-produced classic-rock throwdown is pure Detroit drive-time 1975: From hard-nosed arena anthems to winsome country rock to blue-collar boogie, Rock shows a versatility —...

    December 14, 2010 4:10 PM ET
  • The National, 'High Violet'

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    4AD These moody Brooklyn rockers could have coasted with a repeat of their 2007 breakthrough, Boxer, but Violet is riskier and craftier, opening up their poetic guitar reveries with a late-Beatles sense of experimentation. Matt Berninger sings "Bloodbuzz...

    December 14, 2010 4:10 PM ET