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  • Hospitality

    Hospitality | ALBUM REVIEW

    Synth doodles and squeaky-cutesy vocals abound on this Brooklyn trio's aggressively adorable debut. But Hospitality have more to offer than mere sweetness: Check how the wistful ballad "Eighth Avenue" left-turns into a spastic guitar outburst, like Tom...

    January 31, 2012 12:15 AM ET
  • Radiohead: The King of Limbs Live From the Basement

    Radiohead: The King of Limbs Live From the Basement | ARTICLE

    Radiohead didn't tour widely last year, so this live-in-studio set – The King of Limbs in full, plus three outtakes – is the closest most fans will get until next month's arena tour to seeing...

    January 19, 2012 2:30 PM ET
  • Common: 'I Like Drake’s Music'

    Common: 'I Like Drake’s Music' | ARTICLE

    Common and Drake are on opposite sides of a high-profile rap quarrel at the moment – but Common tells Rolling Stone he isn't too proud to admit he respects his adversary as an artist. "I think he makes good...

    January 19, 2012 11:15 AM ET
  • "Eyeoneye"

    "Eyeoneye" | SONG REVIEW

    Who pissed off Andrew Bird? "Go ahead and congratulate yourself," the normally ­mild-mannered Chicagoan snipes over surging guitars on this refreshingly sour preview of his new LP. Resentment suits Bird well – even his whistling sounds more...

    January 13, 2012 2:05 PM ET
  • Carrie Brownstein: 'We're Okay With Making Somebody Feel Uncomfortable' on 'Portlandia'

    Carrie Brownstein: 'We're Okay With Making Somebody Feel Uncomfortable' on 'Portlandia' | ARTICLE

    "2011 was a very busy year for me," says Carrie Brownstein. No kidding: The singer-guitarist-comedian has been seemingly everywhere at once over the past 12 months, slaying crowds across the nation with her new band Wild...

    January 4, 2012 2:00 PM ET
  • "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)"

    "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" | SONG REVIEW

    Who but Will.i.am could get Mick Jagger to rap – yes, rap – over a glitzy Ibiza beat in 2011? Who else would even think of such a wonderfully batshit idea? On the first single from...

    November 28, 2011 7:10 AM ET
  • The Roots Set to Deliver Their 'Most Realized' Album Yet

    The Roots Set to Deliver Their 'Most Realized' Album Yet | ARTICLE

    The string quartet has gone through at least a dozen takes by the time Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson arrives at the Soho studio where the Roots are recording final overdubs for their 11th album. Standing still in the...

    November 15, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • "Ghosts That We Knew"

    "Ghosts That We Knew" | SONG REVIEW

    Only a fool would mess with the formula that led to Mumford & Sons' junior-Coldplay coronation last year - and all signs indicate that the British alt-folk sensations have no intention of doing so on the follow-up...

    November 10, 2011 1:45 PM ET
  • Parallax

    Parallax | ALBUM REVIEW

    Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox used to bury his voice under raging feedback swells or oceans of whooshing reverb. But he's grown far more confident in recent years – and on his third solo disc, Cox takes another...

    November 8, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Ambition

    Ambition | ALBUM REVIEW

    Wale's career had all but stalled last year – until the D.C. rapper won another bite at the apple by signing to Rick Ross' label. On his second LP (and first since he started rapping about strip...

    November 8, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Jeff Mangum Caps Off Tour With Stunning New York Show

    Jeff Mangum Caps Off Tour With Stunning New York Show | ARTICLE

    "So, are you guys going to sing?" Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum was a few songs into his October 29th solo performance at midtown Manhattan's Town Hall, and he'd already asked the crowd once before...

    October 31, 2011 10:20 AM ET
  • "Original Don"

    "Original Don" | SONG REVIEW

    The reggae-loving alter egos of producers Diplo and Switch stomp back into the dancehall with a brutal groove: Thudding bass tones, distorted horns and hacked-up vocal fragments pile up into the perfect soundtrack for a dystopian rave. Listen...

    October 31, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • "Lonely Boy"

    "Lonely Boy" | SONG REVIEW

    The first single from the Black Keys' El Camino (due out December 6th) moves like the album's vintage Chevy namesake – a swift, sturdy hunk of all-American cool. On last year's Brothers, the duo tightened up...

    October 26, 2011 10:45 AM ET
  • "It Will Rain"

    "It Will Rain" | SONG REVIEW

    Who better than Bruno Mars to lead the promotional blitz for Twilight's latest soundtrack? Mars' clean-cut looks and gently scuffed croon make him an ideal nonthreatening crush – and last year's smash "Grenade," on which he threatened...

    October 17, 2011 3:55 PM ET
  • Portishead Bring Spellbinding Live Show Back to States

    Portishead Bring Spellbinding Live Show Back to States | ARTICLE

    More than three years after Portishead's sudden reappearance, there's still an air of mystery surrounding the British trio. Third, the album that ended their decade-long hiatus in 2008, was one of recent music history's great curveballs,...

    October 5, 2011 3:05 PM ET
  • "The Game You Play Is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2 & 3"

    "The Game You Play Is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2 & 3" | SONG REVIEW

    The reunited Georgia psych-pop crew's first single since the Nineties is a candy-colored daydream in three acts, totaling five minutes of exhilarating melodies and home-brewed sound effects. What a sweet surprise. Listen to "The Game You Play Is...

    September 30, 2011 10:00 AM ET
  • Pearl Jam Celebrate Twenty Years of Rock

    Pearl Jam Celebrate Twenty Years of Rock | ARTICLE

    Toward the end of Pearl Jam's 20th-birthday bash on September 4th, Eddie Vedder returned to the stage alone with an acoustic guitar and...

    September 29, 2011 2:05 PM ET
  • Olivia Tremor Control, 'The Game You Play Is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2 & 3'

    Olivia Tremor Control, 'The Game You Play Is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2 & 3' | BLOG ENTRY

    The reunited Georgia psych-pop crew's first single since the Nineties is a candy-colored daydream in three acts, totaling five minutes of exhilarating melodies and home-brewed sound effects. What a sweet surprise. Listen to "The Game...

    September 27, 2011 4:59 PM ET
  • The Olivia Tremor Control Bring the Old Magic Back

    The Olivia Tremor Control Bring the Old Magic Back | ARTICLE

    Nothing quite compares to an Olivia Tremor Control show. That's what those who got to see the Athens, Georgia psych-pop group before their 2000 breakup often say – and it's doubly true now that they've reunited for...

    September 22, 2011 12:55 PM ET
  • Pearl Jam 'At Least Halfway' Done With New Album

    Pearl Jam 'At Least Halfway' Done With New Album | ARTICLE

    Pearl Jam have been celebrating their 20th anniversary all month long – with a two-day festival, a Cameron Crowe-directed documentary and a coffee-table book. But they can't wait to get back to making new music. The band...

    September 20, 2011 3:20 PM ET
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