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  • "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything"

    "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything" | SONG REVIEW

    For their version of this aching, uncharacteristically folksy ballad by post-punk goths Bauhaus, MGMT stir in enough dubby echo and effects to give it their own woozy imprimatur. Gloom becomes psychedelic sparkle, as is their way. Listen to...

    September 21, 2011 10:00 AM ET
  • Hysterical

    Hysterical | ALBUM REVIEW

    The low-fi haze and ramshackle post-punk of the first two records by these self-made indie heroes are mostly gone on album three, replaced by confident songs festooned with shiny hooks. That's not to say...

    September 20, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • SuperHeavy

    SuperHeavy | ALBUM REVIEW

    At this point, it would seem that Mick Jagger's only burden is having to be Mick Jagger all the time. The terrifically fun SuperHeavy solves that problem. Jagger passes frontman duties around like a spliff, with...

    September 16, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • St. Vincent, 'Strange Mercy'

    St. Vincent, 'Strange Mercy' | BLOG ENTRY

    You rarely know what's coming next in a St. Vincent song - an angelic faux-Forties Hollywood musical chorus, a stumbling tap-dance beat, a searing electronic noise burst. Annie Clark's third LP under the moniker is...

    September 13, 2011 1:20 PM ET
  • Own the Night

    Own the Night | ALBUM REVIEW

    No band makes sketchy hookups sound as magnificently wholesome as this country pop juggernaut: See 2008's frisky "Lookin' for a Good Time" and, here, "We Owned the Night," an idealized one nighter that might've just been a...

    September 13, 2011 12:55 AM ET
  • Mockingbird Time 

    Mockingbird Time  | ALBUM REVIEW

    Seven seconds into the Jayhawks' ninth album – and first since 1995 to feature both founders, Gary Louris and Mark Olson – bear-hug harmonies envelop ringing guitars and strings: a striking echo of Tomorrow the...

    September 13, 2011 12:35 AM ET
  • Strange Mercy

    Strange Mercy | ALBUM REVIEW

    You rarely know what's coming next in a St. Vincent song - an angelic faux-Forties Hollywood musical chorus, a stumbling tap-dance beat, a searing electronic noise burst. Annie Clark's third LP under the moniker is as busily inventive...

    September 13, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • For True

    For True | ALBUM REVIEW

    On his second album, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews adds star power to his brassy New Orleans crew. Jeff Beck adds nasty guitar to the wide-hipped R&B of "Do to Me," Lenny Kravitz injects...

    September 13, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • "AKA...What A Life!"

    "AKA...What A Life!" | SONG REVIEW

    The Oasis bro's latest solo tune is a piano-driven dance rocker that sounds a little like Coldplay, who now wear the Brit-pop crown that Oasis first forged. But there's more ecstasy than melodrama here, which...

    September 13, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • "Miranda"

    "Miranda" | SONG REVIEW

    The Florida indie-rock hookmeisters follow up on the power pop of their 2010 debut LP with this Pixies-flavored swarm of noisy, sugar-loaded melody from their October EP. That zero-gravity guitar breakdown at the midway point? Just...

    September 13, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Obscurities

    Obscurities | ALBUM REVIEW

    "We are the rats in the garbage of the Western World/So let’s dance" sings Stephin Merritt on the well-named "Rats in the Garbage of the Western World," a hilariously touching tribute to The Cure that sounds...

    September 12, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • "Lucky Now"

    "Lucky Now" | SONG REVIEW

    The first taste of the North Carolina rocker's forthcoming 13th LP, Ashes & Fire, carries a melodic echo of Neil Young's "Love Is a Rose." But the melancholy here runs much deeper. "I don't remember, were we...

    September 9, 2011 12:41 PM ET
  • "Curl of the Burl"

    "Curl of the Burl" | SONG REVIEW

    The ambitious prog-metal warriors, usually known for their long, shape-shifting compositions, pack their attack into a three-minute-plus brute rocker about tripping out on a tree knot (or something). The muscle is there, but it's kind of like...

    September 6, 2011 7:00 AM ET
  • Seeds We Sow

    Seeds We Sow | ALBUM REVIEW

    Lindsey Buckingham's 2008 Gift of Screws, assembled with some of his Fleetwood Mac compadres, was a shockingly good set from a dude who hardly needed to prove anything. This self-released and -produced LP is a true...

    September 6, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • Tinariwen, 'Tassili'

    Tinariwen, 'Tassili' | BLOG ENTRY

    The cosmic, roiling Afro-Arabic groove this North African guitar band generates is like a sandstorm: not something one controls so much as learns to navigate. The outsiders on this acoustic-leaning LP – members of TV on the Radio, Wilco...

    September 1, 2011 4:19 PM ET
  • Tassili

    Tassili | ALBUM REVIEW

    The cosmic, roiling Afro-Arabic groove this North African guitar band generates is like a sandstorm: not something one controls so much as learns to navigate. The outsiders on this acoustic-leaning LP – members of TV on the Radio, Wilco and the Dirty...

    August 30, 2011 12:15 AM ET
  • Sem Nostalgia

    Sem Nostalgia | ALBUM REVIEW

    On his 1999 LP Eletro Ben Dodô, Lucas Santtana updated Seventies tropicalia rock, sampling Caetano Veloso behind what appears to be reimagined Tom Zé album art. Sem Nostalgia also goes back to the future, using just acoustic guitar and voice to make an utterly...

    August 30, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Ghost on the Canvas

    Ghost on the Canvas | ALBUM REVIEW

    No way was the country-pop megastar of "Rhinestone Cowboy" fame going to make a sparse fixin'-to-die record à la Johnny Cash. Billed as Glen Campbell's farewell to music (the 75-year-old singer was recently diagnosed with...

    August 30, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Outside Society

    Outside Society | ALBUM REVIEW

    This best-of compilation cleaves Patti Smith's career into two halves: nine songs from her 1970s years as a firebrand-New-York-City-poet-turned-punk-rock-high-priestess, nine from her post-1988 comeback. A perfect primer for those who've discovered her through her recent

    August 23, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Bad Blood

    Bad Blood | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Ana Egge's 'Hole In Your Halo' You can't say this North Dakota-raised singer-songwriter doesn't have range. Her 2007 Lazy Days, a...

    August 23, 2011 12:00 AM ET
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