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  • "Us Against The World"

    "Us Against The World" | SONG REVIEW

    These new songs – all debuted live in recent months but not yet released in studio versions – suggest Coldplay's forthcoming album may be more gritty, fun, strange and (yes) danceable than any so far: a...

    August 19, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • "Charlie Brown"

    "Charlie Brown" | SONG REVIEW

    These new songs – all debuted live in recent months but not yet released in studio versions – suggest Coldplay's forthcoming album may be more gritty, fun, strange and (yes) danceable than any so far: a...

    August 19, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • "Princess of China"

    "Princess of China" | SONG REVIEW

    These new songs – all debuted live in recent months but not yet released in studio versions – suggest Coldplay's forthcoming album may be more gritty, fun, strange and (yes) danceable than any so far: a...

    August 19, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • "Hurts Like Heaven"

    "Hurts Like Heaven" | SONG REVIEW

    These new songs – all debuted live in recent months but not yet released in studio versions – suggest Coldplay's forthcoming album may be more gritty, fun, strange and (yes) danceable than any so far: a...

    August 19, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • Jeff Bridges

    Jeff Bridges | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jeff Bridges isn't only a singer onscreen; see his 2000 indie LP, Be Here Soon, featuring "Movin'," a charming (if awkward) reggae jam, and his soulful honky-tonk contributions to the Crazy Heart soundtrack. Sure, this album...

    August 16, 2011 12:15 AM ET
  • Blue Songs

    Blue Songs | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like Arthur Russell, the late disco visionary whose work his music recalls, Andy Butler makes club jams that transcend the club. The second LP by his group, whose 2008 breakout "Blind" featured Antony Hegarty, is not about...

    August 16, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • Gary Clark Jr., 'Bright Lights'

    Gary Clark Jr., 'Bright Lights' | BLOG ENTRY

    When was the last time a young blues guitarist really blew your mind? Sure, there's the Allman Brothers' Derek Trucks, who comes at the form in a jam-band context. Jack White filters the...

    August 9, 2011 1:00 PM ET
  • Bright Lights

    Bright Lights | ALBUM REVIEW

    When was the last time a young blues guitarist really blew your mind? Sure, there's the Allman Brothers' Derek Trucks, who comes at the form in a jam-band context. Jack White filters the...

    August 9, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • "Untitled"

    "Untitled" | SONG REVIEW

    This still-nameless ballad (fans are calling it "Home") sounds like Arcade Fire reborn as a string band. Cut live in a radio station, it's a slow-builder that threatens to explode but never does. it may be...

    August 4, 2011 2:20 PM ET
  • "Irresistible Force"

    "Irresistible Force" | SONG REVIEW

    This single — from The Great Escape Artist, Jane's Addiction's first album in eight years, due September 27th — comes on like an art-metal freak show set on some distant planet. It opens with...

    August 3, 2011 2:55 PM ET
  • Little Dragon, 'Ritual Union'

    Little Dragon, 'Ritual Union' | BLOG ENTRY

    Click here to listen to Little Dragon's "Ritual Union" and "Nightlight" 2011 is shaping up as the year of abstract R&B: the Weeknd, James Blake and now the latest...

    August 2, 2011 4:02 PM ET
  • Ugly Buildings, Whores and Politicians: Greatest Hits

    Ugly Buildings, Whores and Politicians: Greatest Hits | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I can't die now/ 'Cause I got another show to do," hollers Patterson Hood on "The Living Bubba"—all parched road-dog desperation and two-step twang. That the band's de facto anthem was written about a fellow Southern rocker...

    August 2, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Watch the Closing Doors: A History of New York's Musical Melting Pot Vol. 1 1945-59

    Watch the Closing Doors: A History of New York's Musical Melting Pot Vol. 1 1945-59 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Attempting to represent 65 years of music born in New York in a set of compilation CDs is indeed "insane," to quote the liner notes. But what makes this debut volume so fun, and the series...

    August 2, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Johnny Boy Would Love This… A Tribute to John Martyn

    Johnny Boy Would Love This… A Tribute to John Martyn | ALBUM REVIEW

    A friend to fellow UK folk visionary Nick Drake, John Martyn had his own cult of influence, as this two-disc cover set shows. Drawing on dub and other influences, Martyn took folk-blues into dreamy, uncharted territory,...

    August 2, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Ritual Union

    Ritual Union | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click here to listen to Little Dragon's "Ritual Union" and "Nightlight" 2011 is shaping up as the year of abstract R&B: the Weeknd, James...

    July 26, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • "Till the World Ends [Remix]"

    "Till the World Ends [Remix]" | SONG REVIEW

    Kelly slithers in with no shame: Does he actually sing, "It's a party right here hosted by Mr. Sex Addiction"?! Not as fab as the Ke$ha/Nicki Minaj remix (best use of chicken clucks this...

    July 25, 2011 7:55 AM ET
  • Mumford & Sons, 'Untitled'

    Mumford & Sons, 'Untitled' | BLOG ENTRY

    This still-nameless ballad (fans are calling it "Home") sounds like Arcade Fire reborn as a string band. Cut live in a radio station, it's a slow-builder that threatens to explode but never does....

    July 22, 2011 12:00 PM ET
  • Red River Blue

    Red River Blue | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Blake Shelton's Red River Blue Blake Shelton is probably the most famous country singer in America right now - but not for his music. As...

    July 18, 2011 4:55 PM ET
  • Use Me

    Use Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    This former Bob Dylan sideman would like you to know he has other talented pals. Here he asks a bunch of them (Levon Helm, Dr. John, John Hiatt, Los Lobos) to pen songs or...

    July 18, 2011 1:30 PM ET
  • Red Hot + Rio 2

    Red Hot + Rio 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    The first Red Hot + Rio, from 1996, reimagined bossa nova; this one jumps off the politicized, avant-rock Tropicália movement of the Sixties and Seventies. Many songs are classics - like "Baby," envisioned here by arty soul singers...

    July 18, 2011 1:10 PM ET
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