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  • Africa for Africa

    Africa for Africa | ALBUM REVIEW

    As one might expect of a musical giant who married 27 women, the late Nigerian pop radical Fela Kuti fathered some talented kids. Two of them are furthering the family business in Afrobeat, the Africanized vision of 

    July 18, 2011 1:05 PM ET
  • From Africa With Fury: Rise

    From Africa With Fury: Rise | ALBUM REVIEW

    As one might expect of a musical giant who married 27 women, the late Nigerian pop radical Fela Kuti fathered some talented kids. Two of them are furthering the family business in Afrobeat, the Africanized vision of...

    July 18, 2011 12:55 PM ET
  • Vetiver, 'The Errant Charm'

    Vetiver, 'The Errant Charm' | BLOG ENTRY

    Click here to listen to Vetiver's album, The Errant Charm On 2008's Thing Of The Past, Vetiver's Andy Cabic covered songs recorded in the 1960s and 1970s - a variation...

    June 29, 2011 1:25 PM ET
  • Wilco, 'I Might'

    Wilco, 'I Might' | BLOG ENTRY

    For their first release since leaving the major label game and hanging their own shingle (what took so long?), Wilco deliver a seven-inch single that sounds like it was knocked out by a garage band,...

    June 29, 2011 12:03 PM ET
  • "I Might"

    "I Might" | SONG REVIEW

    For their first release since leaving the major label game and hanging their own shingle (what took so long?), Wilco deliver a seven-inch single that sounds like it was knocked out by a garage band, albeit...

    June 29, 2011 11:12 AM ET
  • The Errant Charm

    The Errant Charm | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click here to listen to Vetiver's album, The Errant Charm On 2008's Things Of The Past, Vetiver's Andy Cabic covered songs recorded in the 1960s and 1970s -...

    June 29, 2011 11:10 AM ET
  • The Harrow & the Harvest

    The Harrow & the Harvest | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's always a moment on Gillian Welch records when she reminds you that her old-timey music doesn't live in the past. On her fifth album - and first since 2003 - the moment comes on "Silver Dagger,"...

    June 28, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Alpocalypse

    Alpocalypse | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like a Top 40 Henny Youngman, "Weird Al" Yankovic's appeal seems to be as much about his semiheroic refusal to hang it the fuck up, already, as it is about his rec­ords - which, love 'em or...

    June 21, 2011 12:15 AM ET
  • The Dreaming Fields

    The Dreaming Fields | ALBUM REVIEW

    Matraca Berg is a gifted songsmith whose own recordings generally trump the superstar versions that help her make her car payments (see also Patty Griffin, Lori McKenna). Her first LP in 14 years is haunted country music...

    June 21, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Sleep With One Eye Open

    Sleep With One Eye Open | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mandolin god Chris Thile - former and current leader of Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers, respectively - is generally known for kicking bluegrass forward: Check out his down-home covers of Radiohead’s "Morning Bell" and

    June 21, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • McCartney II (Reissue)

    McCartney II (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Cut a decade apart, mostly without any collaborators, these two albums feel like outtake sets, in the best possible way: music that chases any crazy idea down a dark alley. Released three weeks...

    June 14, 2011 12:15 AM ET
  • McCartney (Reissue)

    McCartney (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Cut a decade apart, mostly without any collaborators, these two albums feel like outtake sets, in the best possible way: music that chases any crazy idea down a dark alley. Released three weeks before Let...

    June 14, 2011 12:15 AM ET
  • Bon Iver, 'Bon Iver'

    Bon Iver, 'Bon Iver' | BLOG ENTRY

    Justin Vernon's life could be the most implausible reality-TV show ever. Five years ago, he split from his beardy prog-folk band, DeYarmond Edison, and moved to a hunting cabin in Wisconsin, where he recorded a spare, falsetto-filled...

    June 7, 2011 11:25 AM ET
  • Nothing Is Wrong

    Nothing Is Wrong | ALBUM REVIEW

    Dawes are steeped in rock tradition, whether backing Robbie Robertson live or working on their own: "Fire Away," from their second album, sounds like a lost B side from Jackson Browne (and features Browne...

    June 7, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • Dakar-Kingston

    Dakar-Kingston | ALBUM REVIEW

    One of world's greatest singers heads to Jamaica for Afro-reggae fusionMotherland reggae is nothing new. But Senegal's Youssou N'Dour does it right on this pilgrimage, convening veteran Jamaican players — journeyman guitarist Earl Chinna Smith and ex-Wailer...

    June 7, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • White Denim, 'D'

    White Denim, 'D' | BLOG ENTRY

    White Denim spit psychedelia, hard blues, boogie, prog rock and fusion riffs like inspired kids weaned on 64GB iPods and 64-ounce Slurpees. The challenge has been feng shui, which they nail on this 37-minute LP. There are...

    May 27, 2011 3:58 PM ET
  • Bon Iver

    Bon Iver | ALBUM REVIEW

    Justin Vernon's life could be the most implausible reality-TV show ever. Five years ago, he split from his beardy prog-folk band, DeYarmond Edison, and moved to a hunting cabin in Wisconsin, where he recorded a spare, falsetto-filled...

    May 26, 2011 1:07 PM ET
  • D

    D | ALBUM REVIEW

    White Denim spit psychedelia, hard blues, boogie, prog rock and fusion riffs like inspired kids weaned on 64GB iPods and 64-ounce Slurpees. The challenge has been feng shui, which they nail on this 37-minute LP. There are...

    May 24, 2011 12:15 PM ET
  • SMOD

    SMOD | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright, this African rap trio owe much to ma and pa — singer-guitarist Sam Bagayoko's parents are Malian pop stars Amadou & Mariam. Through them, the group met polyglot pop...

    May 24, 2011 12:05 PM ET
  • The Secret

    The Secret | ALBUM REVIEW

    The son of the late Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré inherited his dad's dazzlingly fluid phrasing but clearly also digs the fiery African blues rock of bands like Tinariwen. Here, he joins American peers for a crossover...

    May 24, 2011 12:00 PM ET
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