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  • Tomboy

    Tomboy | ALBUM REVIEW

    Noah Lennox makes music swathed in so much synth noise, ambient voices and ricocheting stereophonic WTFs, it can feel like you're swept into a tidal wave of bong water. But life can feel that way too. The...

    April 12, 2011 12:30 AM ET
  • Here Before

    Here Before | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Is it too late/To do it again?" asks Glenn Mercer on "Nobody Knows," opening this comeback by one of the greatest guitar bands of CBGB's Seventies heyday. "Fuck, no" is the obvious answer. Picking up pretty much...

    April 12, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • Paper Airplane

    Paper Airplane | ALBUM REVIEW

    Could some of the devastating breakup songs on Paper Airplane be about that dude Alison Krauss made the Grammy-snatching 2007 LP Raising Sand with? Conceivably. But heartache is what Krauss has done with her band Union Station...

    April 11, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • Paul Simon, 'So Beautiful or So What'

    Paul Simon, 'So Beautiful or So What' | BLOG ENTRY

    Click to listen to Paul Simon's So Beautiful or So What On "The Afterlife," an African-pop-flavored standout from his 12th solo album, Paul Simon describes the wait...

    April 7, 2011 2:20 PM ET
  • "Letters She Sent"

    "Letters She Sent" | SONG REVIEW

    The Nashville-to-New York transplant sings of three women coping with regret: Donna, Julie and Mary (who got home with "her stockings on crooked/But she didn't care"). Recorded on a back porch, it's country music as homemade bread.

    April 6, 2011 7:35 AM ET
  • So Beautiful or So What

    So Beautiful or So What | ALBUM REVIEW

    On "The Afterlife," an African-pop-flavored standout from his 12th solo album, Paul Simon describes the wait at the Pearly Gates like it's a trip to traffic court, all long lines, mumbled excuses and jokey asides. (The...

    April 5, 2011 10:35 AM ET
  • House of Balloons

    House of Balloons | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Trust me girl/You'll wanna be high for this," purrs a seducer near the beginning of this mysterious mix-tape debut. It's reasonable advice. A seamless, self-released concept album that set off an internet brushfire — complete with Twitter...

    April 5, 2011 5:40 AM ET
  • See My Friends

    See My Friends | ALBUM REVIEW

    The highlight of this collaborative set is "Days/This Time Tomorrow," a medley of Kinks classics. Done pub-chorale-style with banjo and upright piano, it pairs Ray Davies with Mumford & Sons, tipsy folk rockers who share with...

    April 5, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • "Ego"

    "Ego" | SONG REVIEW

    Released on a limited-edition 12-inch single, "Ego" gives a taste of three great experimenters: underwater grooves (Burial), webs of acoustic instruments (Four Tet) and fidgety beats (Yorke). It's a dance-floor come-on by a dude who may over-think...

    April 4, 2011 7:15 AM ET
  • Trash Hit

    Trash Hit | ALBUM REVIEW

    "These stupid kids, they like their old-time rhythms," sneers Adam Moerder on the opener. You mean, like, your band's? If so, kids ain't stupid. Heaving sludge-bass, brass-knuckled drumming, vocals possibly hollered from a bathroom stall over shrieking...

    March 31, 2011 12:20 PM ET
  • Salt On Sea Glass

    Salt On Sea Glass | ALBUM REVIEW

    Petra Haden is known for mad-brilliant covers (Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," the entire The Who Sell Out LP) in which she replicates each instrumental part using only her voice. On this long-brewing project with ex-Cibo Matto...

    March 31, 2011 12:10 PM ET
  • All Eternals Deck

    All Eternals Deck | ALBUM REVIEW

    Twenty years after John Darnielle began recording albums on a boombox, his head is still exploding with words. The Mountain Goats' latest shows Darnielle's folk rock growing more diverse, swelled with strings and choral harmonizing. "High Hawk...

    March 29, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York

    Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the Seventies, the Fania label ruled the Latin music scene in New York - and, arguably, the world. This two-CD comp moves from Cuban traditionalism to the R&B fusion called boogaloo to salsa, the pan-Latin genre...

    March 29, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Wild Flag, 'Glass Tambourine'

    Wild Flag, 'Glass Tambourine' | BLOG ENTRY

    You might expect the first studio leak from this group of well-established indie rockers to be one part aggro-daydream (Helium frontwoman Mary Timony) to two parts rocket thrust (Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss) with a taste...

    March 23, 2011 12:55 PM ET
  • "Glass Tambourine"

    "Glass Tambourine" | SONG REVIEW

    You might expect the first studio leak from this group of well-established indie rockers to be one part aggro-daydream (Helium frontwoman Mary Timony) to two parts rocket thrust (Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss) with a taste...

    March 22, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Labour of Lust

    Labour of Lust | ALBUM REVIEW

    As a songwriter and producer (Elvis Costello, the Pretenders), Nick Lowe helped turn U.K. punk into pop. This long-out-of-print 1979 set, a hookfest full of barbed wit, was his own pop moment. The hit was "Cruel to...

    March 15, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • Cornershop & The Double-O Groove Of

    Cornershop & The Double-O Groove Of | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 2004 Cornershop dropped “Topknot,” a chill Indian funk jam with unknown vocalist Bubbley Kaur (and a little-known M.I.A. on the remix). For the fusionistas behind “Brimful of Asha,” the 1997 co-tribute to Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle...

    March 15, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • Kurt Vile, 'Smoke Ring for My Halo'

    Kurt Vile, 'Smoke Ring for My Halo' | BLOG ENTRY

    Philly's Kurt Vile can sound like Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp or Lou Reed – if those standard-bearers were murmuring through a speakerphone after a few salvia bongs. On Vile's fourth LP, the stoner haze lifts a bit,...

    March 14, 2011 10:00 AM ET
  • The Voice of Lightness Vol. 2

    The Voice of Lightness Vol. 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    If Fela Kuti was Africa's James Brown, Tabu Ley Rochereau was its Sam Cooke, a singer whose sweet vocals — delivered mainly in French and Lingala — were a gold standard for more than 30 years. The...

    March 10, 2011 10:15 AM ET
  • Middle Brother, 'Middle Brother'

    Middle Brother, 'Middle Brother' | BLOG ENTRY

    This singer-songwriter summit — John McCauley of Deer Tick, Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith, Delta Spirit's Matthew Vasquez — is an alt-country round robin, with raw harmonies and punk-rock sentiment as unforgiving as a prison shiv. "I know my...

    March 9, 2011 1:05 PM ET
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