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  • "E.T. (feat. Kanye West)"

    "E.T. (feat. Kanye West)" | SONG REVIEW

    The best thing about this version of Perry's leaden electro-pop jam is Yeezy flinging a pitch-shifted 16 before the song really begins — though rhyming "astronaut" with "get ass a lot," he sounds like he's checking...

    March 9, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • The Big Roar

    The Big Roar | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to The Joy Formidable's The Big Roar Love is "the ever-changing spectrum of a lie," sings Ritzy Bryan on her band's full-length...

    March 9, 2011 12:30 AM ET
  • Elvis Is Back! (Legacy Edition)

    Elvis Is Back! (Legacy Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to "It Feels So Right" and "Surrender" Recorded when Presley was 25, fresh off a two-year military stint and musically fit to...

    March 8, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • Smoke Ring for My Halo

    Smoke Ring for My Halo | ALBUM REVIEW

    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 8, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • "Cuyahoga"

    "Cuyahoga" | SONG REVIEW

    The Decemberists-R.E.M. lovefest continues with one of the latter's great sleepers (from Life's Rich Pageant), covered live for Morning Becomes Eclectic. Pretty faithful — except for Jenny Conlee's accordion, which adds a gentle brauhaus bounce. How about...

    March 7, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • The Decemberists, "Cuyahoga"

    The Decemberists, "Cuyahoga" | BLOG ENTRY

    The Decemberists-R.E.M. lovefest continues with one of the latter's great sleepers (from Life's Rich Pageant), covered live for Morning Becomes Eclectic. Pretty faithful – except for Jenny Conlee's accordion, which adds a gentle brauhaus to the bounce. How...

    March 4, 2011 10:00 AM ET
  • Charlatans At The Garden Gate

    Charlatans At The Garden Gate | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to listen to Tristen's "Baby Drugs" and "Heart and Hope To Die" When Tristen Gaspadarek belts "show me how your daddy and your mama made you" on...

    March 3, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • Middle Brother

    Middle Brother | ALBUM REVIEW

    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 1, 2011 12:35 AM ET
  • Fleet Foxes, "Helplessness Blues"

    Fleet Foxes, "Helplessness Blues" | BLOG ENTRY

    The first fruit (and title track) from Helplessness Blues, the Seattle folk-rockers' upcoming second album, this begins with frontman Robin Pecknold sounding like a troubled Joni Mitchell and ends with him sounding like a utopian Graham Nash....

    February 28, 2011 10:00 AM ET
  • "Belong"

    "Belong" | SONG REVIEW

    The jangly rockers pump themselves into shoegazing superheroes on the title track of their new LP. Credit for the tidal-wave guitars is partly due to the production team of Flood and Alan Moulder, who recall the latter's...

    February 24, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • Paul Simon, "The Afterlife"

    Paul Simon, "The Afterlife" | BLOG ENTRY

    The narrative wit is sharp on the second track from Paul Simon's forthcoming So Beautiful or So What (due April 12): Some dude gets to heaven, fills out forms, waits in line, and tries, unsuccessfully, to mack on some...

    February 23, 2011 10:00 AM ET
  • Radiohead’s 'The King Of Limbs': A Track-by-Track Breakdown

    Radiohead’s 'The King Of Limbs': A Track-by-Track Breakdown | ARTICLE

      Radiohead released its eighth album, The King of Limbs, as a digital download this morning, a day earlier than expected. With eight tracks spanning 37 minutes, The King of Limbs...

    February 18, 2011 12:20 PM ET
  • "The Afterlife"

    "The Afterlife" | SONG REVIEW

    The narrative wit is sharp on the second track from Paul Simon's forthcoming So Beautiful or So What (due in April): Some dude gets to heaven, fills out forms, waits in line, and tries, unsuccessfully, to mack...

    February 18, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • 21

    21 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Adele Adkins' retro-soul debut, 19, was striking less for her songs than for that voice: a voluptuous, slightly parched alto that swooped and fluttered like a Dusty Springfield student trying to upstage her teacher, or at least...

    February 17, 2011 10:45 AM ET
  • KMAG YOYO

    KMAG YOYO | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to Listen to Hayes Carll's "Kmag Yoyo" and "Another Like You" Texas troubadour Hayes Carll turned heads in 2008 with a pledge to kick...

    February 15, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • Dynamite Steps

    Dynamite Steps | ALBUM REVIEW

    Unleashing a persona that's part barroom romantic, part serial killer, Greg Dulli's Twilight Singers  project has now eclipsed his Nineties soul-grunge outfit Afghan Whigs. On the group's fifth record,  arrangements vary — dissonant strings, thrift-store drum machines,...

    February 15, 2011 12:10 AM ET
  • Red Barked Tree

    Red Barked Tree | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their awesome 2003 comeback set, Send, these UK art punks didn't just recapture the ferocity of their influential 1977 debut, Pink Flag — they exceeded it, like pitbulls gone rabid. Maybe with less to prove, the...

    February 15, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Go Periscope: Outsize Synth Pop From Two Seattle Housemates

    Go Periscope: Outsize Synth Pop From Two Seattle Housemates | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: Joshua Frazier and Florin Merano, both 26, cook up catchy synth pop in a bedroom of their Seattle house. "We rigged up a vocal booth in the closet," says Frazier. Sound: A cross between Soft Cell and...

    February 14, 2011 3:50 PM ET
  • The Sheepdogs: Throwback Guitar Majesty From the Great White North

    The Sheepdogs: Throwback Guitar Majesty From the Great White North | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: Shaggy, classic-rock-loving dudes from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Sound: Hard-charging Seventies-style jams full of harmonized Gibson guitar lines. "I carry a big torch for what Duane Allman and Dickey Betts did in the Allman Brothers," says singer-guitarist Ewan Currie....

    February 14, 2011 1:55 PM ET
  • Go Periscope on Appreciating Opera and De-Icing Aircraft

    Go Periscope on Appreciating Opera and De-Icing Aircraft | BLOG ENTRY

    So who writes the lyrics and who sings?Joshua [Frazier]: Florin sings leads and I sing the harmonies and we both write lyrics. One of us will come up with like two lines and a simple beat...

    February 14, 2011 1:30 PM ET
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