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  • Cannibal

    Cannibal | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ke$ha's main competitor rocks a mean meat dress, but can she rock a couplet like "Your little heart goes pitter-patter/I want your liver on a platter"? This EP proves Ke$ha would kick Gaga's ass in...

    November 22, 2010 12:15 AM ET
  • "Down by the Water"

    "Down by the Water" | SONG REVIEW

    Surprise! This isn't an 18-minute prog epic. Instead, it's a tight folk rocker from the Decemberists' forthcoming album, The King Is Dead. R.E.M.'s Peter Buck adds signature guitar chime, Gillian Welch contributes powerhouse backing vocals, and there's...

    November 19, 2010 10:35 AM ET
  • Silent Movies

    Silent Movies | ALBUM REVIEW

    Not long ago, avant-garde music was supported mostly by academia and arts endowments. Now rock & roll has gotten into the act too. When Jeff Tweedy signed up Nels Cline to be Wilco's lead guitarist, Cline had...

    November 16, 2010 12:50 PM ET


    Not long ago, avant-garde music was supported mostly by academia and arts endowments. Now rock & roll has gotten into the act too. When Jeff Tweedy signed up Nels Cline to be Wilco's lead guitarist, Cline had...

    November 16, 2010 12:47 PM ET
  • "Edge of Madness"

    "Edge of Madness" | SONG REVIEW

    A benefit track for victims of the BP oil spill, "Madness" begs for justice on behalf of the Gulf Coast over spry zydeco. Too bad Slick, Jefferson Airplane's grande dame, is barely audible. Jefferson Airplane:...

    November 12, 2010 6:51 PM ET
  • National Ransom

    National Ransom | ALBUM REVIEW

    Elvis Costello traffics in so many genres, it must be hard to focus on one. Here, he doesn't. Instead, busy producer T Bone Burnett brings period detail to a set of country, folk, music-hall and rock songs...

    November 1, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Small Craft on a Milk Sea

    Small Craft on a Milk Sea | ALBUM REVIEW

    Since 1978's Music for Airports, Brian Eno has been releasing instrumental records that imagine electronic music as an opium den, leaving rock to his production clients (U2, Coldplay). Small Craft is something different: a rhythmically aggressive Brian...

    November 1, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Blow Your Head Vol. 1: Diplo Presents Dubstep

    Blow Your Head Vol. 1: Diplo Presents Dubstep | ALBUM REVIEW

    The fat, squishy bass blasts on Britney's 2007 "Freakshow" were many listeners' first exposure to the sounds of dubstep, the U.K. style favoring syncopated beats and huge low-end. Now, M.I.A. producer Diplo has put together a dubstep...

    November 1, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Acoustic Sessions

    Acoustic Sessions | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's one thing to hear others echo John Lennon, but quite another to hear his son Sean do it. Recorded in the couple's home studio, this set of duets by Lennon and his model girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp...

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • "Lost in the World"

    "Lost in the World" | SONG REVIEW

    The latest leak from Camp Kanye is less a song than an inspired chunk of Nineties-style DJ mixology. It begins with Bon Iver — the Wisconsin-bred folkie who collaborated on nine songs for West's upcoming album...

    October 25, 2010 4:17 PM ET
  • "Wake Up"

    "Wake Up" | SONG REVIEW

    Legend and the Roots recorded Arcade Fire's anthem for their LP Wake Up!, but it didn't make the cut. This live version suggests why: Legend's vocals miss Win Butler's cracked frailty, and the groove refuses to swing....

    October 20, 2010 4:43 PM ET
  • Come Around Sundown

    Come Around Sundown | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the run-up to Kings of Leon's fifth album, frontman Caleb Followill fretted publicly over his band's swelling popularity. Sorry, dude: That horse left the barn a while ago. The Kings' last album, 2008's Only...

    October 18, 2010 6:00 PM ET
  • "2 Forms of Anger"

    "2 Forms of Anger" | SONG REVIEW

    This taste of Eno's new album nearly conflates his entire oeuvre: There's ambient drift, murky, data-storm rhythms and art-punk rave-up. Anger from the guru of chill? Bring it on. Photos: The Hottest Live Photos of...

    October 18, 2010 4:33 PM ET
  • Swanlights

    Swanlights | ALBUM REVIEW

    The challenge for Antony Hegarty is just how best to use that quivering, purring, sobbing, ecstatic, altogether original voice. Though he's a great disco diva (see Hercules and Love Affair's 2008 "Blind"), his Johnsons work tends toward...

    October 12, 2010 12:55 PM ET
  • The Grand Theatre Vol. 1

    The Grand Theatre Vol. 1 | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Take ya to the Tate Museum," sneers Rhett Miller on his band's eighth LP, begging a question: Why would Dallas twang rockers name-check a British tourist attraction — over a Clash-style guitar stomp, no less? It's because...

    October 12, 2010 12:51 PM ET
  • The Age of Adz

    The Age of Adz | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sufjan Stevens is a restless man. Weeks after dropping the All Delighted People EP, Stevens returns with The Age of Adz, which conjures a peyote ritual with Aphex Twin and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It's a semiconcept...

    October 12, 2010 12:32 PM ET
  • Review: Springsteen’s Remarkable ‘Darkness’ Movie

    Review: Springsteen’s Remarkable ‘Darkness’ Movie | ARTICLE

    There’s a throwaway bit in the 1977 studio footage at the heart of The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town where co-producer Jon Landau points to Bruce Springsteen’s fat song notebook and...

    October 7, 2010 5:45 PM ET
  • "Def Surrounds Us"

    "Def Surrounds Us" | SONG REVIEW

    After secretly planting vinyl copies in record shops across Europe, the master of surreal, sample-drenched electronica drops a digital version of this single, his first in four years. It's a time-warping combo of hand claps, video-game bleeps,...

    October 6, 2010 3:25 PM ET
  • 1,000 Years

    1,000 Years | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like Patti Smith, Corin Tucker took time off from being a punk-rock heroine to become a mom. The lyrics to her solo debut reflect that, touching on kids, distant partners and hunger for a former self. "Who...

    October 5, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • As I Call You Down

    As I Call You Down | ALBUM REVIEW

    The story goes that Ben Harper, Joseph Arthur and Dhani "Son of George" Harrison conjured nine songs in three days for this supersession. It sounds like it. But there's charm in their debut's raggedness: See the three-part...

    October 5, 2010 12:00 AM ET