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  • Inside Llewyn Davis: Original Soundtrack Recording

    Inside Llewyn Davis: Original Soundtrack Recording | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's something deliciously perverse in hearing Justin Timberlake sing – gorgeously, it must be said – old-timey roots music. He's a minor character in the Coen brothers' rich Sixties-folk-revival tale, and also on this handsomely lean...

    November 12, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Cupid Deluxe

    Cupid Deluxe | ALBUM REVIEW

    Known for his work with Solange, Sky Ferreira and his varied indie-rock projects (Lightspeed Champion, Test Icicles), Devonté Hynes is a provocatively difficult dude to pigeonhole. He opens his second album as Blood Orange like he's the...

    November 5, 2013 10:55 AM ET
  • Matangi

    Matangi | ALBUM REVIEW

    If Maya Arulpragasam has a persecution complex, she's earned it. "Let you into Super Bowl/You tried to steal Madonna's crown/What the fuck you on about?" she spits on "Boom Skit," conjuring her haters: generic racists, critical magazine...

    November 5, 2013 12:15 AM ET
  • Magic Hour

    Magic Hour | ALBUM REVIEW

    Luscious Jackson were to New York freestyle dance pop what their cohorts the Beastie Boys were to hip-hop: a sly subculture riff that delivered the goods with a wink. On this tight, 10-song reunion (minus singer-keyboardist...

    November 5, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind)

    Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Trent Reznor has cited Gary Numan's alienated Eighties synth pop as a major influence, and Numan credits a NIN show with inspiring his creative rebirth. Reznor is absent on this comeback LP, though Robin Finck, guitarist...

    November 4, 2013 2:05 PM ET
  • Wildewoman

    Wildewoman | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sixties girl-group sounds inform lots of indie rock these days. But it rarely sounds as fresh or thrilling as Brooklyn’s Lucius. That’s because Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig can motherfracking sing: Listen to the outsize drama of...

    November 1, 2013 3:30 PM ET
  • "The Outsiders"

    "The Outsiders" | SONG REVIEW

    The nominal country singer behind "Springsteen" and "Homeboy" doubles down on his hard-rock/hip-hop fixations with a song that opens on an unfuckwithable snarl-rap, ramps into a high-lonesome stadium chorus over a Southern-rock stomp, then feigns a

    October 31, 2013 4:50 PM ET
  • "Love Is to Die"

    "Love Is to Die" | SONG REVIEW

    Teased in a recent ad for Calvin Klein, this is an unnervingly sexy death-wish weave of droning guitar shimmer, abstract typing-pool rhythms and the salt-caramel-goth harmonies of Theresa Wayman and Jenny Lee Lindberg. Produced by Flood, mixed...

    October 31, 2013 4:47 PM ET
  • I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America, 1950–1990

    I Am the Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America, 1950–1990 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ever marvel at how much experimental indie music these days sounds like Enya? This smart, trippy, well-annotated archaeological dig helps explain why, connecting the dots between psychedelia, electronic music, yoga soundtracks, drone art and Muzak, showing...

    October 29, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Wenu Wenu

    Wenu Wenu | ALBUM REVIEW

    Wedding-singer-cum-Björk remixer Omar Souleyman is known for urban Syrian dabke dance music. But his hookahbar synths, guitar-hero electric saz runs and blazing digitized hand percussion will probably translate to most Western ravers as EDM-grade belly-dance music....

    October 22, 2013 12:15 AM ET
  • 12 Stories

    12 Stories | ALBUM REVIEW

    Part of the young Nashville cabal that includes Kacey Musgraves and unstoppable hit writer Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark is further proof of commercial country's sea change. Her debut is all airtight craftsmanship, sly wit and precise detailing...

    October 22, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Pushin' Against a Stone

    Pushin' Against a Stone | ALBUM REVIEW

    The label debut by Tennessee-to-New York transplant Valerie June is a remarkably braided album of roots music, connecting country, string band, gospel, blues and R&B traditions so fluently, it's like the racially cleaved styles never needed connecting....

    October 18, 2013 12:45 PM ET
  • Let's Be Still

    Let's Be Still | ALBUM REVIEW

    "The world's just spinning a little too fast," declare these Seattle folk rockers on album number two, earnestly pumping the brakes. Their strummy singalongs make them kin to the Mumfords, their choral singing to neighbors Fleet...

    October 18, 2013 12:35 PM ET
  • Moondance (Deluxe Edition)

    Moondance (Deluxe Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Here we go to the main course!" ad-libs Van Morrison on an extended "Caravan," one of the shaggy outtakes on this fi ve-disc unpacking of the Belfast bard's 1970 jazzy-pop masterpiece. That LP is nearly all...

    October 18, 2013 12:10 PM ET
  • Lightning Bolt

    Lightning Bolt | ALBUM REVIEW

    Here's what Pearl Jam haven't done in the past decade: Broadway musicals, EDM remixes, VMA shucking-and-jiving. And more to the point, they haven't been making suck-ass, faded-glory, pro-forma LPs. Unlikely though it seems, the grunge...

    October 15, 2013 12:25 AM ET
  • New


    Sure, last year's set of pre-rock pop standards (Kisses on the Bottom) was charming. But at 71, Paul McCartney has thankfully returned to the music of eternal youth. Recorded with a round robin of...

    October 15, 2013 12:20 AM ET
  • Who Is William Onyeabor?

    Who Is William Onyeabor? | ALBUM REVIEW

    To answer the title: He's an Igbo chieftain from Eastern Nigeria who produced eight funky, spacey, handsomely strange synth-disco LPs in the late Seventies and Eighties before embracing Christianity and ditching his career. The catalog gets...

    October 15, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • "Slumville Sunrise"

    "Slumville Sunrise" | SONG REVIEW

    A rockabilly burner from the new sheriff of Nottingham about a long, painful night in a town he loathes. By verse two: "My face upon the concrete/The dirt is in my mouth." Yet he still makes it...

    October 10, 2013 3:20 PM ET
  • "Walking on Air"

    "Walking on Air" | SONG REVIEW

    Proving Perry can rock clichés in just about any pop style, the latest taste of her forthcoming LP Prism casts her as a belt-it-out Nineties house diva. Girl's no CeCe Peniston, but the style suits her, and...

    October 10, 2013 3:15 PM ET
  • "It's Not Right but It's Okay"

    "It's Not Right but It's Okay" | SONG REVIEW

    In place of the original's elegantly off-kilter R&B, this live radio cover of Whitney Houston's cheater kiss-off rides chintzy synths and a raw clap track. But it remains faithful at the core, with Lauren Mayberry underselling...

    October 10, 2013 3:10 PM ET