Meet hip-hop's first (and greatest!) Hood Pope
Patti Smith revisits – and reinvigorates – her classic debut on a powerful new live recording
Parquet Courts prove why they're the most exciting young rock band in America
J. Geils frontman drops a superbly rugged album
Danish soul man takes us inside his hard-knock life
The alt-rock hero rages against war and poverty on a radically inventive album
Santana forgoes celebrity cameos to reconvene his Woodstock lineup
Nashville rebel pens a song cycle to his son that’s full of soulful left-field brilliance
Dream pop auteur channels his cheesy youth
Texas symphonic rockers keep showing why words are overrated
Alt-metal veterans rough up their multihued sound
L.A. garage-pop band gets high on numb love and Go-Go's-worthy tunes.
An indie-pop prodigy starts thinking bigger
Super-catchy pop-punk with whip-smart feminist wit.
Arctic Monkey stretches out in the California sun