Bon Iver Becomes One of Our Era's Defining Singers

Also: Stream new music by Wild Flag, Stephen Malkmus, "Weird Al," LMFAO and Jeff the Brotherhood

June 21, 2011 9:50 AM ET
Bon Iver Becomes One of Our Era's Defining Singers

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Will Hermes praises Bon Iver's electrified and elaborately arranged second album Bon Iver, which finds songwriter Justin Vernon exploring new sounds and revealing himself to be "one of our era's defining singers." Hermes is less impressed by Alpocalypse, the latest from parody king "Weird Al" Yankovic, which spoofs too many easy targets. Also, Caryn Ganz slams LMFAO's new album of "brain-cell-depleting jams," Simon Vozick-Levinson digs the "giddy garage-psych ambition" of Wild Flag's new single "Romance" and Rob Sheffield raves about Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' jovial new rocker "Senator."


Bon Iver - Bon Iver (stream one song)

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Alpocalypse (stream one song)

Jeff the Brotherhood - We Are the Champions (stream one song)

LMFAO - Sorry For Party Rocking (stream one song)

Teddybears - Devil's Music (stream one song)


Wild Flag "Romance" (stream)

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks "Senator" (stream)

Killer Mike "Ric Flair" (stream)

LAST WEEK: Neil Young Reveals Country Versions of Classics and Obscurities on 'A Treasure

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