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Fountains of Wayne Go Dark and Rootsy on 'Sky Full of Holes'

Also: Stream new music by the Decemberists, Bon Iver, Archers of Loaf, Selena Gomez, Kelly Rowland and more

August 2, 2011 10:05 AM ET
Fountains of Wayne Go Dark and Rootsy on 'Sky Full of Holes'

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Jody Rosen praises Fountains of Wayne's latest album Sky Full of Holes, which takes their sharp storytelling and crunchy guitar hooks in a darker, rootsier new direction. Also, Jon Dolan gives a rave review to the reissue of Icky Mettle, the debut album of Nineties indie rock greats Archers of Loaf, Will Hermes says that the new Drive-By Truckers anthology Ugly Buildings, Whores and Politicians is essential listening and Rosen pans the new disc from Selena Gomez, who he dismisses as "the most boring teen-pop star of her generation."

ALBUMS

Fountains of Wayne - Sky Full of Holes (stream one song)

The Decemberists - iTunes Sessions EP

Drive By Truckers - Ugly Buildings, Whores & Politicians: Greatest Hits (stream one song)

Archers of Loaf - Icky Mettle (Reissue) (stream one song)

Greyson Chance - Hold on 'Til the Night (stream one song)

311 - Universal Pulse (stream one song)

Selena Gomez and the Scene - When the Sun Goes Down (stream one song)

Kelly Rowland - Here I Am (stream one song)

Various Artists - Watch the Closing Doors: A History of New York's Musical Melting Pot Vol. 1 1945-59 (stream one song)

Serengeti - Family and Friends (stream one song)

Seasick Steve - You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks (stream one song)

Various Artists - Johnny Boy Would Love This… A Tribute to John Martyn (stream one song) 

DJ Khaled - We the Best Forever (stream one song)

Joss Stone - LP1 (stream one song)

SONGS

Bon Iver "Come Talk to Me" (stream)

DJ Shadow featuring Afrikan Boy "I'm Excited" (stream)

Common featuring Nas "Ghetto Dreams" (stream)

Girls "Vomit" (stream)

LAST WEEK: Jay-Z and Kanye Prove They are Rap's Best Tag-Team on 'Otis'

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