In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Jon Dolan says that Shins frontman James Mercer "nails a balance of economy and sweep" on his band's new album Port of Morrow, "matching the studio lushness he craves with the secondhand melodicism that made 'New Slang' resonate beyond the vegan cookouts of his base in Portlandia." Also, Simon Vozick-Levinson praises two new songs Radiohead have been playing at recent concerts, and Joe Levy says that the Hunger Games soundtrack is "the rare soundtrack that feels like it's made by and for fans."
The Shins - Port of Morrow
Various Artists - The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond
Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society
Kevin Gordon - Gloryland
Spiritualized "Hey Jane"
Michael Kiwanuka "Lasan"
Regina Spektor "All the Rowboats"
The Gossip "Perfect World"
Slash "You're A Lie"