Red Hot Chili Peppers Embrace Their Strengths on New Single

Plus: Stream new music by Blake Shelton, Lil Wayne, Blink-182 and Lloyd

July 19, 2011 1:05 PM ET
Red Hot Chili Peppers new single "Rain Dance Maggie"
Red Hot Chili Peppers new single "Rain Dance Maggie"

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Simon Vozick-Levinson says that the Red Hot Chili Peppers' comeback single "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" has everything you could want from the band, including the sort of goofy come-ons only Anthony Keidis can pull off. ("Ticktock, I want to rock you like the Eighties," for real.) Plus, Monica Herrera praises Blink-182's loopy, ambitious new single "Up All Night," Rob Sheffield gives a thumbs-up to Lil Wayne's new mixture Sorry 4 the Wait and Will Hermes says that Blake Shelton's Red River Blue is too bland to push the country star into the musical mainstream.


Red Hot Chili Peppers "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" (stream)

Blink-182 "Up All Night" (stream)


Blake Shelton - Red River Blue (stream full album)

Lil Wayne - Sorry 4 the Wait (stream full album)

Lloyd - King of Hearts (stream one song)

They Might Be Giants - Join Us (stream one song)

Theophilus London - Timez Are Weird These Days (stream one song)

The Cool Kids - When Fish Ride Bicycles (stream one song)

David Bromberg - Use Me

Alica Keys - Songs in A Minor (Reissue) (stream one song)

Marianne Faithfull - Horses and High Heels (stream one song)

Various Artists - Red Hot + Rio 2

Femi Kuti - Africa for Africa (stream one song)

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 - From Africa With Fury: Rise (stream one song)

LAST WEEK: R.E.M. Reissue Their Big Rock Breakthrough

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