Don't Turn Out the Lights
To boy-band fans, New Kids on the Block getting together with the Backstreet Boys is like Moses teaming up with Jesus. And the gut-sucking supergroup's debut track is blue-eyed dance-pop whoosh. Every Boy and Kid gets a piece of the vocals, and we get a piece of the dream. Listen to "Don't Turn Out the Lights": Photos: A History of Heartthrobs on the Cover of Rolling Stone | More »
From its drone-smeared synth throb to its bizarro hook, Gaga's latest club-crusher is a feistier monster than "Born This Way." A bad-romance confessional about a lover she can't leave behind, "Judas" is Gaga in full-on provocateur mode. (The video's Mary Magdalene motif already has Catholicsbunching their undies.) But even when Gaga plays divider, she's still a uniter; despite lines like "In the most biblical sense, I am beyond repentance/Fame hooker, prostitute, wench," s... | More »
"End to the Lies"
Getting the newest edition of Jane's Addiction off the ground hasn't been easy: Former Guns n' Roses bassist Duff McKagan recently quit the band after just six months. He was replaced by TV on the Radio sound whiz Dave Sitek, whose art-dude mitts are all over the first track from the band's first album in eight years. Over a sleek bass line and shards of post-punk guitar noise, Perry Farrell fights to relocate his Eighties-shaman form, singing, "You only become more like y... | More »
I'm Into You
A muy romantico chorus; a guest rap by Lil Wayne; a lithesome beat pitched somewhere between Puerto Rican reggaeton and Jamaican dancehall, cooked up by can't-miss hitmakers Stargate. "I'm Into You" should be a hot summer single. But the lyrics are painfully insipid ("You got me hooked with your love controller"), and the bland singsong tune fails to work its way into your mind's ear. Even Weezy, sounding as irrepressible as ever, can't coax any pep out of the desultory J.... | More »
Two Against One
Jack White's most ear-grabbing outburst since the end of the White Stripes ain't punk blues. But it's some kinda blues, one of two leaks — Norah Jones' Nancy Sinatra-ish "Black" is the other — from Danger Mouse's latest fantasy, a spaghetti-Western song cycle with composer Daniele Luppi. "The mirror is a trigger, and your mouth's a gun," White sings over haunted Ennio Morricone-style backing vocals, spinning couplets about a mercenary character in a h... | More »
A shimmering curtain of Eno-incensed atmospherics, a muted kick drum, a dry guitar figure. Then Jim James, dressed in reverb, declares he is "going back to my childhood way." And so he does on a track that recalls 2001's At Dawn more than 2008's genre-hopping Evil Urges: Vigorous acoustic strumming teases an arena crescendo, drops out for a verse, then all the guitars kick in, classic MMJ with a dash of the Edge and a dollop of Neil Young. The title track of the forthcoming LP will ... | More »
The lead track from Moore's Beck-produced solo record is strikingly tranquil – an acoustic rendering of a classic Sonic Youth chord progression and sweet singing. Sea Change-like flourishes subtly let you feel Beck's presence. Listen to "Benediction": Gallery: Random Notes, Rock's Hottest Photos | More »
"Letters She Sent"
The Nashville-to-New York transplant sings of three women coping with regret: Donna, Julie and Mary (who got home with "her stockings on crooked/But she didn't care"). Recorded on a back porch, it's country music as homemade bread. Listen to "Letters She Sent" Gallery: Random Notes, Rock's Hottest Photos | More »
"Think You Can Wait"
The National have always had a grand cinematic element to their sound, so it's natural to hear them go widescreen for this theme from the film Win Win. With piano, strings and elevating backing vocals, Matt Berninger croons about spiritual struggles: "I'll pull the devil down with me/One way or another." Listen to "Think You Can Wait": Gallery: Random Notes, Rock's Hottest Photos | More »