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Green Day, ‘¡Uno!’ (Reprise)

"Lights and action, I just can't be satisfied," Billie Joe Armstrong sings near the end of the new Green Day album, and the dude knows…
Mikael Wood / September 25, 2012

Linkin Park, ‘Living Things’ (Warner Bros./WEA)

"We're building it up to break it back down," Chester Bennington sings on the lead single from Linkin Park's fifth studio album, and God only…
Mikael Wood / June 24, 2012

Garbage, ‘Not Your Kind of People’ (StunVolume)

"We are extraordinary people," Shirley Manson sings on the first Garbage album since 2005, and in an era of ever-more-youth-obsessed pop, there's no doubt about…
Mikael Wood / May 13, 2012

Marilyn Manson, ‘Born Villain’ (Hell, Etc./Cooking Vinyl)

Has the time come for a critical reassessment of Marilyn Manson? Marilyn Manson sure seems to think so. The veteran shock-rocker's new studio album —…
Mikael Wood / May 3, 2012

The Mars Volta, ‘Noctourniquet’ (Warner Bros.)

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of the Mars Volta has spoken recently with atypical clarity about the reunion of his old band, At the Drive-In, which is set…
Mikael Wood / March 30, 2012

Review: First Aid Kit, ‘The Lion’s Roar’

The Pierces. The Watson Twins. Tegan and Sara. In an international indie scene curiously awash in close-harmonizing sister-folk acts, you can understand why Sweden's First…
Mikael Wood / January 24, 2012

Review: Korn, ‘The Path of Totality’

Describing the impetus for last year's willfully stripped-down Remember Who You Are, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis told me that he'd asked himself a question after…
Mikael Wood / November 30, 2011

James Durbin, ‘Memories of a Beautiful Disaster’ (Wind-Up)

Rockers freshly graduated from American Idol could do worse than hooking up with producer Howard Benson, as Chris Daughtry proved five years ago. Now comes…
Mikael Wood / November 21, 2011

The Decemberists, ‘Long Live the King’ (Capitol)

Given how clearly they modeled this year's chart-topping The King Is Dead on the early work of R.E.M., the Decemberists could've been expected to use…
Mikael Wood / November 1, 2011

Coldplay, ‘Mylo Xyloto’ (Capitol)

It says something about Coldplay's Top 40 assimilation that the most Rihanna-ish song on Mylo Xyloto isn't the one that actually features Rihanna. "Life goes…
Mikael Wood / October 24, 2011

Kelly Clarkson, ‘Stronger’ (RCA)

Nearly a decade after she became the first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson's principal artistic asset -- beyond that fire hose of a voice, of course…
Mikael Wood / October 24, 2011

Puscifer, ‘Conditions of My Parole’ (Puscifer)

On the second full-length by his electro-rock side project, Maynard James Keenan sounds no less gloomy (or doomy) than he does with Tool -- see…
Mikael Wood / October 18, 2011

blink-182, ‘Neighborhoods’ (DGC/Interscope)

"Hold on -- the worst is yet to come," sing the man-children of blink-182, and you gotta give 'em credit for flipping the usual reunion-album…
Mikael Wood / September 27, 2011

Staind, ‘Staind’ (Atlantic)

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis spent the three years since these nü-metal bellowers' last album successfully pursuing a solo country career à la Darius Rucker of…
Mikael Wood / September 14, 2011

Bush, ‘The Sea of Memories’ (Zuma Rock/eOne)

To clarify, the band name here doesn't quite signify the post-grunge hit factory you grew up pretending to hate. On the first Bush album since…
Mikael Wood / September 13, 2011

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