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Norah Jones, ‘…Featuring’ (Blue Note)

Breathe easy, closeted Norah Jones groupies, you're not alone: cred-boosting fanboys like Foo Fighters, Talib Kweli, Ryan Adams, Q-Tip, OutKast, and M. Ward all appear…
William Goodman / November 16, 2010

Cassidy, ‘C.A.S.H. (Cass a Straight Hustla)’ (E One)

A formidable Philadelphia battle rapper and Swizz Beatz protégé, Cassidy badly needs an editor on his fourth studio full-length. A torrent of lazy similes makes…
Ben Detrick / November 16, 2010

Rihanna, ‘Loud’ (Def Jam)

Oh, lady, you just earned our 15 bucks. Rihanna will sell millions of copies of Loud, her fifth album, and she'll deserve every penny of…
Stacey Anderson / November 16, 2010

The Russian Futurists, ‘The Weight’s on the Wheels’ (Upper Class)

On new single "Hoeing Weeds Sewing Seeds," Russian Futurists leader Matthew Hart swears "to repair things that are broke," and indeed, the song tunes his…
Chris Martins / November 16, 2010

The Pipettes, ‘Earth vs. the Pipettes’ (Polka Dot/Fortuna Pop!)

Down to one original member (Gwenno Saunders) and pared to a duo, the U.K.'s cheekiest girl group transforms via Human League producer Martin Rushent from…
Barry Walters / November 16, 2010

Jesu, ‘Heart Ache & Dethroned’ (Hydra Head)

Justin Broadrick is in it for the long haul -- he started with grindcore legends Napalm Death at age 15, spent decades making brilliant industrial…
Joe Gross / November 16, 2010

J. Cole, ‘Friday Night Lights’ (Roc Nation)

J. Cole is a live-wire rapper like Nas, who feels conflicted about everything like Kanye, yet drops chintzy punch lines like Drake. His third official…
Brandon Soderberg / November 12, 2010

Grinderman Kick Off Tour with ‘Ungodly Squall’

There is exactly one stage prop at a Grinderman show: a massive, all-encompassing tarp that encircles the performance space from floor to ceiling. It's not…
Stuart Berman / November 12, 2010

Cee-Lo Rocks Some Nasty Sh*t at New York City Party

"We're on the eve of a monumental event," Cee-Lo Green purred, two songs in to a rollicking set Thursday night at the W hotel in…
Lizzy Goodman / November 12, 2010

The Wham City Collective Brings Its Crazy Genius

The dimly lit basement of Baltimore's Bell Foundry building is out ofan early '80s hardcore show. Pocked concrete walls tagged everywhereand with everything -- "kill…
Michael Byrne / November 12, 2010

Brandon Flowers Brings Sin City Sounds to L.A.

On his solo debut album, Flamingo, Brandon Flowers articulates the dreams and desperation of Las Vegas with a voice that cuts like a beacon through…
Kevin Bronson / November 11, 2010

Indie Supergroup Wild Flag Debut in Olympia

"We are Wild Flag. We've never played a show outside our practice space so thanks for coming to this one."
Jonathan Zwickel / November 11, 2010

Kid Cudi, ‘Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager’ (G.O.O.D./Universal Motown)

Kid Cudi is one fucked-up dude. This is not Web-lurking speculation. It's been the rapper's ongoing, on-the-record confession since he proclaimed, almost jauntily, "I'm looking…
Charles Aaron / November 9, 2010

Maserati, ‘Pyramid of the Sun’ (Temporary Residence)

Of all the bands struck by last year's death of in-demand drummer Jerry Fuchs (!!!, MSTRKRFT, the Juan Maclean, LCD Soundsystem), none were more devastated…
SPIN Staff / November 9, 2010

Julie Christmas, ‘The Bad Wife’ (Rising Pulse)

As the banshee leading New York sludge therapists Made Out of Babies, creepysexycool nerveball Julie Christmas puts the neurosis in Neurosis. This sorta-metal, sorta-sadcore solo…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 9, 2010

Various Artists, ‘Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics’ (Crammed Discs)

Belgian label Crammed Discs has spent years marketing the trancey, electrified street music of Kinshasa as raw native truth with their Congotronics series, so it's…
Mike Powell / November 9, 2010

Smoke DZA, ‘George Kush Da Button – Deluxe Edition’ (Frank Radio/IHipHop)

The retail version of Smoke DZA's Internet mixtape expands the monopoly of the JETS International crew (Curren$y, Trademark Da Skydiver, Young Roddy) on new-school weed…
Mosi Reeves / November 9, 2010

Cee Lo Green, “The Lady Killer” (Elektra)

Atlanta's Cee-Lo Green can rap, write, and produce in any freaky style like it ain't no thang. But as his Gnarls Barkley showcase "Crazy" made…
Barry Walters / November 9, 2010

The Greenhornes, ‘Four Stars’ (Third Man)

The two less-famous Raconteurs also play in this bluesy garage-rock trio, which has been making a retro noise since the mid-'90s. They haven't rocked together…
Josh Modell / November 9, 2010

Tyvek, ‘Nothing Fits’ (In The Red)

For their second collection of no-fi crud-pop, the scab-picking Detroit fuck-it-alls in Tyvek have evolved their cassette-damaged "frustration rock" into a comparatively lusher rendition of…
christopherschultz / November 9, 2010
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