Reviews - Page 128

Asher Roth, ‘Pabst and Jazz’ (Self-released)

"First of all, don't ever say a fuckin' thing about the homie / Call a favor in and leave your dyke mother very lonely." That…
Phillip Mlynar / December 20, 2011

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Return With Searing Set at Toubin Benefit

"The world is a fucking unstable place," Tunde Adebimpe grumbled into his microphone Friday night in Brooklyn. It wasn't a random complaint: TV on the…
Caryn Ganz / December 19, 2011

Anthony Hamilton, ‘Back to Love’ (RCA)

The heyday of soul sincerity minus the corn is long over, but Anthony Hamilton nevertheless generates disarming warmth while straddling the thin line between traditionalism…
Barry Walters / December 16, 2011

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, ‘Mac & Devin Go to High School: Music From and Inspired by the Movie’ (Atlantic)

Over 12 tracks and 36 smoke breaks, Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg incinerate enough chronic to convince themselves they really are the two oldest high…
Jeff Weiss / December 15, 2011

Dimebag Darrell and Dio Tribute Brings Metal Elite to Hollywood

"You think Dimebag can hear you?" shouted Sebastian Bach, standing centerstage in full Diamond Dave mode, early in last night's tribute to guitarist Dimebag Darrell…
Steve Appleford / December 15, 2011

50 Cent, ‘The Big 10′ (Self-released)

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson was King of the World — once. It was a simpler time. George W. Bush was still president. Dr. Dre still…
Jayson Greene / December 14, 2011

K-Pop Superstars 2NE1 Take Over Times Square

"We were worrying," CL says. "What if a lot of fans won't show up?" Lee Chae-rin of Korean hip-pop girl crew 2NE1 shared an honest…
David Bevan / December 14, 2011

Gucci Mane & V-Nasty, ‘BAYTL’ (Vice/Warner Bros.)

Give Gucci Mane and V-Nasty credit. Amid our current frantic race to realize the dim-witted dystopia of Mike Judge's Idiocracy, the duo's collaboration is fulfilled…
Jeff Weiss / December 13, 2011

13-Year-Old Reviews Concert for 13-Year-Olds; Unphased by Lady Gaga’s R-Rated ‘White Christmas’

When considering how to cover New York City's biggest holiday concert — "Jingle Ball," sponsored by pop powerhouse radio station Z100, featuring Lady Gaga, Kelly…
Grace RobinsSomerville / December 12, 2011

The Roots, ‘undun’ (Def Jam)

Does anyone still consider the Roots to be harbingers of a kinder, gentler, more approachable iteration of hip-hop? Because ever since 2004's The Tipping Point…
Ian Cohen / December 6, 2011

Amy Winehouse, ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ (Island)

Sorrow for Amy Winehouse was a boon long before it became a burden. Like her foremothers — Billie Holiday, Etta James, Ronnie Spector — the…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / December 6, 2011

Mwahaha, ‘Mwahaha’ (Mwahaha music)

A cleverly plotted head trip disguised as a ramshackle mess, the debut full-length from this psychedelic Oakland quartet turns brain-scrambling confusion into a fine art.
Jon Young / December 6, 2011

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

Review: The Black Keys, ‘El Camino’

The same thing keeps happening when I listen to the new Black Keys album. I press play on the first track — lead single "Lonely…
David Marchese / November 29, 2011

Office of 
Future Plans, ‘Office of Future Plans’ (Dischord)

Former Jawbox frontman, unsung-hero producer, and current Future Planner J. Robbins creates a signature roar that blog-era indie rock has almost abandoned: large-bore guitars that…
Joe Gross / November 22, 2011
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