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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

Anarchist Republic of Bzzz, ‘Anarchist Republic of Bzzz’ (Important)

This rap-rock project is no Limp Bizkit: On Anarchist Republic of Bzzz, DNA guitarist Arto Lindsay joins up with fellow axman Marc Ribot and returns…
Dan Weiss / November 22, 2011

Mary J. Blige, ‘My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act I)’ (Matriarch/Geffen)

For someone who heard her first hits played on the radio while still living in the projects, hip-hop soul's Queen of Pain has rarely repeated…
Peter S. Scholtes / November 22, 2011

Rihanna, ‘Talk That Talk’ (Def Jam)

With Aubrey "Drake" Graham ushering in a new era of complicated, emotion-drenched man-swag, it's only natural for Rihanna — the woman he claims once broke…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / November 21, 2011

Review: Kate Bush, ’50 Words for Snow’

Thirty years into her career, Kate Bush's sensual world is still enrapturing disciples from Fever Ray to Florence and the Machine, but there are no…
Jessica Hopper / November 21, 2011

Mobb Deep, ‘Black Cocaine EP’ (Infamous/RED)

For their first release in five years, New York's signature superthug rap duo — Queensbridge natives Prodigy and Havoc — offer a 20-minute appetizer that's…
Mosi Reeves / November 21, 2011

Kidz in the Hall, ‘Occasion’ (Duck Down)

There's nary a song on Kidz in the Hall's fourth album that doesn't toast to over-imbibing. It's a notable change for rapper Naledge and producer…
Phillip Mlynar / November 21, 2011
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