Nicki Minaj Plays Surprise Three-Song Set in Times Square

On Friday night, three days after the postponed release of her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki Minaj performed a surprise three-song show i…
Puja Patel / April 9, 2012

Aaron Freeman, ‘Marvelous Clouds’ (Partisan)

Not an atom of irony to be found on Gene Ween’s glorious rediscovery of kitsch king Rod McKuen.
Richard Gehr / April 9, 2012

Black Dice, ‘Mr. Impossible’ (Ribbon Music)

Veteran squelch-fuckers sift neon noize and giddy gibberish through Raymond Scott’s cartoon powerhouse.
Christopher R. Weingarten / April 9, 2012

Beak, ‘Eyrie’ (Someoddpilot)

Chicago post-metal party crashers have songwriting acumen and hardcore bent that 2006’s Neur-Isis copycats sorely lacked.
Kory Grow / April 9, 2012

Elliott Yamin, ‘Let’s Get to What’s Real’ (eOne)

Forgoing Idol-ized R&B for the real thing, shorty finally gets the grooves to suit his pipes.
Barry Walters / April 9, 2012

Kasper Bjorke, ‘Fool’ (hfn)

Danish cuddle-disco producer dances with tears in eyes, bet-hedging indie hooks: Rain, honeybees, David Letterman.
Christopher R. Weingarten / April 9, 2012

Black Mountain, ‘Year Zero Original Soundtrack’ (Jagjaguwar)

Folk-metal soundtrack to sci-fi surf flick never sounds incidental, but must need salt-spray to be blissful.
David Marchese / April 6, 2012

White Fence, ‘Family Perfume Vol. 1′ (Woodsist)

First of ex-Strange Boy’s two-disc opus is a frizzled, fried, raucous ride through late ’60s psych.
David Bevan / April 6, 2012

Great Lake Swimmers, ‘New Wild Everywhere’ (Nettwerk)

Sure, you Canadians have pedal steel and weepy strings, but nobody believes you own a horse.
Josh Modell / April 6, 2012

Yppah, ‘Eighty One’ (Ninja Tune)

Brooding landscapes, rap breaks, a folksy siren where we’d rather have ’90s Bono. Burn incense, will world peace.
Puja Patel / April 6, 2012
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