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…
By: Mikael Wood / March 30, 2012

High on Fire, ‘De Vermis Mysteriis’ (E1)

Stoner-metal gods High on Fire's sixth album, De Vermis Mysteriis, is rife with red flags. It was hastily assembled, it’s got a lofty biblical-time-travel concept,…
By: Kory Grow / March 29, 2012

Miike Snow, ‘Happy to You’ (Downtown)

Whoever remarked that all music is soul music (James Brown? Florian from Kraftwerk?) would have been monumentally confused by Miike Snow, who it should be…
By: Josh Modell / March 29, 2012

Chromatics, ‘Kill for Love’ (Italians Do It Better)

In the winter of 2007, while being interviewed for a SPIN story on the disco revival, Johnny Jewel talked about how that genre — early-'80…
By: Andy Beta / March 29, 2012

Nicki Minaj, ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ (Cash Money)

"This is for the hood / This is for the kids," offers Nicki Minaj on "Champion," one of her second album's half-dozen tracks of ra…
By: Jessica Hopper / March 29, 2012

Mirel Wagner, ‘Mirel Wagner’ (Friendly Fire)

If released in 2004, you’d have cared less about Devendra’s beard, more for these ghastly, gorgeous gems.
By: Grayson Currin / March 29, 2012

Cannibal Corpse, ‘Torture’ (Metal Blade)

Proverbial showers not growers, the death vets continue winning/killing streak of their last three records.
By: Kory Grow / March 29, 2012

Quakers, ‘Quakers’ (Stones Throw)

Geoff Barrow-helmed project is Portishead-meets-Dilla-meets-Madlib-meets-Alchemist... plus a lot of indie rappers.
By: Mosi Reeves / March 29, 2012

Poor Moon, ‘Illusion’ (Sub Pop)

Fleet Foxes side project is even sleepier than the band that spawned it: trickling guitars, drowsy harmonies.
By: J. Edward Keyes / March 29, 2012

Oberhofer, ‘Time Capsules II’ (Glassnote Records)

Is naïveté part of this young'un’s aesthetic? Is his beachy, simple pop just green? Time to ripen.
By: Josh Modell / March 29, 2012
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