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

The Toure-Raichel Collective, ‘The Tel Aviv Session’ (Cumbancha)

Malian guitarist, Israeli pianist turn casual two-chord jams into LP's worth of mellow.
By: Richard Gehr / March 29, 2012

Lee Ranaldo, ‘Between the Times & the Tides’ (Matador)

Long before Craig Finn catalogued girls who left with "the eyepatch guy" or Dan Bejar chased cocaine through the backrooms of the world, Sonic Youth…
By: Dan Weiss / March 29, 2012

Serengeti, ‘Kenny Dennis EP’ (Anticon)

The Chi-town jokester fronts like an early '90s knucklehead, beefs with Shaq Fu, sounds like Funkdoobiest.
By: Mosi Reeves / March 28, 2012

Gentlemen Jesse and His Men, ‘Leaving Atlanta’ (Douchemaster)

Another hot slab of gleaming, glittering, '70s power-pop that's more reverent than retro.
By: David Bevan / March 28, 2012
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