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

Paul Weller, ‘Sonik Kicks’ (Yep Roc)

Britpop Modfather swaps retromania for contemporary eclecticism, overwrought production, under-cooked tunes.
By: Barry Walters / March 28, 2012

Georgia Anne Muldrow & Madlib, ‘Seeds’ (Someothaship Connect)

Non-linear soul sketches of Hinduism and Petey Wheatstraw over Madlib loops have rustic charm.
By: Mosi Reeves / March 28, 2012

Mati Zundel, ‘Amazonico Gravitante’ (Waxploitation/ZZK)

From Buenos Aires, loping electro-cumbia brims with rave stabs, polyglot chants, copious cowbell.
By: Philip Sherburne / March 28, 2012

Cynic, ‘The Portal Tapes’ (Season of Mist)

Boring, re-released '90s demos where death metallers ditch growls for Frisell-style jazz fusion and darkwave.
By: Kory Grow / March 28, 2012

Tanlines, ‘Mixed Emotions’ (True Panther)

"Tell everyone we haven't changed / Tell everyone we're not the same," warbles Tanlines' Eric Emm exactly halfway through Mixed Emotions, the band's full-length debut.
By: Puja Patel / March 28, 2012

Rusko, ‘Songs’ (Mad Decent/Downtown)

Whither dubstep? As the amorphous, infectious, oft-maligned genre continues to mutate, this question has become deeply embedded in the discourse around it. Dubstep fuels the…
By: Philip Sherburne / March 27, 2012

The Ting Tings, ‘Sounds From Nowheresville’ (Sony)

Back in 2008, the bratty British duo of Katie White and Jules De Martino hit the South by Southwest festival with a vengeance. They were…
By: Stephanie Benson / March 27, 2012
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