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Free Blood, ‘The Singles’ (Rong/DFA)

For sheer dance-floor energy and disco kinks, ex-!!! percussionist John Pugh and fashion designer/vocalist Madeline Davy (boosted by secret-weapon production duo the Brothers) don't disappoint.
Jon Young / November 4, 2008

The Bronx, ‘The Bronx (III)’ (White Drugs/Stay Platinum/Original Signal)

This is the third time these brash Los Angeles bombers have released an album titled The Bronx, but don't think they're scraping the bottom of…
Mikael Wood / November 4, 2008

Blue Sky Black Death, ‘Slow Burning Lights’ (Babygrande)

The moniker of this hip-hop production duo -- who have worked with MCs ranging from Jean Grae to various Wu-Tang and Hieroglyphics affiliates -- sounds…
Josh Modell / November 4, 2008

The Killers Debut New Songs in London

"This place is too pretty for us," said frontman Brandon Flowers a few songs into the Killers' sold-out 90-minute set at London's iconic Royal Albert…
Judith Tigner / November 4, 2008

Little Joy, ‘Little Joy’ (Rough Trade)

Little Joy, a band as twee as their name, sound a lot like the Strokes -- which is rather unsurprising, since the Strokes' Fabrizio Moretti…
Spencer Kornhaber / November 4, 2008

Grace Jones, ‘Hurricane’ (PIAS America)

Radical and chic in equal extremes, this 63-year-old model/singer/actor epitomized disco, new wave, and black boho culture in the late '70sand early '80s, ?before vanishing…
Barry Walters / November 3, 2008

Smashing Pumpkins Kick Off 20th Anniversary Tour

Anyone expecting the Smashing Pumpkins to use their 20th anniversary tour to revisit their greatest hits is in for a surprise.
Jeff Niesel / November 3, 2008

Pink, ‘Funhouse’ (LaFace/Zomba)

It's no surprise that the recent divorce of America's most soul-baring mainstream singer would yield an emotionally in-your-face radio single. She loudly shrugs "So What"
Barry Walters / November 3, 2008

Q-Tip, ‘The Renaissance’ (Universal Motown)

Bookending his second solo album with ruminations about hope, the Tribe Called Quest leader lays his eloquent flow over liquid arrangements shimmering with rhythmicfinesse. Up-tempo…
Barry Walters / October 31, 2008

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, ‘Cardinology’ (Lost Highway)

Anyone who's followed Ryan Adams' career during the decade since he left Whiskeytown might've wondered if last year's Easy Tiger was a fluke -- an…
Mikael Wood / October 31, 2008

Wild Beasts, ‘Limbo, Panto’ (Domino)

Strutting from preening castrato to bestial growl, singer Hayden Thorpe sets out to explain the modern masculine dilemma on this British quartet's debut."Men, to be…
Spencer Kornhaber / October 31, 2008

Dragonette, ‘Galore’ (I Surrender)

With Gwen Stefani sidelined by motherhood, Canada's Dragonette fills the No Doubt void by walking a similar linebetween girly electro pop and boyish new wave.
Barry Walters / October 31, 2008

The Last Shadow Puppets Serenade NYC

Alex Turner may forever be recognized as the Britpunk deity behind the Arctic Monkeys. But last night with an epic, dynamic, and thoroughly elegant set…
William Goodman / October 31, 2008

Aterciopelados, ‘Rio’ (Nacional)

Having dabbled in punk, ska, hip-hop, and electronica during the last decade-plus, the style-shifting Aterciopelados ("the Velvety Ones") try polished-yet-punchy rock on their addictive seventh…
Jon Young / October 31, 2008

The 88, ‘Not Only…But Also’ (Island)

A trio of biz-savvy power-pop nerds from L.A., the 88 built a following the 21st-century way -- by placing songs in commercials for Target and…
Mikael Wood / October 31, 2008

Count Bass D, ‘L7′ (1320)

Thirteen years after his unjustly neglected debut, Pre-Life Crisis, Nashville's Dwight "Count Bass D" Farrell is still a quirky Deep South firebrand. He juices his…
Mosi Reeves / October 31, 2008

MGMT, Live from New York!

The spirit of Halloween was in the air last night at New York City's Webster Hall: Fans were decked out in costumes that ranged from…
Larry Fitzmaurice / October 31, 2008

Of Montreal Get Psychedelic in Boston

With a crowd dressed in their brightest Halloween costumes, last night's Of Montreal show at Boston's Orpheum Theatre was a true spectacle. Frontman Kevin Barnes…
Brian King / October 31, 2008

The Cure, ‘4:13 Dream’ (Suretone/Geffen)

For their 13th album, the Cure reverse a long downhill slide with a record that clearly matters -- not just to leader Robert Smith, who's…
Barry Walters / October 30, 2008

John Legend, ‘Evolver’ (G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia)

Though he's unlikely to encounter much trouble selling these romantic conceits to his female-heavy fan base, some of the scenarios on John Legend's third studio…
Mikael Wood / October 30, 2008
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