Skrillex Flirts With Top 40 On His Occasionally Brilliant ‘Recess’

"Dance like it hurts to stand still," sings Chance the Rapper on "Coast Is Clear," the fifth track on Recess, Skrillex's stealth-released debut album, and…
Philip Sherburne / March 19, 2014

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Craft a Deft, Eccentric Street-Rap Epic on ‘Pinata’

Piñata, the full-length collaboration between 21st-century gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs and 31st-century producer Madlib, lulls breezily between pro forma thuggery and Swisha Sweet insights, mixing…
Mosi Reeves / March 13, 2014

Foster the People Settle for Modern-Pop Pastiche on the Bloated ‘Supermodel’

Raise your hand if you spent your 2011 Playa Del Carmen vacation driving up and down the Mexican Riviera listening to Foster the People's Torches.
Garrett Kamps / March 13, 2014

Kylie Minogue Is a Carefree Pop-Star Chameleon Once Again on ‘Kiss Me Once’

Kylie Minogue albums work best as blank canvases, the versatile singer herself smattered in the paint of whatever pop subgenre strikes her fancy. Her 12th…
Brittany Spanos / March 12, 2014

Perfect Pussy Revel in Their Hardcore Fury on ‘Say Yes to Love’

"Since when do we say yes to love?" demands Meredith Graves, frontwoman for hardcore shredders Perfect Pussy. This bold question frames the Syracuse-based band's Captured…
Paula Mejia / March 11, 2014

The War on Drugs Conjure a Gorgeous, Wide-Open Claustrophobia on ‘Lost in the Dream’

To deduce the overarching themes of this Philadelphia band's third album, just scan the track list, which almost reads like a cry for help, given…
David Menconi / March 11, 2014

Tensnake’s Occasionally Sublime ‘Glow’ Is Another Shot in the Pop-House Revolution

Tensnake's Glow peaks early, which is perhaps to be expected of the debut album from a guy who has been cranking out well-received, retro-leaning house…
Philip Sherburne / March 10, 2014

The Shrine Serve Up Some Primo 21st-Century Skate-Rock on the Scuzzy, Virile ‘Bless Off’

So about this new-school 'skate-rock' thing: I realize young people with way better senses of balance than my own have enjoyed half-piping on skateboards or…
Chuck Eddy / March 10, 2014

Prince Electrifies, Exhausts Audience at Epic Four-Hour Hollywood Show

HOLLYWOOD — "Tonight, it's going to be a party — a non-stop party." So stated legendary old-school rapper Doug E. Fresh while serving as hype…
Matt Diehl / March 9, 2014

Fucked Up Premiere New Album at Toronto’s Long Winter Festival

It wasn’t exactly the surprise it could have been. Two days after announcing their new album Glass Boys via a video trailer, Toronto’s hardcore heroes…
Anupa Mistry / March 8, 2014

The Men Bash and Jangle Through the Joyously Aimless ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’

Very funny, guys, calling your fourth album Tomorrow's Hits, when there's nothing remotely commercial — or forward-looking — about such a sweltering orgy of noise.
Jon Young / March 5, 2014

Tool Are Up to Their Old Pummeling, Mystifying Tricks at Spokane Tour Opener

The house lights drop, and the crowd erupts. A looping kick-drum line fades up, sounding like a beating heart. Blue and purple lights pulse their…
Luke Baumgarten / March 5, 2014

The Drive-By Truckers’ ‘English Oceans’ Gets Stuck Between a Groove and a Rut

Drive-By Truckers began as a great band that wrote good songs, and have turned into a good band that wants to write good songs. Destined…
Alfred Soto / March 4, 2014

Rick Ross Runs Out of Self-Mythologizing Steam on the Dull-Witted ‘Mastermind’

Rick Ross' sixth album dishes up more of the consequence-free, projected-in-IMAX, "real" street shit the Miami boss built his name banging out, but he's running…
Brandon Soderberg / March 4, 2014

Pharrell Walks on Pop-R&B Sunshine With the Daring, Infectious ‘G I R L’

The son of a schoolteacher, Pharrell Williams loves assignments. How else to explain why one of the most audacious songs attached to his name was…
Barry Walters / March 3, 2014

Vivian Girls’ Last Hurrah: Photos, Obituary From Trio’s Final Show

What follows is our obit for beloved Brooklyn garage-rock band the Vivian Girls; above, please enjoy photos from their farewell gig this past Sunday night…
Michael Tedder / March 3, 2014

Real Estate Get a Little Less Chill and a Little More Proactive on the Surprisingly Bracing ‘Atlas’

On the one hand, Real Estate are annoying. I'm saying this to hurt their feelings; their music could use a little hurt. One of the…
Dan Weiss / February 28, 2014

ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’ Both Transcends and Succumbs to Gangsta Rap’s Baser Impulses

ScHoolboy Q, the most unambitious and conventional member of Southern California's ambitious, unconventional Black Hippy crew, drops scrunched-up, novelistic raps about street life over sizzurp-dipped,…
Brandon Soderberg / February 26, 2014

Neneh Cherry’s ‘Blank Project’ Is an Ocean of Intimate, Nonchalantly Electrifying Funk

Neneh Cherry has made a career out of hiding in plain sight — which, granted, might be a funny thing to say about a woman…
Philip Sherburne / February 25, 2014

Annie Clark Burns Down the Boys’ Club on the Poised, Effortless ‘St. Vincent’

In the relatively short span of what now constitutes four St. Vincent albums, Annie Clark has become an icon. That's no surprise — she's smart…
Jessica Hopper / February 25, 2014
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