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Deconstructing M.I.A.

Confused revolutionary? Brilliant provocateur? As her Super Bowl digit malfunction reminded everyone, Maya Arulpragasam is one of the most polarizing figures in pop today, a neon…
Jon Dolan / February 6, 2012

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl., ‘Record Collection’ (RCA)

Celebrity DJ/superproducer/scenester/fashion plate/society boy Mark Ronson will never be a beloved man of the people. But his hugely successful R&B mash-up with Amy Winehouse was…
Jon Dolan / September 9, 2010

Understanding M.I.A.: 5 Things You Need to Know

Confused revolutionary? Brilliant provocateur? Maya Arulpragasam is the most polarizing figure in pop today, a neon blur of contradictions and conflations -- but she may…
Jon Dolan / July 20, 2010

Exclusive: Inside Pavement’s Reunion

March 1, 2010: It was the night the coolest band ever officially became rock stars. Not because the drummer snorted his weight in Peruvian lady…
Jon Dolan / April 14, 2010

Jason Collett, ‘Rat a Tat Tat’ (Arts&Crafts)

In 2008, this Broken Social Scenester released a pleasant, mid-'70s singer-songwriter record, like Jackson Browne's Late for the Sky by way of Wilco, only softer.
Jon Dolan / March 8, 2010

Aloha, ‘Home Acres’ (Polyvinyl)

Pretty much every song on this prog-pop band's sixth disc evokes moodiness via some sort of weather, event, or technological-flux metaphor. It's a suitable theme…
Jon Dolan / March 8, 2010

Gorillaz, ‘Plastic Beach’ (Virgin)

Damon Albarn claims the concept for the third Gorillaz album came to him while watching people and animals forage through a Malian garbage dump. Indeed,…
Jon Dolan / March 2, 2010

Review: HIM, ‘Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice’

This Finnish "love-metal" band had a minor modern-rock hit with 2005's "Wings of a Butterfly," while 2007's Venus Doom grasped for proggy cred. But here…
Jon Dolan / February 17, 2010

Review: Vampire Weekend, ‘Contra’

They make Pavement seem like poor folks. They make Steely Dan sound like simps. Sharpen up those Google-search fingers, everybody, Vampire Weekend are back in…
Jon Dolan / January 15, 2010

Ghostface Killah, ‘Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City’ (Def Jam)

It's a cold, hard world and a Ghostface Killah needs a Ghostface girl -- the kind who'll wear a nurse costume when you get back…
Jon Dolan / October 23, 2009

Wilco, Frankly.

School's out. For. Wednesday.
Jon Dolan / July 17, 2009

Eminem, ‘Relapse’ (Interscope)

It's been five years since Eminem's last record, Encore, and on occasion, the world has felt somewhat empty without him. But that's nothing compared to…
Jon Dolan / June 5, 2009

Rancid, ‘Let the Dominoes Fall’ (Hellcat/Epitaph)

"We're still around," Tim Armstrong growls over Lars Frederiksen's peppy guitar blitz as these lovable mosh-pit lifers kick off album number seven. The sunny brutalism…
Jon Dolan / May 20, 2009

Chester French, ‘Love the Future’ (Star Trak/Interscope)

Chester French are kind of undeniable, which is good because you'll probably want to deny them. Harvard brats bankrolled by Pharrell, singer D.A. Wallach and…
Jon Dolan / May 20, 2009

Field Music, ‘Field Music’ (Memphis Industries)

The Northeast England port town of Sunderland got its first punk-rock anthem in 1987, the Toy Dolls' highly ironic "Nowt Can Compare to Sunderland Fine…
Jon Dolan / March 14, 2006

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