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Comedown Machine And The Chameleon Cool Of The Strokes

Stereo IQ | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment
Stereo IQ

By Alex Koenig Reviewing a Strokes album for a new generation of fans requires reminiscence so let me take you on a trip down memory lane: The fiv...

Were These Critic On Target?

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 03.02.2013 | Entertainment

Another week, another round of harsh critiques. In music, Theme Park released their self titled album this week, a project packed with upbeat tracks t...

Until the Quiet Comes -- We Can Enjoy

SF Critic | Posted 12.05.2012 | San Francisco
SF Critic

The music is beautiful and dark, which may pay tribute to the bigger meaning of where we stand as a culture. In a time of beauty all around us, there are the dark looming realities and atrocities of the world today.

NPR Intern Summons Internet Storm With Review Of Old Public Enemy Album

The Huffington Post | Alyssa Creamer | Posted 07.19.2012 | College

Members of the Internet community, including The Roots' drummer ?uestlove, came to the defense of classic hip-hop and remonstrated an NPR intern with ...

The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore: A Pop-Punk Re-Emergence

Melissa Webster | Posted 08.20.2012 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

With this triumphant return to his punk rock roots, the burning question on everyone's mind is whether or not this is the beginning of a Larry Livermore return to the music business.

Hip to Be Square: The Explorers Club Will Blow Your Soft Rock Mind

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home
Kristi York Wooten

In a world filled with auto-tune and sampled beats, beachy, breezy tunes such as "Run, Run, Run" and "It's You" ring almost revolutionary with their innocent, layered harmonies, organ, and guitar.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Evokes Vintage Oasis

Julie Kocsis | Posted 01.19.2012 | New York
Julie Kocsis

As a music critic, perhaps a bit more creative effort would be appreciated. However, as a Noel Gallagher fan, I really couldn't care less that he didn't decide to make a jazz album or at least something even slightly more daring.

Me Against the World Album Review

Kobi Malamud | Posted 12.24.2011 | Home
Kobi Malamud

Certain artists, albums, or songs that are given the rare titles of "best of" or "greatest of all time." Tupac Shakur's 1995 masterpiece, Me Against the World, is the greatest hip-hop album of all time.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 11.21.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

It's a week of reunions. Everyone wants to sing with Tony Bennett, the Jayhawks want one more shot at the Americana brass ring, and the superstars in SuperHeavy want nothing less than global domination.

New Barbra Streisand Album Is Sublime

Jay Weston | Posted 11.07.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Again, I am simply stunned at this amazing artist, who phrases her songs in a way which captures the intent of the lyrics beyond belief.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 11.07.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Let's step into the fall musical rush, along with Lindsey Buckingham and John Doe -- a bunch of dudes well past 40, all proving that rock (and country and folk) can age gracefully.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 10.30.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Beyonce's baby bump is speaking louder than any of the new releases this month. So while we wait for the flood of fall albums to descend next week, I want to spend this week playing five records that got by me earlier in the year.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 10.24.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

This week, the Muppets get some indie cred, Stephen Malkmus gets reined in, Barbra gets sentimental, Game gets vulnerable, and Beirut strips down. It's a perfect "Play" week. Thank God. I was starting to lose hope.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 10.17.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

This week is full of funky flashbacks, false steps, and bad musical jokes. Sly Stone is still missing and Blue October can't get beyond the rage. Leave it to Jeff Bridges and his country heart to keep the week from being a total blow-out.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 10.09.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

It's tough to crack down on an album that's guaranteed from its conception to get vast amounts of unmitigated praise and hype, but this time the self-proclaimed royalty is just getting lazy.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 10.03.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

It's dudes only this week -- that is, if you consider 13-year-old Greyson Chance a dude. John Hiatt, Mat Kearney, Trace Adkins, and Richard Buckner are digging deep into American music roots and pulling out gold. Or at least shiny objects.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 09.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

It's a week of musical fresh starts. Joss Stone flies as a free agent, alt-metal singer Ronnie Radke is free from prison, and Vanessa Carlton is the ultimate free spirit. Play 'em all after you give your favorite Amy Winehouse record one more spin.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 09.19.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Ponder this musical deep thought as you look for beats to escape the heat: what if the Brooklyn Godfathers of Geek, They Might Be Giants, threw a house party next door to DJ Khaled and his T&A posse?

Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle Tackles Stateside Fame

Sam Lansky | Posted 09.19.2011 | Entertainment
Sam Lansky

"Sweetest High" is a very canny new direction; the single is palatable to American listeners in a way that Girls Aloud, with its distinctly English everything-but-the-kitchen-sink madness, never was.

Kia Makarechi

Theophilus London's Very Big Week | Kia Makarechi | Posted 09.18.2011 | Home

Theophilus London isn't looking back. The 23-year-old rapper-crooner's first wide-release, full-length album, Timez Are Weird These Days, dropped toda...

Ty Segall and the Ultimate Face Melt

Emily Cohen | Posted 09.17.2011 | San Francisco
Emily Cohen

It is a joy to watch Segall's inability to contain himself. Even when he tackles slower songs like title track "Goodbye Bread" and low-rider "I Can't Feel It," the man cannot help but crank it to 11.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 09.11.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

This week Incubus reinvents itself, the Cool Kids rewind some classic hip-hop beats, Colbie Caillat reclaims pop music from the teases, and Blake Shelton wants to turn some of that "Voice" attention into country cash.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 09.05.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

You've shaken off the sulfur from your 4th of July hangover; now witness the fireworks by a group of musicians rallying around a common cause.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 08.28.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Women rule this week. Gillian Welch, ‪Beyoncé‬, and Dolly Parton dig for Americana, country, and pop gold, while Selena Gomez gives the tweens another dose of Disney. Poor American Idol David Cook doesn't have a fighting chance.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 08.21.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Raise your lighter for Jill Scott, Bon Iver, and Jim Lauderdale -- three unlucky musical traveling companions who play well together. As for "Weird Al" and Night Ranger? Aren't you suffering enough?