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PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 07.18.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

This week, Moby loses sleep on the road, Ben Harper meets his heroes, Danger Mouse reinvents the Spaghetti Western, while Kate Bush reinvents her past.

Alexander Turnquist's 'Hallway of Mirrors': Harmonics, Reverb and Acrylic Nails

Alexandra Marvar | Posted 07.17.2011 | Entertainment
Alexandra Marvar

Today, experimental composer/guitarist Alexander Turnquist releases his fourth album, "Hallway of Mirrors" -- a beautiful and haunting 35-minute wash of sound, best played in full.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 07.10.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

This week's new music is built for time travel. Feel the flashbacks and step into the future. 2011-05-11-lonelyisland.jpg

The Antlers 'Burst Apart': Process, Control, and Losing Teeth

Alexandra Marvar | Posted 07.09.2011 | Entertainment
Alexandra Marvar

Burst Apart is a soulful soundtrack to the aftermath: floating calmly and inevitably away from something, and, maybe, toward something else.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 06.13.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Whenever you hear some old codger bitching about how there's no one making good music anymore, tell him to shut up, and play this week's new releases. Here are five of the best.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 06.06.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Your musical past and future both await you this week. Witness Robbie Robertson and Ray Davies, who are keeping classic rock dreams alive. Then behold the Ravonettes and the Kills, who are bringing new ones to life.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.29.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

There's a war being fought for your music player this week. Divas are looking for mainstream redemption, rappers are searching for street cred and a Texan trio wants to break out of the Lone Star State. Play on, brothers and sisters.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Spring is finally here, and the big musical acts are in full bloom. Well, some of them are. Others are just laying a big musical turd in your garden.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

It's time to start your spring break mix tape. You do like that kind of thing, don't you? Read on for your musical cheat sheet.

PLAY > SKIP: This Week's New Music

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

If you ever wondered how you'd handle a week where Avril Lavigne, the cast of Glee, Lupe Fiasco, and three-fourths of Oasis all simultaneously released albums, here's your survival guide.

On Paul Simon's So Beautiful or So What

Elvis Costello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Elvis Costello

These days it might court shallow mockery to sing so openly of our humanity, mortality and divinity but not with music to make these themes fly or words containing such wit, grace and humility.

Adele's Lovely Coming of Age

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marlynn Snyder

In an industry where recording artists are marketed to within an inch of their lives, it is a pleasant surprise when a real artist can excite music lovers largely on her engaging personality gifts as a singer.

PLAY > SKIP: New Music for Dec. 8

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Daft Punk picks up where the '80s left off, Plain White T's treat us to some pop ear candy, T.I. delivers an f-bomb from jail, Charlie Wilson refuses to get naughty, while Duffy plays too nice. Bah, humbug.

Is Michael Really Michael? A Review of the King of Pop's New Album

Joe Vogel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joe Vogel

This past Friday I listened to Michael Jackson's highly-anticipated posthumous album, Michael (Epic), which is expected to hit stores in the U.S. on...

A Review of Donald Glover's Debut Rap Album, "Culdesac"

Abe Schwartz | Posted 09.07.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

It becomes clear from listening to "Culdesac" that Glover thinks he's on the highest creative level possible, a la Tupac, and maybe in his own way he is.

A Modern Classic: The Cops' Free Electricity

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

Their biggest influences seem to be British, right down to the "oh-oh-oh" backup vocals and percussive post-punk guitars but there ain't nothing un-American about the way The Cops kick ass.

Chairlift's Aaron Pfenning: iPods and Veggie Tacos

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

We spent a great deal of time deciding if we wanted to do the iPod commercial and now we're facing forward and making new music, not looking back.

Wilco (The Album)

Chris Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chris Campbell

Wilco have now released seven studio records and every single one has been met with critical adoration.

New Tunes On Monday: Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Ben Harper and Relentless7, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, New York Dolls, and Paul Potts

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ever since Cat Stevens embraced Islam, the West has been clueless when it comes to accepting the former superstar. His latest release, Roadsinger, is a good start in rebuilding that emotional bridge to Stevens.

HuffPost Reviews: Van Morrison -- Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl / Asa -- Asa

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

With a basic reverence for the original record, Morrison's live arrangements allow for musicians to add new layers of strata though jams, while acknowledging forty years has passed since the original was slated.

A Modern Classic: The Living End, State of Emergency, 2006, a Welcome Blast of Australian Rock

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

Originality doesn't hold a candle to great songs, and the Living End's State of Emergency has nothing but.