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The Magic Of Meshell Ndegeocello

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Diriye Osman

It's fair to say that, in our age of digitized apathy and carefully-curated online inertia, you can add singer-songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello to that long line of creative polymaths who have not only injected vital energy into the culture but repeatedly spoken truth to power.

Kbit's Orbital Space Flight

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 06.05.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

What better way to start an album such as this then with the voice of President Dwight Eisenhower honoring the seven men who were selected for the very first NASA project Mercury?

Musician Mark Stoney: On a Trail Of Second Chances

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Stoney was about eighteen years old when he bravely took his first self-made record to a local music shop. This is where he first caught the bug. And, like most creative bugs, the bug did not go away.

Alt-J Tessellates at the Fox, Woos Everyone

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Holton Henderson

The humble soar of Alt-J's harmonies, the pick and pluck of their eerie lyrics, their crashing synth and well-paired acoustic arpeggios are suited perfectly to the west coast in winter.

This Machine Is Not Broken

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Holton Henderson

Though it may pull from the same inspiration pool as Earth to the Dandy Warhols, This Machine lacks that sweeping, barely-reined implausibility.

The Warhols Dandily Redeemed

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.20.2013 | San Francisco
Brian Holton Henderson

Until this weekend, when I saw the Dandy Warhols play at the Fillmore, I had a really hard time liking them.

Don't Quit Without Saving: A Review Of The New Fall Out Boy Album

Stereo IQ | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Stereo IQ

By Ronald Metellus How do you go from being a Chicago punk rock act to the nation's most ubiquitous rock band in less than three years? Not easily...

An 'Equal Opportunity Offender'

AP | JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Entertainment

-- Tyler, the Creator, "Wolf" (Odd Future/Sony/RED) Before you listen to Tyler, the Creator's third album, "Wolf," keep this in mind: The rapper liv...

Gretchen Wilson Branches Out

AP | MICHAEL MCCALL | Posted 06.01.2013 | Entertainment

-- Gretchen Wilson, "Right on Time" (Redneck) Most current country rockers draw on hard-rock arena riffs lifted from the 1990s, but Gretchen Wilson'...

Blake Shelton Finds His 'Superstar Status'

AP | MICHAEL MCCALL | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment

Blake Shelton, "Based On A True Story" (Warner Bros.) The more Blake Shelton rises in stature, the more he parades his swaggering, mischievous person...

The Strokes' New Album, Comedown Machine

Julie Kocsis | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment
Julie Kocsis

Julian, we need to have a talk about your band's new album. I just don't understand what you're doing. The synths and new waviness, the extreme falsetto, the lack of guitar, and that bizarre, old timey song at the end of the record -- what's going on here?

Does Depeche Mode Still Have It?

AP | JEFF KAROUB | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment

Depeche Mode, "Delta Machine" (Columbia Records) If you haven't caught up with Depeche Mode since "Catching up With Depeche Mode" or other collection...

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...

Holly Williams' New Album

AP | MICHAEL MCCALL | Posted 04.06.2013 | Entertainment

Holly Williams, "The Highway" (Georgiana) Holly Williams is the kind of poetic songwriter country music once embraced. These days, the powerfully sen...

Alt-J: Making Nerd Rock Sexy

Molly Fosco | Posted 03.24.2013 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

Maybe I just love Alt-J because they make really awesome music, as they've recognized in the title of their debut album An Awesome Wave. Whatever the reason, all I know is that I can't stop listening to this album on repeat.

Molly's Music Mix -- Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore

Molly Fosco | Posted 03.09.2013 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

Good Kid, m.A.A.d city is somehow able to seamlessly tie together the world of drugs, money, and partying that is notoriously associated with hip-hop with an artful description of pain, guilt, love, and passion. It's quite refreshing.

Andy Stott's Luxury Problems Challenges EDM Landscape

Jordan Mainzer | Posted 02.04.2013 | Arts
Jordan Mainzer

The tension in Stott's music yields diversity and means that whether in headphones or in the club, Stott's music ominously pacifies.

Molly's Music Mix of the Week -- First Aid Kit and Two Door Cinema Club

Molly Fosco | Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

The freshman album The Lion's Roar, from Swedish sister duo Johanna and Klara Söderberg, comprises soulful harmonies with folksy guitar and fiddle melodies.

Gettin' Some Love From Grouplove

Molly Fosco | Posted 10.03.2012 | San Francisco
Molly Fosco

If the Grouplove's relationship is a testament to their success, then I guess what they say must be true... the best relationships start as friendships.

David Wax Museum Moves to More Mature Sound on New Album Knock Knock Get Up

Rob Kirkpatrick | Posted 10.30.2012 | Arts
Rob Kirkpatrick

An overused description is nevertheless apt here: Knock Knock Get Up is an album that will challenge fans.

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 ...

Reviews Are In For Nas' New Album

AP | CRISTINA JALERU | Posted 07.16.2012 | Entertainment

-- On the cover of his 10th album, "Life Is Good," the urban troubadour known as Nas is dressed in a white suit, glumly holding his ex-wife Kelis' gr...

Haiku Reviews

Posted 06.30.2012 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a monthly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditi...

John Mayer "Born And Raised" Review

Judah Joseph | Posted 07.22.2012 | Teen
Judah Joseph

What sets Born and Raised apart from Mayer's other works is that he's finally humble to his talent. In this record, Mayer has receded to making music simply because it makes him happy.