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  • Kool Keith

    published June 6, 2012

    The bizarro Bronx MC just released a new solo album, Love and Danger, on which he bids goodbye to rap in a track called—wait for... More >>

  • Trace Adkins

    published June 6, 2012

    One of Nashville’s most taciturn country stars, Adkins makes an unlikely (but not unappealing) candidate for the intimate-evening approach... More >>

  • SEARCH AND DESTROY

    published May 23, 2012

    “You wanna include me in your plan,” OFF! frontman Keith Morris sneers in one of the minute-long hardcore rants on his band’s... More >>

  • ON THE ROAD

    published May 23, 2012

    As rap eccentrics from Odd Future to Nicki Minaj have bubbled up to the mainstream (and beyond), it has gotten considerably harder to seem like a... More >>

  • Judy Collins & Madelein Peyroux

    published May 23, 2012

    At first glance, these two singer-songwriters don’t share much beyond a debt to Joni Mitchell: Collins, of course, broke through in 1968... More >>

  • FLOAT ON

    published May 23, 2012

    New York–based Mauro Remiddi just returned to the United States following a sold-out European tour with Beach House. But dude is hardly... More >>

  • Gavin DeGraw & Colbie Caillat

    published May 23, 2012

    Twin pillars of the triple-A radio format, DeGraw and Caillat have both outlasted the singles that once seemed sure to consign them to one-hit... More >>

  • FRESHLY SQUEEZED

    published May 23, 2012

    Indie rock’s fascination with early ’90s r&b yields appropriately juicy fruit on the new album by Lemonade, three synth-loving San... More >>

  • Kopecky Family Band

    published May 23, 2012

    Co-ed folk-rock rabblerousers from Nashville, the Kopeckys come on like a more sensual Arcade Fire—or maybe a Mumford & Sons with a sense of... More >>

  • The Clean

    published May 23, 2012

    These long-running New Zealanders don’t visit the United States often, and they aren’t in much of a hurry to put out albums. Mister... More >>

  • Ed Sheeran

    published May 23, 2012

    The young English singer’s folk-rappy debut, +, has been a major commercial hit at home since its release late last year, and now... More >>

  • Grouplove

    published May 23, 2012

    Fresh from Bonnaroo (where their neo-hippie ways were surely appreciated), these giddy L.A. goofs hit town for a sold-out show in support of last... More >>

  • SHAKE, RATTLE, & ROLL

    published May 16, 2012

    Shut out of Jack White’s packed Webster Hall gig last month? This week, the garage-rock star returns to New York for a two-night stand at... More >>

  • David Banner

    published May 16, 2012

    The gruff-voiced Mississippi MC has a new one due out May 22 that he’s selling through his website for a suggested donation of $1. But if... More >>

  • Foster the People

    published May 16, 2012

    These L.A. dance-rock dudes are of course best known for “Pumped Up Kicks,” the creepy-catchy 2011 hit that seemed to pave the way for... More >>

  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

    published May 9, 2012

    Look, I’m as heartened as anyone by this L.A. hippie-pop crew’s convention-defying success: the big sales, the sold-out shows, for... More >>

  • HANGING ON

    published May 9, 2012

    Indie rock's second-most-famous harpist (after Joanna Newsom), Pat Grossi of
Active Child says he's ready to start work on the follow-up to... More >>

  • Angels and Airwaves

    published May 9, 2012

    Last year’s glum Blink-182 reunion album, Neighborhoods, had to have been a disappointment to anyone who once valued this SoCal... More >>

  • Beth Orton

    published May 9, 2012

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from this English singer-songwriter, whose most recent album, 2006’s Comfort of... More >>

  • Loudon Wainwright II

    published May 9, 2012

    "If families didn’t break apart, I suppose there’d be no need for art,” Wainwright sings on his new Older Than My Old Man... More >>

  • Brian McKnight

    published May 9, 2012

    The R&B smoothie entered the news last month after he took to YouTube to preview a new song in which he offers to “let me show you how your... More >>

  • Gossip

    published May 9, 2012

    These fashion-forward disco-puns have been out of the limelight for a minute now, presumably because they’ve been in England recording a new... More >>

  • Il Divo

    published May 9, 2012

    Simon Cowell’s operatic boy band is best at its most camp, which on last year’s Wicked Game meant shamelessly over-the-top... More >>

  • SUPER CUTS

    published May 2, 2012

    Despite a major-label marketing push and an assist from Madonna/Killers producer Stuart Price, Scissor Sisters didn't quite establish a mainstream... More >>

  • MOVIN' ON

    published May 2, 2012

    This fall, St. Ann's Warehouse is relocating from 38 Water Street in DUMBO to 29 Jay Street, about seven blocks away. If that move seems minor,... More >>

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