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  • STAYING POSITIVE

    published February 22, 2012

    On Clear Heart Full Eyes, Craig Finn’s recently released solo debut, the Hold Steady frontman celebrates the same world that provides the... More >>

  • LONDON GIRL

    published February 22, 2012

    On “1980,” a young British rapper named Estelle reminisced, detail by detail, about what it was like to grow up in the decade of Fresh... More >>

  • GHOSTS WILL BURN

    published February 22, 2012

    This October, Brooklyn indie mainstays Parts & Labor announced that after 10 years, five albums, and four drummers, they’d soon be going on... More >>

  • DRUM MAJOR

    published February 15, 2012

    With Vivian Girls—the group whose eponymous 2008 album helped lead Brooklyn to the beach two years before Best Coast, and to girl pop three... More >>

  • BABY, I'M A STAR

    published February 15, 2012

    In 2003, the Rapture released the single “House of Jealous Lovers” and its parent album Echoes, looking to the post-punk past to help... More >>

  • COMEBACK KIDS

    published February 15, 2012

    The day Sleigh Bells released Treats—the debut album that collected, improved, and added to the handful of floating MySpace... More >>

  • BEAT THE BEAT

    published February 8, 2012

    You can have your candlelit dinners, your Hugh Grant movies, your red roses, and your boxes of chocolate. This February 14, the only show that... More >>

  • FOR THE LULZ

    published February 8, 2012

    When Das Racist’s Kool A.D., elusive as ever, drawled “We’re not joking/Just joking; we are joking/Just joking; we’re not... More >>

  • WHEREFORE ART THOU

    published February 8, 2012

    In January 2010, Aventura, the biggest bachata group the world will ever see, officially called it quits, taking a four-night victory lap through... More >>

  • RUN THIS TOWN

    published February 1, 2012

    Often, Greatest Hits compilations serve as capstones to extraordinary careers or attempts to glean the best of mediocre ones. As the title... More >>

  • DANCE YRSELF CLEAN

    published February 1, 2012

    Terminal 5 might be located just off the Lincoln Tunnel and the Henry Hudson Parkway, an ideal destination for out-of-city commuters, but if... More >>

  • RAP 2.0

    published February 1, 2012

    Even though his last album, the breakthrough XXX, remains available as a free download on label Fool’s Good website, the music of Danny... More >>

  • SAY MY NAME

    published January 25, 2012

    You might know 2 Chainz as one half of Playaz Circle, the Georgia duo from the Lil Wayne–assisted “Duffle Bag Boy.” Or you might... More >>

  • CAN'T DENY IT

    published January 25, 2012

    Fabolous hasn’t released a proper full-length since 2009’s uneven Loso’s Way, but his guest verses and mixtapes have been more... More >>

  • Friendz With Benefits

    published January 25, 2012

    This summer, we were lucky enough to catch Making Friendz—Tami Hart’s self-described “Punk ’n’ B” solo... More >>

  • DANCE WITH HER

    published January 18, 2012

    Last year, Katy B’s debut record, On a Mission, topped the U.K. Dance Chart, produced three top 10 singles, and was nominated for the... More >>

  • BEEN GONE

    published January 18, 2012

    How many people have won TV singing contests since Kelly Clarkson bested Justin Guarini in the first season of American Idol? And how few have... More >>

  • THOSE WERE THE DAYS

    published January 18, 2012

    Have you heard? The ’90s are back and more expensive than ever. After you outfit yourself in some designer flannel, make sure you still have... More >>

  • KONDUCTA

    published January 11, 2012

    Often, big-name DJ sets serve little purpose, allowing the artist behind the boards to boost his or her financial and cultural capital at the... More >>

  • EPIC

    published January 11, 2012

    Despite slaying an umbrella-holding crowd of hundreds this summer at McCarren Park, Sharon Van Etten works best in intimate spaces—coffee... More >>

  • GOOD VIBRATIONS

    published January 4, 2012

    The music video for “Vomit,” the lead single from Girls’ recent Father, Son, Holy Ghost, finds the duo’s frontman cruising... More >>

  • Drake and The Weeknd Wallow in their Misery

    published January 18, 2012

    Kanye and Jay went to England and Paris to record Watch the Throne. Pitbull, Mr. 305 himself, found international love with a team of... More >>

  • LIVING HISTORY

    published January 4, 2012

    Fifty years ago, Allan and Sandra Jaffe opened a new venue at 726 St. Peter Street in New Orleans’s French Quarter. Tonight, the jazz band... More >>

  • REGIFTING

    published January 4, 2012

    Maybe it’s the weather. What else could account for sunny tracks like “Up Up Up,” the lead single from In Light, the debut LP... More >>

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