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Mar 13, 2014


El Sekka Shemal
by Salma Sobh

On their long-awaited third album (the title translates as A Wrong Turn, or Direction) the Egyptian indie rockers have actually taken a brilliant (and very right) new direction.…

Feb 06, 2014

The Boxtones

In the Pockets of Clowns
by Matt Ross

Given The Boxtones’ success as a covers band, you’d expect their debut LP to be a melting pot of musical styles. And while principal songwriter Gary Tierney’s…


by Adam Grundey

There are moments of real beauty on Sandmoon’s sophomore release – when Sandra Arslanian’s breathy vocals catch the soaring guitars just right, as they do…

Ala Ghawas

by Adam Grundey

Six years on from his first EP release, Ala Ghawas finally drops his first studio album. Armor is a collection of well-crafted tracks, many of which have a retro feel,…

Childish Gambino

Because the Internet
by Matthew Trammell

On his second album, actor-turned-rapper Childish Gambino wields his nerdiness with newfound confidence, spitting meditations on Internet culture with fluency and ease. The Community

Various Artists

And I'll Scratch Yours
by Jonathan Ringen

Want a killer tribute album? Put it together yourself. On 2010’s Scratch My Back, Peter Gabriel crafted orchestra-assisted takes on tunes by his favorite songwriters,…

Craig Perry

Small Steps, Big Shoes
by Matt Ross

Before he debuts his new full-band lineup this month, Dubai-based singer songwriter Craig Perry releases this five-track EP of the songs that got him to the live final of last year’s…

Jan 02, 2014


by Rob Sheffield

"Can you lick my Skittles?" is the new "Hurry up with my damn croissants." Beyoncé has delivered countless surprises in her 15 years on top of the music… | MORE

Dec 18, 2013

Britney Spears

Britney Jean
by Rob Sheffield

All “Work Bitch” and no play would make Britney a dull bitch. And who wants that? Nobody. So Britney’s back in the game, brushing all the riffraff away from her pop… | MORE

Lady Gaga

by Caryn Ganz

In the five years since Lady Gaga’s arrival, weird has become the currency that fuels pop culture – from seapunk Tumblrs to American Horror Story. So for Gaga to remain… | MORE

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