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Big Boi | Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

"Been a handsome-ass nigga since my mama wiped my bottom," raps Antwan Patton (a/k/a Big Boi, a/k/a Sir Lucious L. Leftfoot, a/k/a Daddy Fat Sax, a/k/a Billy Ocean) minutes into his schizoid sophomore album.
Def Jam (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  December 14, 2012

Majical Cloudz | Turns Turns Turns

Devon Welsh is a frequent collaborator with his best friend Grimes, but he's also been recording introspective songs by himself for years.
Arbutus Records (2012)
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 14, 2012

Young Fathers | Tape One

Scotland does boldly inventive/wildly playful indie-pop (and prior to that, post-punk) with such machine-like efficiency that it's been a detriment to the country's other genres.
Anticon (2012)
By RYAN FOLEY  |  December 14, 2012

Memory Tapes | Grace/Confusion

It was a mad bummer when Philly's synth-infused post-punk outfit Hail Social quietly called it a day a half-decade ago after just two inspired releases.
Carpark Records (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 07, 2012

What's F'n Next? Stepdad

The kaleidoscopic neon-pop of Stepdad, which shares some sonic DNA with the Double-P, has unpredictably blown out of Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 30, 2012

Nicki Minaj | Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up

Well, now it's official: the title of every record Nicki Minaj ever makes will include the title of every other record she's ever made.
Young Money (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  November 30, 2012


The Velvet Underground | The Verve/MGM Albums

Sundazed scores with an LP-only box featuring rare original mono mixes of the Velvet's first three records; Nico's debut, Chelsea Girl ; and an unreleased album heretofore known to fans by legend only.
Sundazed Music Inc (2012)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 30, 2012

Scott Walker | Bish Bosch

Scott Walker's late-period about-face is one of the strangest in the annals of pop music.
4AD (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 30, 2012

Deftones | Koi No Yokan

Deftones' brand of metal is artful and spacey, patient and textured: Stephen Carpenter's de-tuned distortion washes over like menacing storm clouds; Abe Cunningham's dextrous drumming takes cues from both hip-hop and prog; and, at his most melodic, Chin
Reprise Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  November 16, 2012

Isis | Temporal

 Temporal is an assortment of rarities culled from Isis' entire career, and it's a suitably bulky set in both length (almost two hours) and aural weight.
Ipecac (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  November 16, 2012

What's F'n Next? Metz

The joke's on you if you still think Canada is just our laid-back, friendly neighbor up north. Futher proof to the contrary: Toronto's METZ, who would lead you to believe that Canada is one big furious mosh pit.
Toronto, Canada
By PERRY EATON  |  November 16, 2012


Born Gold | Little Sleepwalker

Little Sleepwalker , written alone in the Arizona desert, is Born Gold's step back.
Audraglint (2012)
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  November 09, 2012

Emeralds | Just To Feel Anything

Compared to their predominantly improvisational past releases, everything here seems calculated.
Editions Mego (2012)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 09, 2012

Review: Silent Hill: Revelations 3D

Silent Hill fans are gluttons for punishment.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 02, 2012

Neil Young inspires a chill new wave

Over six decades, Neil Young's musical expression has expanded beyond the rock and roll of his nascent years and the folk-rock that brought him his initial burst of renown.

By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  November 02, 2012

Aerosmith | Music From Another Dimension

Don't let Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension confuse you. It was produced inside the normal, predictable dimension where all Aerosmith songs since Armageddon sound pretty much alike.
Columbia (2012)
By SEAN CORBETT  |  November 02, 2012


Bill Withers | The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums

Bill Withers has always been the down-to-earth, odd-man-out of the '70s soul brothers: he's the one who came bearing a lunch box on the cover of his relaxed 1971 debut, Just as I Am .
Columbia/Legacy (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 02, 2012

Prince Rama | Top Ten Hits of the End of the World

We are used to this kind of thing with bigger stars — where the biography starts to take over and we talk more about how gaga-licious the artist is than about the music — but less so with the underground. Prince Rama don't make it easy, but their music
Paw Tracks Records (2012)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 02, 2012

Paul Banks | Banks

It has taken a decade, but Paul Banks has finally written his mission statement in song: "Death will come by ocean, I want that guarantee," he sings on "I Paid for That," a propulsive cut from his debut solo album.
Matador Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 26, 2012

Why? | Mumps, etc.

Why?'s fourth studio album has been marketed as a "return to form" after 2009's tepidly received Eskimo Snow , since frontman Yoni Wolf's trademark raps are once again prominent.
Anticon Records (2012)
By NICK JOHNSTON  |  October 26, 2012

The Soft Moon | Zeros

Feeling disassociated, darkened, distressed, or just plain different this fall? Don't fret or suffer like the only hope out there for getting lost musically is by listening to early Depeche Mode or jumping on the Kraftwerk revival bandwagon.
Captured Tracks (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 26, 2012


What's F'n Next? Father John Misty

Josh Tillman — a/k/a Tillman, a/k/a Father John Misty — is one hell of a dancer.

By HILARY HUGHES  |  October 26, 2012

Saint Etienne's love letter

No more than two seconds into Saint Etienne's latest album (their first in seven years), Words And Music (Heavenly/Universal UMC), angelic-voiced Sarah Cracknell opens "Over the Border" with a spoken-word confession over a soft acoustic guitar: "When

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 26, 2012

Review: Alex Cross

The level of writing in Alex Cross is inferior to that of your fourth-favorite TV cop show.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 26, 2012

Review: Smashed

Within minutes of arriving on screen, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) drunkenly wets her bed, sloppily teaches her kindergarten class, and wraps up a night of partying by smoking crack at the local homeless hangout.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 26, 2012

Review: Paranormal Activity 4

The scares — and there have been some good ones — in the Paranormal franchise depend on what's not happening.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 26, 2012


What's F'n Next? Swearin'

Allison Crutchfield grew up in the punk-rock world of DIY. And with her newest band, Swearin', she's released one of the best records of the year.

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 19, 2012

Review: Wuthering Heights [2012]

Merchant-Ivory this is not. Nor is it any Emily Brontë we've seen before.
Tough love
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 19, 2012

What's F'n Next? Divine Fits

When asked to name the best note for a one-note song, of course Britt Daniel is already sitting at a piano.
Los Angeles, California
By DAN WEISS  |  October 12, 2012

Benjamin Gibbard | Former Lives

"It's been a basement of a year," Ben Gibbard sings over a perky two-chord strum on the saccharine "Oh, Woe." It's hard not to take him literally.
Barsuk Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 12, 2012