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TITLE: The cover art and this title screams that she meant it.  She wanted to make this album, she likes classic XMAS LPs and wanted to add one to the canon. COVER: Looks vintage but not in a spoofy way.  It’s serious, like all the best spoofs. LISTENING: “Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter” — […]

Director: Thibaut DuverneixAn ever-morphing accompaniment to Tierra Whack’s mini-album, this surreal, R&B-on-‘shrooms epic — sprinting through 15 songs in as many minutes — drops the 22-year-old Philly rapper into a variety of scenarios: a graveyard of crooning muppets, a candy-colored nail salon, a living room, a death-shrouded funeral, a diner straight out of a Wong Kar-wai […]

Ari had an eventful year, to say the least, snagging one hit after another — “God Is A Woman” taught us love, “No Tears Left to Cry” taught us patience, but “Thank U, Next” taught us pain. Right after her Pete Davidson engagement crashed, she celebrated with a Number One smash with kind words for […]

The Mississippi-born singer-songwriter’s 1967 major-label debut, “Ode to Billie Joe,” was a country-music landmark, Deep South noir cut with home-demo intimacy and Pet Sounds–like radiance. Her second album, 1968’s The Delta Sweete, was the first country-rock opera, a suite of rural-life memories wreathed in the eerie luxury of Love’s Forever Changes. Later work hewed closer […]

Judas Priest may be heavy metal’s most interesting comeback story of 2018, simply because they never went anywhere. They’ve had ups and downs creatively since the late Sixties, but no one could have expected their 18th album, Firepower, to sound this fresh and vibrant. Founding guitarist K.K. Downing split in 2011, and his foil, Glenn […]

In the 41 years since the release of his debut, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen has built up a catalog of songs nearly unrivaled in the history of rock, from the streetwise drama of his early work, through to the stadium-shaking heights of Born in the U.S.A., and continuing on to his recent […]

Patti Smith has never shied away from life’s tragic side. But when she calls up Rolling Stone in October, she’s in an upbeat mood. “On the road, they have these LG televisions and when you turn them on, it says: Life Is Good. I love that,” Smith says. “Actually, I say it out loud when […]

List to this week’s YouTube Music playlist here. “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart,” Mark Ronson & Miley CyrusSounds like: An emotionally fragile pop bangerPerfect for: Crying on the dance floorShe’s a little bit country, he’s a little bit disco. Mark Ronson recruited Miley Cyrus for the first taste of his next album, and it works […]

In 2014, Sharon Van Etten released Are We There, which Rolling Stone gave four stars, saying it grew the singer-songwriter’s “trademark examinations of romantic decay to cathedral-like scale.” Contributing editor Rob Sheffield still calls it “one of the great albums of the century.” But just a year after its release, Etten pretty much disappeared from music. In […]

Anne-Marie’s nostalgic stomper “2002” — which quotes classic lyrics by Britney Spears, ’NSync and Jay-Z — has earned more than 166 million Spotify streams. And her debut LP, Speak Your Mind, packed with sensitively swagged-out dance pop, is a Top 40 hit. So get ready, she probably won’t be a warm-up act for long. Like […]


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