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Grizzly Bear Makes Music for a Worried World on Painted Ruins

Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins (RCA Records) The longstanding indie darlings break new ground on a sensational, dynamic major label debut effort. Emerging from Brooklyn in the early...

Steve Grand: Let’s Hear it for the Boy, But Watch the Hands, Willya?

Steve Grand is used to the idea that some find him as appealing for his looks as for his music. He’s always gracious and happy to pose for photos after the show, as he...

Green Day’s Revolution Radio Tour: Punk, Pop and Politics

Preeminent punk rockers Green Day released their most recent album “Revolution Radio” late last year, and they’ve followed up with a massive tour that will see them...

Music Recommendations: Mark Aaron James

This year, out musician Mark Aaron James released an album, — My Mighty MAJick Stick — which was billed as “the first album to only be physically distributed via USB...

The Cranberries Linger over Their Hits on “Something Else”

The Cranberries Something Else (BMG) The Irish quartet’s latest release offers unplugged and orchestral versions of the biggest singles from throughout their...

Mary J. Blige Survives Divorce with the “Strength of a Woman”

Mary J. Blige Strength of a Woman (Capitol Records) The legendary R&B diva returns with her 13th studio album, which chronicles her recent divorce from her longtime manager...

Beth Ditto: Fake Sugar

Beth Ditto Fake Sugar (Virgin Records) The former lead singer of beloved indie band The Gossip effortlessly combines pop, rock, funk and blues on her debut full-length solo...

New Aimee Mann Record Features Songs of Mental Illness

Aimee Mann Mental Illness (SuperEgo Records) The acclaimed singer-songwriter returns to her roots on Mental Illness: showcasing melancholia in a nearly all-acoustic setting....

Punk, Pop and Dance: All Roads Meet in Blondie’s Pollinator

Blondie Pollinator (BMG) These punk pioneers return with a fresh collection of romantic infectious melodies on their 11th studio album. The set was recorded on their home turf at...

New Depeche Mode Album Lives up to Its Title: Spirit

Depeche Mode Spirit(Columbia Records) One of the most influential and beloved electronic pop acts of the genre returns with their fourteenth studio album from an unparalleled...

Prince’s Reign Begins Anew With 30th Anniversary Purple Rain

At the time of his death last year, Prince was working on an ambitious re-imagining of his best known and most beloved work, the soundtrack to Purple Rain. Next month, the...

Michelle Branches Out: Is There Life after Love?

During the early 2000s, Michelle Branch was inescapable: her major label debut The Spirit Room spawned ubiquitous hits like “Everywhere” and “Goodbye to You,”and she won a...