On The Record

On The Record: The Roots, Little Dragon, Röyksopp & Robyn and more

Tariq and Quest are still going strong; Yukimi Nagano listened to loads of Michael Jackson for inspiration, and the Norway-Sweden alliance shines in a brilliant EP.

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On the Record: Tinariwen, Gardens & Villa, Cibo Matto and more

The Saharan world music magicians return, West Coast synthy weird pop favorites kill a sophomore slump, and the Japanese mistresses of food drop a creepy, hotel-themed collection.

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On the Record: The Hidden Cameras, Against Me!, Angelique Kidjo and more

Joel Gibbs’ first in five years is the best outstretched EP of the year; Laura Jane Grace is a hero of in-your-face resiliency, and the reigning queen diva of African music returns.

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On the Record: Six January LPs we’re looking forward to

Lovely, lively new albums abound this month, from Peter Gabriel, Broken Bells, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and others.

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On the Record: Beyonce, Mad Decent’s Xmas EP, Childish Gambino, Britney Spears and more

Bey’s surprise LP stuns, Donald Glover’s sophomore is strong but obvious, and Patrick Crowley makes you wish Studio 54 was open again.

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On the Record: Destroyer, Kelly Clarkson, Kellie Pickler and more

Dan Bejar’s beautifully macabre, ornate orchestra of a band drops a tasty and cross-cultural treat, and Clarkson’s sixth is a Christmas gift to the Yuletide pop standards canon.

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On the Record: John Talabot, Yo Gotti, Lady Gaga and more

The Barcelona DJ and producer’s newest since blowing minds with Fin doesn’t disappoint—sprawling, blissed-out house compositions for the night.

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On the Record: Eminem, Avril Lavigne, M.I.A. and more

The veteran angry hip-hop superstar’s back with a vengeance and a handful of fiery polemics, a few too many gay slurs and a great staff of producers.

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On the Record: Luscious Jackson, Swearin’, White Denim, Sky Ferreira and more

LJ focuses on what they know; Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride are a brilliant pair with a great band, and Ferreira’s debut is an awesomely mixed bag of honest girlpop.

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On the Record: Brandy Clark, Katy Perry, Tori Kelly, Son Lux and more

Clark’s songs are gently poignant and perfect; pop princess Perry mixes anthemic pop with bits of other styles, and Son Lux is one versatile sound manipulator.

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