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New Releases: Neneh Cherry, Schoolboy Q, Beck, St. Vincent, The Notwist, Skaters

Every Tuesday, Dan Weiss runs down the week’s new full-length music releases, from charting hits to more obscure depths, the underrated and the overrated, from a critical pop fan’s perspective.


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New Releases: Isaiah Rashad, Phantogram, Angel Olsen, Bayside, Guided By Voices

Watch out for Kendrick Lamar’s labelmate Isaiah Rashad, because the kid is going to blow up this year. Beware the hype of Angel Olsen and Phantogram, and tie one on with Guided by Voices and Let’s Wrestle.


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New Releases: Eric Church, Cibo Matto, Band of Horses, Crosses (†††)

Every Tuesday, Dan Weiss runs down the week’s new full-length music releases, from charting hits to more obscure depths, the underrated and the overrated, from a critical pop fan’s perspective.


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New Releases: Katy B, Broken Bells, Toni Braxton & Babyface, Sun Kil Moon

Katy B’s on another mission, Broken Bells frustrating reminder of the past, plus Toni Braxton and Babyface play it safe and Sun Kil Moon’s eternal melancholia.


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New Releases: A Great Big World, Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality, Actress

A Great Big World’s new album ‘Is Anybody Out There’ takes home the cake this week, with ample offerings from indie rockers Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality, and electro-scape architect Actress.


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New Releases: Against Me!, Young the Giant, Mogwai

With Against Me!’s sixth album ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’, we find that the transgender experience is full of death, anger, and as always, huge hooks.


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New Releases: Bruce Springsteen, Rosanne Cash, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Jennifer Nettles

Occasionally messy, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘High Hopes’ still reigns over the crop, which includes Sharon Jones’ remarkable new one and Jennifer Nettles shaky solo venture away from Sugarland.


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New Releases: Pixies, Beyoncé, Angel Haze, Burial, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks

As the Pixies enter their latter-day career, they keep the boat afloat with pretending like age don’t mean a thing. Plus remember Beyoncé? Well, her album is still very good, along with Angel Haze and electronic artist Burial.



New Releases: The 50 Best Albums of 2013

What was the last album you liked that talked about fracking AND gender politics? Dan Weiss sums up the year with his favorite albums, from Lady Gaga to a Malian blues album by Basseyou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba.


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New Releases: Jake Owen, R. Kelly, Britney Spears, Muse

Jake Owen kicks country’s door in with his excellent fourth album, while Kells, Brit, and Muse limp into the end of the year with their releases. Dan Weiss gives you the low-down on this Wintery Mix.


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New Releases: Five Finger Death Punch, Daughtry, One Direction, Death Grips

Not much in the way of stunners this week, but at least Five Finger Death Punch delivers what it promises. Meanwhile One Direction continue in the same direction, and Death Grips may just be all controversy.


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New Releases: Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’

In a very special edition of New Releases, we hone in on Lady Gaga’s third LP ‘ARTPOP’


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New Releases: Eminem, M.I.A., Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Action Bronson

Eminem is back, and he is a virtuoso, a major artists, something against the grain of what we have today. M.I.A. is still challenging people for the better, plus more thoughts on Avril and Action.


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New Releases: Arcade Fire, Sky Ferriera, The Flaming Lips, Bad Religion, Kelly Clarkson

Dan Weiss goes long on Arcade Fire’s fourth album ‘Reflektor’ — a dense album that dares to push the band forward. The Flaming Lips are evermore The Flaming Lips, and a pair of Christmas albums to take or leave.



New Releases: Katy Perry, DJ Rashad, Brandy Clark, AFI, Best Coast, Omar Souleyman

Out there this week: Niche dance music from Chicago, a Syrian wedding singer, and a young country star all turn in top-shelf releases. Meanwhile, Katy Perry and AFI turn in bloated but fun albums.


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New Releases: Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, The Dismemberment Plan, The Avett Brothers, Cults and Four Tet

The Dismemberment Plan return from a 12-year hiatus with the best album of the week. Fall Out Boy make a hardcore album with Ryan Adams, and Macca is back-a.