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  1. radio vulture
    Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint Is a Badass Breakup AlbumSo much depended upon The Pinkprint. Too much, probably.
  2. Hearing Gabriel Kahane’s Version of Los Angeles, Onstage at BAMA review of The Ambassador onstage.
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    Album Review: Jessie Ware’s Tough LoveTough Love finds her venturing just far enough out of her comfort zone to breathe new life into her sound.
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    Album Review: Perfume Genius’s Too BrightHis fantastic new album Too Bright is full of sounds nobody would have ever associated with Perfume Genius.
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    U2’s Songs of Innocence Is Totally Gorgeous, Totally BoringGood luck telling these songs apart.
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    Rosen: Beck’s Morning Phase Is Expertly Made, But a Terminal BummerIt’s not clear what exactly Beck is bummed out about, but he is bummed indeed.
  7. music review
    Rosen: Eric Church Smashes Bro-Country Clichés on The OutsidersHis new album is his best yet.
  8. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen’s Snap Judgments on Beyoncé’s Surprise New AlbumExpect a full review next week, but our critic’s overall feeling after a couple of listens: on balance, a very fine record.
  9. radio vulture
    Jody Rosen on Katy Perry’s Half-Baked Prism: Dr. Luke Let Her DownThe songs on Prism feel both overdetermined and underdone.
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    Music Review: Drake’s Nothing Was the SameBefore Drake, rappers were like Jay Z: braggarts. Drake is a humblebraggart.
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    Rosen on Janelle Monáe’s The Electric LadyWhatever you think of Janelle Monáe as a singer, songwriter, and performer, this much is undeniable: She is an excellent concept.
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    Rosen: Brandy Clark’s 12 Stories Is My Favorite Album of 2013I’ve been listening nonstop.
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    Jody Rosen on Jay-Z’s Mailed-In Magna Carta … Holy GrailThe best way to listen to this half-assed record is to half-listen.
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    Rosen on Kanye West’s Yeezus: The Least Sexy Album of 2013With Kanye, it’s always more is more. More politics, more ego, more outrage. More croissants.
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    Rosen: The Lonely Island Lead the Pop-Parody BoomA decade ago, who’d have guessed that three dorked-out comedians could command a guest list worthy of a Jay-Z record?
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    Rosen on Miley Cyrus’s ‘We Can’t Stop’The Miley Cyrus single is one of the most crudely effective songs of the year — although to call it a song seems generous.
  17. music review
    Jody Rosen on Papoose’s Triumphant Summer Jam Stage InvasionPapoose took the stage, unannounced and uninvited, between sets by Kendrick Lamar and French Montana.
  18. radio vulture
    Abebe: On Coexist, the xx Stay Intimate by Getting GranderOn their sophomore album, the British trio face an audience that’s built up a tolerance for their sound.
  19. radio vulture
    Music Review: Dan Deacon and Matthew Dear Our music critic reviews Deacon’s America and Dear’s Beams.
  20. radio vulture
    Music Review: Abebe on Write Me Back and the Multifaceted R. KellyRobert Kelly — Chicago institution, “Pied Piper of R&B,” formally acquitted of ignoble charges nobody’s forgotten — has a new record out this week.
  21. radio vulture
    Lovable, Talented Bore Jack White Stretches Out on His New Solo AlbumWas a White Stripes breakup the best thing that could have happened to this songwriter?
  22. common people
    Pulp’s Reunion Show Is the Greatest Revival in MidtownThe enduring appeal of Jarvis Cocker’s “slightly shady form of glamour.”
  23. radio vulture
    The Indie-Folk Crossover: Commercials for Our Selves in a Hunger Games WorldTwilight’s emo-gothic glitter has been replaced by a hardscrabble, triumphal, suspender-friendly sound.
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    Music Review: The Apathy and Ecstasy of Madonna’s MDNAMadge gets lost on her latest return to the dance floor.
  25. concert review
    Bruce Springsteen Was the Past and the Present at the Apollo Friday NightHe’s still the hardest working white man in show business at 62.
  26. radio vulture
    Estelle, Robert Glasper, and the Inescapable Chris BrownNew albums by the British soul singer and American pianist-turned-bandleader. Plus, why Brown is the Monsanto of R&B.
  27. radio vulture
    Prinzhorn Dance School: The Beauty of Obsessive, Barking English PeopleThe most wonderfully beady-eyed band in recent memory puts out a great second album.
  28. radio vulture
    Lana Del Rey: Lurching Toward VegasThe polarizing singer’s debut album reviewed.
  29. radio vulture
    Lost in Dream-Pop: Shimmering New Music From King Krule and Bradford CoxA London teenager and a Georgia indie-rock leader find a common sound.
  30. Superhero Rap: Jay-Z and Kanye West Live at MSGKicking over buildings, snapping necks.
  31. radio vulture
    How Coldplay Became Possibly the First Band to Be Humanized by a Concept AlbumThe charming theatricality of ‘Mylo Xyloto’ actually brings Coldplay’s mid-tempo pomp uplift down to earth.
  32. radio vulture
    Watch the Throne: Uneasy Heads Wear Gaudy CrownsThe new album from Kanye West and Jay-Z is equal parts tiresome and fascinating.
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    Fiery Furnaces Separate Heart and Head on New Solo AlbumsEleanor Friedberger’s ‘Last Summer’ is a charming pop scrapbook; brother Matthew is working through an eight-album series that sounds like technical research.
  34. radio vulture
    Bon Iver’s Indie Soft-Rock: Transcendent or Torpid?On wanting just a little more from Justin Vernon.
  35. radio vulture
    Gang Gang Dance’s Pop Science-FictionThe Manhattan band creates amalgamations of cultures, moods, and technologies that haven’t yet intermingled, but look and sound like they’ve existed for decades.
  36. radio vulture
    Hip-Hop Roundup: DJ Quik Soundtracks the Barbecue, Cam’ron Studies Macroeconomics, and Curren$y Smokes OutThree new hip-hop albums reviewed.
  37. radio vulture
    Tune-Yards: Big Ideas for Wild Dance Parties’W h o k i l l’ is a truly original album that mixes raw African pop and contemporary classical rhythms with fascinating lyrics about American class inequality and racial dynamics.
  38. radio vulture
    Why Tepid Reviews of TV on the Radio’s Nine Types of Light Are Actually a Good SignThe new album from a critics’ favorite is quieter than usual.
  39. radio vulture
    Panda Bear’s Tomboy Is Animal Collective’s Latest Magic TrickIf you combed through the catalogues of Animal Collective and its members, you’d probably find them pillaging every last variety of purpose-based and communal music.
  40. radio vulture
    Avril Lavigne Is Still Trying to Grow Up on Goodbye Lullaby’Goodbye Lullaby’ has one foot in Lavigne’s skateboard past, and one in a more mature yet inarticulate twentysomething future.
  41. radio vulture
    Brasher Is Better for Lykke Li on Wounded RhymesThe Swedish singer is charmingly intense on her new album.
  42. radio vulture
    Adele’s 21: It’s the Singer, Not the SongThe English soul singer Adele shines brightest on her bad songs.
  43. radio vulture
    Radiohead’s The King of Limbs: What Happens When ‘Serious Listening’ Is Your BrandRadiohead has trained fans to follow them further and further from their original rock template. This coy, unobtrusive new album captures the pleasures and danger of this approach.
  44. radio vulture
    The Strokes Sound Nostalgic for Themselves on Their New SingleWord is “Under Cover of Darkness” is a return to form. Well, yes and no.
  45. radio vulture
    Tennis’s Cozy Sailing Excursion and the Guilty Indie FanPlus reviews of new albums by Braids, Fergus and Geronimo, and Smith Westerns.
  46. radio vulture
    Weekend and Buke&Gass: Two Fall Sleeper Albums Worth Catching Up WithIndie rock that stuck with our critic through the winter.
  47. radio vulture
    R. Kelly Would Like to Beg for Your Forgiveness on New Album Love LetterOn this homage to classic sixties soul, the loopy Lothario sounds vaguely contrite about something or other that’s never specifically named.
  48. radio vulture
    David Lynch, Seminal MusicianThe director’s new single is just the latest act in a long career of great music-making.
  49. radio vulture
    Let’s All Just Sit for a Minute and Appreciate Jazmine Sullivan’s VoiceThe 23-year-old R&B singer has a powerful instrument — but she’s most effective when she restrains it.
  50. radio vulture
    Daft Punk Bursts the Tron BubbleDaft Punk + ‘Tron’ was a perfect combination — until we heard the soundtrack.
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