Review: Lily Allen Drops Subtle Truth Bombs On ‘No Shame”

Over a decade ago, Lily Allen burst into the pop mainstream with "Smile," a cheery song that wrapped its withering indictments of a straying lover in Jackie Mittoo keyboards and skipping-stone grooves. The combination of Allen's voice – which, thanks in part to Mark Ronson's retro-minded production, brought to mind a British cousin of hyper-feminine '60s pop thrushes like France Gall and

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10 New Albums to Stream Now: Snail Mail, Dierks Bentley, Yob, ‘Superfly’ and More Editors’ Picks

EDITORS' PICK: Snail Mail, Lush
The debut full-length from Maryland singer-guitarist Lindsey Jordan is a sign that "indie rock has officially entered its 'Black Crowes era,' where young artists refigure music from the decade they were born," writes Kory Grow. "But that's not a bad thing here... [Jordan has] packed Lush, her debut full-length, with the same sort of

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Anthony Bourdain: Talking Punk Rock at Surprise 50th Birthday Party

In the mid-2000s, I would see Anthony Bourdain all the time at Siberia, a cavernous dive bar in Hell's Kitchen. It was my favorite shithole, and one of his, too. He described Siberia as "a place I often end up at the butt end of an evening," and I encountered him on many late nights,

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Black Thought Makes His Solo Debut With ‘Streams of Thought Vol. 1’

It's remarkable that – after nearly 25 years in the music industry – this EP is Black Thought's first solo project. (He planned the solo debut Masterpiece Theater in 2000, but it was eventually absorbed into The Roots' 2002 Phrenology.) Musically, 9th Wonder and the Soul Council's production is

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Review: Ne-Yo Can’t Solve the Mid-Career R&B Riddle On ‘Good Man’

American R&B veterans hoping to reach a mainstream audience face a brutal slog. Rap dominates the market, reducing any singer's chance of landing a hit. And within R&B, the landscape is harshly segmented by age – any singers above 30 not named Beyonce are automatically shunted to Urban Adult Contemporary radio, curtailing their audience.

This puts an artist like Ne-Yo, 36 and now

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