Eminem, "Recovery" (Aftermath/Interscope) Rating: 1.5/4 Coming from a guy who consistently whines about or rails against anyone who dares to criticize or “down” him, the most notable lines on the sixth major-label album from self-constructed hip-hop b
Drake, "Thank Me Later" (Universal/Motown) Rating: 3.5/4 If the soul-sapping seductiveness of crack and cocaine -- selling them and consuming them -- was the major theme inspiring much of the best hip-hop from the '90s until early in the new millennium, an a
Band of Horses, "Infinite Arms" (Brown Records/Fat Possum/Columbia) Rating: 3/4Formed in Seattle, based in South Carolina, and previously a partnership between vocalist/main man Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke, Band of Horses is now a quintet on its third album, with
Tom Petty, "Mojo" (Reprise) Rating:1.5/4While his recorded output has slowed in the new millennium -- he hasn't released a studio album with his long-time band the Heartbreakers in eight years, though he did give us a strong solo disc in 2006 (&qu
Rhymefest, "El Che" (www.elchethemovement.com) Known to his mom as Che Smith and raised in the South Side neighborhood of Jeffrey Manor, Chicago rapper Rhymefest first grabbed the national spotlight in 2004 as co-author of Kanye West's mega-hit "Jesus Walks," a feat
ALBUM REVIEW: Sleigh Bells, "Treats" (Mom + Pop/N.E.E.T.)The buzz has been building for the debut album by songwriter and producer Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss ever since the Brooklyn hipsters made their high-profile debut at the CMJ Festival in 2009.
One of the most impressive of a wave of bands the blogosphere has dubbed "beard-" or "forest-rock" -- often hirsute, sometimes precious back-to-nature boys dedicated to semi-acoustic Americana/folk-rock; see also: Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Midlake, and Animal Collective in its