1. Billboard Critics' Top 10 Albums of 2009

    December 16, 2009 3:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Chart Article Now that you've examined our list of 2009's best-selling albums , take a look at what the Billboard staff subjectively chose as the year's best albums. Indie music came on strong, while R&B and straight-ahead rock &# ...

  2. Billboard Critics' Top 20 Albums of the Decade Page Two

    December 16, 2009 12:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Chart Article « Previous 1-10 11-20 Next » 11 White Blood Cells (2001) The White Stripes For its third album, the White Stripes took a slightly more refined approach to the duo's raw garage-rock sound without compromising its intensity or simpl ...

  3. PORTUGAL. THE MAN, "Censored Colors"

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 This trio's Alaskan pride is exemplified on this shimmering collection of songs as colorful as the Aurora Borealis that waves above the 50th state in our nation. This trio's Alaskan pride is exemplified on this shimmering collection of son ...

  4. THESE NEW PURITANS, "Beat Pyramid"

    June 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A rock band that sings about numerology and primary color spectrums? Did Lewis and Gilbert from "Revenge of the Nerds" get the Tri Lambs back together for a reunion album to prove their win in the tal A rock band that sings about numerolog ...

  5. SUNBURNED HAND OF THE MAN, "Fire Escape"

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Playing upon legendary critic Greil Marcus' famous line in his American folk analysis "Invisible Republic," "New, Weird America" was a phrase coined by Scottish writer David Keenan in his cover story Playing upon legendary c ...

  6. SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE, "Shelter From the Ash"

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In the 10 years since former Plague Lounge/current Comets On Fire guitarist Ben Chasny created his sonic alter-ego Six Organs of Admittance, he's done everything in his power to challenge his listener In the 10 years since former Plague Lounge/ ...

  7. BORIS WITH MICHIO KURIHARA, "Rainbow"

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 To fans of experimental metal, the notion that Boris creates the mightiest rumble to come out of Japan since Godzilla fought Rodan is a redundancy. To fans of experimental metal, the notion that Boris creates the mightiest rumble to come out of Japa ...

  8. GONZALES, "Solo Piano"

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 And while the obvious touchstones here are Gershwin and Satie, a keen pop ear can also trace the heavy inspiration from Randy Newman's soundtrack work on compositions like "Gogol" and "Bermuda Triang It seems like every decade ha ...

  9. VARIOUS ARTISTS, "Once -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack"

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 If the Frames were as big in America as they are in their Irish motherland or other parts of the world, "Once," a musical dramedy starring frontman Glen Hansard and filmed by his former bassist John C If the Frames were as big in America a ...

  10. JOE SATRIANI, "Surfing With The Alien: Legacy Edition"

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The last 15 years of guitar-based music, from grunge to nu-new wave to pop-punk to indie rock to grindcore to garage rock, have done wonders for the art of power chords and riffs. The last 15 years of guitar-based music, from grunge to nu-new wave t ...

  11. VON SUDENFED, "Tromatic Reflexxions"

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 One review of this unlikely collaboration between Mark E. Smith of the Fall and German electronic duo Mouse On Mars stated that two negatives don't make a positive; ie., you may or may not enjoy "Trom One review of this unlikely collaborat ...

  12. BATTLES, "Mirrored"

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As fans of groups like Tortoise, Explosions In The Sky and Pelican can attest, the best acts in modern rock over the last 10 years or so are the ones who know enough to shut the heck up and just play As fans of groups like Tortoise, Explosions In Th ...

  13. MONSTRANCE, "Monstrance"

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As you may already know from such historic bootleg recordings of impromptu sessions between the likes of Prince and Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Johnny Winter, the idea of great mind As you may already know from such historic bootl ...

  14. LOVE OF DIAGRAMS, "Love of Diagrams EP"

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Anyone who misses the Wire-tapping pop sneer of Elastica will fall in love with the spirited vocals of frontwoman Antonia Selbach. By now, the idea of yet another new new and/or no wave band inundating the ears with more contrived synthetics for the ...

  15. POP LEVI, "The Return to Form Black Majick Party"

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 As a member of Super Numeri, England's heir apparent to the "Acid Motherhood" of Daevid Allen's Gong, singer/multi-instrumentalist Pop Levi has fashioned some of the most mind-exploding space grooves As a member of Super Numeri, ...

  16. Anybody who's ever followed the path of their

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Anybody who's ever followed the path of their favorite hip-hop breakbeat has more often than not led themselves to the wellspring of funk and soul records released by the Warner Bros. family tree of c Anybody who's ever followed the path o ...

  17. CALIFONE, "Roots and Crowns"

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Following the dark digicoustical tone poetry of 2004's “Heron King Blues,” the new album comes closest to Red Red Meat than anything Califone has done in the eight years since leaving that band be Why does it seem lately as though gear theft ha ...

  18. THE MELVINS, "A Senile Animal"

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 From Mr. Bungle's Trevor Dunn to Kevin Rutmanis of the Cows to Shirley Temple's granddaughter, the Melvins have seen quite a cast of characters pass through their ranks over the course of 20-odd years From Mr. Bungle's Trevor Dunn to ...

  19. J. DILLA, "The Shining"

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A vocal companion to Dilla's instrumental sleeper on Stones Throw, "Donuts," which was also recorded in the hospital, "The Shining" documents the totality of who Jay Dee was as an artist and performer Lupus is a horrible dis ...

  20. ADAM GREEN, "Jacket Full of Danger"

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It seems like the cool thing to do these days in hipster land is to prove just how much you are not a hipster. It seems like the cool thing to do these days in hipster land is to prove just how much you are not a hipster. And by those standards, for ...

  21. KAADA, "Music for Moviebikers"

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's too bad Norwegian sound clasher Kaada wasn't making music 40 or 50 years ago, because he would've given Ennio Morricone and John Barry a serious run for their money. It's too bad Norwegian sound clasher Kaada wasn't mak ...

  22. FERNANDO, "Enter to Exit"

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Portland is home to one of the most intriguing sounds of the past 20 years of new rock. Portland is home to one of the most intriguing sounds of the past 20 years of new rock. It's a hazy waltz of Liverpudlian rolls and Topanga Canyon-esque wav ...

  23. DON CABALLERO, "World Class Listening Problem"

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Type in "Don Caballero" on the MySpace music search engine and you will be flooded with a ton of acts who cite the Pittsburgh rockers as the main source of their every note. It's a classic case of tha Type in "Don Caballero" ...

  24. ONEIDA, "Happy New Year"

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Though not entirely removed from their previous exercises in hybridizing Blue Cheer and Throbbing Gristle, "Happy New Year" employs a melodic, dare I say even pop aesthetic the likes of which was neve Brooklyn was a very different place be ...

  25. FUTURE PIGEON, "The Echodelic Sounds Of..."

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 When you think of the late, great Beachwood Sparks, you think of the rolling California waves captured perfectly in sound on Dennis Wilson's "Pacific Ocean Blue," not the deep, deep dub grooves of Aug When you think of the late, great ...

  26. SMALL SINS, "Small Sins"

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 So did you hear that Matt Sharp was putting the Rentals back together? Too bad for him that one-man band Thomas D'Arcy has already recorded the best album the former Weezer bassist new wave unit never So did you hear that Matt Sharp was putting ...

  27. KOOL KEITH, "The Return of Dr. Octagon"

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Kool Keith, once of the legendary Ultramagnetic MC's, emerged with his Dr. Octagon persona 10 years ago, it was literally unlike anything the hip-hop world had ever heard before. When Kool Keith, once of the legendary Ultramagnetic MC' ...

  28. SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE, "The Sun Awakens"

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Between resurrecting the career of long, lost acid folkie Gary Higgins and the critical acclaim surrounding his solo project Six Organs Of Admittance, if you thought Ben Chasny had a productive year i Between resurrecting the career of long, lost ac ...

  29. DUB TRIO, "New Heavy"

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 I'm sorry to say, but your ex may have been right -- change is indeed a good thing. I'm sorry to say, but your ex may have been right -- change is indeed a good thing. For longtime fans of NYC's Dub Trio, the primary draw was hearing ...

  30. ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE COSMIC INFERNO, "Starless and Bible Black Sabbath"

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 There's only one band who can riff off the first Black Sabbath album cover and not look like complete tools, and that's Japan's Acid Mothers Temple, who do so amazingly on their killer new LP. There's only one band who can riff o ...

  31. ISLANDS, "Return to the Sea"

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 You cannot deny the indelible footprint the Elephant Six collective left on the indie pop landscape in the last half of the '90s. You cannot deny the indelible footprint the Elephant Six collective left on the indie pop landscape in the last ha ...

  32. CLOGS, "Lantern"

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The idea of the Kronos Quartet being closet Tortoise fans and opting to make their next album a note-by-note cover of "Millions Now Living Will Never Die" is a mind blower, right? The idea of the Kronos Quartet being closet Tortoise fans a ...

  33. NICOLAI DUNGER, "Here's My Song. You Can Have It ... I Don't Want It Anymore/Yours 4-Ever"

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Recorded in 2003 and sitting in limbo until now, former Swedish soccer sensation Nicolai Dunger's latest album is finally up and out thanks to the Zoe/Rounder A&R department. Recorded in 2003 and sitting in limbo until now, former Swedish s ...

  34. BAD WIZARD, "Sky High"

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 True classic rock fans can tell a fugazi from the genuine article. And in the case of NYC's Bad Wizard, for a while there they seem to have fallen somewhere between the Mooney Suzuki and Andrew W.K. o True classic rock fans can tell a fugazi fr ...

  35. CALIFONE, "Roomsound"

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Named after that age-old line of bulky record players you used to get your groove on with at the school library back in the day, Califone has been helping Americana convert itself from analog to digit Named after that age-old line of bulky record pl ...

  36. MAN MAN, "Six Demon Bag"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Incorporating the whole sea chantey/carnival barker routine can either make or break your act in rock'n'roll. It has done wonders for the careers of Tom Waits, Procol Harum and Tod A. of Firewater/Cop Incorporating the whole sea chantey/ca ...

  37. ALTAMONT, "The Monkees' Uncle"

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 As one third of the Melvins, drummer Dale Crover is revered for his punishing rhythmic patterns and providing the bottom end for some of the darkest, most innovative heavy metal ever made. As one third of the Melvins, drummer Dale Crover is revered ...

  38. BLOCKHEAD, "Downtown Science"

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Journeyman hip-hop producer Blockhead is best known for providing the beats for some of Aesop Rock's finest moments on wax. Journeyman hip-hop producer Blockhead is best known for providing the beats for some of Aesop Rock's finest moments ...

  39. HOT CHIP, "Coming on Strong"

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Krautrock cool, sunny California-emulated harmonies and silky smooth breaks come together in the hands of Hot Chip, one of the most interesting acts to come out of England in 2005. Krautrock cool, sunny California-emulated harmonies and silky smooth ...