Pop & Circumstance: Justin Bieber’s “Under the Mistletoe” and 10 more hit-or-miss Christmas albums

A billion Bielibers will undoubtedly be wishing to stand under the mistletoe with their holiday hunny Justin Bieber during the coming Christmas season. Bieber, who released his second studio album "Under the Mistletoe" on Tuesday, has created a decidedly ridiculous theme for the record: "pop-tastically sacrilegious." A sample lyric from "Drummer Boy:" "Playin' for the king, playin for the title/ I'm surprised you didn't hear this in the Bible/I'm so tight, I might go psycho/ Christmas time so here's a recital." Read more »

I Might Be Wrong: Long live the physical format

The other day, I walked out of Twist & Shout with two CDs and two records. I am headed to England next week and wanted to buy my teenage cousins a couple of albums that have been making waves Stateside this year (Panda Bear’s "Tomboy" and Real Estate's "Days," to be precise) and a couple of nerdy vinyl pick-ups for myself (Slint’s "Spiderland" was in the used "recently arrived" rack and St.

The Reverb Interview: Amon Tobin

You may not be familiar with Amon Tobin, but you probably know his music. Since paving the way for a generation of electronica with his 1996 debut album, “Adventures in Foam,” Tobin has spread his music far and wide.

Pop & Circumstance: Lana Del Rey’s La La Land

Maybe she didn't want her name to sound so generic like "Katy Perry." And who can blame her? The transformation from 2009's "Lizzy Grant" to 2011's "Lana Del Rey" may have been tested, calculated and executed by a team of managers trying to make this girl happen already, but who hasn't tried and failed only to later try and succeed?