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2014, Apr 17Hi Lo-FangMatthew Hemerlein returns to D.C. for a post-Lorde hometown show
2014, Apr 03German Engineeringdisappear fear's SONiA reflects on her experiences in Germany
2014, Mar 06Rah-Rah for Rye RyeBaltimore's high-energy rapper makes her Strathmore debut
2014, Feb 06Flush with CashRosanne Cash revisits her country roots with her latest album
2013, Dec 19The Best and Worst Singles of 2013It was a banner year for music, if you knew where to look for it, and music critic Chris Gerard has found 10 best to prove it
2013, Dec 12What's Old Is NewThe Folger Consort offers Christmas chamber music from ''New Spain''
2013, Dec 05Hearing a WhoBetty Who's career got an unexpected push from one gay marriage proposal
2013, Dec 05Stars of Spunky Synth-PopJD Samson and Men bring a playful and political sound to town
2013, Oct 31Reckoning BallMount Moriah's Heather McEntire finds healing after coming out
2013, Oct 24Russian RiotPunk band Louna protests its country's anti-gay policies
2013, Oct 17UPDATED: Electronic EccentricityZola Jesus makes pop music fit for the Hirshhorn Museum
2013, Oct 03Chamber SoulMarques Toliver goes from busking in Florida to festivals in Belgium
2013, Oct 03Disappointing DiveHopefully ''The Diving Board'' is not the last from Elton John, as it's not a fitting swan song for a legend
2013, Aug 22Celebrating FreedomLisner Auditorium hosts free music-centered event honoring March on Washington
2013, Aug 15Red Hot TearsEric Himan sings sweetly, tearfully about his late grandmother
2013, Aug 01Ultra's AltarUltra Nate's new set, rich in dance diversity and diva house tunes, respects her house heroes
2013, Jul 25Hear QueerDon't miss appealing new music from Cheyenne Jackson, Beach and Marques Toliver
2013, Jun 20Haunting ElectronicaJohn Grant's sophisticated sound draws from eclectic influences
2013, Jun 13Entertainment IncorporatedR&B singer Rahsaan Patterson, former child actor, plots his next move
2013, Jun 06Dark DaysThe latest releases from electronic dance music pioneers Daft Punk and Tricky suggest it's no joyride getting old
2013, May 30Sin-sationsGMCW riffs on the seven deadly sins to kick off Capital Pride
2013, May 02Belting It OutJewish Music Festival offers the opposite of a dry lecture about showtunes
2013, Apr 25Rapping BearChicago's Big Dipper is twisting hip-hop's machismo conventions
2013, Apr 25Saturday Night EuphoriaThe band The Presets promises a concert with the energy of a dance party
2013, Apr 18Sweetlife SensationsThe Sweetlife Festival features a bounty of music and food delights
2013, Apr 11Girlyman's WomanhoodTylan Greenstein emerges as a ''serious'' rootsy solo artist
2013, Apr 11The Seven Year ItchAlice Smith proves worthy of a seven-year wait with the astonishing She, as sharp and surprising as they come
2013, Mar 21Disco BallNew York's ''disco orchestra'' Escort gets the party started at the 9:30 Club
2013, Mar 21Diverse FolkCatie Curtis returns to Wolf Trap for a charming folk ''hootenanny''
2013, Mar 07Pushing ForwardThe pop/folk lesbian trio The Pushovers gears up for a big 2013
2013, Feb 28Coming Around AgainRich Morel masterfully guides the new Deathfix, as Tegan and Sara mine new, more mainstream material
2013, Feb 07Wedding PartyGMCW to serenade Maryland couple at a special concert wedding
2013, Jan 31UnscriptedRufus Wainwright offers an unscripted, intimate concert for fans
2013, Jan 31Lost OrderEven after more than a decade of diminishing returns, you still expect more from New Order than ''Lost Sirens''
2013, Jan 17Progressive PopErin McKeown serves up powerful, tuneful progressive fight songs
2013, Jan 10Songs of SandéEmeli Sandé understands why gays have been drawn to her
2012, Dec 27The Fighting BaritoneAri Hest identifies with the struggle in music – not to mention toys
2012, Dec 27The Best and Worst Music of 2012The best albums of the year featured men singing, at least occasionally, in their upper-most register
2012, Dec 20O, TannenbaumRob Tannenbaum's band, Good for the Jews, returns to Jammin Java for Christmas
2012, Dec 20Singing SantasBobby Smith and company offer gifts of songs
2012, Dec 13A Cheyenne New Year'sThe year 2013 promises to be a banner year for Cheyenne Jackson, who will ring it in in style at the Kennedy Center
2012, Dec 13Show StopperJane Siberry's ''unusual'' live shows offer a different energy
2012, Dec 13Untraditional TidingsA sampling of alternative holiday happenings at area venues
2012, Dec 06Breakups and BreakdownsRihanna's new album sputters out of control at several turns, while Christina Aguilera is moving on
2012, Dec 06Birchmere BabesFour Bitchin' Babes return home for a humorous holiday show
2012, Nov 15Pop SymphonyBoth Kylie Minogue and Tori Amos succeed in revamping their pop hits in high orchestral fashion
2012, Nov 08Operatic ObsessionThe InSeries allows Alan Paul to display his new love for opera
2012, Nov 08Lovely LianneNew British folk-pop artist Lianne La Havas is ready for Washington
2012, Nov 01Lover's ReturnD.C.-reared singer-songwriter Alice Smith is getting back on track
2012, Nov 01Pop LoveMika's new album is surprisingly sunnier than its predecessors, while Icona Pop make a splashy, sassy debut
2012, Oct 18Babs Is BackBarbra Streisand offers a compilation of first-rate outtakes, while Martha Wainwright's new album lacks passion
2012, Oct 18Rose ColoredCabaret act Amanda McBroom owes her career to Bette Midler
2012, Oct 18Funny MannAimee Mann isn't as dour as her music may lead you to believe
2012, Oct 11Nina's LegacyMeshell Ndegeocello pays tribute to Nina Simone in her own way
2012, Oct 04Pink PassionIt's time again to raise your glass to Pink, say hello to Dragonette and hey baby to No Doubt
2012, Oct 04Life and DeathfixDespite his new band's name, Rich Morel is very much alive
2012, Sep 20Passionate Feeling''4th Street Feeling'' stands out as among the best in Melissa Etheridge's career, with a renewed sense of passion
2012, Sep 20Rock StarrGarrison Starr should be a bigger deal than she is
2012, Sep 20Intimate FestivalPhaseFest returns once again to the original Phase 1
2012, Sep 06Heaven's EndThe Pet Shop Boys hit another nail in their career coffin, while Bob Mould sounds powerfully invigorated
2012, Sep 06Dragonette FireWith their gay appeal on the rise, Dragonette is flying high
2012, Sep 06Midlife MelodyBob Mould beams with renewed self-confidence on ''Silver Age''
2012, Aug 23Summer StarletsEmeli Sandé, Lianne La Havas and Elle Varner are the cream of the new diva crop of pop and soul singers
2012, Aug 16Gay ChanticleerMatt Alber's torchy music on 'Constant Crows' is quietly powerful, slowly seductive – and offers some sharp poetry
2012, Jul 19Musical WandererThe more you listen to Frank Ocean's often poetic and touching debut, the more you sense his searching sincerity
2012, Jul 19Music Over MatterHot Chip puts its electronic-pop music upfront
2012, Jul 12In TuneAfro-Blue Vocal Band sings new life into a cappella music
2012, Jul 12Coming to TermsMary Chapin Carpenter's ''Ashes & Roses'' follows the arc of someone coming to terms with how her life has changed
2012, Jun 21Carlile's CauseBrandi Carlile attempts to do good while making music
2012, Jun 17Scissor Sisters: 'Magic' MovesLatest album is a stunner, while Gossip's moves in the right direction
2012, Jun 07Stringed AlongAvi Avital is charting new ground as a classical mandolinist
2012, May 31Glambert GoodiesAdam Lambert's ''Trespassing'' is an album of songs with melodies and messages that resonate better than you'd expect
2012, May 24Retro Grooves: Electric GuestYou may be surprised where Electric Guest takes you on Mondo, but you most certainly won't be disappointed
2012, May 17Martyr ComplexNational Philharmonic offers D.C. premiere of Debussy's ''Saint Sebastian'' piece
2012, May 09Reflective RufusMark Ronson has helped refine Rufus Wainwright's sound, but you can't help imagine how great ''Out of the Game'' might have been
2012, May 03Black BluegrassCarolina Chocolate Drops drum up interest in little-known genre
2012, Apr 19Mercy McKayCompassionate cabaret/pop artist Nellie McKay has displayed impressive musical versatility in her decade-long career
2012, Apr 19Broadway RockGavin Creel's stunning new album offers far more than just sweet, syrupy, show-tune-style songs
2012, Apr 15Latin RomanceOpera singer Jesús Hernández sings his heart out at Source
2012, Apr 12Muscle OperaArtisphere presents an opera partly inspired by muscle magazines
2012, Apr 12Rapp StarAnthony Rapp, one of the first openly gay leading men on Broadway, is still mining his ''Rent'' success
2012, Mar 29Shock-Pop Diva: Madonna's 'MDNA'Madonna seems more single-minded in her pursuit to shock on her new experimental album ''MDNA'' than ever before
2012, Mar 29The Sound of MusicD.C.'s Different Drummers presents an evening of favorite tunes
2012, Mar 16Idina Menzel's new album is a delightful escape into her songbookBarefoot and Excellent
2012, Mar 16Rhyme TimeMagnetic Fields offers more comically clever wordplay in the band's latest rhyme-heavy set
2012, Mar 15The SopranoMichele Kennedy and the Folger Consort toast early female composers
2012, Mar 15Life as CabaretWill Gartshore offers a cabaret inspired by recent life events
2012, Mar 08Divine DanceJD Samson + MEN offers liberal dance communion
2012, Mar 08Musical CommunionIndigo Girl Amy Ray takes listeners to a punk-folk church
2012, Mar 08Musical Theater BandThe pop/rock group GrooveLily writes its own musicals
2012, Mar 01Review: Imperial TeenImperial Teen is the best band you've probably never heard of
2012, Mar 01Sunday AriasL'Enfant Café offers a ''unique'' cabaret with drag singer Joey Arias
2012, Mar 01Review: Justin UtleyFormer Mormon Justin Utley is still on a mission
2012, Feb 23Reagon's RitesLesbian folk singer Toshi Reagon is never getting married
2012, Feb 23Arts HubAtlas's Intersections Festival generates more H Street hubbub
2012, Feb 21Concert Review: Zola JesusThe young, operatically inspired pop singer Zola Jesus wins you over by sheer passion and power
2012, Feb 16Estelle Shines AnewBritish soul singer Estelle throws a ''party'' at the Birchmere
2012, Feb 02Review: Aiden JamesAiden James adds many clever touches to punctuate his music, making ''Trouble With This'' a joy of repeat plays
2012, Jan 26Soul SalvationGraffiti6's Jamie Scott had to overcome soul intimidation
2012, Jan 26Colorful SoulAny fan of pop or soul in general should give a listen to Colours, Graffiti6's smart, exceedingly confident debut
2012, Jan 19Catie CaresIt may not be a cure, but Curtis is doing her part to help the Mautner Project
2012, Jan 19Maximum ImpactCourting gays is not the only thing distinguishing The Wanted, a UK pop sensation, from boy bands of yore
2012, Jan 05Coma Catch-UpIf you missed the 2011 albums from either Girl In A Coma or Washington, you can start 2012 off with a bang
2011, Dec 29The Best Music of 2011Pop music in 2011 was more satisfying than unsatisfying -- but there really was no one else like Adele
2011, Dec 15A Diva DVD ChristmasChances are your favorite diva has got a concert DVD to sell you this year, but only one can be the best
2011, Dec 09Concert Review: Tori AmosWith her Night of Hunters tour, Tori Amos puts on a stunning show, displaying her daring and versatility
2011, Dec 07Balladeers''Arlen Blues & Berlin Ballads'' offers much gay appeal
2011, Dec 01A Carol ChristmasThe carol spirit hits the choral capital of the U.S.
2011, Nov 23Good Bad GirlRihanna is far more good than bad on the bright, light Talk That Talk, in more ways than one
2011, Nov 21Jay Brannan Could Be a True Folk/Pop StarJay Brannan is talented and good-looking, but he need work connecting with his audience
2011, Nov 17Transcendent DiscoThe New York band Jessica 6 goes beyond its dance roots
2011, Nov 17Lasting ValueSuzanne Vega had no idea her songs ''Luka'' and ''Tom's Diner'' would become hits, let alone provide her such a legacy
2011, Nov 10Thunder ClapKimya Dawson shares songs of a life falling apart, and putting it back together
2011, Nov 03Band CampD.C.'s Different Drummers fuse concert and drag show, take two
2011, Nov 03Country RoseNashville's Caitlin Rose proves that country music is still timeless
2011, Oct 27Saint of KillersSt. Vincent combines Miranda July-style introspective storytelling with the ear-bleeding guitar shreds of Slash
2011, Oct 27Troubadour of TrustTom Nichols sets off on his next stage with a guitar and goodness
2011, Oct 13Lesbian CentralAlexandria's Birchmere becomes a lesbian hideaway for a weekend
2011, Oct 13Surround SoundsAn early love of synth-pop helped Richard Chartier find his passion in the field of sound art
2011, Oct 06RefreshingErasure hasn't sounded this confident or fresh in nearly two decades, a contrast with the duo's producer Frankmusik
2011, Sep 22Amos's AmbitionTori Amos credits an early boost of gay support as helping her find her style and chart her own musical path
2011, Sep 08Musical MarkerJoel Ang brings the World Doctors Orchestra to Strathmore to remember 9/11
2011, Aug 25Meet the (Gay) FolkersEric Himan often comes across like a gay James Taylor, while Jake Walden calls to mind a gay Marc Cohn
2011, Aug 18Classic BabsWhat Matters Most is a breath of fresh air compared to Barbra Streisand's more recent fare
2011, Aug 18To Catch a ThieveryD.C.'s Thievery Corporation is a trendsetter in electronic music
2011, Aug 11Greek LoveA gay Greek myth fuels the band Hercules and Love Affair
2011, Aug 04Kelly's DilemmaKelly Rowland doesn't want to become a dance diva, so Here I Am instead offers the same sort of steamy R&B as before
2011, Jul 21OklahomoEric Himan sings the praises of a gay-friendly midwestern town
2011, Jul 14Sizzlin' Good StuffSignature Theatre offers a summer toast to cabaret
2011, Jul 14Koz CelebreDave Koz's latest video features a ''love mob'' for marriage equality
2011, Jul 07Queer as FolkAnne McCue hasn't let stage fright keep her from performing
2011, Jun 29Beyoncé BlundersFew songs on her new album 4 come close to the pioneering pop of tried-and-true Beyoncé
2011, Jun 16Jewish AngstQueer ''anti-folk'' artist Dan Fishback returns to D.C.
2011, Jun 09Trail BlazerBob Mould offers up his life story, set to music
2011, Jun 02PleasantriesMatthew Morrison offers a debut album that seems like an also-ran in the flooded market of Glee-related memorabilia
2011, Jun 02Sheik AppealDuncan Sheik straddles the pop/musical theater divide
2011, May 26Lady Blah BlahBecause of her do-gooder for gays stance, it can be hard to criticize Lady Gaga, but Born This Way is uninspiring
2011, May 26Overblown BuffaThere is a little something for everyone in WNO's season-closing Don Pasquale, but no home run
2011, May 12Clark BarsJeremiah Clark brings his sweet, smart pop to Black Fox
2011, May 12Stand BackEven if they're not right out of your dreams, there's much to like about the new albums from Stevie Nicks and J.Lo
2011, May 05Vocally ProudCapital Pride launches Pride Idol competition
2011, Apr 28Jazz RelativityVijay Iyer feels it's best to negotiate different musical styles
2011, Apr 28Music FirstThe L Word's Leisha Hailey charms queers in Uh Huh Her
2011, Apr 14Preacher of LoveTom Goss, a former Catholic seminarian is now, for all intents and purposes, a singing preacher of love
2011, Apr 08Mighty KylieOne of Australia's leading exports, Kylie Minogue brings her Aphrodite Live show to the Patriot Center this month
2011, Apr 07Pop SeductionIf you can look past the Britney Spears spectacle, you'll be rewarded with some great pop, now more than ever
2011, Apr 07Queer EarSusan Werner brings her blues to the Birchmere
2011, Mar 31Short RoundsRicky Ian Gordon's mini-operas are among a collection of short works presented by Artisphere
2011, Mar 24Scoring SondheimAnthony De Mare brings a sneak peek of his project re-imagining Stephen Sondheim for piano to the Smith Center
2011, Mar 24Feeling AlrightJennifer Hudson's new ''feel good'' album, I Remember Me, suggests she may one day fulfill our pop dreams
2011, Mar 24Cutting CrewThe Australian band Cut Copy has been on a tear
2011, Mar 16Return to FormR.E.M.'s new set is strong enough to lure you back into the fan base for this once-great alternative rock band
2011, Mar 16Norwegian NonsenseRöyksopp finds fame with a ''ridiculous'' name
2011, Mar 03Mixing It UpAtlas's popular second annual Intersections Festival continues
2011, Feb 24Winds of ChangeImani Winds brings diversity to classical music
2011, Feb 24Cultural CrossroadsAtlas's second annual Intersections Festival opens this weekend
2011, Feb 17Soul FireAdele's new album 21 is something close to a revelation, beyond what she hinted at with her promising 2008 debut
2011, Feb 10Keeping the FaithGeorge Michael and Boy George both return to try to rekindle past love and only one succeeds better at it
2011, Feb 02Military SerenadeGay Men's Chorus salutes LGBT officers, including Mike Almy
2011, Feb 02Winds PowerD.C.'s Different Drummers presents its annual Intimate Winds concert
2011, Jan 27Classical TreatmentDar Williams will perform a selection of her hits with the IBIS Chamber Music Society this Sunday
2011, Jan 27Swinging StandardsJohn Eaton plays jazz and pop standards from the 1930s at Wolf Trap
2011, Jan 19On the Wright TrackDespite some coming out setbacks, Chely Wright remains upbeat and always ready to sing
2011, Jan 05Beat ItYou're likely to fall sway to the Black Eyed Peas anyway, but The Beginning has come too soon
2010, Dec 29The Year in MusicSwedish senstation Robyn created the year's best pop, while on the other end, Ke$ha showed just how crass she could get
2010, Dec 16Gift of HitsNew greatest-hits collections from Pink, Nelly Furtado and Robbie Williams to consider as holiday gifts
2010, Dec 09Pretty in PinkThe Gay Men's Chorus of Washington revives and re-imagines its gay take on a holiday classic
2010, Dec 09Loving LucyLucy Wainwright Roche carries on her family's musical legacy
2010, Dec 02Musical HolidaySeveral pop artists offer new holiday music to give, or to get you in the mood, but only Annie Lennox truly succeeds
2010, Nov 25Blues AlleyCyndi Lauper has a cure for the blues and it's not what you might expect
2010, Nov 25Indestructible PopRobyn's Body Talk compilation sums up a great year that was, while Rihanna fights fire with fire.
2010, Nov 25Scottish MuseKT Tunstall's latest music is inspired by her dreams
2010, Nov 18Crazy GoodThe Lady Killer proves Cee Lo Green is worth getting to know on his own, while Röyksopp's Senior is a bit bland
2010, Oct 20Honky CatNothing like Elton John's usual polished pop – or even current-day pop – The Union's gritty feel grows on you
2010, Oct 20Sweet HarmonySweet Honey In The Rock offers socially conscious songs
2010, Oct 07Classical GasAntony's Swanlights should find special appeal with any fan of avant-garde music, especially in the classical realm
2010, Sep 30Gleeful MelodiesSara Bareilles's Kaleidoscope Heart doesn't break new ground, but several songs seem custom-built for Glee
2010, Sep 30Oh, HenryThe Folger Consort kicks off its season with music from the time of Henry VIII
2010, Sep 23Rocking OutPhase 1's PhaseFest has become a tight-knit community
2010, Sep 01Swedish DelightRobyn, the sassy and sweet Swede, proves to be in a league of her own -- the opposite of mass-produced Katy Perry
2010, Aug 25Knockout PunchOn a break from Bloc Party, shy lead singer Kele savors a solo turn in the ring
2010, Aug 25Summer HeatDonna Summer would like her gay fans to dwell on the hits, not the misunderstanding
2010, Aug 12Summer SoundsSkip the weak, late American release of Lady Gaga's The Remix collection and savor instead true Songs of Summer
2010, Aug 05Cabaret GalJane Krakowski brings cabaret kicking into the 21st century on her debut, while Lucy Woodward's hooks you instantly
2010, Jul 28Musical IllusionSarah McLachlan's first new album in seven years and since her divorce is not as explosive as you'd expect or wish
2010, Jul 21Mother's MilkshakeKelis has progressed from an edgy, unfocused R&B-styled singer-songwriter to an astute, determined dance diva
2010, Jul 14Vocal GleeIdina Menzel brings her luscious Broadway voice to Wolf Trap
2010, Jul 07Club CutleryFilled with passion and a strong sense of revelry, Scissor Sisters' shimmering Night Work finds the band at its best.
2010, Jul 01Pop LiteKylie Minogue doesn't take many chances on Aphrodite, but the album will certainly please her fans
2010, Jun 24True BluesWhile Cyndi Lauper shows just how blue she can get, Sia Furler heads in the completely opposite direction
2010, Jun 17Electro BuzzIt's hard to imagine any dance-pop singer this side of Pink willing to be as bold as Robyn on the sensational ''Body Talk''
2010, Jun 10Bionic VanitySo much of Bionic makes you wish Aguilera would put her inflated self-regard back in the bottle
2010, Jun 10Soul ActivismActivism and music have played critical roles in shaping Goapele's music and life
2010, Jun 02Diva MentalityChristopher Peterson joins the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington to pay tribute to ''the great divas of entertainment.''
2010, Jun 02String TheoryQueering Sound 2010 celebrates its tenth year with the usual eclectic mix of audio and visual artists
2010, May 27New AgeNico Muhly joins The Washington Chorus in a ‘New Music for a New Age' program focused on his chorale-based work.
2010, May 19Cutting EdgeLCD Soundsystem has played a key part in the past decade's reunited merger of rock and dance music
2010, May 12Whistling DixieA trio reduced to a duo, Court Yard Hounds pack a punch, while Pulse finds Toni Braxton chasing another hit album
2010, May 06Icelandic SurpriseJónsi's solo debut surprises for its fiery music with pop power, while Bitch refines her theatrical punk approach
2010, Apr 29Sia ChangeNext Tuesday, the quirky Aussie singer-songwriter stops by to add to her collection of ''9:30 Club stories.''
2010, Apr 22Gay Wedding SingersMarried couple Jon Arterton and James Mack sing with the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington, D.C., this weekend
2010, Apr 22King SizedFrom NPR to the Foo Fighters to even Miley Cyrus, Kaki King's music is almost ubiquitous.
2010, Apr 15Fool's GoldfrappGoldfrapp's largely unadventurous new album, Head First, sounds little more than a naked grab for wider success
2010, Mar 18Re-emergenceReturning after a decade, Sade remains a smooth operator, gently gliding over a blend of R&B, reggae, jazz and pop
2010, Mar 10Lube JobThe Gay Men's Chorus of Washington turns Grease into a gay high school musical fantasy
2010, Feb 24Tattooed TroubadourMatt Morris mixes musical forms in a skillful, measured way -- never sloppy, never cluttered, never just for effect
2010, Feb 17The Joy of SaxJoshua Redman considers himself an accidental jazz saxophonist
2010, Feb 03Dark DiscoAre the members of Editors vampires? Are they godless? Are they vegetarians? The band likes to keep us guessing
2010, Feb 03True SpiritMatt Alber was born to be an openly gay singer-songwriter of sumptuous, sensitive songs.
2010, Feb 03Hollywood MedleyBill Conti leads the NSO Pops in a tribute to the Oscars
2010, Jan 27Di$po$able PopThe dollar sign in Ke$ha's name serves as shorthand for not just all that's wrong with her music, but pop music today
2010, Jan 27Magnetic MysteryStephin Merritt brings his quirky, indie-music group The Magnetic Fields to Lisner
2010, Jan 21New BloodThe band Vampire Weekend sounds a lot like Paul Simon if he were less stuffy and stricken with A.D.D.
2010, Jan 07Metric SystemMetric draws much of its influence from club music, while Polly Scattergood captures the depressed mood of the times
2009, Dec 24Gaga ReflexWith all her same-sex love and support, Lady Gaga is clearly good for gays but is she good for pop music?
2009, Dec 17Fairy, MaryThe Gay Men's Chorus fractures a fairy tale
2009, Dec 10Musical Stocking StuffersGifts to consider this year from George Michael and Rufus Wainwright to Nirvana, Broadway and jazzy New Orleans
2009, Dec 10Holiday TunesDCDD strikes up its bands for a holiday concert
2009, Dec 10Stringing AlongCatie Curtis takes a brief departure into the world of bluegrass
2009, Nov 26Musical MonstrositiesRecently released albums from pop up-and-comers Adam Lambert, Rihanna and Leona Lewis leave a lot to be desired
2009, Nov 12Punk DollAmanda Palmer brings her lively “punk cabaret” to the State Theatre.
2009, Nov 12Gift of GabEven if you've already heard much of the material, Kathy Griffin keeps you interested and engaged on her latest CD
2009, Nov 05Ol' Blue EyesMichael Feinstein pays tribute to the legendary Frank Sinatra
2009, Oct 29Pop CircusFor his newest album, Mika turns to George Michael for inspiration, while Basement Jaxx releases its best CD yet
2009, Oct 08Seriously SweetGirlyman provides repeated delights with subtle meanings and sophisticated shifting vocal techniques
2009, Oct 01Love HangoverBarbra Streisand's latest is overly refined, excessively mild-mannered, quietly dramatic, and a bit indulgent
2009, Sep 24Hit ParadeDavid Guetta's sure-to-please One Love is the highest-profile dance album to register in years
2009, Sep 03Mess No MoreWith an album as good as I Look To You, you can't forgive Whitney Houston's past transgressions fast enough
2009, Aug 27Classical GasSandra Bernhard's new, humor-free album tries to present the erstwhile punk-rocker as a world music sensation
2009, Aug 13Amped IndigoIndigo Girl Amy Ray set to rock the Black Cat this Sunday.
2009, Aug 06Sensitive SingersChris Garneau's new album is altogether more confident than his debut, while Jay Brannan makes covers his own
2009, Jul 23Still a ThrillJody Watley brings her voice to the Birchmere
2009, Jul 16Playing Safe''Dirty King'' finds the previously balls-to-the-wall band The Cliks trying a little too hard to be soft and sweet
2009, Jul 02D.C. Power PopDance Party's pop-drenched rock inspires you to have fun, while Hotspur releases an immediately captivating album
2009, Jun 25Beat RockThe Black Eyed Peas' new album registers with as much impact and inspiration as any DJ-mixed dance compilation
2009, Jun 11Crossing OverSweden's The Sounds enjoys making music that inspires love and devotion, while Dutch duo Anderson inspires sweetness
2009, Jun 04New HeightsAll of Ciara's 'Fantasy Ride' tracks have their appeal, inspiring you to move. It's all classy, cute fun
2009, May 28Uncovering IvriThe gay Israeli pop star opens D.C.'s Jewish Musical Festival
2009, May 28Going GreenThe drama has been boosted in Green Day's new album, which takes its cues from The Who, Aerosmith and Queen
2009, May 14A la ModeDark, dour and marked by a steady drone, 'Sounds of the Universe' is the best Depeche Mode album since 'Violator'
2009, Apr 16Being BoringOn their new album, the Pet Shop Boys sound like they're running out of ideas, musically as well as lyrically
2009, Apr 09Strangely EnoughThe debut solo album from Deep Dish's Sharam, is a bold, high-concept album, factoring in all shades of electronica
2009, Apr 02Life and LoveBob Mould looks back to give us a new set among his very best, while Tom Goss makes you feel nothing but love
2009, Mar 12Wanted WomanKelly Clarkson's latest is everything you could want from the artist at this point in time. It's her best set yet
2009, Mar 12SONiA's SplashThe founder of Disappear Fear makes a special appearance at Wolf Trap
2009, Mar 05Limited HorizonU2, The world's most popular band is back after more than four years with a new album that's directionless and disjointed
2009, Feb 26Creature FeatureThe experimental Beast sounds like little you've heard before, while Plushgun offers a synth-pop lover's dream
2009, Feb 26Up from Down UnderMissy Higgins is finally on the rise in the states
2009, Feb 19Mystery ManMorrissey offers good music, bon mots and plenty of mystery, while a new compilation produces several gems
2009, Feb 12Something WickedWicked Jezabel throws a wicked fun Valentine's dance
2009, Jan 22Enigmatic PopWith support from his band, Antony Hegarty is fully immersed in his own craft, aware of his own unique talent
2009, Jan 08Smart DanceBimbo Jones is primed and ready to bob heads and shuffle feet, while Lula's music is dark, dry and a little dull
2009, Jan 01The Year in MusicThe year was a good one for pop music, and most of the treasures came from unexpected corners
2008, Dec 18Ring LeaderAs her new album 'Circus' proves, Britney Spears knows just what it takes to turn us on, to keep us falling prey
2008, Dec 04Bathhouse BluesSacha Sacket and Matt Alber make music with a gay sensibility, informed as much by Broadway as rock and blues
2008, Nov 27Musically GiftedR.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, even Hilary Duff and the New Kids offer up sets perfect for this year's holiday season
2008, Nov 20Destiny's AdultsBeyonce isn't quite the independent woman she once was, while Michelle Williams is far too cool and timid
2008, Nov 06Think PinkPink continues to charm her way through her cauldron of anger and impatience, while Lady Gaga offers nothing new
2008, Oct 23Magnum OpusWith 'Paperboy' Morel delivers a tour de force -- an album you'll be playing nonstop for a long time to come
2008, Oct 09Fading DreamJennifer Hudson's debut is the result of a budding, insecure artist who's as unsure of herself as any 'AI' finalist
2008, Oct 02Happy PhaseWhere folk-rocker Ani DiFranco once stormed, she's now more apt to swing, while The Veronicas tend to make one ill
2008, Oct 02Lovelorn LadsSoft Complex makes gloomy but rousing rock in the Britpop mold
2008, Aug 28Jazz SingerRobin McKelle whips up a magical jazz album with timeless appeal, while Judith Owen takes a dated trip to the '90s
2008, Aug 14New ClassicNico Muhly
2008, Aug 14Faraway LandsThere's something sweet and charming about Kerli, while Delta Goodrem comes across as a pale version of Celine Dion
2008, Jul 31Mann PowerThe famously moody singer-songwriter is in an unusually playful mood on her accomplished latest album
2008, Jul 31Folk IconographyJanis Ian playing at the The Birchmere
2008, Jul 17Slacker SensibilitiesOn his new album Beck succeeds in making short songs with wide appeal, but he still sounds like a loser.
2008, Jul 10Goddamned Great The most sensitive of gay singer-songwriters you’ve ever heard, Jay Brannan’s first album is a bold, brilliant debut
2008, Jul 03The Other WainwrightMartha Wainwright is a gifted singer-songwriter who is quickly emerging as a purveyor of her own style of music
2008, Jun 26Katy's ShameKaty Perry offends the gay sensibility, while the gay-steeped music of Hercules is too smart for its own good
2008, Jun 19FalsettolandOffering soaring pop that gets as much life from keyboards as from guitars, Coldplay serves up its best album yet
2008, Jun 12Night LightOn her new dance album, Cyndi Lauper branches out beyond what we've heard before, with moderate success
2008, May 29Pretty In Punk'No, Virginia' is the best set yet from Dresden Dolls; Heloise & Savior Faire make you want to have fun
2008, May 22Summer's DayDonna Summer makes a big return with an appealing new album, while Carrie Bradshaw's return inspires a notable collection
2008, May 15Sweet LoveOn her strong and satisfying new album, Robyn exhibits an endearingly sassy personality hinted at a decade ago, plus Britain's Estelle
2008, May 08Resonating VoiceEric Himan comes to town to promote his latest album
2008, May 01CandylandMadonna's 'Hard Candy' is filled with tart and tangy musical confections you'll savor for a long time to come
2008, Apr 24High Flying BirdA sequel to Mariah Carey's comeback album of three years ago, 'E=MC2' is not as good as the blockbuster original
2008, Apr 24Cuckcoo for CocoCoco Zhao to perform his stylized jazz at Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre
2008, Apr 17Spirit LackingLeona Lewis' 'Spirit' is too derivative to inspire much cheering, while Lizz Wright is the kind of singer we need to hear more of
2008, Apr 10Marketing FaithYou don't have to be a cynic to realize the new greatest hits set from George Michael is little more than a marketing gimmick
2008, Apr 03Jazzy FareYvonne Johnson tickles the ivories at M Street Bar & Grill
2008, Mar 27The X SpotFrisky Kylie Minogue serves up music custom-built for gay dance clubs, while Moby wallows in a moody, morose swamp
2008, Mar 20Good StuffAfter a 16-year absence, the B-52s has never sounded better, proving they're still tops in the party-rock business
2008, Mar 13Chamber PopLiam Finn's solo debut is an impressively raw, low-fi collection of 14 songs enveloped in gauzy guitars and dense arrangements
2008, Mar 13Sweet LicksKaki King's impressive new album finds her focusing on melodies and lyrics, while Missy Higgins improves on previous output
2008, Mar 13Bitch SessionA musical sensation returns to Iota Cafe
2008, Mar 06MalfunctioningJanet Jackson's new album is sullied by inane interludes and embarrassing lyrics, while Atlas Sound leaves you befuddled
2008, Feb 21Striking GoldGoldfrapp has never sounded more engaged as on The Seventh Tree, an album every bit as sensual as the duo intended
2008, Feb 14Bittersweet ValentineJazz singer Felicia Carter coming to Twins Jazz
2008, Feb 14ShadowlandFor all its strengths, k.d. lang's new album is not as great as hoped, while Sheryl Crow's is her best album yet
2008, Feb 07Writing LessonsMichelle Burleson takes music seriously (with tongue-in-cheek)
2008, Jan 31Musical TherapyBob Mould's potent new album boasts dark and dour lyrics couched in pithy, tuneful anthems that have the power to move you
2008, Jan 24Exorcizing DemonsNicole Reynolds' new album is steeped in regret, betrayal, and loneliness, with a dash of hope and romanticism
2008, Jan 17Buzz Down UnderSia's latest deserves the wider exposure it's promised to get via Starbucks; Newton-John's live DVD could use a jolt
2008, Jan 17Farm FreshFolk singer Nicole Reynolds
2008, Jan 10RetrogradeAn influence and precursor to Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones is a great artist worth getting to know on her own terms
2008, Jan 10Rising StarDC singer-songwriter Tom Goss releases 'Rise'
2007, Dec 27Mature MaryA perfect blend of stirring old-school soul and angsty hip-hop, Mary J. Blige's 'Growing Pains' is her album yet
2007, Dec 27Pop MaestrosWho navigated 2007's morphing, multi-media musical landscape most impressively? Annie Lennox tops the list
2007, Dec 20Friend of JudyRufus Wainwright's song-for-song recreation of Judy Garland's 1961 comeback concert goes beyond flattery to outright idolatry
2007, Dec 13Christmas CandieTransgender flutist, Candie Cramer, releases new Christmas CD
2007, Dec 06Drag Queen InstinctsCeline Dion doesn't take many risks on her latest album, but you just might like it anyway, while Scissor Sisters goes visual
2007, Nov 15Red Carpet ReflexDuran Duran's latest won't stir much attention on the red carpet, while Seal makes his most appealing album yet
2007, Nov 15Songs of HopeJason and DeMarco at NOVAM'S 'Concert of Hope'
2007, Oct 25Mass ImpactFour years after 'Bare,' Annie Lennox casts off her desperate pleas and returns with a powerful, message-rich masterpiece
2007, Oct 04Melissa WarmingAs fired up as she may be about the state of the world, an older, wiser Etheridge doesn't need help cooling down
2007, Sep 20The Good GermanMoving away from airy trance, Paul van Dyk subtly but surely solidifies his sound while JES moves to the foreground
2007, Sep 06Diva DudeJason Walker's new album should generate several club hits, but it's not as enjoyable or as consistent as his debut
2007, Aug 23Hey Hey So SoJunior Senior's comeback is more noteworthy for the music than the lyrics, if you can get past the cute bits
2007, Aug 09Out of DateThelma Houston's first album in nearly two decades is not what we hoped would result after having to wait so long
2007, Aug 02Saving GraceMandy Moore turns lyricist and gives us hope with her latest, while Hilary Duff shovels in the baby food pop
2007, Jul 26Cute Sister ActWith their fifth album, Tegan and Sara are wearing their novelty a little bit thin
2007, Jul 26Transcendental RockThe Clicks' all-queer debut album is fierce, ferocious and fun
2007, Jul 12Chemical ReactionThe Chemical Brothers new set finds them having mellowed a bit, adopting warmer, friendlier, funnier textures with more appeal
2007, Jul 12HeartbreakersLez Zeppelin
2007, Jul 12Gay Guitar SlingersEric Himan, Tom Goss to perform as part of 'Out With It' at Sully's U Street Tavern
2007, Jul 05Bad GirlWith her new album, Rihanna proves herself to be the new bad girl of our good-pop dreams
2007, Jun 28Soft SellMarc Almond survives a near-fatal accident to record an album as gay and as good as pop music gets
2007, Jun 14Rainbow RockCyndi Lauper gathers an eclectic assortment of colleagues for a musical marathon designed to advance gay rights
2007, Jun 07Past PresentUltra Naté 's latest is appealing but not nearly as exciting as its first hit, while Armand Van Helden taps into his past
2007, May 31Gay and YiddishLorin Sklamberg of The Klezmatics brings his gay sensibilities to the Yiddish group
2007, May 31Over The RainbowTaking jazz to a whole new gay level: Dave Koz coming to Merriweather Post
2007, May 24PoperaRufus Wainwright disappoints but still manages to stun, while Erasure's latest suggests the duo should take a break
2007, May 17Listen UpFormer Cranberries lead singer, Dolores O'Riordan, makes a welcome return with her first solo effort
2007, Apr 12Looney TunesMika's flamboyant sound is well-worth savoring, while the Klaxons produce tunes too boring to warrant repeat listenings
2007, Mar 29Soul ProviderPowered by the sounds of R&B and jazz from decades past, Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' is a refreshing and addictive album
2007, Mar 15Harmonic ConvergenceGirlyman band bringing harmony to Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA
2007, Mar 15Femme VirtuososLucinda Williams's love lashings to her ex power her latest, while Mara Levi creates smart pop in a class all its own
2007, Mar 01Mister SisterScissor Sisters comes to DC's 9:30 Club
2007, Feb 22Modern MakeoversErin McKeown spans pop genres with humor and grace in equal measure, and Sondre Lerche offers endless musical pleasure
2007, Feb 15Grand Ole BoysErasure's new live country-tinged album, recorded at the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, is a revelation
2007, Feb 08Funny ValentineYou'll love every minute of 'A Date With John Waters,' but there can be no more 'amour' for Belinda Carlisle
2007, Feb 01Better Late'Not Too Late' showcases a slightly grittier Norah Jones, while 'Lush Life' rediscovers a gay jazz great
2007, Jan 25Sunny CynicLily Allen is the latest and quite possibly the greatest U.K. songstress to have a go in the U.S. in recent years
2007, Jan 18Love HangoverDiana Ross is telling us she's not going, but she's not likely to stay, as her new album is stuck in a time warp
2007, Jan 11Flower PowerEmilie Simon creates visual, nature-loving electronic songs, while Jennifer O'Connor performs solid folk-rock that moves you
2006, Dec 14Hollaback GwenGwen Stefani's second album may not be the sweet, carefree escape her debut was, but you'll happily flee to it anyway
2006, Dec 07Beautiful BalloonForget Rufus Wainwright (for now) -- gay singer-songwriter Gregory Douglass has released this year's best lush pop album
2006, Nov 30Scatter PopThe latest album from Brit-popper Robbie Williams is just like the singer: slightly flawed, yet feisty and fun
2006, Nov 16Homo HopThere's no reason why gay rapper Cazwell shouldn't succeed as the next novelty party act, plus Lady Sovereign
2006, Oct 26Cold ComfortChris Thile transforms personal loss into an outstanding album of bluegrass, but Jonny Lang's latest founders
2006, Oct 19Sultry SoulWith her debut, Alice Smith is bringing sultry back to R&B, while Persephone's Bees goes to the 'Underworld'
2006, Oct 19Smooth OperatorMadeleine Peyroux's songs are like treasures from a bygone era; Patricia Barber's 'Mythologies' is difficult but rewarding
2006, Oct 05Ball BreakerWith his latest Justin Timberlake has outdone himself, drawing heavily from '80s-era electro to fashion a future-pop sound
2006, Sep 28A Cut BelowScissor Sisters may have gotten mellow and melancholy, but they haven't forgotten how to appeal and entertain
2006, Sep 21Sonic EnjoymentBasement Jaxx create a widely and wildly appealing global-pop radio set, and Arling and Cameron create warm electro-pop
2006, Sep 14Think PinkPink Martini brings the band's romantic, sweeping, fun music to DC
2006, Sep 14Different StrokesThe Indigo Girls return for a tenth studio album that captures the organic spirit of Amy and Emily's live performances
2006, Sep 07Sister ActMeg & Dia's create unobjectionable music of only above-average pedigree, while Tegan and Sara release a stripped-down DVD
2006, Aug 24'Basics' InstinctChristina Aguilera proves a woman can be sassy and classy, street-smart and sophisticated, and slutty and sappily married on 'Back to Basics'
2006, Aug 10Vocal DiscordCarried away with dance culture's adoration of them, some DJs push aside the vocalists who give their productions an identity
2006, Aug 03Name-Drop PopUnder the Influence of Giants creates confident, swinging modern-day pop heavily influenced by the artists of yesterday
2006, Jul 27Dress UpCult-faves New York Dolls make music that's just plain silly, while Hot Chip deserves mainstream attention
2006, Jul 20Holiday RoadAs smart and sophisticated as it is, Diana Ross's long-lost album of jazz covers, 'Blue,' never fully draws you in
2006, Jul 13Spiritless PopJason & deMarco were clearly not struck by good ideas for their latest album, but the Brand New Heavies have a new delight
2006, Jun 22Heavy PetOn 'Fundamental,' The Pet Shop Boys are more perturbed by the state of things today than they were in the past
2006, Jun 08Sound BasisArtBear pushes the envelope of 'gay music' at Queering Sound
2006, Jun 08Heart of DixieThe Dixie Chicks make a triumphant return that offers no apologies for the controversies of the past
2006, May 04Punky BrewAriel Aparicio and Kevin Cahoon create punk rock that generates rebellious heat too hot for the mainstream
2006, Apr 27Command PerformanceMexican folk singer Chavela Vargas wields her voice as an explosive weapon, while Gotan Project makes timeless tango
2006, Apr 27Propulsive PopThe Ark creates rock with a disco beat and a not-so-hidden message, while punk-propelled Grand National hooks you instantly
2006, Apr 13Sturm and TwangBell and Clarke take a left turn into country to celebrate 20 years of Erasure, and score an unexpected acoustic triumph
2006, Apr 06Happy at LastMorrissey sounds happier than ever on his latest, and The Sounds sound catchy, cute and a little repetitive on theirs
2006, Mar 23Honky TonkThe Little Willies make you want to grab a partner and dance, while Sondre Lerche is an appealing diversion
2006, Mar 16Carried AwayCarrie Underwood rides American Idol to the country charts, while Belle and Sebastian make music that makes feet move
2006, Mar 16Rebel YellWith his new album, Ashley MacIsaac bursts forth as an edgy gay rocker who demands and deserves attention
2006, Mar 09James TownAfter decades in the studio wilderness, Etta James produces a playful album of eclectic covers that conveys her good mood
2006, Mar 02Whip It GoodOn 'Supernature,' Goldfrapp whips up sweet-but-icy sounds that compel you to dance, while Mylo is too soft-rock for dance
2006, Feb 23Meditative OrbitListening to William Orbit's latest solo set, 'Hello Waveforms,' you can't help but be reminded of his past work with Madonna
2006, Feb 02Alt-Rock IdolJason Collett is one of the best singer-songwriters recording, while Audio Bullys aren't the future they proclaim to be
2006, Jan 26Personal CommentaryDuncan Sheik and Ryan Adams both return with intricate albums the reflect their talent, influences and life journeys
2006, Jan 19Minimal EffortBreathy-voiced Sia's carefully constructed music is deeply haunted by human nature, while Mozez just puts you to sleep
2006, Jan 12Swagger and SassMorningwood insists you give it attention now, while fellow hard-rockers We Are Scientists aren't quite so pushy
2006, Jan 05High (and Low) NotesFrom the brilliance of Offer Nissim to the drudgery of Daft Punk, the year in music had plenty of highs and lows
2005, Dec 22Stocking Stufferst.A.T.u.'s latest is this seasons' perfect last-minute gag gift, while Imogen Heap creates adventurous, mostly uptempo pop music
2005, Dec 15Older is WiserTerri Clark continues her fabulous run with 'Life,' while Gretchen Wilson succumbs to a stereotypical sophomore slump
2005, Dec 08Dance UpstartsJason Walker and Kirsty Hawkshaw take different paths to becoming a dance singer -- and both are succeeding
2005, Dec 01Broadway Rhapsody'Rent's soundtrack carries a punch, while 'The Producers' soundtrack is large, lush, campy and, at times, hilarious
2005, Nov 17High NoteMadonna moves beyond more recent stumbles, making sure you'll fall for her (or at least her music) all over again
2005, Nov 10Time AgainCyndi Lauper and Simply Red have both re-imagined past hits to great effect on their latest releases
2005, Nov 03A La ModeThe more you hear of Depeche Mode's latest the less you'll like, while Midler's latest tribute is feverishly good
2005, Oct 27Time TravelDolly Parton's latest album is one of her best, even though she minimizes her own remarkable achievements
2005, Oct 13Spirited SongsLinda Eder tackles a tribute to a vocal legend, while Tracy Chapman continues her musical crusade for social justice
2005, Oct 06Quirky PopThe New Pornographers make pop music porn, and win out over Death Cab for Cutie as the 'it' alt-rock band of the moment
2005, Oct 06Acoustic EvolutionNickel Creek broadens their bluegrass horizons for a stellar third album that shows off the band's maturation
2005, Sep 29Electric BellErasure's singer Andy Bell discusses his new solo album and an upcoming DJ tour
2005, Sep 29Toni's LibBraxton sounds great on her latest, while the Pussycat Dolls make for unoriginal listening
2005, Sep 22Fab BabsWith 'Guilty Pleasures,' Barry Gibb has once again created a Barbra Streisand album of immense pleasure
2005, Sep 15Random HappeningJuliet's promising debut album delivers a lush, rocking dance music that likely serves to preview Madonna's next outing
2005, Sep 01Merry MelodyRoyksopp, a band with a chilly past and a name that loosely translates as 'puff ball' has created the warmest, best dance album in years
2005, Aug 25Peters PrincipleBernadette Peters releases an oddity of nothing more than outtakes from a charity concert held nine years ago
2005, Aug 11Youthful ExuberanceNatasha Bedingfield is a purveyor of beautiful, unapologetically optimistic anthems, while Esthero comes across as a bratty punk
2005, Aug 04Rock ClubBob Mould's first album in three years gives you chills, while Deep Dish's latest provides only occasional thrills
2005, Jul 28Pop StopErin McKeown and Feist, with their latest albums, have created a double-feature soundtrack for a leisurely summer brunch
2005, Jul 21Chef's BestMissy Elliott cooks up a first-rate feast with her latest, while Keyshia Cole churns out good, old-fashioned R&B
2005, Jul 14Twin PeaksLesbian rock band, Tegan and Sara, to play at DC's 9:30 club
2005, Jul 07Glamour-PussProducer Linda Perry does just about everything on the new album from Kelley Osborne, who just shows up to sing and take credit
2005, Jun 16Rhythm MethodNikka Costa sings every word like she means it on a refreshing funky and flowing new album
2005, May 19Who's the Diva?Offer Nissim's album is surprisingly strong, while Elkland's retro sound proves to be too much of a good thing
2005, May 12Sound-a-likesRingside's catchy pop is to Maroon5 as Athlete's Brit-pop is to Coldplay
2005, May 05Piano PowerSkott Freedman's album of covers fails to fully please, while Allison Tartalia creates boisterous music packed with ideas
2005, Apr 28Fischer KingFischerspooner learned its lesson from a messy debut and emerged with a flat-out fantastic follow-up
2005, Apr 21Punk'd by NostalgiaNew Order and Daft Punk fall far short of the high bars set by their earlier works
2005, Apr 07Folk RockersFolk-inspired rockers Eric Himan and Martha Wainwright are both best when at their angriest on their new release
2005, Mar 31Rock SteadyRadio 4 is one of the best bands channeling three decades-old rock, while L.P. rocks with sincerity and power
2005, Mar 17Mass Moby'Hotel' showcases some of Moby's best music to date, while the abrasive Fannypack continues to offend just about everyone
2005, Mar 10Hit or Miss AmericaOn their latest releases, Vanessa Williams botoxes, Eliane Elias bossa novas, and Tori Amos loses much of her sting
2005, Mar 03Cosmic ConnectionsThe Thievery Corporation helps you get lost in your liberal imagination, while Monade is entirely forgettable
2005, Feb 24Hipster HitsLCD Soundsystem's debut is an undeniable achievement, while Greenskeepers succeeds in making silly party tunes
2005, Feb 03Pop PleasuresNightbird proves to be one of Erasure’s very best, while the former Baby Spice finds success in the solo ring
2005, Jan 06Solo StyleGwen Stefani creates a guilt-free guilty pleasure, while Gaelle Adisson leaves listeners swooning
2004, Dec 23The Best and Worst Music of 2004Green Day raised the bar for pop perfection, while George Michael lowers it on his way to retirement
2004, Dec 09UnderwhelmedDirty Vegas’ sophomore outing is a setback to dance music, while Swayzak proves the underground still reigns
2004, Nov 11Blue-State Pop-PunkLe Tigre mixes political anger with dance beats on its major-label debut, while Spalding Rockwell creates edgy erotic energy
2004, Nov 04Bringing It BackDespite years in absentia, Duran Duran’s sound remains the same, Tears for Fears improves theirs
2004, Oct 14Strike ZoneDC's own Morel crafts a perfect reflection of modern-day sentiment
2004, Oct 07Red-Letter DayGreen Day’s masterpiece will surely stand as the best rock album of 2004
2004, Sep 09Sweet and SourGioia’s irresistible debut somehow slips under the radar, while Sweetback slips up on their sophomore set
2004, Aug 26Broadway BabyBarbara Cook is still at the top of her game
2004, Aug 19Idol FeverAmerican Idol influences on today's pop music
2004, Aug 12Tower of BebelBebel Gilberto is lushly orchestrated, Ozomatli plods a familiar path to get a party started
2004, Aug 05Smooth PopThe Kings of Convenience update the 'Sound of Silence' while Phoenix updates the sounds of doctors' offices
2004, Jul 29Canadian Importk.d. lang's latest is an out-and-out phenomenal piece of work
2004, Jul 22Cutting EdgeScissor Sisters is the gay rock band we've been pining for
2004, Jul 22Wigged OutThe B-52's return with kick-ass dance music
2004, Jul 15Rattle and HumMelissa Ferrick thunders, but Miss Kittin loses her purr
2004, Jul 08Over and OutGeorge Michael's newest tests our patience. Showtime expands our preferences with L Word and QAF soundtracks
2004, Jun 03Group NotesMusic compilations to suit your next pool party
2004, May 27Unheard OfNew releases from Nina Simone, Nellie McKay, Damien Rice, Richard X, and Candi Staton
2004, May 20Magnum OpusThe return of Felix da Housecat and Armand Van Helden
2004, Apr 15Damita So-So''Damita Jo'' by Janet Jackson
2004, Apr 08Pin-Up PopAri Gold, Matthew Duffy, and JC Chasez
2004, Mar 18Queer Makeover'Queer Eye' soundtrack sacrifice substance for style
2004, Mar 18Expected PleasuresIndigo Girls' new CD, ''All That We Let In''
2004, Mar 18Vacuum VibesArthur Loves Plastic
2004, Feb 19Melissa LiteMelissa Etheridge's ''Lucky''
2004, Feb 19Independent WomanAni DiFranco's ''Educated Guess''
2004, Feb 05Body LanguageKylie Minogue
2003, Dec 25The Best and Worst Albums of 2003Basement Jaxx, Beyonce among best of the year
2003, Dec 18Self Made MusicianEric Himan
2003, Dec 11Female TroubleNelly Furtado, Pink, and tributes to Dolly Parton and Hedwig
2003, Nov 20Political PopLe Tigre's fun, feminist electronica
2003, Nov 20Babs or BetteBarbra Streisand falters with bland love songs, Bette Midler bats Clooney out of the park
2003, Nov 06The Devil in Ms. JonesRickie Lee Jones sticks it to the administration with a fearlessly charming, politically bitchy new album
2003, Nov 06Rent ControlledNew CDs from Dido, Gloria Estefan
2003, Oct 23Beat BoysDanish duo Junior Senior is coming to Move Your Feet
2003, Oct 16Siren's LamentCassandra Wilson's new album, Glamoured
2003, Oct 02Mixed BlessingsAretha Franklin's So Damn Happy
2003, Sep 25Diva FatigueNew music from Kevin Aviance, Becky Baeling, Sarah Brightman
2003, Sep 25Growing PainsErykah Badu's new Worldwide Underground
2003, Sep 11Mixed MemoriesRemembering Patsy Cline
2003, Aug 21Rap+Pop = Alt-Hip HopBlack Eyed Peas, Jessy Moss
2003, Jul 31Dumbing DownRicky Martin, Thalia
2003, Jul 17Solo ModesDave Gahan and Martin Gore release new CDs
2003, Jun 26Annie's SongsAnnie Lennox returns with joyless sentiments couched in beautiful music, while Fannypack goes on 'Cameltoe' alert, plus Liam Lynch
2003, May 29Ambiguously GayRobbie Williams, Jay-Jay Johanson
2003, Apr 10Cleared for DepartureEverclear
2003, Mar 06Composing HimselfSongwriter and musician Mark Walter Braswell
2003, Mar 06Natural SelectionAni DiFranco
2003, Jan 30Free and ClearSkott Freedman, Five Way Friday
2003, Jan 23Feast Your EarsCalexico
2003, Jan 16Soup's OnRefreshingly giddy, Queer Soup gags its inner-preacher and lets a wry sense of humor convey the message, plus Ani DiFranco
2003, Jan 09Mad About MusicalsChicago, Man of La Mancha, La Boheme on Broadway, and more
2003, Jan 02MusicThe Best & Worst of 2002
2002, Dec 12Well DrawnBadly Drawn Boy
2002, Dec 12Disconnecting the DotDot Allison
2002, Oct 24Change to SpareBeck
2002, Sep 19Inevitably AniAni DiFranco's 'So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter'
2002, Sep 05Five Star AlbumAndy Stochansky, Jimmy Fallon
2002, Aug 22Double DownTegan and Sara, Sing-Sing
2002, Aug 08Well-Deserved BreakBeth Orton's ''Daybreaker''
2002, Aug 01Fifth and CountingCounting Crows, Oasis
2002, Jul 25Jailhouse RockMartha Stewart's ''Quiet Time''
2002, Jul 18Abstract Arto'Invoke' by Arto Lindsay
2002, Jul 11Soul SalvationMeshell Ndegeocello's 'Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape'
2002, Jul 11Well-Trod Path'Into the Woods,' 'Thoroughly Modern Millie,' 'Oliver!' and 'Wonderful Town'
2002, Jul 04Thin Skinned'The Eminem Show'
1999, Nov 11Familiar SpiceGeri Halliwell's album, 'Schizophonic'

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