Opera’s Kaufmann turns to lighter fare

Is there anything Jonas Kaufmann can’t do? The great German tenor has long since conquered the worlds of grand opera and classical recital. Now he turns his talents with equal

No surprise the surprise U2 album shines

Everything about U2's new album “Songs of Innocence” is unexpected. Like its very existence, for one, after the Irish rock band dropped it on iTunes users Tuesday in a surprise

Ty Segall at height of his powers

In another time and collective mental headspace Ty Segall might have been a pop star. With his dreamy new album, "Manipulator," the Los Angeles psych rocker has perfected a sound

Grande’s ‘My Everything’ is everything

This is how you follow up an impressive debut: simply step into the recording booth, and be amazing yet again. Maybe it’s easier said than done, but Ariana Grande manages to

Artists cover landmark Johnny Cash album

Throughout his career, Johnny Cash sang about the downtrodden, giving a voice to the voiceless. But his 1964 concept album, “Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian,” started a new

A forlorn Sinead O’Connor

After a rough few years for Sinead O'Connor, as she dealt with a 16-day marriage and canceled a tour due to mental illness, it's heartening to see her confident image

Shaver shows staying power on new album

Old cowboys love to lament that contemporary country music's in a sorry state and guilty of casting aside sage singers and songwriters — like Billy Joe Shaver. The crusty Texan

Muscle, menace from Drenge on debut album

British rock duo Drenge's self-titled debut is pretty much perfect. That's not a word critics of any kind should throw around lightly, and it's not done so here. Young twenty-something

La Roux returns with sexy, sassy second LP

Coming off an artistic hiatus after a widely acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning debut, La Roux returns in force with an off-beat, electrifying and synth-pop second album. “Trouble in Paradise” showcases the new

Jazz masters evoke joy, sadness on duet CD

There’s a sense of both joy and sadness to “Last Dance,” which surprisingly is the first album in pianist Keith Jarrett’s illustrious nearly 50-year career to hit No. 1 on

Judas Priest has redeeming metal value

Simply put, "Redeemer of Souls" is the best album this band has done in over 20 years. Powerful, fierce, captivating and clever, this could be the hard rock/heavy metal album