The Brooklyn sextet's debut Modern Dances is the most energetic, joyful rock album you will hear all year. Give it one listen and you will be hooked.
Nine Inch Nails' new album Hesitation Marks is the sound of one of the '90s greatest rock stars trying to reconcile the man he was with the man he is today.
Kanye West's new album goes deep into his complicated, contradictory mind, and even when it gets ugly, it sounds a lot like all of us.
The Scottish cult act's career has a lot in common with the fantasy phenomenon, from long gaps between albums to their uncanny ability to bring niche aesthetics to a broad audience.
Laura Marling's new record Once I Was An Eagle is emotionally raw, musically ambitious, and incredibly beautiful.
Catch up on the month’s best songs, albums, and moments with new music by Vampire Weekend, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Laura Mvula, and more.
The band's brilliant third album, Modern Vampires of the City, deals with the crushing pressure to make the most of fleeting youth.
The Swedish duo's new record Shaking the Habitual features some of the most emotionally powerful music of the past few years, but they're selling it like it's a grad school seminar.
Like his hero Eminem, he's lashing out at his fans and critics — but Slim Shady never got this vulnerable.
Catch up on the month's best songs, albums, and moments with new music by Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, Marnie Stern, and more.
Last time JT made music, he was trying to help America get laid. Now he's trying to get you to make love.
The glam icon stares down death on The Next Day, his best record in 30 years.
It only took them 22 years, but the shoegaze icons have created a worthy successor to their classic album Loveless.
The fashion-obsessed rapper's new album LongLiveA$AP feels more like a well-curated Tumblr than a typical rap record.
Our best lists, essays, mashups, and playlists of the year. Plus, a tribute to the incredibly sexy lyrics of Nickelback.
The best hip-hop that was given away for free, from Rick Ross to Azealia Banks.
His album Pluto 3D blurs the line between club bangers and heart-crushing, hyperemotional confessionals.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! was the only record that made sense to me when it felt like my world was falling apart.
Just imagine a world in which Carly Rae Jepsen's song wasn't a huge hit. OK, now imagine if it were a folk song about Jesus.
Channel Orange is the best R&B album of 2012, but Ocean's most impressive accomplishment is keeping total control of his image.
Frank Ocean! Jack White! Skrillex! Britney on X Factor! Lana Del Rey! AND SO MUCH MORE!
The Idler Wheel... is startlingly honest, artistically bold, and undeniably the best album of 2012. It's also one of the most gratifying success stories in music.
The breakout hit "Gangnam Style" drew a lot of attention to K-Pop this year, but it wasn't the only awesome song to come out of South Korea. Here are 11 hits you may have missed, and one you probably didn't.
Reign of Terror is relentlessly morbid but totally life-affirming. It also has a lots of amazing riffs.
It's as if she's made it her life's work to be Madonna and Axl Rose at the same time.
Claire Boucher makes truly futuristic — and incredibly emotional — music about growing up with social media.
Catch up on all of the year's best music with this 11-hour megamix.
I resisted boy bands all through my teens, but now I can't stop listening to 1D.
They seem like squares, but they're the only experimental, ambitious rock band in the mainstream right now.
It's hard to keep up with everything that comes out, but you should try — or revisit — these records.
The author of Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation breaks down 2012's most stunning rap album, good kid, m.A.A.d city.
No matter how much of the spotlight she gets, Taylor always portrays herself as a girl on the edge of the crowd.
British songwriter Natasha Khan explores compassion, self-sacrifice and desire on her excellent third album, "The Haunted Man."