It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scen ... More >>
Laptop demolition, band self-destruction and the Eagle flies again (sort of)
Giving Up the Ghost (Secretly Canadian)
Waiting for the Sirens' Call (Warner Bros.)
The Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan could have chosen academia. Instead, he chose to rock.
Assassins at Quad C, convicts at SMU, plus murder in Tuna, Texas
Joe Pernice is one of the best songwriters around. Start paying attention.
The "40 best artists making music right now?" Nah.
Inside ex-Smith Johnny Marr's new band, the Healers
Retro (Rhino/Warner Bros./London)
Now that's what I call music
I Am the World Trade Center rises again
Doves' Jimi Goodwin explains what "ambitious without being ambitious" means
Meet the new radio, XM. It's big. It's bad. It's nationwide.
In dreary Manchester, a revolution spawned heroes, martyrs and, most of all, myths
Coldplay's success hasn't gone to Chris Martin's Head
Dieselboy and his "team of rogue scientists" save humanity. Or maybe just mix CDs.
You might have heard these, and definitely should have
Pete Yorn may have signed a big record contract, but he didn't stop doing it himself
Get Ready (Reprise)
Cupid's Cactus (Smells Like Records)
Lost Soul (Astralwerks)
Wait, there is a reason why Stereolab CDs sound broken
The Chemical Brothers' beats may be rockin' fewer blocks, but they won't Surrender