Nylon Summer Tour

Break out your kicks and feather headbands-The Nylon Summer Tour is coming to a city near you with an amazing line up of new bands like The Living Things, Jaguar Love, and Patrick Wolf. We're so excited that a few of us are already donning... [More]

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Radioactive Budclicks

“You’re so hot, you’re radioactive, baby.” Um, thanks, but no thanks, to that or any other lame-o pick up line. Really, it’s just our Radioactive Budclicks. You snap them on over your regular earbuds for your iPod, phone, whatever, and instantly you’re Untouchable (results not... [More]

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Matador Headphones

These Matador Headphones ($50) caught our eye immediately, and not just because of their 80s-inspired neon hues (although that helped). What we really liked was the listening experience you get here, which is super clean and crisp, and the old school form, which features lightweight,... [More]

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White Lies for Dark Times by Ben Harper & Relentless7

Ben Harper & Relentless7's White Lies for Dark Times ($10) isn't for every mom—but if yours still fondly remembers her hippie years, digs on rock or gospel, or just enjoys her some good music, then you can safely bestow this groovy album. Harper's ninth, this... [More]

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Ben Folds Presents; University a Cappella!

Whether you sang in your college glee club or have never even listened to an a cappella performance, you're going to seriously dig Ben Folds Presents: University a Cappella! ($10)—his punctuation, not ours. This sixteen track album features gloriously re-mastered Folds songs sung without instrumentation... [More]

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Picture this: You're floating on a peaceful, crystal blue sea. You've got a drink in hand, a cabana boy to bring more, and your favorite tunes floating right next to you. While we can't supply the sea or the drink or the cabana boy, (wow,... [More]

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Sounds of the Universe by Depeche Mode

We're just gonna come right out and say that Sounds of the Universe ($10) is not Depeche Mode's best album. That stated, this is, a) the group's twelfth studio album—everyone gets a pass at that point and, b) still damn enjoyable. In SOTU, Depeche Mode... [More]

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Fantasies by Metric

An album that you can enjoy knocking boots to as much as you'll love screaming down the freeway doesn't come along often. So when we picked up Fantasies ($10), the fourth studio album from Metric, we knew we'd found a keeper. This kick ass mix... [More]

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The Open Door EP by Death Cab for Cutie

One year after the release of their critically-aclaimed Narrow Stairs Death Cab for Cutie offers up that album's EP (dropped tracks), The Open Door. With five songs (four of which are brand new), the album features Death Cab's traditional "stick in your head-itivness" tunes with... [More]

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Kingdom of Rust by Doves

At last, Doves return with their first album in four long years, Kingdom of Rust ($14)—and trust us when we say that it was worth the wait. If you liked the British trio's previous work, there's nothing you won't love here. The album is rich... [More]

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Headphonie MP3 Speaker

Cute-ify your listening experience with Headphonie MP3 Speaker, a little dude-shaped speaker that boasts big sound. Plug Headphonie into your computer or MP3 player and let him play for up to four hours per USB charge (a rechargable battery in his roly-poly body makes this... [More]

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It's Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

NYC-based trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back—and dare we say better than ever—with their third studio album, It's Blitz!. While we could wax poetic about lead singer Karen O's edgy vocals, or the garage band meets disco feel they've perfected here, we really suggest... [More]

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Ion Portable USB Turntable

Records were groovy and tapes were chill, but now they're both obsolete. So what's a girl to do with those sixth grade mix tapes and her mom's Grass Roots records? If she's smart, she'll buy an Ion Portable USB Turntable ($130). This snazzy gadget works... [More]

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Hazards of Love

A sweeping gem of an album, the Decemberists fifth studio effort, Hazards of Love demands more than just a casual listen. This concept album tells the tale the villager Margaret, who falls madly in love with William, an inhabitant of a magical forest. When she... [More]

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Middle Cyclone

Subtle and soft in all the right places, Neko Case's newest studio album Middle Cyclone ($10) is a practical prescription for anything that ails you. Case's smooth, always intense vocals give the entire album a folksy feel, while a plethora of guests, including M.Ward and... [More]

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All I Ever Wanted

Cheetos Boredom BustersWe refuse to be ashamed. In fact, we'll say it loud and proud. American Idol or not, we love Kelly Clarkson. And trust us when we say that her fourth studio album, All I Ever Wanted ($10) is pure pop perfection. We can't... [More]

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No Line on the Horizon by U2

U2 is a band that needs no introduction by little old us, so we'll just go ahead and let you know that their 12th studio album No Line on the Horizon is out and it's rockin'. Sure, there are some missteps (notably "Get on Your... [More]

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Santogold by Santogold

There's pretty much no way to classify the self-titled debut album, Santogold ($11) by Santi White (Santogold)—and that may be why we like it so much. With her super powerful pipes and influences ranging from ska to electronica to pop, Santagold's music is endlessly listenable.... [More]

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It's Not Me, It's You

Critics predicted a sophomore slump for sassy British songstress Lily Allen, but the singer gives them a big F-you with her second album, It's Not Me, It's You. These songs are absolutely upbeat and catchy, but where Allen really shines is with her astute, tell... [More]

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Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future

Cheetos Boredom BustersRay Guns Are Not Just the Future ($14), and no one knows that better than the LA-based duo that is The Bird and the Bee. This funky electronic album is the group's second, and it's actually twice as good. Featuring intelligent, often sexy... [More]

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