Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

Odd couples have the best chemistry, and we're not sure it gets any weirder than an artistic collaboration between a living jazz legend and a woman known for wearing a dress made of raw beef. But on Cheek to Cheek ($16), Tony Bennett and Lady... [More]

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Popular Problems - Leonard Cohen

The bar has been set. Leonard Cohen is officially the coolest octogenarian on the planet. Since his manager (and ex-lover) ripped off his retirement savings, forcing Cohen out of his Zen Buddhist retreat to return to the stage, he's been selling out arena-sized venues and... [More]

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Frends Oil Slick Taylor Headphones

You can opt to play your tunes over some skinny little buds meant to hide shamefully inside your ears, or you can go bold with these Frends Oil Slick Taylor Headphones ($200). Made with luxurious black lambskin and jewel-like iridescent caps meant to be seen... [More]

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Crush Songs

Crush Songs ($10), Karen O's first solo album, is a collection of spare ballads about that wonderful/awful/indelible feeling of being completely infatuated with someone. The album sounds like it was recorded from the bottom of a well but it's all part of its intentionally lo-fi... [More]

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Loog II Guitar

To hell with doctors and lawyers. We want our kids to grow up to be rock stars. That's why we're picking them up this Loog II Guitar ($149). A pint-sized but totally functional instrument designed specifically for little-fingered types, the Loog is ideal for getting... [More]

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The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

Comprehensive? Not really. Entertaining? Most certainly. In The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs ($19), music critic Greil Marcus takes a look at the history of rock, from its origins in the 1950s to today, through an unexpectedly narrow lens. Marcus's selections aren't... [More]

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Kikkerland Hand Crank Music Boxes

You could always just whip out your phone, but we think there's something lovely about using one of these Kikkerland Hand Crank Music Boxes ($9) to satisfy the craving for one of your favorite tunes - available in a selection of favorites, from "Here Comes... [More]

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Nick & Knight

What happens when a boy band breaks up? Generally the singers end up reuniting every five years or so to jumpstart the cash-flow again. And what happens when the boy band has pulled the re-re-reunion stunt too many times for anyone to care anymore? Why,... [More]

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The Golden Echo

Remember that Gotye song "Somebody That I Used to Know?" (Rhetorical question - of course you remember it because it you heard it at least a hundred times a couple of years ago.) Kimbra was the female half of that ubiquitous duet, and now the... [More]

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Skullcandy Knockout Floral Headphones

Skullcandy's Knockout Floral Headphones ($100) are so cute, you'll probably be tempted to leave them hanging around your neck long after you're done listening listening to tunes on the train to work. Who knows, maybe you'll start a new headphones-as-necklace trend!... [More]

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Aspire/Acquire: Tickets to Kate Bush's Before the Dawn Concerts

It's the event some of us have been waiting for since we were embryos: Kate Bush's first live concerts since her one-and-only 1979 tour. After decades denying the spotlight, Bush finally decided to return to the stage with a series of performances at London's Eventim... [More]

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Sparks - Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap has made a name for herself thanks to her breathy voice and cleverly orchestrated electronica music. Her new album, Sparks ($10), lives up to her usual pleasant sound and top-notch artistry. Although critics are "heap"ing praise onto this album, they don't hold out... [More]

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They Want My Soul - Spoon

Somehow we got by in the four years since their last album, Transference, but to be honest, that wasn't our favorite Spoon album anyway. They Want My Soul ($10) is a return to form for the band we've known and loved for seven albums (now... [More]

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Hypnotic Eye - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

They may break your heart, but their music will mend your soul: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are back with Hypnotic Eye ($11), an album that's legitimately good, not just a "good try for an old favorite" compliment we pay to former icons we respect... [More]

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The Essential *NSYNC

Your music tastes have evolved well past the boy bands you loved as a preteen. Why, nowadays, you wouldn't know the difference between One Direction and another... direction. That said, if we're talking about the boy bands of your youth, you'd be lying if you... [More]

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Long live the mix tape; the mix tape is dead. As a preteen, one of the sweetest things you could do for your crush was to make a cassette tape with some carefully chosen tunes that expressed how you felt. Milktape ($15) aims to revive... [More]

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The Voyager

Jenny Lewis, formerly of the band Rilo Kiley and your dream BFF, is back with a new solo album, The Voyager ($10), and an airbrushed suit to go along with it (that she reportedly wears for all live appearances). Lewis, who possesses one of the... [More]

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Mandatory Fun - "Weird Al" Yankovic

If you had told us back in the '80s that the same man who wrote and performed song parodies like "Eat It" and "Like a Surgeon" would become an internet sensation 30 years later, we'd have said, "What's the internet?" No, but really, who would... [More]

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Trouble in Paradise - La Roux

Five summers ago, we were big fans of La Roux's hit song "Bulletproof." Now, La Roux proves that pop/dance magic was no fluke with her second album, Trouble in Paradise ($8). This latest set of tunes takes listeners straight back to the fun, synthesized music... [More]

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Guitar Pick Punch

Ugh, credit card debt. You've wracked up quite a bill this past month on frivolous purchases. Cutting up your cards may seem like the best option, but it's actually only your second best option. Even better is turning those trouble-enabling cards into guitar picks. Before... [More]

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