One of the most critically-acclaimed releases of the past few years, Animal Collective's "Merriweather Post Pavilion" sounds incredible no matter where you are. It's brilliantly crafted and doesn't have a stale track; no matter what the season it's worth a listen.
Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys succumbed to cancer this week. Read Sasha Frere-Jones' excellent tribute to the late MCA.
The Rock and Hall of Fame welcomes Donovan, Laura Nyro, the Beastie Boys, Faces and Guns N' Roses.