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Ah, the second installation in Bieber’s five-part conceptual exploration of the 5 w’s. Clearly, he’s aiming to get on journalists’ good side by exploring their methodology in song form. Shrewd.

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August 28, 2015 on Justin Bieber’s New Single “What Do You Mean” Is Really Great

It’s like Macklemore thought “Uptown Funk” just needed an anthemic chorus and at least one shout out to a scenic Idaho lake.

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August 27, 2015 on The Week In Pop: JoJo, A Pop Star For The Post-Hits Era

Whoops, thought that said she hated her shingles! Nevermind! Though it would be nice if there were more articles about roof care on this site.

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August 27, 2015 on Grimes Hates All Her Singles

She should get some of that corrugated metal roof paneling instead.

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August 27, 2015 on Grimes Hates All Her Singles

Either way, there was a lot of bad blood between these two.

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August 26, 2015 on Eazy-E’s Son Thinks Suge Knight Injected His Father With AIDS Blood

One of the trendiest cosmetic surgeries for 40+ alt-rockers is the old-timey hat implant. Jeff Tweedy and Beck must have gone to the same guy.

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August 26, 2015 on Watch Taylor Swift Perform With Beck (!) & St. Vincent (!!) In LA

That’s probably as cool as one can possibly look with both a headset mic and a perm.

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August 26, 2015 on Watch Taylor Swift Perform With Beck (!) & St. Vincent (!!) In LA

I don’t know, I think you’re pretty much splitting hairs when it comes to deciding whether, say, “In the Air Tonight” is more of an enduring classic than something like “Boys of Summer.” Or if we’re saying “Back in Black” is more deserving of canonization than “Photograph” or “Panama.” It all seems pretty random, after a certain point.

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August 25, 2015 on Album Of The Week: All Dogs Kicking Every Day

That’s a weird thing to say about someone else’s asshole.

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August 25, 2015 on Album Of The Week: All Dogs Kicking Every Day

Count me as all aboard the Destroyer train, though I’ll qualify that by noting I think everything from Streethawk on has been varying degrees of genius. I’m not surprised it’s not getting as much shine as Kaputt, since it’s purposefully disjointed and really hammers you with congas and strings, elements that like the formerly despised saxophone are often put to questionable use in other settings. But the songwriting is stellar –– I realize “Sun in the Sky” shares the same DNA as about half of Destroyer’s Rubies, but it still floors me every time. It also showcases Bejar’s long-underrated comic timing pretty well.

It’s also a timely record, arriving as it does amid fierce debates over the body-painted breast-baring beauties boldly basking in the bumpkin bacchanalia of Times Square. I’m not sure where I was going with that, just thought I’d break up the monotony with some alliteration.

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August 25, 2015 on Album Of The Week: All Dogs Kicking Every Day

Somehow, they squandered the golden opportunity to have Morello throw some goofy fingertapping and pick scratching all over this and rechristen it “What’s My Rage Again?” It would have only been slightly more ridiculous than Audioslave.

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August 24, 2015 on Watch Mark Hoppus, Tom Morello, T-Bone Burnett, And Mumford & Sons Play Blink-182’s “What’s My Age Again?” In LA

Lists are fun because they’re meant to be debated, and I think there’s plenty of debate fodder here. In addition to the lack of Meat Puppets, I was a bit puzzled that fact there were only 2 metal songs in what was a pretty pivotal decade for metal, no Run DMC, no Tom Waits, Tom Petty, or even “Tom’s Diner.” Some of the best Toms of the decade, cast aside (thankfully, the Tom Tom Club was included).

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August 24, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness

I enjoyed reading this and all, but can we not keep anointing non-rock musicians with ridiculous titles like “greatest real rock star?” Let’s not forget that the boys from Buckcherry are still kicking!

This article also mention Michael Jackson. Speaking of Michael Jackson (lazy transition alert), boy, that 200 best songs of the ’80s list over at that one popular website sure is something, huh? Plenty to discuss there, but I’ll just use this opportunity to say I’m not sure there are 200 songs from any decade better than “Up on the Sun.”

Oh by the way, did ya’ll know there’s a new Buckcherry album out?

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August 24, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness

In this simile, We’ll Build Them a Golden Bridge/ Ideas for Songs are clearly the Christian Laettner.

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August 20, 2015 on Stream Destroyer Poison Season

I imagine the Stereogum office dynamic being a lot like a Heaven’s Gate meeting circa late 1996, with Tom being the Marshall Applewhite and Carly Rae Jepsen being the Hale-Bopp Comet of prophesy.

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August 20, 2015 on Watch Carly Rae Jepsen Bestow The Gift Of Her Glorious Presence Unto The Tonight Show

He really crushed this one. Again. The Destroyer discography is starting to look about as stacked as the original Dream Team.

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August 20, 2015 on Stream Destroyer Poison Season

I was kind of surprised people forgot about this –– after all, it was out there in both “Guilty Conscience” and Dre’s “Behind the Music” back in the day. I remember thinking it seemed pretty bullshit that he didn’t own up to the extent of the attack (for instance, in “Guilty Conscience” he slapped her; in the Behind the Music I think he claimed only to have pushed her). He rightfully notes he’s done some “fucking horrible things” in his past, but he’s actually in a position (because of his absurd wealth) where he can do more to support the people he’s fucked over. This entails not simply financial support (both to the affected parties and to some other institutions), but also simply being honest. People should be allowed to make mistakes, but when they’re particularly bad ones (like this), you also have to live with them. Both Dre and those of us who’ve listened to his music or seen his movie or bought his horseshit headphones have to deal with that –– pretending it didn’t happen shouldn’t be an option.

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August 19, 2015 on Dee Barnes Reflects On Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre Assault

Tempting to read this as an album announcement, but the man-into-dog gif makes it clear: this is viral marketing for the long-awaited sequel to the classic 2006 film The Shaggy Dog. Bradford Cox may seem an unconventional choice to play the lead, but as I’ve long argued, he’s the Tim Allen of indie rock.

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August 15, 2015 on Deerhunter Launch Countdown For New Album Fading Frontier

“The Pitch” has been home to some of the dumbest content I’ve seen anywhere on the internet. I like the attempt to engage in more political conversations –– especially about representation, which has been an uncomfortably huge blindspot in the indie world since forever –– but the execution has more often than not been shoddy.

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August 10, 2015 on Joanna Newsom Announces New Album Divers & Shares Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed “Sapokanikan” Video