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Yes Albums From Worst To Best

Yes are one of the flagship acts of progressive rock. They’re also one of rock’s weirdest bands. Their best music is intense and aggressive, incorporating influences from jazz, folk, and country, but blending them with wild synthesizer explorations, crazed art-boogie guitar shredding, bass louder than most metal bands’, crushingly complex drumming, and Jon Anderson’s unique,… More »

By: Phil Freeman / May 20, 2015 - 10:21 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We had this list laid out last night, hours before Mark Kozelek dropped a new track off the upcoming Sun Kil Moon record, Universal Themes. No surprise: It was — and is — a very good song. So we had to reassess and reorganize. Sharon Van Etten’s “Remembering Mountains” was ultimately dropped so we could… More »

By: Stereogum / May 15, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Q&A: The Darkness On Vikings, Music Media, And Nickelback + “Hammer & Tongs” (Stereogum Premiere)

Remember the Darkness? They caused a brief sensation in the music press in 2003, when their debut album, Permission To Land, was released. In the UK, it went to #1 and spawned five hit singles, including a Christmas song. In the US, the band was seen as a joke, because … well, mostly because of… More »

By: Phil Freeman / May 14, 2015 - 10:13 am

Artist Portraits From Shaky Knees 2015

Shaky Knees Festival went down in Atlanta this weekend, and we sent two photographers to capture portraits and live shots of some of the performers on this extensive lineup. The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, and Ryan Adams headlined, and a smattering of equally well-known acts played over the course of three… More »

By: Stereogum / May 11, 2015 - 11:46 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

You could probably make a case for a much different 5 Best Songs this week — your parallel-universe list might include Tame Impala, Willow Smith, Elvis Depressedly, Vennart, and/or Moses Sumney. You would still end the week with a really good bunch of songs. It would be hard, though, to envision any 5 Best Song… More »

By: Stereogum / May 8, 2015 - 2:51 pm

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