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The Short, Strange Music Career Of Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday at the age of 83. The actor was best known for playing the alien Mr. Spock on the 1960s TV show Star Trek and in multiple associated movies beginning in the late 1970s and running all the way to 2013. But there was much more to him than that… More »

By: Phil Freeman / March 2, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

For all the fresh beefing we were made to endure this week, it's nice to have the 5 Best Songs to help us remember why we listen to music in the first place. Musicians dissing each other is fun (and often very, very funny), but at the end of a long… More »

By: Stereogum / February 27, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

All the songs chosen for 5 Best Songs this week are, intentionally or not, crushingly self-reflective and introspective. They concern relationships and how we actually relate to others emotionally, not just romantically, as well as how we treat ourselves. But that's a lot to think about on a Friday afternoon. Let's say that they're all… More »

By: Stereogum / February 20, 2015

Stream Crypt Sermon Out Of The Garden (Stereogum Premiere)

I should let Philadelphian epic doomers Crypt Sermon crawl out from under their epic doom influences. So far, I haven't. My Black Market blurb about them, like a lot of other write-ups, was too quick to namecheck epic doom designers, namely Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and Solitude Aeturnus. Shame on me. In my defense, distilling… More »

By: Ian Chainey / February 17, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Yesterday, we woke up with a new broody Drake short film to watch with breakfast, and by bedtime, we had a new broody Drake mixtape to listen to over sleepy tea. If those 17 songs had dropped Wednesday instead, we'd likely be talking about one of them below. But we'll get… More »

By: Stereogum / February 13, 2015

The Fall Albums From Worst To Best

"If it's me and your granny on bongos, it's the Fall." So sayeth Mark E. Smith (MES), the mercurial, irascible, and incredible leader of the legendary post-punk band. It's a quote that gets thrown around often in response to the parade of musicians (upwards of 60 by my rough count) that were hired and fired,… More »

By: Robert Ham / February 12, 2015

Q&A: Torche On Sci-Fi Sounds And Feel-Good Metal + “Restarter” (Stereogum Premiere)

For the past decade, Torche have confounded listeners while delighting them at the same time. Are they metal? Pop? Punk? Pop metal? Does it even matter? While several members of Torche have said publicly that they don't consider themselves a metal band, their roster of former touring partners indicates that some very reputable musicians consider… More »

By: Justin M. Norton / February 11, 2015

10 Tour Riders Crazier Than Jack White’s

There was a time when being a star meant getting away with whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted. Tales of trashing hotel rooms just for fun, drinking, smoking, and snorting everything in sight, lines of groupies waiting outside tour busses, and even, in some unfortunate cases, taking part in sexual activities that are at best… More »

By: Cory D. Byrom / February 11, 2015

Sleater-Kinney Played Their First Show In 9 Years Last Night

While most of the world was struggling through an uneventful and inoffensive Grammys ceremony, a lucky few got to witness Sleater-Kinney take the stage for the first time in nine years last night to perform a full headlining show. The band went back to its roots, opening up its No Cities To Love tour… More »

By: Stereogum / February 9, 2015

Grammys 2015: Comment Party

It's Grammys time! This may or may not be Music's Biggest Night™, but it's definitely a bastion of storied traditions including widespread ridicule and disdain, rampant memes, cultural appropriation, and Taylor Swift reaction shot cutaways. Last year's festivities brought the debut of @Pharrellhat, a live Jay Z-Beyoncé chair dance, a mass gay wedding, Daft… More »

By: Stereogum / February 8, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We're officially five full weeks into 2015, so where do we stand (besides shin-deep in gray-curb slush puddles)? From the sounds of this playlist, we might not be standing at all. We could be bounding through aquariums, huddling in storm-wrecked caves, kneeling in funereal cathedrals, feasting in royal courts, or traipsing around the woods. Thi… More »

By: Stereogum / February 6, 2015

Napalm Death Albums From Worst To Best

Napalm Death are one of the most important bands to come out of the UK metal scene, period. Like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, they hail from Birmingham, one of the ugliest, most crushed-under cities in the country's post-industrial West Midlands. Though they started out as a hardcore punk duo, they were calling themselves Napalm… More »

By: Phil Freeman / February 4, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The biggest song this week brought together three of the biggest names in music; it arrived with no warning and exploded into our lives. We talked about this last week -- we talk about it all the time, or maybe we don't even talk about it at all anymore, because we now take it… More »

By: Stereogum / January 30, 2015

Dephosphorus – “Abstraction Maze” / Haapoja – “Pakon Sanelma” (Stereogum Premiere)

Among the natural wonders that biology has uncovered, one of the weirdest is convergent evolution: the phenomenon in which two separate species evolve highly similar traits under wildly different circumstances. The eyeballs of cephalopods like squid and octopi, which bear a remarkable similarity to those of humans and other terrestrial vertebrates, constitute one famous example. More »

By: Doug Moore / January 27, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

As Chris cannily noted in his last The Week In Pop, "the TV-shows-about-the-music-industry industry is booming," even as the music industry itself melts deeper into Pompeii-level hot messiness. It is ironic: 10 million people every week are watching a TV show about a record company, but nobody is buying records. So yeah, the machine… More »

By: Stereogum / January 23, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

If we approached this column with a more literal set of guidelines, there's a good chance you would see a different list before you, one including five songs from Sleater-Kinney's No Cities To Love. (But which five?!) That album's not in stores till next week, but we got the stream this past Sunday, and… More »

By: Stereogum / January 16, 2015

Pink Floyd Albums From Worst To Best

How appropriate that Pink Floyd would find their beginnings in the same year that saw the first person walk in space. It's a fitting foreword to the band's story which, over the last fifty years of their existence, has seen them embrace the rarity and mythos that is rock and roll legend with a disarming… More »

By: Jonathan Dick / January 15, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This was the first full week of 2015, and the week in which winter fully set in on most of the country. (As Slate weather writer Eric Holthaus noted yesterday: "It’s so cold out (how cold is it??) that Minneapolis cancelled school today. Minneapolis!") NYC felt it too; it snowed here all morning, and… More »

By: Stereogum / January 9, 2015

30 Essential Post-Rock Songs

Above all else, the Wikipedia entry on post-rock exemplifies how difficult it can be to pin down movements in music: Did the genre begin in the '90s? The '80s? The term was coined a little over 20 years ago, in 1994, by Simon Reynolds in the pages of Mojo. Perhaps, however, its vocabulary of texture… More »

By: Garrett Kamps / January 7, 2015

Stream Ascension The Dead Of The World (Stereogum Premiere)

Germany's Ascension sit at the intersection of two visions of black metal. Their self-presentation draws heavily on the theistic Satanism of so-called "orthodox" black metal bands like Deathspell Omega and Aosoth; the members pen complex, extremely serious odes to Lucifer behind veils of anonymity. Like Deathspell and their ilk, Ascension make liberal use of dissonant… More »

By: Doug Moore / January 6, 2015

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