"The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock 'n' roll." -- Lester Bangs Years before the term "collective" became a convenient and gradually more irritating shorthand for…   Read Story »
Take a brief moment and thank the year 1974 for its existence. Aside from being the year that saw the Ramones and Van Halen play their first gigs, Queen tour North America for the first time, Stevie…   Read Story »
Way back in 2004, when the internet was still a new-ish thing and CD-Rs were still relevant, a specific CD-R filled with loud music spurred from shitty amps was making its way across England. That…   Read Story »
Earlier today, TV On The Radio announced the fall 2014 release of their fifth album, Seeds. It will be the band's first LP since 2011's Nine Types Of Light, a strong collection that somehow never…   Read Story »
Over the course of the last three months, I've seen Damon Albarn perform four times, and a certain quality of his career was boldly underlined: there are great disparities between who knows him,…   Read Story »
The early '90s brought a wealth of change to pop music, and while the spoils of the dynamic shifts may have gone to the flannel-clad misanthropes of Seattle, the longevity and distinction of Tori…   Read Story »
When you look at Fucked Up's discography, it's easy to force a certain narrative onto their career arc: they started as a hard-charging hardcore band terrorizing tiny Toronto shows and became…   Read Story »
John Winston Lennon was famously shot to death at age 40, midway through his tumultuous life and storied career, robbing the world of a towering talent and profoundly ambiguous personality.…   Read Story »
The appeal of Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman has often been described in terms of his apparent lack of appeal. His signature baritone is slightly nasal and far from classically accomplished,…   Read Story »
Few British bands from the 1990s, Britpop or otherwise, have been pushed to the sidelines more forcefully than the Verve. I can think of, well, quite a few reasons for this. You've got their singer,…   Read Story »