2014 In Review

2014 In Review

The 20 Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2014

When we first did a Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2013 last December, it was initially thought up as a one-off. But, hey, then we decided…
Ryan Leas | December 31, 2014 - 1:51 pm

2014 In Review

6 Breakout Indie Labels Of 2014

To start, let's clarify something: This is not a definitive list of the best record labels of 2014, nor is it necessarily a list of…
Gabriela Tully Claymore & James Rettig | December 31, 2014 - 1:08 pm

2014 In Review

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

2014 In Review

The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014

Two weeks ago we looked at the year's biggest pop songs; now let's run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap,…
Chris DeVille | December 18, 2014 - 2:27 pm

2014 In Review

Laura Jane Grace Reviews 2014: The Against Me! Leader On Transitioning In Public, Getting To Know Her Fans, And Seeing A Ghost

Since coming out as transgender in 2012, Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace has been living in a kind of whirlwind, having not only spent the…
T. Cole Rachel | December 17, 2014 - 10:44 am

2014 In Review

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014

In 2014, rap's biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he's been promising.
Tom Breihan | December 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

2014 In Review

Lily Allen Made The Album 2014 Deserved

It took four minutes and 23 seconds for Lily Allen to shed any goodwill she had built up in the five years since her last…
Chris DeVille | December 16, 2014 - 9:54 am

2014 In Review

The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014

In last month's Black Market, while wrapping up a short commentary on Decibel Magazine's list of the 40 best albums of 2014, I wrote: "[T]his…
Michael Nelson | December 15, 2014 - 11:36 am

2014 In Review

The 5 Best Tom Petty Albums Of 2014

As you might've heard, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers scored their first #1 album this year, with Hypnotic Eye. Thing is, it's merely pretty good
Ryan Leas | December 11, 2014 - 3:17 pm

2014 In Review

Stereogum’s 70 Favorite Songs Of 2014

Picking a list of favorite songs can be an intensely personal thing, and sometimes it makes more sense to throw any idea of objectivity out…
Stereogum | December 11, 2014 - 9:45 am

2014 In Review

Run The Jewels, YG, And The Magnetic Appeal Of Male Friendship

Anyone can do something once. The early announcements on rap blogs, like this one from HipHopDX, were innocuous enough: "After the critical and commercial success…
Chris DeVille | December 5, 2014 - 9:59 am

2014 In Review

Wayne Coyne Reviews 2014: The Flaming Lips Leader On U2, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, And What’s Next With Miley Cyrus

Wayne Coyne has never been shy about his opinions. Known in recent years for giving freewheeling, often hilarious interviews, he's also made some comments that…
Ryan Leas | December 4, 2014 - 2:12 pm

2014 In Review

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There's too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of…
Stereogum | December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am