Half Way Home, the 2012 album with which Angel Olsen built her name, was a great album, but its greatness was the sort that you can only really admire from a distance. Whether purposefully or as a…   Read Story »
If you spend enough time with the new Sun Kil Moon album Benji, there is every chance that you will end up crying sooner or later. The first time I misted up to the album, it was during a relatively…   Read Story »
If you're old enough to actually remember the 1980s, there's a particular sound -- a ticking arpeggio, a guitar made to sound like a synth or a synth made to sound like a guitar -- that probably…   Read Story »
As you know, this is usually Tom's column. But I'm taking over this week to talk about one of the most anticipated experimental albums of the season. Things will be back to normal next week. Last…   Read Story »
I've been working for Stereogum for something like two and a half years now, writing literally thousands of blog posts, and I'll stand by nearly every one of them. But there's one towering exception.…   Read Story »
There's a moment on "TMI" where Big Ups frontman Joe Galarraga tries to talk like a robot and totally fails. He literally says, "I am a robot from the 20th century / I am designed to never feel…   Read Story »
If you don't know Stephen Malkmus by now, you will never never never know him. The former Pavement frontman's signature sound was cemented somewhere around 1999's contented, side-eyed sigh Terror…   Read Story »
A little more than halfway through the 10-minute title track of Burial's Rival Dealer EP, around the time the first titanic sawtooth bassline disappears into static and the second one comes roaring…   Read Story »
Although his nearly singleminded fixation on sex has been a constant plumb line, R. Kelly's catalog is remarkably diverse. Stylistically, over the course of a 20-year solo career he's evolved with…   Read Story »
There are two big reasons why SUM/ONE, the solo debut from Gang Gang Dance's Brian DeGraw, gets the Album Of The Week nod this week. One is a simple matter of timing. The release-date calendar always…   Read Story »