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Leonard Cohen Albums From Worst To Best

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Several years ago, The Atlantic published a controversial essay by a healthy, middle-aged oncologist who hoped to die at 75. Among his reasons — the pain and physical deterioration that… More »


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Opeth Albums From Worst To Best

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Formed the same year that Sinead O’Connor stood in front of a camera crying and singing a Prince song, Sweden’s Opeth began their journey in the typical old-fashioned way wherein… More »


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Tim Hecker Albums From Worst To Best

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There are few ambient electronic artists as consistent and groundbreaking as Tim Hecker, even if the terms “ambient” and “electronic” barely encompass the scope of his work. He does use… More »


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PJ Harvey Albums From Worst To Best

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PJ Harvey’s discography speaks for itself. … More »


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Iggy Pop is the beating heart of rock ‘n’ roll. Since 1969, his whirling, explosive live performances have set a standard that 99 percent of rock artists have utterly failed… More »


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The Fiery Furnaces Albums From Worst To Best

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From 2003 until 2011, over the span of six studio albums, an EP, a double-disc live extravaganza, and hundreds of catalog-recombinant shows, the Oak Park, Illinois-reared siblings Matthew and Eleanor… More »


Motörhead are one of those bands, like ZZ Top or AC/DC, that seemingly everyone who likes loud electric guitars can agree on. They exist for one reason: speed. No, seriously… More »


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Richard Thompson Albums From Worst To Best

For four decades, the great British songwriter Richard Thompson has puzzled and enchanted, menaced and soothed, and remained an enigma far too slippery to attract anything larger than his devoted… More »


George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic collective isn’t always posed as a leading candidate for greatest or most important band of the ’70s, but try and imagine what music would sound like without… More »


The Doors are part of a very specific category of classic-rock artists: the gateway artists. The bands that — assuming you weren’t around in the ’60s — are amongst the… More »


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INXS Albums From Worst To Best

“How can I call myself a straight man,” a barback asked me and my friend, “if I would rather look at Michael Hutchence than all these pretty girls?” He returned… More »


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Stevie Wonder Albums From Worst To Best

Steveland “Stevie Wonder” Morris is an indisputable icon of American music, but in many ways is best understood as a part of a separate tradition — that of the musical… More »


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Royal Trux Albums From Worst To Best

Royal Trux just might be the most misunderstood band in indie rock. But their influence can be seen in contemporary bands like Liars, the Kills, Sleigh Bells, MGMT, Primal Scream,… More »


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Somewhere along the way, the Black Keys sneakily became one of the weirdest bands of the 21st century. Not stylistically, of course — and that’s where a whole lot of… More »


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Faith No More Albums From Worst To Best

When I saw San Francisco’s revenant Faith No More play Seattle for the first time in nearly 20 years, they closed their set with “Mark Bowen,” a song from their… More »


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