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Counting Down

Stephin Merritt Albums From Worst To Best

"Relating to other people has always struck me as the most overrated of pleasures." Stephin Merritt said this in a 2015 issue of…
Doug Bleggi | March 13, 2017 - 12:33 pm

Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Spoon Hot Thoughts

Back in 2008, the year that Spoon headlined the last day of the Pitchfork Music Festival, they got into town early. When bands are playing…
Tom Breihan | March 13, 2017 - 12:13 pm

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Song To Song Is Disappointing As Both A Musical And Personal Drama

It was silly of me to think that a Terrence Malick movie set against the backdrop of the Austin music scene would come anywhere close…
James Rettig | March 13, 2017 - 11:00 am


Q&A: Lydia Ainsworth On Her New Album Darling Of The Afterglow

Lydia Ainsworth's 2014 debut album, Right From Real, is a mystifying piece of pop experimentalism, blending fibrous synths with classically-inspired strings to create something that's…
James Rettig | March 13, 2017 - 9:00 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We commemorated a lot of important events in music history this week. The death of the Notorious B.I.G., the 50th anniversary of The Velvet Underground
Stereogum | March 10, 2017 - 5:06 pm

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The Velvet Underground & Nico Is 50 Years Old But Still Sounds New

I was talking to Lou Reed the other day and he said that the first Velvet Underground record sold 30,000 copies in the first five
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 10, 2017 - 1:42 pm

The Anniversary

Sound Of Silver Turns 10

Can we talk about "All My Friends" for a minute -- or, I don't know, seven minutes and 42 seconds? I saw LCD Soundsystem in
Chris DeVille | March 10, 2017 - 1:24 pm

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Dolph Lundgren has a masters in chemical engineering and a third-degree black belt in karate. He dated Grace Jones when he was her bodyguard. He…
Tom Breihan | March 10, 2017 - 12:18 pm

The Week In Pop

Future Seems Ready To Pop Again

There was a time -- not so long ago, though it feels ancient in terms of internet hype cycles -- when Future seemed destined to…
Chris DeVille | March 9, 2017 - 12:00 pm

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Don’t Keep Forgetting: How Michael McDonald Escaped Punchline Status

For a long time, the Doobie Brothers have felt like kind of a joke: the type of band it's easy to imagine namechecked in the…
Nate Patrin | March 9, 2017 - 11:16 am

Band To Watch

Artist To Watch: Alex Lahey

Calling from America to Australia involves a massive timezone leap, so when I dial up Alex Lahey at the end of my workday, she's waking…
Chris DeVille | March 9, 2017 - 10:45 am


U2’s The Joshua Tree Is 30: We Ranked Its Tracks Worst To Best

The Joshua Tree was the first time that U2 had truly looked outward, across the world. The four men -- always the four of them,…
Ryan Leas | March 9, 2017 - 9:23 am

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The Notorious B.I.G. Died 20 Years Ago Today

Imagine Biggie Smalls if he were alive today, if that one bullet had whizzed by six inches from where it hit. It's shockingly easy. Biggie…
Tom Breihan | March 9, 2017 - 8:42 am

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Echo In Eternity: The Indelible Mark Of Arthur Russell

In a 1987 Melody Maker review, music critic David Stubbs said that Arthur Russell's World Of Echo was "what is left when the Beat has…
Lindsey Rhoades | March 8, 2017 - 1:50 pm

Status Ain't Hood

Don Q Is The New York Rap Hardass We Need

Corner Stories, the new mixtape from the Bronx rapper Don Q, has a sort of Greek chorus running all through it: an unnamed interviewer who…
Tom Breihan | March 8, 2017 - 10:51 am
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