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"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 »
As any dyed-in-the-wool Aphex Twin fan worth their weight in trivia answers will tell you, there's really no such thing as a bad album written by Richard D. James. Sure, some are better than others,…   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 »
In some ways, the story of the Kinks feels familiar: In 1962, four working-class London teenagers besotted with American R&B and country music unite. Their initial creative exertions hold a thrilling…   Read Story »
From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site remtimeline.com, early R.E.M. gigs were glorified bar-band hootenannies. Before they'd written Murmur and Chronic Town, the band cut their teeth seemingly as…   Read Story »
Of all the bands that emerged from the British post-punk scene, XTC has been one of the hardest to pin down. You could peg them as an '80s dinosaur whose most recognizable tracks pop up on cut-rate…   Read Story »
In the single greatest book ever written about rock music, 1991's Rock And The Pop Narcotic, Joe Carducci described AC/DC thusly: "They kind of took the lumpen stomp of Slade and sort of added the…   Read Story »
Los Angeles' FYF Fest was one of the more stylistically diverse festivals of the year. Its lineup blended major headliners (Phoenix, the Strokes, HAIM) with some of the best electronic musicians in…   Read Story »
MTV has been putting its MTV Video Music Awards on TV for 30 years now, even though the network has only really cared much about airing music videos for maybe half that time. And every year, the…   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 »