The 31 Best U2 Non-Album Tracks

By Ryan Leas / July 27, 2015 - 1:20 pm

U2 are the kind of band that doesn’t so much release albums as release events. In the context of their career, that means various things at various times. There’s their sheer popularity, the result of which is that a U2 album can’t really be minor even if the band tried to make it so: It… More »

The 10 Best Chemical Brothers Songs

By Nate Patrin / July 21, 2015 - 11:31 am

Twenty years ago, in the last week of June 1995, the Chemical Brothers released their debut album, Exit Planet Dust, and turned the strong electronic-dance vanguard of their early singles into something that the mainstream press couldn’t ignore. And two full decades after next-big-thing hype, festival-headliner status, trend-setting, trend-ducking, left-field experiments, crowdpleasing hits, cult-classic soundtracks,… More »

6 Memorable Moments From Pitchfork Fest 2015 Saturday

By Tom Breihan / July 19, 2015 - 3:57 pm

There’s nothing quite as invigorating as a quick burst of chaos. Just as Saturday afternoon was getting going in Chicago, a quick but torrential downpour sent the entire mob of people at Union Park scrambling for cover. It let up just long enough for four really good Ex Hex songs, and then it came back… More »

5 Memorable Moments From Pitchfork Fest 2015 Friday

By Tom Breihan / July 18, 2015 - 3:03 pm

If you’ll permit me to get self-indulgent here for a second, the Pitchfork Music Festival and I have some history. I was at the first one of these festivals, 10 years ago, when it was still called the Intonation Festival. I’d just started writing for Pitchfork then, and this was the first time I met… More »

INXS Albums From Worst To Best

By Alicia Kennedy / July 14, 2015 - 12:07 pm

“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 to his duties, collecting empty glasses and wiping down the bar, and we were left to ponder this question alone. A TV in the bar… More »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

By Stereogum / July 3, 2015 - 2:40 pm

The week began on, like, Tuesday with the launch of Apple Music and it pretty much ended on Thursday because of the three-day weekend, and frankly, not a whole hell of a lot happened in between. It kinda felt like everyone besides Trent Reznor took the week off and nobody even bothered to release any… More »

Stevie Wonder Albums From Worst To Best

By Timothy Bracy & Elizabeth Bracy / July 2, 2015 - 9:57 am

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 prodigy. Like Mozart, Mendelssohn, Earl Scruggs, and Alex Chilton before him, Wonder composed and performed songs as a young child that inextricably transformed the contemporary… More »

Royal Trux Albums From Worst To Best

By Brian Mock / June 25, 2015 - 1:52 pm

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, of Montreal, and others. On the surface, they’ve never been the easiest to digest upon first listen, from Jennifer Herrema’s gravely grunts and growls, to… More »

The 5 Best Moments Of Firefly 2015 Sunday

By Patrick Hosken / June 22, 2015 - 2:18 pm

After three days of cloud cover, Firefly’s final outing unfolded entirely in the hot, hot sun. The crowds thickened up, too, which made maneuvering around the muddy paths a bit of a challenge. But if you’re excited about a particular set, you’ll hoof through anything — mud, rain, spilled liquids of questionable origin — to… More »

The 5 Best Moments Of Firefly 2015 Saturday

By Patrick Hosken / June 21, 2015 - 12:23 pm

The threat of rain hung heavy over Firefly’s third day. Guys in tank tops whispered it to their girlfriends while waiting in line for tacos. Strangers chatted each other up about it while awaiting the next free porta-potty. And then, at around 9:45, festival officials took the main stage to announce that the night’s remaining… More »

The 6 Best Moments Of Firefly 2015 Thursday & Friday

By Patrick Hosken / June 20, 2015 - 12:09 pm

There’s a great funny-because-it’s-true joke in Wayne’s World that captures how the rest of the U.S. views Delaware. Wayne finds himself in front of a green screen in his show’s fancy new studio, and upon being “magically whisked away” to the state, he doesn’t know what to say past, “Hi, I’m in Delaware.” What do… More »

The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

By Stereogum / June 16, 2015 - 11:08 am

The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How can we fully appreciate one major piece of work when there’s always another one coming right around the corner. And when the huge, fully-formed masterpieces are dropping from the sky… More »

5 Memorable Sets From Bonnaroo 2015 Sunday

By Ryan Leas / June 15, 2015 - 9:41 pm

Sundays at festivals can so often be a bittersweet thing. People are starting to get ragged, the festival grounds start to smell of some kind of putrid something, the big climactic headliners may have come and gone. So often, whoever’s left playing that final night, when the work week looms around the corner, has a… More »

5 Memorable Sets From Bonnaroo 2015 Saturday

By Ryan Leas / June 14, 2015 - 5:52 pm

Saturday at Bonnaroo can sometimes be a tricky thing. While you’re in the thick of the weekend and things can get a little crazy around the Farm, it’s also a night where there will be a headliner on the main stage, with a long set with few others (if anyone) playing at the same time… More »

7 Memorable Sets From Bonnaroo 2015 Thursday & Friday

By Ryan Leas / June 13, 2015 - 7:34 pm

By its early reputation and the sheer nature of it, Bonnaroo should be a complete mess. But the staff are universally nice and the people who attend are typically good all-around, too. It’s a sprawling, often muddy festival that can be overwhelming for its wealth of choices, but it’s so well-run and so laid-back that… More »

The Black Keys Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / June 11, 2015 - 11:44 am

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 the weirdness is rooted. There are still famous rock bands in 2015, but the topic of their decreased relevance is by now its own cliché. More »

The 7 Best Performances Of Governors Ball 2015 Sunday

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 8, 2015 - 12:50 pm

Governors Ball was oversold, there’s no question about it; that, or the festival grounds shrunk significantly this year. Either way, we had a great time and Sunday felt way less hectic in comparison with the rest of the weekend. Maybe everyone was burned out or hungover or half-dead, but it seemed like fewer people chose… More »

The 6 Best Performances Of Governors Ball 2015 Saturday

By Stereogum / June 7, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Following up a set from Drake would be a tough job for anyone, and the bill for Saturday’s Governors Ball did seem a little sparse for the second full day. Still, New Yorkers and others who had trekked to the city specifically for the festival came out in droves on Saturday — at least the… More »

The 8 Best Performances Of Governors Ball 2015 Friday

By Stereogum / June 6, 2015 - 3:17 pm

For being the biggest city in America, it took a hell of a long time for New York to lock down a festival. Sure, we have CMJ and Northside and venues booked tight throughout the year, but recreating the traditional “field day out” experience that’s become the norm across the rest of the country i… More »

Faith No More Albums From Worst To Best

By Joseph Schafer / June 4, 2015 - 12:23 pm

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 first album, named after their very first guitarist. Mark Bowen was there in the audience. It struck me as a classy move to reach back… More »

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