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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2015

By Michael Nelson / March 31, 2015
It seemed like every day of March brought with it a new controversy or calamity worthy of coverage here: There was the Ghost Bath hoax; the revelation that Lars Ulrich was to blame for the absence of bass on ...And Justice For All; the bizarre dissolution of Lord Mantis; the Liturgy album… More »


Ariel Pink Albums From Worst To Best

By Raymond Cummings / March 31, 2015
As his band traveled through a lightning storm somewhere in the American Midwest, Ariel "Pink" Rosenberg yelled at me over the telephone. It was April 2005, and I was holed up in the spare bedroom of a rented house in York, PA, repeatedly posing pre-prepared interview questions in order to be heard over the noise… More »


Know Your Beach Bands

By Patrick Hosken / March 27, 2015
In the mid-'00s, we witnessed a torrent of new bands with "wolf" in their names. Among the acts with lupine roots were Wolf Parade, Wolfmother, We Are Wolves, Sea Wolf, Wolf & Cub, and more. It got old, as trends do, and we reached Canis lupus critical mass in 2009 with Wolf Gang. The gentler… More »


30 Essential Max Martin Songs

By Michael Nelson / March 26, 2015
The thought came to me in a drug store. Or a department store. Or the backseat of a taxicab. I don't remember where it was, exactly, except that it was the type of place where, in 2015, one might hear Taio Cruz's 2010 hit "Dynamite" playing in the periphery. That is to say: anywhere i… More »


The 10 Best Marvin Gaye Songs

By Robert Ham / March 24, 2015
It can be hard to not engage in a mental game of "What if?" when it comes to artists who died well before their time. Would Kurt Cobain have released more albums as zeitgeist-defining and powerful as Nevermind or In Utero? Would Biggie Smalls have achieved the same elder statesman status as Jay Z or… More »


Madonna Albums From Worst To Best

By Mary von Aue / March 18, 2015
Throughout Madonna's four decade career, she's pissed off a lot of people. Backlash against Madonna has brought otherwise divergent groups to consensus, from Pope John Paul II to Planned Parenthood. As an artist, she has given us so many iterations of herself that she's been able to remain both relevant and agitating across generations. More »


Out Of Control On Videotape: The 10 Best Radiohead Music Videos

By Tom Breihan / March 13, 2015
The most important Radiohead video is probably this clip, of the band playing "Creep" at the MTV Beach House in 1993. That's the video that showed what the band could've easily been: A one-hit wonder playing for disinterested frat boys and beach bunnies, looking uncomfortable and humiliated while knocking out their one perfect diamond… More »


33 Musicians Discuss Their Favorite Radiohead Songs

By Stereogum / March 10, 2015
From star-studded guest lists to an audible influence on several generations of bands, Radiohead's fan base has always included quite a few of their fellow rock stars. We polled dozens of notable musicians about their favorite Radiohead songs, and this is how they responded. More »


The 10 Best Missy Elliott Songs

By Nate Patrin / March 3, 2015
The mid-late '90s felt like a crisis point for hip-hop: the deepening rift between mainstream and underground rap, along with the lyrical focus on high-budget conspicuous consumption from platinum-selling artists, felt like breaking points that supposedly compromised what hip-hop was supposed to remain true to. Whether hip-hop needed to look back to its party-music root… More »


The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2015

By Michael Nelson / February 25, 2015
At the very end of January, a few days after last month's Black Market was published, Tom interviewed Wes Borland -- the guitar player in Limp Bizkit who dresses like he accidentally went onstage with the wrong band -- and Tom, bless his heart, confronted Borland directly on my behalf, asking… More »


Beck Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / February 19, 2015
As you might've heard, Beck won a Grammy for Album Of The Year about a week and a half ago, for his early 2014 release Morning Phase. I don't know if your Twitter feed looked anything like mine, but let's say people were less than supportive of this decision -- because, of course, Beck beat… More »


The Fall Albums From Worst To Best

By Robert Ham / February 12, 2015
"If it's me and your granny on bongos, it's the Fall." So sayeth Mark E. Smith (MES), the mercurial, irascible, and incredible leader of the legendary post-punk band. It's a quote that gets thrown around often in response to the parade of musicians (upwards of 60 by my rough count) that were hired and fired,… More »


10 Tour Riders Crazier Than Jack White’s

By Cory D. Byrom / February 11, 2015
There was a time when being a star meant getting away with whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted. Tales of trashing hotel rooms just for fun, drinking, smoking, and snorting everything in sight, lines of groupies waiting outside tour busses, and even, in some unfortunate cases, taking part in sexual activities that are at best… More »


Grammys 2015: Performances From Worst To Best

By Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015
Hey, it's over! We made it through! Sam Smith won everything! Iggy Azalea didn't win anything! Beck busted through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man! Kanye, for a glorious split second, threatened to turn this into an interesting show! And amid all the drama, there were so, so many performances. Almost everyone brought an orchestra,… More »


Napalm Death Albums From Worst To Best

By Phil Freeman / February 4, 2015
Napalm Death are one of the most important bands to come out of the UK metal scene, period. Like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, they hail from Birmingham, one of the ugliest, most crushed-under cities in the country's post-industrial West Midlands. Though they started out as a hardcore punk duo, they were calling themselves Napalm… More »


Steely Dan Albums From Worst To Best

By Nate Patrin / January 29, 2015
Steely Dan are playing this year's Coachella, they've been sampled by everyone from Kanye to Cities Aviv, and you can hear hints of their sardonic lyrical brilliance in indie rockers ranging from the Dismemberment Plan to Destroyer to Father John Misty. But for a band that made its name puncturing the remnants of the… More »


The Ramones Albums From Worst To Best

By Brad Shoup / January 22, 2015
If everyone who ever bought a Ramones shirt bought a Ramones album, they'd be as big as fucking Aerosmith by now. But then, how many Aerosmith shirts do you see at shows? The glamour of cultdom was lost on the Ramones; they didn't care about the margins. They wanted to be your Beatles. And i… More »


The 10 Best Black Crowes Songs

By Ryan Leas / January 20, 2015
So, the Black Crowes broke up. Again, that is, sort of. Since the band broke through with their 1990 debut, Shake Your Money Maker, it's been a twisting and tumultuous path through a few hiatuses and constant lineup changes with members coming and going and returning, the kind of narrative most of us probably… More »


Pink Floyd Albums From Worst To Best

By Jonathan Dick / January 15, 2015
How appropriate that Pink Floyd would find their beginnings in the same year that saw the first person walk in space. It's a fitting foreword to the band's story which, over the last fifty years of their existence, has seen them embrace the rarity and mythos that is rock and roll legend with a disarming… More »


The 10 Best A Tribe Called Quest Songs

By Nate Patrin / January 9, 2015
Imagine a band that faces the kind of trajectory usually posited as a hard-luck story, a series of events that goes a little something like this: First, they drop a name-making debut that winds up becoming both one of the most acclaimed, hardest-to-follow first efforts by any group of an entire decade, and the last… More »


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