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The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014

By Michael Nelson / December 15, 2014
In last month's Black Market, while wrapping up a short commentary on Decibel Magazine's list of the 40 best albums of 2014, I wrote: "[T]his was a very good year for metal. Every year, though, it seems like the genre expands -- to the point that, today, the thing we talk about whe… More »


The 5 Best Tom Petty Albums Of 2014

By Ryan Leas / December 11, 2014
As you might've heard, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers scored their first #1 album this year, with Hypnotic Eye. Thing is, it's merely pretty good in the grand scheme of the Petty canon. It garnered a lot of positive of reviews, but when it comes down to it, the fact that Petty just now… More »


Stereogum’s 70 Favorite Songs Of 2014

By Stereogum / December 11, 2014
Picking a list of favorite songs can be an intensely personal thing, and sometimes it makes more sense to throw any idea of objectivity out the window. When we, your Stereogum staff, ranked our favorite albums of 2014, we did so as a unit, voting and arguing and finally coming up with a list… More »


The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

By Stereogum / December 2, 2014
Music is a messy thing. There's too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it -- or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool'… More »


20 Covers Of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Rated

By Ryan Leas / November 26, 2014
In the never-ending curious case of Radiohead, you have a slew of their most iconic songs out there -- beloved, covered, cited. Songs that have little to nothing to do with them now, whether they're off The Bends or even something like "No Surprises." First and foremost of those, of course, is "Creep," from their… More »


The 10 Best Kool & The Gang Songs

By Brad Shoup / November 24, 2014
If you're prone to checking out AcclaimedMusic.net, you may have noticed that Kool & The Gang have but one song in the top 6000: 1980's "Celebration," nestled at #3383, between Fuck Buttons' "Olympians" and Radiohead's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)." The Gap Band have three songs on the list; the O'Jays have four. Chic's absence… More »


26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence

By Ryan Leas / November 19, 2014
Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late '90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »


10 Cover Songs By Chvrches, Ranked

By Claire Lobenfeld / November 17, 2014
It was just over two years ago that Glasgow trio Chvrches first tapped their synth keys into our hearts with their dark, romantic pop. Aside from their Recover EP and full-length debut The Bones Of What You Believe, the band has given us a lot of listening material, covering songs by many other artists at… More »


Genesis Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Reed / November 13, 2014
Genesis' loyal fans and outspoken critics love and hate the band for the exact same reasons. During their prime-era prog-rock run in the early '70s, with Peter Gabriel as frontman, Genesis either represented the genre at its peak of bloat or expressiveness; during the '80s, with Phil Collins on vocals, they were selling out stadium… More »


Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best

By Phil Freeman / November 6, 2014
Miles Davis was one of the most important musicians of the 20th Century. How important? He's one of the two or three jazz musicians non-jazz fans have heard of, and may even have heard something by. More »


The 10 Best Mekons Songs

By Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / October 15, 2014
"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 bands seeking a novel descriptor, there was the Mekons: a genuinely anarchic co-mingling of multi-media artists rampantly talented in the disciplines of music, visual… More »


Aphex Twin Albums From Worst To Best

By Patric Fallon / October 10, 2014
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, and there are probably some you don't even like that much. But a bad record from modern electronic music's preeminent… More »


The 10 Best KISS Songs

By Jonathan Dick / October 2, 2014
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 and Lindsey join Fleetwood Mac, and Rush release their self-titled debut, 1974 introduced the world to the band… More »


The Kinks Albums From Worst To Best

By Timothy & Elizabeth Bracy / September 24, 2014
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 mirror back to their inspirations overseas, supercharging the sounds of Little Richard, Hank Williams, and the Ventures with the riveted anxiety of a post-war… More »


R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs

By John Everhart / September 18, 2014
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 philistines, playing sloppy, drunken versions of everything from Creedence to the Sex Pistols. Time passed, R.E.M. became more sophisticated, and their covers eventually became… More »


XTC Albums From Worst To Best

By Robert Ham / September 15, 2014
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 compilations of new wave or classic alternative rock. Or they could slot into an adult alternative playlist, to… More »


AC/DC Albums From Worst To Best

By Phil Freeman / August 27, 2014
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 blues croak of early Savoy Brown (Chris Youlden) and came up with a raw, narrowly focused, grittily compacted hard rock… More »


Stereogum’s 9 Favorite Sets From FYF Fest 2014

By Miles Bowe / August 25, 2014
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 the world (Flying Lotus, Todd Terje, Four Tet), and managed to throw in some choice heavier stuff (Boris, Deafheaven), hip-hop (Earl Sweatshirt, Ru… More »


MTV VMA Video Of The Year Winners From Worst To Best

By Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014
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 network hands out its big Video Of The Year trophy, picking a winner through some mysterious process. The… More »


The 10 Best Arctic Monkeys Songs

By Sam Behrens / August 21, 2014
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 collection of 18 demos, recorded at the 2Fly Studios in Sheffield, would come to be known as Beneath The Boardwalk,… More »


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