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11 Intriguing Appearances On At.Long.Last.A$AP

By Nate Patrin / May 27, 2015 - 4:11 pm
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While the A$AP Mob has always attracted attention for their Tumblr-cultivated iconography (and iconoclasm), they’ve typically been less about chasing or even starting trends than they are about reinventing them. A$AP Rocky’s shown skill and savvy in building on his lifelong hip-hop influences — he was named after Rakim and raised on Dipset — while… More »


48 Bands That Took 20 Or More Years Between Albums

By Brad Shoup / May 21, 2015 - 11:40 am
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What’s a legacy to a legend? For some, it’s a thing to be actively patrolled: endless tours, obligatory records, the noblesse oblige of the bassist getting to do the occasional side project. Constant existence, in other words. For others, it’s an ambient gift. You’ll always have a band to join; awestruck journalists will check o… More »


Yes Albums From Worst To Best

By Phil Freeman / May 20, 2015 - 10:21 am
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Yes are one of the flagship acts of progressive rock. They’re also one of rock’s weirdest bands. Their best music is intense and aggressive, incorporating influences from jazz, folk, and country, but blending them with wild synthesizer explorations, crazed art-boogie guitar shredding, bass louder than most metal bands’, crushingly complex drumming, and Jon Anderson’s unique,… More »


Blondie Albums From Worst To Best

By Nate Patrin / May 6, 2015 - 12:41 pm
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When music critics talk about the reasons “punk had to happen,” they’re usually making accusations about how bloated and corporate arena rock was getting in the mid ’70s, or about how music was losing its sense of rebellious teenage fun. But the fact is that little of that actually matters in the face of it… More »


The 10 Best Brand New Songs

By James Rettig / April 28, 2015 - 1:08 pm
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Being a diehard Brand New fan is a frustrating, often punishing exercise. In the 15 years since their arrival, they’ve been a hard band to try to follow to the ends of the Earth. With long periods of radio silence during the interminable waits between albums, their tendency to shrug off the fame and goodwill… More »


Remembering Bernard Stollman: 10 Essential ESP-Disk Albums

By Phil Freeman / April 24, 2015 - 11:13 am
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Bernard Stollman died this week at 85. Unknown to most but a legend to many, he was one of the most important non-musicians in the history of the 1960s jazz avant-garde. Stollman, a lawyer, founded the ESP-Disk label in 1964, initially so he could release Ni Kantu En Esperanto, an album of songs and poetry… More »


There’s Beer In The Jar: 8 Boundary-Pushing Brewer-Musician Collaborations

By Brad Sanders / April 23, 2015 - 10:36 am
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If you’ve spent any time watching television in the last several years, you’ve probably had the dubious pleasure of watching Pitbull try to sell you Bud Light. These ads tend to feature the hip hop star in a white suit and dark shades, holding a condensation-dripping bottle of Anheuser-Busch’s biggest seller, surrounded by women wearing… More »


Wire Albums From Worst To Best

By Jeffrey Terich / April 22, 2015 - 10:01 am
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“There are those who say Wire was the best punk band ever because it broke all of the rules, didn’t stick with any of the blueprints and did actually what it wanted,” Colin Newman told Rolling Stone in 2013. “I just wouldn’t call that punk, personally. Punk is just one of those words that’s so… More »


The 9 Most Expensive Record Store Day 2015 Flips On eBay

By James Rettig / April 20, 2015 - 5:23 pm
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Another Record Store Day has come and gone, and now we get to sit back and watch the lucky few who managed to snag exclusive releases turn them around on eBay for much more than they originally paid. We looked at auctions that had at least one bid — meaning that they will more tha… More »


The 10 Best Annie Lennox Songs

By Robert Ham / April 15, 2015 - 12:51 pm
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It’s surprising to learn that the only significant acting credit associated with Annie Lennox is a role in a Robert Altman-directed adaptation of a Harold Pinter play. If you’ve watched any of the videos she made as a member of the mega-selling pop duo Eurythmics or for her solo albums, particularly those created with the… More »


The 9 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Sunday

By Tom Breihan / April 13, 2015 - 10:37 am
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There were headliners on all three days of Coachella, as there are every year. But this year, there was really only one headliner, and that one headliner was Drake. People talked about that Drake show all weekend. People rapped Drake lyrics at each other every time there was a conversational lull, or asked strangers who… More »


The 8 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Saturday

By Tom Breihan / April 12, 2015 - 1:27 pm
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If this year’s Coachella had an off day, it was Saturday. Of the festival’s three headliners, Saturday night top draw Jack White is probably the least exciting, though he’s still an electric presence with a deep catalog. The festival’s organizers seemed to sense this, booking White to play second-to-last on the big stage and throwing… More »


The 10 Best Moments Of Coachella 2015 Friday

By Tom Breihan / April 11, 2015 - 1:04 pm
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There’s every other festival in America, and then there’s Coachella. Every year, it feels like it matters just a bit more than the others. It’s the oldest, dating back to the final moments of the ’90s, so its infrastructure is tight and its organizers know what they’re doing. It’s first, so all these bands are… More »


The 10 Best Marilyn Manson Songs

By Joseph Schafer / April 8, 2015 - 10:23 am
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During the first quarter of 2015, two artists maintained twin strangleholds on my music-related social-media conversations. The first was Björk. The second was Brian Warner, better known by his stage name, Marilyn Manson. Both are brilliant pop provocateurs and owners of uneven discographies, sometimes more famous for their clothing than their songs — and both… More »


The Black Market: The Month In Metal – March 2015

By Michael Nelson / March 31, 2015 - 3:41 pm
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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 and its concurrent… More »


Ariel Pink Albums From Worst To Best

By Raymond Cummings / March 31, 2015 - 11:51 am
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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 - 1:20 pm
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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 - 11:51 am
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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 - 11:25 am
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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 - 10:32 am
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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 »


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