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30 Essential Post-Rock Songs

By Garrett Kamps / January 7, 2015
Above all else, the Wikipedia entry on post-rock exemplifies how difficult it can be to pin down movements in music: Did the genre begin in the '90s? The '80s? The term was coined a little over 20 years ago, in 1994, by Simon Reynolds in the pages of Mojo. Perhaps, however, its vocabulary of texture… More »


The 50 Best Stereogum Comments Of 2014

By Scott Lapatine / December 31, 2014
Stereogum turns 13 years old tomorrow. 13! This corner of the internet is largely unrecognizable from the music blog I started on a lark that New Year's Day, but in some important ways Stereogum in 2014 was more true to its original ethos than any year in recent memory. All of us here strive to… More »


The 20 Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2014

By Ryan Leas / December 31, 2014
When we first did a Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2013 last December, it was initially thought up as a one-off. But, hey, then we decided to turn it into a column! So the approach this year is a bit different. Last December, I spent a lot of time digging back through TV and… More »


6 Breakout Indie Labels Of 2014

To start, let's clarify something: This is not a definitive list of the best record labels of 2014, nor is it necessarily a list of our favorite record labels of 2014. This is a breakout list, a means to pay tribute to a collection of small labels that surprised us with their ability to consistently… More »


The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums And Songs Of 2014

By Scott Lapatine / December 30, 2014
For the 10th year, we asked you to tell us the best music of the past twelve months. It's a hallowed family tradition we call The Gummy Awards and by holding it a little later than usual this year, you guys were able to vote for albums like Black Messiah and The Pinkprint that… More »


The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015

By Stereogum / December 22, 2014
Surprise album releases now seem to come in a crazy rapid-fire at the end of the year, so there's always a chance that a huge album could appear out of nowhere on our collective hard drives. But for the most part, 2014 is done, and we're nearly finished reflecting on all the music, great… More »


The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

By Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014
Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »


The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014

By Tom Breihan / December 16, 2014
In 2014, rap's biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he's been promising. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »


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 »


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