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 »

The 6 Best Moments Of Primavera Sound 2015 Saturday

By Ryan Leas / May 31, 2015 - 11:12 pm

I’d been told Primavera was one of the best festivals in Europe, and as the final day started up I definitely believed the hype. It’s just an all around mesmerizing setting, crowd, and lineup. I started my Saturday going to see Strand Of Oaks perform a rawer, more furious rock set than I’d ever see… More »

The 5 Best Moments Of Primavera Sound 2015 Friday

By Ryan Leas / May 30, 2015 - 10:49 am

After spending some more time at Primavera, it’s just striking how civilized of a festival it is. Things are reasonably priced! You spend the whole time looking out at the water! You can wear a jacket at night! For a festival that goes until sunrise, people do a surprising job of keeping their shit together,… More »

The 5 Best Moments Of Primavera Sound 2015 Thursday

By Ryan Leas / May 29, 2015 - 1:06 pm

Just setting a festival in Barcelona means you don’t really have to try as hard. Who doesn’t feel like going to Spain for a festival overlooking the water? Bonnaroo is probably my favorite festival, and while Nashville is cool and the Farm is a special setting, it’s not exactly the allure of Tennessee that ha… More »

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2015

By Doug Moore / May 29, 2015 - 10:02 am

Before we get started with this month’s column, a quick programming note: For scheduling reasons, Black Market founder and Stereogum editor Michael Nelson has passed the torch. In his stead, I (Doug Moore) will be kicking off each month’s clutch of tunes. Michael is among the sharpest writers and analysts in music — I’ve happily… More »

The 10 Best Stereolab Songs

By Raymond Cummings / May 28, 2015 - 12:55 pm

While grunge was peaking, Britpop was winding down, and hip-hop was in the midst of being codified as pop’s lingua franca, Stereolab were just getting warmed up in pursuit of a throwback art-deco futurism. From their formation in 1990 to the beginning of their “indefinite hiatus” in 2009, the London-based “Groop” — centered around songwriter… More »

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

By Nate Patrin / May 27, 2015 - 4:11 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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 »

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