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The 10 Best Missy Elliott Songs

By Nate Patrin / March 3, 2015 - 12:48 pm

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 - 11:53 am

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 him (without my prodding… More »


Beck Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / February 19, 2015 - 1:07 pm

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 - 1:06 pm

“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 - 10:12 am

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 - 1:01 pm

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 - 10:38 am

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 - 12:35 pm

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 flower-child… More »


The Ramones Albums From Worst To Best

By Brad Shoup / January 22, 2015 - 1:06 pm

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 - 2:12 pm

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 don’t… More »


Pink Floyd Albums From Worst To Best

By Jonathan Dick / January 15, 2015 - 10:59 am

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 - 10:16 am

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 »


30 Essential Post-Rock Songs

By Garrett Kamps / January 7, 2015 - 1:24 pm

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 - 4:29 pm

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 - 1:51 pm

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 movies I… 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 - 12:40 pm

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 came… More »


The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015

By Stereogum / December 22, 2014 - 1:31 pm

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 and… More »


The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

By Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

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 - 11:10 am

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 »


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