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Great music has come from just about every corner of the musical map this year, and on this list of our favorites of the year's first half, there's no real connecting thread. An ambitious…   Read Story »
It has to be a toss-up between Coachella and Bonnaroo as to which is our most iconic currently active American festival. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I found the earlier years of Bonnaroo somewhat…   Read Story »
For a band that has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, whose streak of consecutive gold and platinum records is topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, trying to nail down the…   Read Story »
I recognize this is an issue of taste, but Governors Ball 2014 was a little bit of a mixed bag for me. There were two headliners I loved, and they conflicted, and I had no interest in the subsequent…   Read Story »
When you look at Fucked Up's discography, it's easy to force a certain narrative onto their career arc: they started as a hard-charging hardcore band terrorizing tiny Toronto shows and became…   Read Story »
John Winston Lennon was famously shot to death at age 40, midway through his tumultuous life and storied career, robbing the world of a towering talent and profoundly ambiguous personality.…   Read Story »
In 2014 we appraise hip-hop on its forthrightness. Take, for example, the two front-runner Grammy-nominated hip-hop albums of 2013: Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid M.A.A.D. City and Macklemore's The Heist.…   Read Story »
The appeal of Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman has often been described in terms of his apparent lack of appeal. His signature baritone is slightly nasal and far from classically accomplished,…   Read Story »
Few British bands from the 1990s, Britpop or otherwise, have been pushed to the sidelines more forcefully than the Verve. I can think of, well, quite a few reasons for this. You've got their singer,…   Read Story »
Akin to the early-'90s post-Nirvana feeding frenzy in the Pacific Northwest, the Britpop explosion of the mid-'90s spawned a similar slash-and-burn signing boom on the other side of the pond. And as…   Read Story »