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Last year, there was one album -- Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City -- that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year, no such luck. Many heard my #1 pick of the…   Read Story »
Determining the year's best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process…   Read Story »
This post is presented by Virgin Mobile who encourage you to #BreakFree. It seems that this year, moreso than ever, artists who were fed up with a lack of support from the music industry have…   Read Story »
In 2013, Kanye West's spoken word was more entertaining than most musicians' music. All year, he's been part ego supernova, part prophet, part philosopher, part petulant child, part motivational…   Read Story »
What an enviable position in which Steven Patrick Morrissey finds himself. It is, I dare say, quite privileged, but we'll get back to that. He is a spokesman for Morrissey alone: not for a bygone era…   Read Story »
In our May Premature Evaluation of Deafheaven's Sunbather, I compared the album to Agalloch's 2010 LP, Marrow Of The Spirit. In my opinion, Marrow is the best metal album of the millennium (so far),…   Read Story »
Last year, before he dropped the hyphen, I undertook the difficult task of ranking Jay-Z's albums from best to worst. I had my opinions, and the comments section, by and large, did not agree with…   Read Story »
At this point, I propose the music-loving community respectfully consider The Marshall Mathers LP II to be hip-hop's version of the film Prometheus -- both are decent efforts that, had they not been…   Read Story »
Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop's Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year's big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and…   Read Story »
Every year, the BBC presents a list of artists who won't necessarily be the best artists of the next year but who, the network predicts, will be the most successful, the most listened-to. As…   Read Story »