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Aphex Twin Albums From Worst To Best

By Patric Fallon / October 10, 2014 - 9:42 am
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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 »


The 10 Best KISS Songs

By Jonathan Dick / October 2, 2014 - 10:45 am
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Take a brief moment and thank the year 1974 for its existence. Aside from being the year that saw the Ramones and Van Halen play their first gigs, Queen tour North America for the first time, Stevie and Lindsey join Fleetwood Mac, and Rush release their self-titled debut, 1974 introduced the world to the band… More »


The Kinks Albums From Worst To Best

By Timothy & Elizabeth Bracy / September 24, 2014 - 11:59 am
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In some ways, the story of the Kinks feels familiar: In 1962, four working-class London teenagers besotted with American R&B and country music unite. Their initial creative exertions hold a thrilling mirror back to their inspirations overseas, supercharging the sounds of Little Richard, Hank Williams, and the Ventures with the riveted anxiety of a post-war… More »


R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs

By John Everhart / September 18, 2014 - 1:06 pm
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From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site remtimeline.com, early R.E.M. gigs were glorified bar-band hootenannies. Before they’d written Murmur and Chronic Town, the band cut their teeth seemingly as philistines, playing sloppy, drunken versions of everything from Creedence to the Sex Pistols. Time passed, R.E.M. became more sophisticated, and their covers eventually became more… More »


XTC Albums From Worst To Best

By Robert Ham / September 15, 2014 - 3:03 pm
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Of all the bands that emerged from the British post-punk scene, XTC has been one of the hardest to pin down. You could peg them as an ’80s dinosaur whose most recognizable tracks pop up on cut-rate compilations of new wave or classic alternative rock. Or they could slot into an adult alternative playlist, to… More »


AC/DC Albums From Worst To Best

By Phil Freeman / August 27, 2014 - 11:13 am
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In the single greatest book ever written about rock music, 1991’s Rock And The Pop Narcotic, Joe Carducci described AC/DC thusly: “They kind of took the lumpen stomp of Slade and sort of added the blues croak of early Savoy Brown (Chris Youlden) and came up with a raw, narrowly focused, grittily compacted hard rock… More »


Stereogum’s 9 Favorite Sets From FYF Fest 2014

By Miles Bowe / August 25, 2014 - 2:32 pm
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Los Angeles’ FYF Fest was one of the more stylistically diverse festivals of the year. Its lineup blended major headliners (Phoenix, the Strokes, HAIM) with some of the best electronic musicians in the world (Flying Lotus, Todd Terje, Four Tet), and managed to throw in some choice heavier stuff (Boris, Deafheaven), hip-hop (Earl Sweatshirt, Ru… More »


MTV VMA Video Of The Year Winners From Worst To Best

By Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014 - 11:17 am
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MTV has been putting its MTV Video Music Awards on TV for 30 years now, even though the network has only really cared much about airing music videos for maybe half that time. And every year, the network hands out its big Video Of The Year trophy, picking a winner through some mysterious process. The… More »


The 10 Best Arctic Monkeys Songs

By Sam Behrens / August 21, 2014 - 12:37 pm
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Way back in 2004, when the internet was still a new-ish thing and CD-Rs were still relevant, a specific CD-R filled with loud music spurred from shitty amps was making its way across England. That collection of 18 demos, recorded at the 2Fly Studios in Sheffield, would come to be known as Beneath The Boardwalk,… More »


Stereogum’s 14 Favorite Sets At Outside Lands 2014

By Chris DeVille / August 12, 2014 - 3:36 pm
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Nearly 200 years ago, back when the shoreline dunes of San Francisco were considered uninhabitable, they came to be known as the Outside Lands — terrain fit only for the bravest pioneers. These days that territory is a lot more comfortable: Among other landmarks, it’s become home to Golden Gate Park, an oasis of urba… More »


The Afghan Whigs Albums From Worst To Best

By Joseph Schafer / August 12, 2014 - 11:52 am
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Never trust a man who says he knows what the meaning of life is. That is unknowable, and maybe nonexistent. However, I know damn well what the point of life is: to procreate, and in so doing, fornicate. To the best of our scientific knowledge, six billion years of evolution has gone into making all… More »


Edgy And Dull: 20 Covers Of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” Rated

By Ryan Leas / August 6, 2014 - 11:10 am
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A few weeks back, we premiered Low’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” and it was great (more on that below). It’s their contribution to a forthcoming Springsteen tribute titled Dead Man’s Town, a compilation marking the thirtieth anniversary of Born In The U.S.A. (and taking its name from that album’s title track). Betwee… More »


Tom Petty Albums From Worst To Best

By James Jackson Toth / August 5, 2014 - 11:15 am
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If so-called rockists ever decide to secede and form their own nation, Tom Petty is a shoo-in for the country’s first presidential nominee. Petty’s music advances the notion of rock and roll as utopian ideal, and the tremendous success of his band Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers proves that populism is not necessarily the byproduct… More »


The 10 Best TV On The Radio Songs

By Ryan Leas / July 29, 2014 - 12:06 pm
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Earlier today, TV On The Radio announced the fall 2014 release of their fifth album, Seeds. It will be the band’s first LP since 2011’s Nine Types Of Light, a strong collection that somehow never quite got its due. Why, though? Have we taken the band for granted? It certainly seems that way. After spending… More »


30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era Of Emo

By Patric Fallon / July 22, 2014 - 10:18 am
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Ask anyone old enough to drink what they think emo is, and you’ll get about as many different responses as people willing to answer. They’ll just about all be right, too (if Last.fm is any kind of reference, anyway). Everyone’s nebulous identification and loose understanding of the genre is both its best and worst quality… More »


Judas Priest Albums From Worst To Best

By Adrien Begrand / July 9, 2014 - 12:56 pm
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Judas Priest is heavy metal personified.

The most important innovator in the genre’s progression after Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Judas Priest’s influence looms immensely on not only heavy metal’s music, but its visual presentation as well. Historically, the Birmingham band fits neatly in the genre’s second wave alongside Scorpions, UFO, Rainbow, and… More »


The 10 Best Gorillaz Songs

By Ryan Leas / July 2, 2014 - 2:06 pm
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Over the course of the last three months, I’ve seen Damon Albarn perform four times, and a certain quality of his career was boldly underlined: there are great disparities between who knows him, where they know him from, and where they know him from without realizing it. One of the obvious divides is nationality, but… More »


Prince Albums From Worst To Best

By Brad Shoup / June 25, 2014 - 10:37 am
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In baseball, the five-tool player is kind of a bullshit concept, but it connotes a particular beauty. The five-tool player hits for power, hits for average, throws well, fields well, and roams the basepaths like a guerilla warrior; when the term “five-tool” is deployed, it implicitly presents these skills as equally weighted. As the greatest… More »


The 10 Best Tori Amos Songs

By Jonathan Dick / June 18, 2014 - 11:12 am
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The early ’90s brought a wealth of change to pop music, and while the spoils of the dynamic shifts may have gone to the flannel-clad misanthropes of Seattle, the longevity and distinction of Tori Amos’ influence is a story almost as unique as her lyrics. Much of the criticism directed at Amos has concerned the… More »


The 50 Best Albums Of 2014 So Far

By Stereogum / June 17, 2014 - 10:39 am
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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 all-over-the-place album from a big-money Nashville country mainstay is just as likely to rule as, say, a mixtape from a pair… More »


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