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The 10 Best Killers Songs

By Elliah Heifetz / January 14, 2014
2004 was, more or less, the Year Of The Pretty Boy. Or, if not that, the Year Of The Not That Masculine Dude. The Guy Who Has Lots Of Feelings And Dresses Well. Think about it: Kanye put out his high-fashion, post-gangsta The College Dropout; Arcade Fire got emotional on their cathartic Funeral; Usher sang… More »


Nick Cave Albums From Worst To Best

By Dan Lawrence / January 8, 2014
The year 2000 saw the release of a three-disc Johnny Cash compilation with each disc bearing a one-word title indicating the thematic scopes of the chosen songs: Love, God, and Murder. One could do much the same for Nick Cave, if not for the inconvenient fact that, more often than not, he's singing about all… More »


The Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2013

By Ryan Leas / December 26, 2013
Maybe it's because I spend the bulk of my time reading and writing about music or talking with people who do the same, but as much as I love TV and movies on their own merits, the second or third sentence I'll say about any given piece of visual media usually deals with what sort… More »


10 Bands Who Banned Photos In 2013

By Chris DeVille / December 26, 2013
Technological currents have carried us ever closer to cyborg status, our smartphones becoming more and more like permanent extensions of our hands. That includes at concerts, where shooting photo and videos on phones has become so commonplace and so constant that bands felt the need to fight back this year. One of 2013's most prominent… More »


The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

By Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013
We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we've ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we're looking forward to hearing, enjoying,… More »


The 10 Dumbest Azealia Banks Beefs Of 2013

By James Rettig / December 20, 2013
There's no better example of unrealized potential than Azealia Banks. It's been over two years since "212" dropped and we're still not sure when (or if) her oft-delayed debut album will ever be released. It's frustrating to see a young artist prioritize petty feuds over making music, and it's especially frustrating because I like Azealia'… More »


The 10 Best Bob Dylan Songs

By Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / December 17, 2013
So, here we've finally arrived: "Bob Dylan's 10 Best Songs," the Iraq Invasion of long-form rock journalism. Uncalled for and utterly unwinnable, contending with a thousand-song catalog so rich, varied, mysterious, and fraught with social and artistic context that the very notion of its distillation courts nothing less than madness. Why not rank Shakespeare's 10… More »


The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

By Tom Breihan / December 16, 2013
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 year (and you can probably already guess what it is) as the work of a sonic visionary, and plenty more… More »


Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

By Stereogum / December 12, 2013
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 of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating… More »


10 Artists Who Broke Free In 2013

By Stereogum / December 11, 2013
This post is presented by Virgin Mobile who encourage you to #BreakFree.More »


The 17 Best Kanye Rants Of 2013

By Chris DeVille / December 11, 2013
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 speaker, and "completely awesome at all times." He could release one of those records of between-song banter like Robert Pollard's Relaxation Of The Asshole and I'd… More »


Morrissey Albums From Worst To Best

By Brad Shoup / December 10, 2013
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 of guitar-spined indie pop; not for the Cool Britannia movement that emerged, like a cicada swarm, from Morrissey's fixatio… More »


The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2013

By Michael Nelson / December 10, 2013
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), the apotheosis of what had also been, I believed, the best metal year of the millennium (so far) -- perha… More »


Jay Z Ranks Jay Z Albums Best To Worst

By Tom Breihan / December 5, 2013
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 them. Neither, it turns out, did Jay. The superstar recently ranked his own albums on his Life + Time… More »


The 10 Best Eminem Songs

By Joseph Schafer / December 3, 2013
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 made by such esteemed artists (Eminem and Ridley Scott, respectively), and not been sequels to masterpieces, probably would have garnered more critical… More »


The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

By Stereogum / December 3, 2013
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 immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno… More »


The BBC’s Sound Of 2014 Longlist Revealed

By Tom Breihan / December 2, 2013
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 predictors go, their track record isn't bad. HAIM won last year; Adele and Jessie J have won previous years. And thi… More »


Beatles Albums From Worst To Best

By Chris DeVille / November 27, 2013
Barring the collapse of the space-time continuum, this was bound to happen at some point, but it's still a shock: The first Beatles album, Please Please Me, turned 50 years old this year. More »


The 10 Best Sunny Day Real Estate Songs

By Ryan Reed / November 19, 2013
Earlier this season, South Park aired an episode titled "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers." Within, the animated town's resident outcasts are brainwashed into thinking they're "emos," instead of goths, which is truly horrifying stuff since they idolize Edgar Allen Poe — not, say, Morrissey. Overall, it's a pretty one-note episode, but the hilariou… More »


of Montreal Albums From Worst To Best

By John Everhart / November 12, 2013
The name of the game for of Montreal has always been evolution. Their current incarnation, making its debut on their newest album Lousy With Sylvianbriar, favors whip-smart, sinewy rock songs, eschewing the dance pop they've embraced in recent years, while baring a faint resemblance to the classicist proclivities they favored early in their career. Yet… More »


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