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The 10 Best Hold Steady Songs

By Brad Sanders / March 11, 2014 - 1:10 pm
Rumors of rock and roll's demise have been greatly exaggerated for almost as long as there's been rock and roll, so it's not like this generation has a monopoly on rockist panic. But as today's most popular rock acts cease to be rock acts -- Mumford And Sons' pop-folk, Eric Church's country-fried wallop, the car-ad… More »


Iron Maiden Albums From Worst To Best

By Adrien Begrand / March 4, 2014 - 12:12 pm
Rivaled only by Black Sabbath and Judas Priest in regards to influence and impact on the early development of heavy metal, Iron Maiden took the burgeoning musical style to a new and very unique level, starting in the UK in the late-1970s, and soon after, all over the world. Formed in 1975 by bassist Steve… More »


The 10 Best White Stripes Songs

By Carl Williott / February 26, 2014 - 1:09 pm
The White Stripes were Occam's razor manifested as rock. Underneath the misdirection and mythology, it was just two people, wearing three colors, obsessed with one musical concept: the beauty of simplicity. More »


The 10 Best Dirty Projectors Songs

By Elliah Heifetz / February 19, 2014 - 3:31 pm
When Dirty Projectors mastermind and bandleader Dave Longstreth sings about being "in the gray mesh shorts" of his alma mater, honestly, I freak out a little bit. When he croons, "I boogied down gargoyle streets, searching in every face for something I can believe," my stomach burns. Every time I hear about how his "college… More »


Elliott Smith Albums From Worst To Best

By Brad Shoup / February 11, 2014 - 12:22 pm
Elliott Smith at the 70th Academy Awards ceremony: When it's mentioned, it's as one of those cautionary anecdotes, an example of the fundamental incompatibility of the underground with commercial artistry. But it's all there, or if it isn't, we can pretend it is. Trisha Yearwood has finished her performance, and the onstage columns drift apart… More »


The 10 Best Beta Band Songs

By Miles Bowe / February 6, 2014 - 3:18 pm
When Rolling Stone released their best albums of the '90s list, Nirvana's Nevermind stood predictably at the top. I'm not saying that it doesn't deserve it, but didn't you just know they'd pick that? It makes complete sense. Later, we got the '00s list with Kid A at #1, with the safer bet as runner-up. More »


El-P Albums From Worst To Best

By Joseph Schafer / January 29, 2014 - 11:31 am
I saw El-P perform live for the first time in 2013. The stage, situated under the I-65 overpass at Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle festival, sat a stone's throw from both the Ohio River and a decoratively beached yacht, so it felt preternaturally appropriate when El stood next to his partner in rhyme, Killer Mike, and rattled… More »


The 10 Best Grateful Dead Songs

By James Jackson Toth / January 21, 2014 - 12:23 pm
To certain elitists, the name "Grateful Dead" represents an impasse; like the phrase "slap bass," it is a combination of words whose very invocation can instantly elicit the gas face. It is not my intention to refute the negative connotations associated with the band -- airheaded solipsism, boomer excesses, self-indulgent musical masturbation -- nor do… More »


The 10 Best Killers Songs

By Elliah Heifetz / January 14, 2014 - 11:37 am
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 - 10:49 am
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 - 3:58 pm
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 - 9:46 am
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 - 11:23 am
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, debating,… More »


The 10 Dumbest Azealia Banks Beefs Of 2013

By James Rettig / December 20, 2013 - 3:57 pm
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 - 12:29 pm
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 - 8:35 am
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 - 1:09 pm
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 the… More »


10 Artists Who Broke Free In 2013

By Stereogum / December 11, 2013 - 4:33 pm
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 - 10:39 am
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 - 3:46 pm
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 »


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