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Joni Mitchell Albums From Worst To Best

By James Jackson Toth / October 22, 2013
It might seem ludicrous to use the word "underappreciated" when discussing an artist with as many accomplishments and accolades as Joni Mitchell. In addition to having sold millions of albums, Mitchell is the recipient of eight Grammy awards among many nominations (as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002); she is also a Rock… More »


The 10 Best Pearl Jam Songs

By Ryan Leas / October 17, 2013
Pearl Jam's status as an artist can be a hard one to quantify. They entered the scene as one of the biggest bands in the world, and after a few years vanished from the mainstream audience radar, even though they continued, and still continue, to be an absolutely monolithic touring entity. Every fan knows the… More »


Metallica Albums From Worst To Best

By Doug Moore / October 14, 2013
"This album and what we're doing with it — that, to me, is what Metallica are all about: exploring different things. The minute you stop exploring, just sit down and fucking die." — Lars Ulrich, Metallica drummer, 1996 Ulrich uttered those words during the press cycle for Load, Metallica's sixth album. Though Load was a… More »


The 10 Best New Pornographers Songs

By Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / October 11, 2013
By 2000, American fans of indie music had become well accustomed to great acts bussed in from Canada. From the emphatic brilliance of the criminally underrated Sloan to the majestic lo-fi fuzz rock folk of Eric's Trip, the Northern Invasion that now buffets our borders was already well on course. Still practically no one wa… More »


Kate Bush Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Reed / October 7, 2013
You know you've transcended to "legend" status when critics use your name as an adjective. These days, "Kate Bush-ian" is a shortcut descriptor (usually a lazy one — and one I've overused myself) thrown at any authoritative female singer-songwriter (Natasha Khan, Florence Welch) whose music harnesses an ethereal grandeur. And nobody deserves to be a… More »


The 10 Best St. Vincent Songs

By Ryan Leas / October 3, 2013
She is not of this world. That sentence was all my friend used to describe a St. Vincent show I'd missed. Annie Clark, the woman behind St. Vincent, seems to have that effect on people. Specifically men, specifically indie rock dudes. This, inescapably, has often boiled down to the fact that Clark is a woman. More »


12 Bands To Know From The Emo Revival

By Chris DeVille / October 1, 2013
Emo has been a dirty word for as long as I can remember, at least since some wimps from this nation's cold northern fringes snagged the descriptor from our capital city's emotive hardcore bands and deflated it of machismo. In the popular consciousness, emo is known as the sound of sniveling weakness and self-obsession, of… More »


David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books

By Tom Breihan / October 1, 2013
Right now, the Art Gallery Of Ontario is hosting an exhibit called David Bowie Is, which collects artifacts from Bowie's entire career. And to celebrate the exhibit's opening, Bowie has shared a list of 100 of his favorite books. As someone whose many incarnations have pulled inspiration from across the cultural landscape, it's not exactly… More »


U2 Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / October 1, 2013
People hate U2. OK, people hate a lot of bands. Out of the other Great Artists we've covered in this feature, though, U2 elicit ire more than others. Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and the Stones? Maybe they're not your thing, but nobody hates those guys, right? And maybe you dislike Springsteen, maybe eve… More »


The Drakeography: The 100 Best Drake Songs

By Chris DeVille / September 25, 2013
Immersing yourself in Drake's catalog is more than a little like jumping into bed with the guy for one of those torrid affairs he likes to emote about in the endless tear-stained diary that is his discography. His charms are hard to resist -- a man of many talents, a man for all seasons, a… More »


Okkervil River Albums From Worst To Best

By John Everhart / September 24, 2013
Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff told me in an interview for an R.E.M. retrospective piece a few years back that when his band was initially conceived, "What was shocking, and quite funny to me, was that when I started Okkervil River and we incorporated some of the same stuff — bringing in mandolins and accordio… More »


The 7 Best Things At Virgin Mobile Freefest 2013

By Miles Bowe / September 23, 2013
Virgin Mobile Freefest is understandably something that a lot of music fans look forward to every year. The organizers have always curated a line-up that is a hell of a lot better than you would expect from a free music festival, and with everything else going on during the day -- from food to vendor… More »


The 10 Best Frightened Rabbit Songs

By Ryan Leas / September 19, 2013
Frightened Rabbit is on a hot streak. Starting with September of last year and the State Hospital EP, then through the release of Pedestrian Verse in February, and finally last Tuesday with the Late March, Death March EP, the band has given us a succession of great releases in just under twelve months, consistently operating… More »


Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2013

By Stereogum / September 19, 2013
It's that time of year again: Time to take stock of the vast armies of new musicians making music in the past year, and to pick out a few dozen of the best and brightest. In the three previous annual versions of this column, we've hailed the arrivals of Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky,… More »


Trent Reznor Albums From Worst To Best

By Joseph Schafer / September 16, 2013
The first time I heard Nine Inch Nails, I was barely fourteen, hanging, unsupervised, with my friend at the time and his older brother — a "bad kid" judging by his pierced ear and Grateful Dead T-shirt. We sat on his dingy floor while he sparked a joint and asked us if we wanted to… More »


The 10 Best Decemberists Songs

By Philip Cosores / September 12, 2013
Though the current fad is to compartmentalize indie rock of the last decade as something quaint, narrow, and somewhat embarrassing, the Decemberists shouldn't have to worry about the fickle listening preferences of tastemakers. Even at the height of indie rock's move to the mainstream, the Decemberists were never cool. Their early LPs, 2002'sCastaways And CutoutsMore »


Tom Waits Albums From Worst To Best

By James Jackson Toth / September 9, 2013
Heard through the wall of a neighboring apartment, you might confuse Tom Waits's music with Howlin' Wolf's. Then again, you could just as easily mistake it for a long-lost Harry Partch piece, an especially 'out' Busta Rhymes interlude, or a bootleg recording of Randy Newman twelve-stepping in reverse. For all the discussion of Tom Wait… More »


The 10 Best Mastodon Songs

By Doug Moore / September 6, 2013
OK, so music culture has become increasingly atomized. There's enough music out there, and enough services to parse it, that anyone can build a library of obscure artists that cater precisely to their incredibly abstruse micro-tastes. This means that unifying cultural-force bands have become rare unto extinction. We all know this. More »


Coldplay Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / September 3, 2013
One of the better moments in the last few stumbling seasons of The Office came when James Spader's Robert California offered his thoughts on the Black Eyed Peas: "It's rock and roll for people who don't like rock and roll; it's rap for people who don't like rap; it's pop for people who don't like… More »


The 10 Best Le Tigre Songs

By Claire Lobenfeld / August 30, 2013
Le Tigre was a band that was never supposed to be. What was initially founded in 1998 as a backing band for riot grrl legend Kathleen Hanna's lo-fi electronic solo project Julie Ruin ultimately became this trio of "underground electro-feminist performance artists." Along with zine-maker Johanna Fateman and video and visual artist Sadie Benning, Hanna… More »


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