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David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books

By Tom Breihan / October 1, 2013 - 1:51 pm
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 - 10:31 am
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 - 10:46 am
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 - 11:16 am
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 - 3:52 pm
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 - 2:39 pm
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 - 10:07 am
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 - 1:21 pm
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 - 1:37 pm
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 - 3:29 pm
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 - 12:05 pm
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 - 1:36 pm
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 - 2:40 pm
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 »


The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2013

By Michael Nelson / August 29, 2013 - 12:31 pm
At the beginning of August, I drove eight or so hours -- solo -- from my home in Brooklyn to Toronto, Ontario to see At The Gates: a Swedish death metal band whose most recent LP, the all-time classic (and one of my favorite records ever) Slaughter Of The Soul, will turn 20 next year. More »


Neil Young Albums From Worst To Best

By James Jackson Toth / August 23, 2013 - 3:36 pm
Aliens land. They've traveled from some distant planet with a specific mission: to find out what this 'rock and roll' stuff is all about. Through some curious coincidence, they find you. "What is rock and roll?" they demand, rayguns drawn. You begin to sweat. Still, there is really only one question you need to ask… More »


The 10 Best Soundgarden Songs

By Ryan Leas / August 22, 2013 - 3:52 pm
For a while there, it seemed like people forgot about Soundgarden. If you got into Soundgarden in the '00s, you got into them during what was a bit of a wasteland for the band. While their peers and contemporaries flared out tragically (Alice In Chains, Nirvana) but in ways that solidified legacies, or others continued… More »


Highest Paid DJs 2013

By Liz Pelly / August 17, 2013 - 6:01 pm
Forbes has compiled a list of the 13 highest paid DJs of 2013. As EDM has grown more popular over the past few years, the earnings listed are unsurprisingly insanely high. It's also unsurprisingly an all-male list. Check out the entire list below. "Our annual earnings estimates include income from live shows, endorsements, merchandise sales,… More »


Foo Fighters Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / August 16, 2013 - 1:05 pm
The Foo Fighters' career has been a series of improbabilities. There is the first, and most obvious hurdle: The idea that any member, let alone the drummer, would rise from the ashes of Nirvana after Kurt Cobain's suicide and, while not necessarily defining a whole other generation of music (in the way of, say, Joy… More »


The 10 Best Things At Outside Lands 2013

By Miles Bowe / August 12, 2013 - 5:41 pm
Between music, comedy, food, and artwork, Outside Lands really is one of the more interesting American summer festivals. You checked out our coverage and photos from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and now we have The 10 Best Things we experienced at the festival, music-related or otherwise. Check out the countdown here. More »


Elvis Costello Albums From Worst To Best

By Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / August 9, 2013 - 10:40 am
Declan "Elvis Costello" MacManus was by far the most literate and diverse of the "angry young man" songwriters emerging from England in the late 1970s, no small achievement in light of competition that included first-rate talents like Graham Parker, Joe Jackson, John Lydon, Shane MacGowan, and the Strummer/Jones pairing of the Clash. Elvis's terrific 1977 debut came at the height of… More »


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