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 »

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – August 2013

By Michael Nelson / August 29, 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 »

The 10 Best Pulp Songs

By Ryan Leas / August 8, 2013
Way back before poptimism became a thing that went beyond anti-rockism and into the territory of taking every sound ever very seriously -- I am still not on board with the '70s schmaltz-rock moments of Random Access Memories -- Pulp was a huge amalgam of uncool things. Grunge still reigned here while over in England… More »

The 10 Less Obvious Must-See Sets At Outside Lands 2013

By Miles Bowe / August 8, 2013
This weekend, thousands of people will be flocking to San Francisco. No they're not going there to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Room -– it's time for Outside Lands 2013! Now of course people are excited for Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, and that guy from Wings. But don't stop there, because… More »

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By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / August 6, 2013
Lolla fest style, in some ways, mirrors other fest styles: ill-advised headdresses, giant circle hats, teeny-tiny shorts, all variances of neon. In other ways, though, this year's annual fete in Chicago was tethered to the bands that played -- whether the slew of goths, old and new, repping proto-goths the Cure, or the 19… More »

The 10 Best Things At Lollapalooza 2013

By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / August 5, 2013
It's hard to remember a time when Lollapalooza, the festival, was not part of American pop culture, and since the last time it landed stateside, it's expanded to include stops in Santiago, Chile and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Perry Farrell's '90s tour-baby turned Grant Park-engulfing massive brodown is a global institution, and though at this point… More »

Drive-By Truckers Albums From Worst To Best

By James Jackson Toth / August 2, 2013
Drive-By Truckers are perhaps the greatest extant American rock and roll band. Make the competition a little stiffer by expanding the criteria to bands no longer active -- the Velvet Underground, Big Star, Sonic Youth -- and they still make the top ten. More »

The 10 Best Bloc Party Songs

By Ryan Reed / August 1, 2013
Back in 2005, the year of their stellar debut album, Silent Alarm, Bloc Party truly felt invincible. The British quartet wrangled explosive melodrama from the simplest of rock 'n' roll tools: the crossfire guitars of Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack, the caffeinated rhythmic thrust of bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong, and Okereke's snotty,… More »

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2013

By Michael Nelson / July 30, 2013
I was in high school the first time I saw Carcass live, in 1992, on the Gods Of Grind Tour, when they were playing American clubs with Entombed, Cathedral, and Confessor. Carcass were touring behind their 1991 LP, Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious, which is now recognized as one of the best heavy metal albums ever… More »

Bruce Springsteen Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / July 26, 2013
As I began the writing, listening, and reading for this list, I started to think about a weird quality of Bruce Springsteen's catalogue that I hadn't previously considered. For someone I've grown up knowing as an already well-established icon, it's surprising to look at his body of work and realize the bizarre patterns within: it'… More »

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