Led Zeppelin Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / October 29, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Led Zeppelin is a formative experience. They’re the kind of band you discover early on, that kicks open the door to a whole bunch of other things. It’s hard to separate those experiences, eventually. I can’t tell you the last time I listened to Nevermind or Appetite For Destruction the whole way through, and for… More »

The 10 Best Moments From The 2013 YouTube Music Awards

By Chris DeVille / November 3, 2013 - 9:22 pm

After an ambitious and awkward 90-minute production, the inaugural YouTube Music Awards have disappeared into a cloud of blue chalk dust. The ceremony, streamed live from a warehouse in New York, attempted to capture the madcap spirit of early MTV and only occasionally succeeded — and if success means a lot of eyeballs on the… More »

20 Great Lou Reed Moments

By Tom Breihan / October 28, 2013 - 3:27 pm

When Adam Yauch died last year, a simple obituary didn’t seem like the best way to sum up a sprawling, groundbreaking, all-over-the-place career. The best way I could think to pay tribute was a randomly-assembled list of moments from Yauch’s career. Similarly, it’s impossible to quantify, in a simple essay, the seismic effect of Lou… More »

12 Bands To Know From The Emo Revival

By Chris DeVille / October 1, 2013 - 4:50 pm

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 »

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 »

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 »

The 10 Most Anticipated Record Store Day 2013 Releases

By Miles Bowe / April 16, 2013 - 1:03 pm

It’s that time of the year again, everybody! The best holiday of the year (yes, better than National Ferris Wheel Day AND Leif Erikson Day) has returned. I’ve been going to Record Store Day since 2009, and even when I didn’t look up the releases beforehand, I’d still walk out of my favorite record store… More »

The 10 Least Boring Moments From The 2013 Grammys

By Tom Breihan / February 11, 2013 - 2:38 pm

About two thirds of the way through last night’s endless Grammy ceremony, Justin Timberlake ambled onstage for the second time, this time to flank Recording Academy CEO and inveterate pirate-scolder Neil Portnoy. Timberlake asked a question: “Best Grammys ever?” Then he answered himself: “Best Grammys ever.” Well, no, Justin. The idea of a “best” Grammys,… More »

The 10 Best Beck Songs

By James Jackson Toth / January 17, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Beck boasts one of the most interesting, most schizophrenic discographies of any contemporary artist this side of David Bowie. Like Bowie, Beck has built a career on restlessness and reinvention, trouncing expectations impishly, almost recklessly. While rock-critic hindsight usually reveals this long-con approach as the thing that separates stars from legends, contenders from trendsetters (or,… More »

The 10 Best Walkmen Songs

By Colin St. John / January 10, 2013 - 12:57 pm

All due respect to Sonic Youth, perhaps the Walkmen should adopt the washing machine as their emblem. And not just any brand: a Maytag model. The Washington, D.C. / New York City / Philadelphia quintet has been churning out a steady stream of superlative rock and roll for more than 10 years now, releasing six… More »

2012 In Review: The Year In Comebacks

By Chris DeVille / December 31, 2012 - 11:55 am

“Don’t call it a comeback” is usually a phrase uttered self-protectively by musicians who are very much coming back from some degree of obscurity. Dr. Dre wasn’t exactly absent during the seven-year stretch between his first and second albums (“California Love,” anybody?), but his 1999 sophomore release 2001 is littered with lines like “Ladies pay… More »

The 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2012

By Michael Nelson / December 28, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Argue all you like about the quality of music produced in 2012, but no one can deny the truly outstanding beefs to which we bore witness in The Year That Was. Social media has made those dust-ups easier and more immediate, of course; 40 percent of our 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2012 started or… More »

The Top 30 Electronic Dance Tracks Of 2012

By Puja Patel / December 26, 2012 - 2:13 pm

There was no getting away from EDM in 2012. While the three-letter hashtag has certainly caused buzz among radio stations and indie blogosphere alike, it’s been a big year for dance on and off of the pop charts. Regional styles like footwork, juke, and Jersey club went through genre-bending booms, electronic trap instrumentals filtered their… More »

The 50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013

By Stereogum / December 24, 2012 - 8:00 am

Right around this time last year, we published a list of the 50+ Most Anticipated Albums Of 2012. To be specific, the final count came in at 57. Of the 57 albums included on that list, some never actually arrived (Rancid, Mazzy Star), some arrived but didn’t fully reward our anticipation (Lana Del Rey, Best… More »

The 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs

By Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / December 21, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Whether you experience Christmas as a spiritual curative or a wretched crucible likely depends upon your capacity to enjoy the Yuletide season’s truly disassociate spirit of insanity. Most of us may consider ourselves largely inured at this point to the curiously redundant recurring color schemes, the unnaturally oppressive nighttime lighting and deeply strange rituals, the… More »

The 10 Best Pretenders Songs

By Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / December 14, 2012 - 5:37 pm

If there had never been such a thing as Chrissie Hynde someone would certainly have needed to invent her: The Ohio born singer-songwriter and frontwoman of the Pretenders emerged from the teeming hothouse of late 1970’s London like Athena cracked forcefully from the skull of Zeus. Hynde the writer and performer was fully formed and… More »

Stereogum’s Top 40 Metal Albums Of 2012

By Michael Nelson / December 10, 2012 - 5:00 am

When I wrote about Decibel’s list of the year’s best albums, I talked more about what was missing than what made it, and in a way, that was inevitable: It was a weird year for metal. I’m hesitant to call it an “off” year, because so much incredible music was produced, but the conversation wa… More »

Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012

By Stereogum / December 5, 2012 - 11:18 am

This year, the three albums at the top of Stereogum’s 50 favorite albums of the year are all, in one way or another, Californian studio-pop singer-songwriter opuses. Admittedly, the makers of two of the three aren’t originally from California (they’re from New York and New Orleans) and even though the maker of the other one… More »

The 10 Best Jawbreaker Songs

By Aaron Lariviere / November 30, 2012 - 12:41 pm

I have three tattoos. There’s a treeish thing on my calf that doesn’t really bother me, and another on my back so unmentionably bad it shall remain undescribed in any public forum as long as I draw breath. My favorite sits on my wrist: a cross made of four F’s — all dark lines, symmetry,… More »

The 10 Best Dismemberment Plan Songs

By Chris DeVille / November 16, 2012 - 2:47 pm

There will never be another Dismemberment Plan, which is why it’s so exciting that there will be another Dismemberment Plan album. Two years of slowly building momentum — a reissue, a tour, a wealth of new material — culminated in frontman Travis Morrison’s confirmation via Twitter last month that a new LP is almost complete. More »

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