The 5 Most Memorable SXSW Sets Of The Past 5 Years

By Stereogum / March 15, 2012 - 2:49 pm

The “discovery” function of SXSW faded long ago, when the internet democratized access to information and YouTube brought every band’s live show to everyone’s laptops. And at SXSW, this annual cattle call of overbooked bands playing shitty sounding rooms to attention-addled industry types, it’s tough to cut through the noise and make an impression. So,… More »

The 25 Bands We’re Most Excited To See At SXSW 2012

By Stereogum / March 9, 2012 - 11:24 am

Hey, everybody, it’s that time again! South By Southwest 2012. Are you ready? How’s your hashtag game? Can you feel the early-onset FOMO? As the Austin institution grows larger and larger, with more and more high-level acts (ahem) interjecting themselves into the fray, there’s still plenty of room for the groups that are just starting… More »

The Simpsons’ 10 Greatest Rock Moments

By Corban Goble / February 23, 2012 - 12:02 pm

With the 500th episode of The Simpsons airing last Sunday, the last few weeks have been a celebration of everything Simpsons, where all your favorite pundits and prognosticators have combed through the show’s venerable timeline to select their favorite gags, cameos, characters and episodes. And, we, like them, desire to reside within the seem geekish… More »

The 10 Least Boring Moments From The 2012 Grammys

By Tom Breihan / February 13, 2012 - 11:44 am

Barely 24 hours before this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony began, Whitney Houston, a woman who’d once seemed like a cyborg engineered to win as many Grammys as possible, was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room. Houston was exactly the sort of artist who the Grammys are built to honor — enormously talented, ridiculously… More »

Music’s 10 Most Scandalous Live-TV Moments

By Tom Breihan / February 9, 2012 - 4:23 pm

When M.I.A. held up her middle finger during Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show last weekend, she dominated blog chatter for a few days and incited a few minor cable-TV debates. She could have to pay a fine, and she’s definitely changed the narrative around her next album. But she hasn’t gotten anywhere near the pantheo… More »

Watch St. Vincent & Isaac Brock On Portlandia + Fred Armisen’s 10 Favorite Portland Bands

By Tom Breihan / February 6, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Portlandia is a show by, for, and about indie rock types, so it’s no surprise that indie big dogs show up in sketches every so often. This past weekend’s episode featured two. St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, who first collaborated with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein back when they were the online sketch duo ThunderAnt, played… More »

The 13 Best Jack White Collaborations

By Stereogum / February 2, 2012 - 2:45 pm

On the heels of Jack White’s new album announcement as well as the unveiling of Blunderbuss’s first single “Love Interruption,” we thought it was time to revisit the hits — not the literal ones, unfortunately — of White’s wide-reaching, strange and prolific career so far. So, here’s 13 of Jack White’s most memorable collaborations. Sorry… More »

The Top 20 Steve Albini-Recorded Albums

By Tom Breihan / January 26, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Infamously cantankerous studio rat/national treasure Steve Albini doesn’t like to be called a record producer. He prefers the term “recording engineer.” That’s a dry, clinical term for what Albini actually does, but it makes sense that he’d prefer to be seen that way. Over the past few decades, Albini has overseen the creation of countle… More »

20 Songs Named After The Bands That Played Them

By Tom Breihan / January 19, 2012 - 11:46 am

Self-titled albums are one thing. But when a band names one of its songs after itself — or, alternately, when a band names itself after one of its songs — it’s a pretty big deal. The song itself comes off looking something like a mission statement, an encapsulation of everything that the band means. Whe… More »

Top 10 Bands With Members Who Don’t Play Anything

By Stereogum / January 12, 2012 - 3:44 pm

In today’s Listomania, we unveil our favorite 10 bands who have a member that doesn’t play or do anything, and that’s no intended sleight to these critical players, whether they be hypemen, “vibes managers,” or just token old dudes to round out a musical family. Honorable mention goes out to Broken Social Scene’s fourth guitar… More »

10 Classic Albums Released 10 Years Into A Band’s Career

By Tom Breihan / January 5, 2012 - 4:26 pm

It’s a new year, and every Thursday, we’re going to be publishing a new list in this space. You guys like lists, right? Good! For our first one, we got to talking about Guided By Voices, who just released a pretty great album about 25 years after their first one. And that raised the question:… More »

Shut Up, Dude: The 50 Best Comments Of 2011

By Scott Lapatine / December 30, 2011 - 5:29 pm

One billion comments! We did it! OK, we did not get a billion comments this year, but we did log more than twice as many this month as we did last December. And that’s all thanks to your intelligent discourse, inside jokes, and kitten covers, just like I hoped for when I ripped this colum… More »

The 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2011

By Tom Breihan / December 29, 2011 - 10:19 am

Back in the day, when two artists didn’t like each other, they’d deal with it in relatively low-profile ways: A snippy backstage comment, or a pointed interview comment. Maybe they’d toss in a lyrical jab, the way Lynyrd Skynyrd did toward Neil Young on “Sweet Home Alabama,” but that would be just about it. That’… More »

Stereogum’s 25 Most Downloaded MP3s Of 2011

By Amrit Singh / December 28, 2011 - 10:15 am

As they say, the last week of the calendar year is the most wonderful time of year to engage in the age old Stereogum tradition of finding out which compressed music files you most prolifically snatched. They are always saying that, every year, right around now. And we oblige: This is a purely data-driven rundow… More »

The 10 Most NSFW Videos Of 2011

By Tom Breihan / December 27, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Almost none of us are at work this week, so almost none of us are getting fired. And with the holidays coming to an end, we don’t have to keep the good-cheer veneer up for much longer. So: Time to wade into some of the past year’s sickest shit!

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22 New Indie Rock Christmas MP3s For 2011

By Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2011 - 9:53 am

Don’t you love Christmas music? I’m Jewish so mostly it makes me feel like I’m in a mall. But don’t you love malls? I’ve been trying to get my daughter to listen to The Nutcracker, and that’s been pretty easy because she’s only three and doesn’t have a choice. But if Tchaikovsky’s not your speed… More »

The 50+ Most Anticipated Albums Of 2012

By Stereogum / December 22, 2011 - 3:45 pm

A whole lot of music happened in 2011. Like a whole lot. Virtually every artist on our collective radar seemed to release and album or a mixtape or five mixtapes or a cassette-only EP that, if you wanted it, you had to rob somebody at knifepoint outside Other Music. Music in general could be excused… More »

The 10 Best Rap Guest Verses Of 2011

By Tom Breihan / December 19, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Even in an era when rappers rarely share studios with their collaborators, emailing in their contributions instead, the art of the guest verse is alive and well. It’s still a point of pride for one rapper to swoop in and steal a track’s spotlight away from another. And that sense of friendly competition is still… More »

Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

By Stereogum / December 5, 2011 - 11:42 am

2011 was the year music learned to float. Actually, that’s not true at all; music has been reaching for feelings of tidal drift since the first Gregorian monks figured out how to chant, or maybe since the first caveman licked a frog and figured out that his grunts got extra-spacey. But surveying our 2011 to… More »

The 5 Most Ridiculous Kurt Cobain Costumes You Can Actually Buy

By Scott Lapatine / October 31, 2011 - 9:38 am

Another Halloween and you’re going as Sexy Butch Vig again? If you’d just planned ahead you could’ve went as the ghost of Kurt Cobain. It’s a very difficult costume to pull off, but there are literally dozens (i.e., a couple of) online stores to help you out. It’s the 20th anniversary of Nevermind after all. More »