The 10 Best Coldplay Covers

By Scott Lapatine / October 26, 2011 - 11:08 am

Did you know Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto came out this week? The band played Letterman and Colbert and Today and Jools and Ellen and we threw a party in their honor. The launch celebration continues tonight in a Anton Corbijn-directed Vevo webcast from Madrid’s Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas beginning at 4PM EST. Since the… More »

The 10 Best xx Covers

By Corban Goble / October 19, 2011 - 2:19 pm

The xx’s music is fertile ground for imaginative covers, thanks to the space that the band creates and maintains within its own songs. Inspired by yesterday’s Tracey Thorn w/ Ben Watt cover of “Night Time,” we’ve collected nine more of the best xx tributes. Including a bonus Taylor Momsen cover! Score! Previously: The 10 BestMore »

The 10 Best Indie Rock Songs Under 2 Minutes

By Stereogum / October 17, 2011 - 10:56 am

Time is a valuable thing, and the musicians who can make a quick point in a short amount of time deserve their props. We’ve put together a quick list of ten excellent songs from indie’s past (and from a few associated genres), all of which end in 120 seconds or less. These tracks throw their… More »

The 10 Best Indie Rock Beyoncé Covers

By Stereogum / October 14, 2011 - 10:24 am

It’s going to be impossible to claim that Beyoncé Knowles has “quietly” put together a vicious song catalog, stocked with everything from heart-wrenching ballads to shamelessly fun bangers, but she has done it without some of the fanfare associated with other pop stars. And, you know, the musical work is stellar; it makes a to… More »

Ten Hip-Hop Albums That Would Make Great Performances

By Corban Goble / October 7, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Somehow, billing an artist to play their most famous release, exclusively, got super vogue all of the sudden. Nas did Illmatic. Erykah Badu did Baduizm. A Tribe Called Quest did Midnight Marauders. So, yeah, some good stuff got covered, but what else is there? In appreciation of the ever-strong Rock The Bells festival series, and… More »

10 Possible Monday Night Football Replacements For Hank Williams, Jr.

By Stereogum / October 6, 2011 - 4:24 pm

As you may have heard, country music lifer Hank Williams, Jr. has parted ways with Monday Night Football, the TV show he spent 20 years singing the intro for, just because he made a totally calm and reasonable parallel between Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler. (He also compared John Boehner to Netanyahu? Whatever.) If you… More »

Stereogum’s 10 Most Anticipated Fall Music Festivals Of 2011

By Corban Goble / September 22, 2011 - 11:21 am

The summer slate of festivals can surely get a little overwhelming, as year after year, more and more events are added to an already-saturated calendar. That growth, given the fact that most of these concert events are totally cleaning up from a bottom line perspective, probably won’t change in 2012 (although lingering issues associated with… More »

Five Indie Types Who Would Do Well On X Factor… And Five Who Wouldn’t

By Tom Breihan / September 21, 2011 - 6:27 pm

Tonight, as anyone who’s been near a TV in the past month already knows, the much-hyped Fox singing-competition show The X Factor makes its debut. The Americanized version of the hit British show might be new to us, but then again, it’s not really new to us. Simon Cowell is the man responsible for putting… More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2011

By Stereogum / September 13, 2011 - 12:26 pm

Last year, right around the time summer turned to fall, we at Stereogum published our list of the 40 best new bands of the year. The idea of a “new” band is a pretty nebulous one, since many of the kids we listed were probably planning out their musical ventures in their basements since they… More »

Weezer’s 30 Best Cover Songs

By Scott Lapatine / July 14, 2011 - 11:03 am

Since winning our nerdy hearts in the mid ’90s, Weezer have surprised us with weirdo career moves that may alienate some old-school fans but bolster their off-kilter appeal to a new generation. For example, naming and designing an album around a character from Lost. Or branding their own Snuggie. Or collaborating with Kenny G and… More »

Top 12 Albums Overlooked By Stereogum’s Best Of ’11 So Far

By Scott Lapatine / June 29, 2011 - 5:18 pm

Last week we published our Top 20 Albums Of 2011 So Far. Bon Iver came out on top — he also has the #2 album (and #1 ruralwave album) on this week’s charts — followed by Gang Gang Dance, Austra, Iceage, and Fucked Up. Our list was perfect, of course, and based on science. But! More »

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far

By brandon / June 28, 2011 - 9:48 am

Before the quibbling starts: I didn’t include YOB’s Atma because it isn’t out until August. It would be way up there. I’ve also been listening to Dragged Into Sunlight’s Hatred For Mankind quite a bit, but since it has an original release date of ’09 before Prosthetic’s 2011 reissue, I didn’t include that either. O… More »

Stereogum’s Top 20 Albums Of 2011 So Far

By Stereogum / June 21, 2011 - 1:11 pm

We still have plenty of time and music left in 2011, but since we’re at the halfway (or so) mark, we thought it made sense to pause and take stock of the best albums of the year so far. There was some science behind the final tally: Each one of us made a list and… More »

Indie Songs Of The Summer 2001-2011

By Scott Lapatine / June 16, 2011 - 10:22 am

On Friday we posted an Internet list of the last thirty years of Songs Of The Summer to shed some (sun)light on what makes a jam huge this time of year. Turns out many of you disagreed with that pop-leaning chronology, probably because this is an indie rock blog, so FAIR ENOUGH. Forget that. Let’… More »

Download Bat For Lashes’ 10 Best Cover Songs

By Scott Lapatine / June 7, 2011 - 3:29 pm

Yesterday we posted a live version of an ethereal new tune Bat For Lashes did at Australia’s Vivid Festival. The second part of the Opera House set was performed acoustic with a string quartet — six songs of which five were covers (The Cure, Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Dimitri Tiomkin/Ned Washington). Over the past… More »

Download Radiohead’s 20 Best Cover Songs

By Scott Lapatine / May 26, 2011 - 2:20 pm

If you watched Radiohead’s 2007 thumbs_down webcast (or perused the occasional Dead Air Space office chart or Low End Theory playlist) you have a good sense of Thom Yorke and band’s wide-ranging and occasionally obscure musical taste. For this latest installment of our Best Cover Songs series (previously: Death Cab For Cutie, Bon Iver) I… More »

Download Bon Iver’s 10 Best Cover Songs

By Scott Lapatine / May 17, 2011 - 1:41 pm

On “Calgary,” Justin Vernon’s vocals lay in a cloud of gloomy synths and anxious electric guitar tones, suggesting a sonic shift from the grainy For Emma formula. But not too much has changed — the ghostly falsetto remains Bon Iver’s calling card. JV’s voice has also been unmistakable on recent collaborations (GAYNGS, Volcano Choir, MyMore »

Some Indie Rock-Related Literature For Your Summer Reading List

By brandon / April 27, 2011 - 1:56 pm

Alongside rote one-dimensional characters and an overly familiar critique of wealthy liberals, Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom features plenty of clunky indie rock references, including mentions of Ben Gibbard and Jack White and an analysis of a Bright Eyes show. (There’s also Wilco, Michael Stipe, etc.) After finishing it a few months ago, I started Jennifer Egan’… More »

Download Ben Gibbard & Death Cab For Cutie’s Best Cover Songs

By Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2011 - 11:35 am

Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »

80 Other Bands With Official Sneakers

By Scott Lapatine / April 6, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Last week the Animal Collective bros released an official mixtape for their new … sneakers. That is a thing now. Gotta keep fans on their toes (ouch, sorry). The shoes which you can see here benefit the Socorro island Conservation Fund, and they are cruelty free, except to your eyes.

I did some… More »