Ghost Stories is a breakup album, but it's also a Coldplay album. "Call it magic/ Cut me into two," Chris Martin sings amidst the iridescent churn of lead single "Magic," presumably referencing the…   Read Story »
Have you ever heard voices? The sound of people echoing around in your head, unsettling you deeply, even when you know they're not real? I have. Only a couple of times. Didn't last long. I was at the…   Read Story »
The fifth full-length album from Portland, OR-based black-ish metal band Agalloch, The Serpent & The Sphere, opens with a 10-and-a-half-minute track called "Birth And Death Of The Pillars Of…   Read Story »
There are two different ways to experience a Hold Steady album for the first time. There is, of course, the first time you throw the album on, the first time you let the riffs reverberate around in…   Read Story »
One afternoon last week, your Stereogum staff put in serious work on an email thread, attempting to figure out which '80s corporate-rock entity, exactly, the War On Drugs sound most like on their new…   Read Story »
It snowed yet again yesterday in Ohio, so I spent the entire day inside with my wife taking it easy and enjoying each other's company. We laid around in bed for a while, fixed up a late breakfast,…   Read Story »
It feels like it's been a lifetime since word leaked out that the actual backstory of William Leonard Roberts II, since we learned that his real prison-guard past couldn't be further removed from the…   Read Story »
There was a time, back when Pharrell Williams was the single nerdiest human being whose face appeared regularly on Rap City, when Pharrell's strangulated cat-screech of a falsetto was maybe the most…   Read Story »
Beck hasn't made an album under his own name in six years, but he's done plenty of thinking about albums -- about how they work, about what they can do. He's taken to producing albums for other…   Read Story »
There's some chance that Beyoncé's new self-titled album is the best album that anyone has released in 2013. I don't want to overstate things here; it's not perfect. Jay Z's verse on "Drunk In Love"…   Read Story »