There aren't many reasons why a finished album would never be released to the public. Most available explanations might involve irreconcilable differences between an artist and his record label, or,…   Read Story »
There were plenty of good reasons not to like Born To Die, Lana Del Rey's first album, and there were plenty of bad reasons, too. I hated the album, for reasons both good and bad. Good reasons: It…   Read Story »
Jack White seems to be in a weird life-place right now. As someone who regularly writes news stories about White, writing news stories about White isn't much fun. If you're inclined to build an image…   Read Story »
According to legend, punk rock began as a reaction against classic-rock excess. But every revolution calcifies into tradition eventually, and every rebellious kid has to grapple with growing up. On…   Read Story »
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 »