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 »
Talking to Pitchfork last month, M.I.A. called "Paper Planes" "an accident": "It wasn't a song we made for the masses. It took two years to get popular, and there were many fights about censoring the…   Read Story »
Pity the noise music underground. Think of it: An entire global scene taking root and flowering over the course of decades, finding strongholds in unlikely urban centers, developing its own…   Read Story »
Arcade Fire have spent the better part of a decade growing into their own majesty. Funeral, for all its estimable sweep, existed very much in the context of early-'00s indie, with all the scraggly…   Read Story »