What I remember most is two deranged geekboys drumming on each other's helmets. There was so much to love about Arcade Fire in 2004, but the image of Richard Peed Parry and Will Butler frantically…   Read Story »
Word around the campfire is that Biggie Smalls, when he was recording Ready To Die, wanted to record a track with DJ Premier and M.O.P. and Jeru The Damaja. Can you even imagine what that would sound…   Read Story »
Back in April, we marked the 20th anniversary of Britpop with Stereogum's Britpop Week. We chose the date for a few reasons -- the week marked the anniversaries of both Pulp's His 'N' Hers and Blur's…   Read Story »
"Dinosaur have this weird Teflon thing," Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow told me in a 2013 interview for Under The Radar. "Sebadoh's more vulnerable. There are more faces to the band. You have the…   Read Story »
Jeff Buckley would have slayed on American Idol. We know this because Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" has become such a mainstay among TV singing contestants hoping to show off their virtuosic powers,…   Read Story »
There's a certain type of drum programming that lets you know that the world is a cold and unforgiving place, that nothing is going to be OK. It's the kind of drum programming you hear on three of…   Read Story »
I can remember with clarity the first time I heard Jenny Lewis' voice -- the place, the time of day, what I was wearing. It was during ninth grade, one weekday after school, in my friend Lauren's…   Read Story »
Self-indulgent storytime: The first and only time I ever did acid, I was in ninth grade, and I stayed up all night at a friend's house even though I had a basketball game the next day. Everything was…   Read Story »
I spent the summer of 2004 living in Athens, Ohio, my one summer on campus during a four-year stint at Ohio University. Athens is an exceptionally sleepy place in the summer, a tiny rural college…   Read Story »
Talking about the dead -- especially those with tremendous, all-encompassing legacies -- is a contentious task for any music critic. The conversations around deceased artists often get trapped in…   Read Story »