"A good part of Ween's philosophy is 'Fuck you,' you know? Any good band, that should comprise a bit of the message." -- Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Dean Ween) When opening the jewel case of the…   Read Story »
There aren't a lot of bands that have a trajectory remotely like R.E.M.'s. After years of crafting perhaps the purest embodiment of '80s college rock and developing a fervent cult following, they…   Read Story »
When Liz Phair tried to go full-on pop with her 2003 self-titled album, working with Avril Lavigne's songwriting team and posing in Xbox magazine ads, the indie universe predictably reacted with…   Read Story »
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 »