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Beck Albums From Worst To Best

By Ryan Leas / February 19, 2015
As you might've heard, Beck won a Grammy for Album Of The Year about a week and a half ago, for his early 2014 release Morning Phase. I don't know if your Twitter feed looked anything like mine, but let's say people were less than supportive of this decision -- because, of course, Beck beat… More »


Ben Folds Partners With US Ambassador To Strengthen Cultural Ties With Ireland

By Caitlin White / February 17, 2015
Ben Folds is the epitome of a musician aging gracefully. Even if I haven't played Rockin' The Suburbs since way back during my awkward, angsty high school years, there are few albums that helped me more when it came to surviving small town trials and tribulations. Folds' songwriting had a grace and sort of a… More »


The Fall Albums From Worst To Best

By Robert Ham / February 12, 2015
"If it's me and your granny on bongos, it's the Fall." So sayeth Mark E. Smith (MES), the mercurial, irascible, and incredible leader of the legendary post-punk band. It's a quote that gets thrown around often in response to the parade of musicians (upwards of 60 by my rough count) that were hired and fired,… More »


10 Tour Riders Crazier Than Jack White’s

By Cory D. Byrom / February 11, 2015
There was a time when being a star meant getting away with whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted. Tales of trashing hotel rooms just for fun, drinking, smoking, and snorting everything in sight, lines of groupies waiting outside tour busses, and even, in some unfortunate cases, taking part in sexual activities that are at best… More »


Grammys 2015: Performances From Worst To Best

By Tom Breihan / February 9, 2015
Hey, it's over! We made it through! Sam Smith won everything! Iggy Azalea didn't win anything! Beck busted through the wall like the Kool-Aid Man! Kanye, for a glorious split second, threatened to turn this into an interesting show! And amid all the drama, there were so, so many performances. Almost everyone brought an orchestra,… More »


Sleater-Kinney Played Their First Show In 9 Years Last Night

By Stereogum / February 9, 2015
While most of the world was struggling through an uneventful and inoffensive Grammys ceremony, a lucky few got to witness Sleater-Kinney take the stage for the first time in nine years last night to perform a full headlining show. The band went back to its roots, opening up its No Cities To Love tour… More »


Bob Dylan Disses His Critics And Gets Covered By Jack White, Beck, And Bruce Springsteen At MusiCares Tribute

By James Rettig / February 7, 2015
Last night, Bob Dylan was honored with the Person Of The Year award at the 2015 MusiCares Gala. Jack White, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Alanis Morissette, and more performed Dylan's songs throughout the event, but Dylan did not end up performing himself. Instead, after… More »


Napalm Death Albums From Worst To Best

By Phil Freeman / February 4, 2015
Napalm Death are one of the most important bands to come out of the UK metal scene, period. Like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, they hail from Birmingham, one of the ugliest, most crushed-under cities in the country's post-industrial West Midlands. Though they started out as a hardcore punk duo, they were calling themselves Napalm… More »


Steely Dan Albums From Worst To Best

By Nate Patrin / January 29, 2015
Steely Dan are playing this year's Coachella, they've been sampled by everyone from Kanye to Cities Aviv, and you can hear hints of their sardonic lyrical brilliance in indie rockers ranging from the Dismemberment Plan to Destroyer to Father John Misty. But for a band that made its name puncturing the remnants of the… More »


Photos: FIDLAR @ Regent Theatre, Los Angeles 1/23/15

By James Rettig / January 25, 2015
FIDLAR played their first show in ten months on Friday night at the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles, and our photographer Wilson Lee was there to capture the event. Looks like it got pretty rowdy! Check out all of the photos above, and watch them perform six songs below. More »


The Ramones Albums From Worst To Best

By Brad Shoup / January 22, 2015
If everyone who ever bought a Ramones shirt bought a Ramones album, they'd be as big as fucking Aerosmith by now. But then, how many Aerosmith shirts do you see at shows? The glamour of cultdom was lost on the Ramones; they didn't care about the margins. They wanted to be your Beatles. And i… More »


Pink Floyd Albums From Worst To Best

By Jonathan Dick / January 15, 2015
How appropriate that Pink Floyd would find their beginnings in the same year that saw the first person walk in space. It's a fitting foreword to the band's story which, over the last fifty years of their existence, has seen them embrace the rarity and mythos that is rock and roll legend with a disarming… More »


The 50 Best Metal Albums Of 2014

By Michael Nelson / December 15, 2014
In last month's Black Market, while wrapping up a short commentary on Decibel Magazine's list of the 40 best albums of 2014, I wrote: "[T]his was a very good year for metal. Every year, though, it seems like the genre expands -- to the point that, today, the thing we talk about whe… More »


The Smashing Pumpkins @ Webster Hall, NYC 12/8/14

By Ryan Leas / December 9, 2014
End-of-year lists -- including ours -- may have already hit the internet, but there are still a few releases left in these waning weeks of 2014. One of them is Monuments To An Elegy, the Smashing Pumpkins' followup to 2012's Oceania, and the first in a planned set of sister albums that Billy Corga… More »


Watch Jonah Hill Cover Drake, Scarlett Johansson Cover New Order, Stephen Malkmus Cover The Black Crowes, Jarvis Cocker Cover Celine Dion For Vice’s 20th Birthday In Brooklyn

By Ryan Leas / December 6, 2014
There was a not-entirely-common sight down around the Brooklyn Navy Yard last night. Dozens of cabs lined the street, because depending on where you're coming from the Navy Yard can kind of be a pain to get to, and also because NYC's been doing this thing where it's decided to just rain constantly in December,… More »


The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

By Stereogum / December 2, 2014
Music is a messy thing. There's too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it -- or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool'… More »


Photos: 38 Bands Say Goodbye To Death By Audio

By Peter Helman / November 24, 2014
Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio, which became a staple in the Brooklyn scene after opening in 2007, has now closed its doors for the last time. On Saturday night, Lightning Bolt, JEFF The Brotherhood, A Place To Bury Strangers, and Grooms played the space out for good, but bands have been stopping by… More »


Watch American Music Awards ’14 Performances From Taylor Swift, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX, & More

By James Rettig / November 23, 2014
The American Music Awards are being held in Los Angeles tonight with host Pitbull. Taylor Swift opened up the show with the live debut of her new single "Blank Space." On Twitter before the show, Swift promised that it was "gonna be crazy. No like, actually crazy." Judge for yourself. Charli XCX did a… More »


Kurt Vile And The Violators @ First Unitarian Church, LA 11/21/14

By Ryan Leas / November 22, 2014
All through November, Red Bull Sound Select is running the event 30 Days In LA, during which they schedule a show a night, always at a different venue, bundling some of their own RBSS artists with artists like Run The Jewels, Phosphorescent, Cut Copy, and a bunch of others. Last night, it was Air Review,… More »


Perfume @ Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC 11/15/14

By Phil Freeman / November 21, 2014
Japanese pop artists rarely come to the US. So when Perfume -- the female vocal trio who've spent the last decade embodying a unique and amazing techno-pop sound and visual presentation, rising to J-pop prominence in the process -- announced that they'd be playing Hammerstein Ballroom (as well as L.A.'s Hollywood Palladium), the response from… More »


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