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The story goes something like this: Sheriff Kurt moseys into town just long enough to purge the spandex-clad outlaws before riding off into the sunset forever, leaving behind the Clinton Administration, Lollapalooza, and lucrative major label deals for flannel-flyin’ underdogs everywhere. More »

Our long national nightmare is over. After a week of criticism, rationalizing, more criticism, and more rationalizing, Amanda Palmer has announced that she will now pay money to the crowd-sourced musicians joining her band on stage who were previously being paid only in hugs, high-fives, and beer. More »

Name: The Cribs
Progress Report: The Jarman brothers do whatever they damn well feel like on The Cribs forthcoming record, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull.

After losing Johnny Marr as their guitarist in 2011 (what would surely be a crushing blow to pretty much any band in the universe), the… More »

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Powell – “Insomniac” Video

For the past week, we've seen a fun little story unfold, one that involves permanently grumpy noise-rock elder god Steve Albini and his feelings o…
Tom Breihan | October 2, 2015 - 10:52 am

Powell Explains His Steve Albini Billboard

As we reported a few days ago, the UK dance producer Powell recently used a sample of legendary producer and noise-rock curmudgeon Steve Albini introducing…
Tom Breihan | October 1, 2015 - 9:55 am

Powell Mocks Steve Albini By Making His Anti-EDM Email Into A Billboard

Given everything we know about Steve Albini, and about music and culture and the way older rock dudes tend to feel about dance music, it…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Steve Albini, Yo La Tengo Coming To Marc Maron’s WTF

Good news for Steve Albini fans who also enjoy listening to podcasts (of which I imagine there are many). On a recent episode of Marc…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | September 17, 2015 - 9:50 am

Marc Ribot Shares “Copyright, Hypocrisy And Steve Albini” Essay

Last year, Steve Albini did an interview with Quartz in which he stated that online music streaming solved many of the frustrations he discussed i…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 22, 2015 - 11:14 am

Read Marc Ribot’s Angry Open Letter To Steve Albini

Lately, Steve Albini -- the veteran producer, Shellac frontman, and longtime underground-rock gadfly -- has been saying things about how streaming services are the inevitable…
Tom Breihan | June 10, 2015 - 9:09 am

Stream KEN Mode Success (Stereogum Premiere)

The title of KEN Mode's upcoming album, Success, feels at least a little sarcastic. Even to the extent a discordant, abrasive noise/hardcore/metal band can achieve…
Michael Nelson | June 9, 2015 - 10:31 am

Steve Albini Weighs In On Tidal Debate

Musicians including Ben Gibbard, Mumford & Sons, and Lily Allen have joined our own Michael Nelson in shitting on Tidal, the expensive new "high-quality" streaming…
Chris DeVille | April 15, 2015 - 12:00 pm

KEN Mode – “Blessed” Video

Wide-eyed Winnipeg noise-rock veterans KEN Mode rose to a new level of international prominence with 2013's Entrench -- their band name is even the substance…
Chris DeVille | March 30, 2015 - 11:08 am

Steve Albini Still Loves Online Streaming, Hates Miley Cyrus

Back in April, Steve Albini told an interviewer that online streaming had solved the music industry dysfunctions chronicled in the legendarily abrasive producer's famous The
Chris DeVille | November 17, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing”

Foo Fighters' upcoming eighth LP, Sonic Highways, seems less like an album and more like a MacGuffin: It was recorded in eight different studios i…
Michael Nelson | October 16, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Watch Tweedy’s Star-Studded “Low Key” Video, Directed By Nick Offerman

Here's an incomplete list of famous people who appear in Tweedy's new video for "Low Key," a song from their new album Sukierae: Michael Shannon,…
Tom Breihan | September 26, 2014 - 11:56 am

Food Incredible: Inside The Steve Albini Cooking Class

Earlier this week, Steve Albini's great noise band Shellac released their fifth album, Dude Incredible. And while most artists surround a new album with a…
Greg Bouchard | September 19, 2014 - 10:53 am

Hear Steve Albini Talk Baseball, Poker, And Shellac’s Dude Incredible On The Kreative Kontrol Podcast

Steve Albini was recently a guest on Vish Khanna's Kreative Kontrol podcast. He touched on a wide range of topics, from normal things like Shellac'…
James Rettig | July 31, 2014 - 9:08 pm

Steve Albini Thinks Online Streaming Solved “The Problem With Music”

The debate over streaming music has been harsh and polarizing, so who better to weigh in than Steve Albini, one of the harshest, most polarizing…
Chris DeVille | April 29, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Watch Steve Albini On Internet Cat Lil Bub’s Web Series

Warm and fuzzy are not really on the Steve Albini Descriptor List, as dude has made some of the canon's most punishing indie rock, a…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 3, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Read Steve Albini’s Four-Page In Utero Proposal

Of all the things included in the new 20th anniversary box set for Nirvana's In Utero (which Tom wrote extensively about earlier this month) thi…
Miles Bowe | September 26, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Hear Dave Grohl And Krist Novoselic Share And Discuss In Utero Outtakes On All Songs Considered

This week marks the 20 year anniversary of Nirvana's In Utero. As expected a lot of us are looking back on that incredibly special and…
Miles Bowe | September 10, 2013 - 1:26 pm
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