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Megan Thee Stallion & Beyoncé’s “Savage” Remix Is The #1 Song In America

In recent weeks, the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 has been a hot potato, with a big and flashy new record storming in…
Tom Breihan | May 26, 2020 - 12:19 pm

Stream Take Offense’s New EP Cause & Effect

Right now, a whole lot of bands are pulling inspiration from the late-'80s period where hardcore and thrash metal crossed the streams and fused into…
Tom Breihan | May 26, 2020 - 10:36 am

Stream Medhane’s New Album Cold Water

Right now, we're going through a mini-golden age of thoughtful, insular lo-fi underground rap music. In recent years, a sort of interconnected scene has formed…
Tom Breihan | May 26, 2020 - 9:58 am

Whitney – “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (John Denver Cover) (Feat. Waxahatchee) & “Rain” (SWV Cover)

Whitney, the deeply chill Chicago indie duo, recently went through a traumatic experience, when the members of the band were robbed at gunpoint in broad…
Tom Breihan | May 26, 2020 - 9:16 am

Ridiculous Protective Suit For Concerts Features N95 Filter, Canisters For Drinking And Vaping

When is live music going to be back? And what's it going to look like when it comes back? The question has been looming ever…
Tom Breihan | May 26, 2020 - 8:54 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Daryl Hall & John Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”

In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958,
Tom Breihan | May 25, 2020 - 9:04 am

Stream Young M.A’s New EP Red Flu

It's been nearly four years since Brooklyn hard-ass Young M.A broke out with her impossibly unlikely crossover hit "OOOUUU." That was a transcendent moment, and…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2020 - 3:06 pm

Criminal Instinct – “Skull Fucked” & “6 More Miles”

Within hardcore, Criminal Instinct play an important role: They're the fastest hard band out there. The Atlanta marauders have the feral velocity of early-'80s pioneers…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2020 - 2:14 pm

Stream Gunna’s New Album Wunna

The zonked out stars of Atlanta sing-rap are seemingly determined to own the quarantine spring. A few months ago, the young Atlantan Lil Baby released…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2020 - 12:48 pm

Mattachine – “Sisyphus”

In the past two months, the Virginia screamo wreckers Infant Island have released two absolutely incredible records, the EP Sepulcher and the full-length Beneath. And…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2020 - 12:32 pm

Watch Muzz Debut New Song “Trinidad”

Earlier this spring, Interpol frontman Paul Banks announced the existence of Muzz, a new side-project trio that also features Bonny Light Horseman's Josh Kaufman and…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2020 - 11:50 am

Coriky – “Too Many Husbands”

One Monday night a couple of weeks before quarantine hit, I got a text from a friend: "Ian MacKaye is playing in town tonight?" I…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2020 - 10:45 am

Kamaiyah – “Go Crazy”

Earlier this year, the Oakland rap champ Kamaiyah released her long-awaited album Got It Made. After a checkered major-label run, Got It Made made good…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2020 - 10:06 am

Green Day – “Dreaming” (Blondie Cover)

Right now, our biggest rock stars are just like the rest of us -- stuck at home, lonely and reflective. Punk superstars Green Day recently…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2020 - 9:27 am

The Anniversary

The Marshall Mathers LP Turns 20

"Tower Records told me to shove this record up my ass. Do you know how it feels to be told to shove a record up…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2020 - 9:08 am

Comments from Tom Breihan

"Just Us" is an amazing song, y'all are tripping.
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May 22, 2020 on The Number Ones: Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”
It just came out, and I'm halfway thru. I love it.
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May 22, 2020 on Green Day – “Dreaming” (Blondie Cover)
Disagree. As a father, I cannot imagine anything more terrifying than an island full of infants.
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May 15, 2020 on Stream Infant Island’s New Album Beneath
Didn't wanna plug it in the body of the piece, but last year, my fellow chart-history chronicler Chris Molanphy had me on his Slate podcast to talk about "Stars On 45. " That's here, if you wanna hear it:
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May 8, 2020 on The Number Ones: Stars On 45’s “Stars On 45″
Maybe I was just in a bad mood when I listened, I dunno. Will give it another shot after this.
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April 29, 2020 on Stream Mindforce’s Swingin Swords, Choppin Lords EP
I haven't been a music critic my whole life.
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April 20, 2020 on The Number Ones: Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration”
Honestly I loved the constant messy technical difficulties.
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April 15, 2020 on The Detroit Rap Underground Remains Undefeated
my bad that was supposed to say "top 10." it peaked at #11.
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April 10, 2020 on Polo G – “DND”
oh hey, i was at that show! upstairs bar, not the main room!
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March 27, 2020 on Superwolf – “You’ll Get Eaten, Too”
Went thru struggles, came back with big hits & weird hair. Also Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Spring Breakers would be a pretty good double feature.
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March 24, 2020 on Let’s Cast The Coronavirus-Relief “We Are The World”
I had Taylor down as Bruce initially.
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March 24, 2020 on Let’s Cast The Coronavirus-Relief “We Are The World”
This isn't "Let's Recast Do They Know It's Christmas"
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March 24, 2020 on Let’s Cast The Coronavirus-Relief “We Are The World”
2004-2008 as a freelancer, 2009-2011 as full-time staff.
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March 20, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd After Hours
I don't believe in factoring in cultural impact.
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March 18, 2020 on The Number Ones: Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
Stereogum house style to do that with band names, even singular ones.
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March 18, 2020 on The Number Ones: Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”