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As A Producer, Ric Ocasek Was Often Just What Bands Needed

Twenty-five years ago, a not-insignificant segment of music fans learned about the greatness of the Cars via Weezer's self-titled debut, widely known as "The Blue
Annie Zaleski | September 16, 2019 - 3:55 pm

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Ric Ocasek Was One Of Pop’s Great Mad Scientists

Dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit JERNK. Dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit JERNK. That's how the Cars introduced themselves on their very first single, the immortal 1978 banger "Just What I Needed." That song,…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2019 - 3:03 pm

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band’s “A Fifth Of Beethoven”

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 | September 16, 2019 - 10:19 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This
Stereogum | September 13, 2019 - 3:38 pm

Sounding Board

At 16 Hours, Ken Burns’ Country Music Ain’t Nearly Long Enough

There's a moment three episodes into Ken Burns' new eight-episode/16-hour binge-doc Country Music when I had to hit pause. Ernest Tubb, an up-and-coming country crooner…
Stephen Deusner | September 13, 2019 - 12:30 pm

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music”

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 | September 13, 2019 - 11:46 am

The Anniversary

The Contino Sessions Turns 20

"Seeing light out of darkness...if you can see, like, beauty in a dark situation it's kind of...it's what tickles your boat really, isn't it?"
Ian King | September 13, 2019 - 11:41 am

The Anniversary

Man On The Moon Turns 10

Last month, Travis Scott released Look Mom I Can Fly, a documentary centered around his blockbuster 2018 album Astroworld. The film spends a good deal…
Patrick Lyons | September 13, 2019 - 10:44 am

The Week In Pop

For Better Or Worse, Post Malone Sounds Like Right Now

Tired: a Post Malone posse cut with Meek Mill and Lil Baby. Wired: a Post Malone posse cut featuring Halsey and Future. Inspired: a Post…
Chris DeVille | September 12, 2019 - 4:00 pm

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: KC & The Sunshine Band’s “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty”

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 | September 12, 2019 - 10:55 am

Status Ain't Hood

The Wu-Tang Clan’s New Hulu Show Is Beautiful Mythmaking

There are many, many reasons why I love rap music. One of those reasons, I have learned, is this: At a young and formative age,…
Tom Breihan | September 11, 2019 - 2:47 pm

Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Charli XCX Charli

A few weeks ago, Charli XCX had a bit of a rough time. She took to social media to air out her feelings. "Sometimes I…
James Rettig | September 11, 2019 - 11:42 am

The Number Ones

The Number Ones: Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing”

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 | September 11, 2019 - 10:23 am

Footnotes

The Story Behind Every Song On Lower Dens’ New Album The Competition

The music of Lower Dens has always been dense and to some extent difficult, even when cathartic or hypnotizing. Across their first two albums, 2010's…
Ryan Leas | September 10, 2019 - 4:23 pm

Sounding Board

The “Nurse With Wound List” At 40: A Beginner’s Guide

Released 40 years ago, in 1979, and expanded in 1980, the "Nurse With Wound List" has cast a long, indelible shadow for experimental music fans…
Christopher R. Weingarten | September 10, 2019 - 1:47 pm
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