One of the surprise (blog) hits of the year gets gets a swirling, possibly-Beverly Hills... Read more »
I will aggregate the major and most interesting "best of 2013" year-end music lists in this post as I have in past years. Revisit the lists for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, 2000-2009 (best of the decade lists), 2010, 2011,...
Blouse continued making their chilly psychedelia this year with new album Imperium, and now have a new video to go along with it. The Angus Borsos-directed clip for “A Feeling Like This” pairs the song with very abstract, but nonetheless beautiful imagery. A girl is seemingly in space and on her roof at the same [...]
It’s hard to believe, but with the upcoming Wig Out at Jagbags, due in January, Stephen Malkmus will officially have released more full-length albums with the Jicks than with Pavement. Of course the major difference in these two segments...Show More Summary
This past year had just about everything when it came to metal: Pioneers making monumental comebacks, bands taking huge risks progressing their sound, and groups stripping things down to bare bo...
So Graceon is a kid in North Carolina who sent a fan letter to A$AP Rocky, except he somehow accidentally sent it to the streetwear company Mishka, where a staffer naturally posted it on Instagram, as Vice points out. It should be a life goal for all of us to get a fan letter like [...]
The best musical experience of my 2013 was when I saw Pearl Jam at Wrigley with my wife. My wife’s sister hooked us up with great tickets at the last minute and off we went. The show started off well enough but was soon detoured by a 2.5 hour rain delay that found us, in [...]
My history with Vampire Weekend is as follows. Really loved A-Punk off their s/t debut and subsequently the rest of the album. Slowly grew tired of it after being hearing all the time – commercials, dinner parties, radio, etc. I couldn’t escape them. Was really looking forward to their sophomore effort but was nervous if [...]
[taken from Tinashe's Black Water mixtape, one of our favorite releases of 2013]
I dismissed this album when it came out as I hadn’t really dug their last effort and I was busy with some other stuff. My buddy Mike told me to give it a few spins and then get back to him. Seemed like the least I could do for a pal. Well, thankfully I did [...]
Warpaint already dropped “Love Is To Die,” the big and percussion-heavy first single from their upcoming self-titled album, and now they have a more subdued one to share. “Biggy” carries gentle cymbals and brushed drum beats; it’s an eerier track, and a good reminder that they’ve got Flood AND Nigel Godrich producing this thing. Listen [...]
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds made a grandiose post-Grinderman comeback with Push The Sky Away, which earned Album Of The Week honors way back in February. One standout from that record was “Higgs Boson Blues,” a moribund eight-minute epic involving the devil, Robert Johnson, and, uh, Miley Cyrus. (“Hannah Montana, she does the African [...]
Boston rock band Grass Is Green will be putting out their album Vacation Vinny next month. We already heard album closer “Vacation 2.0? the other week and now they’ve shared the album’s opener “Sammy So-Sick” which continues to show their specific flavor of punk rock, which is always unpredictable, but never wanders too far without [...]
Jerome LOL just posted up two new edits for free download (along with new single... Read more »
I haven’t conducted a scientific survey or anything, but it sure seems like Stereogum readers seem more annoyed at us for omitting Arctic Monkeys’ AM from our albums-of-the-year list than for omitting any other album. Those readers may have a point; AM is a tough, confident, generally badass piece of rock music. The band is [...]
Demdike Stare has fairly quietly released a handful of 12? singles this year. They always come in the factory default sleeve you see above, all simply titled “Test Pressing” and separated by a number. These releases have been some of the most exciting electronic music of the year, dense sprawling tracks as terrifying as they [...]
We last heard from ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp’s Rentals in 2009, when the multimedia project Songs About Time generated a series of four new EPs of soundtrack music including a collaboration with Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago, all of which were later compiled into the 2011 Japanese tsunami relief benefit Resilience. Despite that isolated surge of [...]
In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...
Anything R. Kelly does anything on a stage, you owe it to yourself to watch. Kelly’s new album Black Panties comes out on Tuesday, and last night, he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, playing the outdoor festival stage to a louder reaction than most of the bands who show up there. Kelly took [...]
The Nine Inch Nails live show in 2013 has garnered perhaps even more acclaim than the masterful comeback album Hesitation Marks, a record we ranked among the year’s absolute best. But whereas anybody can stream the album on Spotify or whatever, fans who are broke, geographically isolated, or otherwise indisposed haven’t gotten to witness this [...]