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The Best Albums of 2016 (so far)

July 05, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Hard as it may be to believe, 2016 is already more than halfway over. And despite what the Trump campaign or British xenophobia may have you believe, it hasn’t all been terrible this year either, at least not music-wise.

Updating the best 25 British rock songs to apply to a post-Brexit world.

Post-Brexit British Rock Songs

June 28, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Now that Britain has fundamentally altered its role in the world following the Brexit vote, it’s time to adjust for the nation’s new global standing by updating their only remaining contribution to global culture to reflect a post-Brexit reality:

A triumph of both lyrically tenderness and lo-fi intensity, Puberty 2 has overtaken Kanye West’s ever-evolving The Life of Pablo as the best album of the year.

500 words on Why Mitski’s Puberty 2 is my favorite Album of 2016

June 17, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

I’m an easy person to please. I like my rock n’ roll sad and about love. The more times someone sings “cry” the better. I have the album cover of Sea Change on my bedroom wall for crying out loud.

Our panel of experts answer the age-old question.

Who are the 100 Greatest Shitty Bands of All Time?

November 13, 2015 / by , , , , , , , / 4 Comments

There are a lot of shitty bands out there. And, much like snowflakes or KISS solo albums, each shitty band is uniquely shitty in their own special way.

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The absolute definitive list of the greatest rock n roll French horn

March 15, 2015 / by / 84 Comments

The French horn. A bizarre mess of tubing, valves, and saliva that nobody seems to know what to make of and fewer still seem to care about.

A mid-year report of the albums released in 2014 so far

The 35 best albums of the year (so far)

July 22, 2014 / by / 56 Comments

2014 has been an intriguing year for music so far. From Iggy Azalea’s Thinkpiece bait LP to the apparent instatement of an industry-wide mandate that every rap album feature at least one Kendrick Lamar verse, we’ve witnessed some major developments and awesome albums so far. Here are the 35 best albums released in 2014 so far:

#1 Review in America: The Black Keys' "Turn Blue"

#1 Review in America: The Black Keys’ “Turn Blue”

May 26, 2014 / by / 36 Comments

Each week we make Stephen listen to the #1 album in America. This week, Stephen listens to The Black Keys’ Turn Blue.

Choosing the highlights and lowlights of mixtapes received throughout the years

The National Mix: Best and worst songs received on a mixtape

March 09, 2014 / by / 4 Comments

Each week we ask our writers to submit their choice of songs for a given theme. This week, our writers choose the best and worst songs they ever received on a mix CD.


Unbeliever: Why beloved band Vampire Weekend doesn’t click with me

February 18, 2014 / by / 18 Comments

It all began with this brief profile in Paste Magazine. That’s when I figured they weren’t for me. Paste writer Rachael Maddux called them “polite punk.” Gross.