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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:

A list of the best songs to drink to during summer

The 8 Best Songs about Summer – For Drunk People

June 25, 2014 / by , / 45 Comments

With the summer solstice arriving last weekend, summer is officially here. The time of drives with the top down, pool parties, and – oh yeah – lots of drinking. In honor of this hallowed time of short shorts, bro tanks, and margaritas, we’ve compiled the best summer-specific songs for your drunken nights.


The National Mix: The Hits (and misses) of 2004

February 16, 2014 / by / 24 Comments

Each week we ask our writers to submit two songs for a given theme. This week, in honor of the tenth anniversary of College Dropout, we had our writers reflect on two songs that either have turned or will turn ten in 2014.