By Collin Brennan

10 Hair Metal Albums That Don’t Suck

Sometimes, music criticism in the 21st century can seem like one big, hapless exercise in re-evaluation. The ascension of poptimism means we can no longer scoff at or ascribe shame to mainstream commercial tastes, and when critics aren’t heaping praise on the Beyoncés and Taylor Swifts of the world, we’re turning back the clock and […]

By Philip Cosores

Ranking: Every Alternative Rock No. 1 Hit from Worst to Best

Artwork by Steven Fiche (Buy Prints and More) As formats have changed from records to tapes to CDs to MP3s to streaming, few things in the music world have remained constant. It’s somewhat surprising how relevant the radio remains, especially considering the wealth of other ways we have to consume music. But a hit can still make […]

By killian690

Reeperbahn Keeps the Indie Dream Alive for Music Festivals

Photography by Killian Young Alex Schulz knows exactly when he first felt inspired to start Germany’s Reeperbahn Festival: SXSW 2000. The first iteration of Reeperbahn wouldn’t arrive for over five years after that, but Schulz understood he had seen a festival he wanted to emulate: “The quality is the highest in the world, of course.” Schulz fought […]

By rmbray

Rancid’s Top 10 Songs

This article originally appeared in 2014. We’re republishing in anticipation of Rancid’s new album, Trouble Maker, out this week. Top Songs is a feature in which we definitively handpick the very best songs in an artist or band’s catalog. Sounds simple, right? Oh, if only. “This is more difficult than I initially thought it would be,” […]

By Matt Melis

Pink Floyd’s Animals Pulls No Political Punches 40 Years Later

This article originally ran in January 2017. Set the controls for the heart of every Pink Floyd fan: We’re celebrating Roger Waters’ highly anticipated return with a week of Floydian features that will make you wish you were here forever. Today, Brice Ezell looks back at Pink Floyd’s bleakest album, which feels eerily relevant in these grave […]

By Philip Cosores

Misfits’ Top 10 Songs

Note: This feature originally ran ahead of the Misfits’ 2016 reunion and returns from the grave for Danzig’s new album, Black Laden Crown. With singer Glenn Danzig’s inimitable voice and love affair with countless horror films, the Misfits rose to prominence in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s as one of punk rock’s most explosive acts. But as with any […]

By Collin Brennan

Singling Out the Greatest Seattle Grunge Band

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art is subjective. Music and movies aren’t about competition; they’re about artistic expression. Well, for those of you who know better than to believe those lies, welcome to another installment of Vs. Today, grunge is as immediately identifiable as hip-hop, R&B, soul, country, or any other musical genre. […]

By rmbray

Blur vs. Gorillaz: Where Does Damon Albarn Truly Belong?

This feature originally ran in April 2015 and is being re-published ahead of Gorillaz’s new album, Humanz. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art is subjective. Music and movies aren’t about competition; they’re about artistic expression. Well, for those of you who know better than to believe those lies, welcome to another installment of Vs. […]

By ernestwilkins

The 50 Greatest Wrestling Themes

This feature originally appeared in 2014. The Undertaker is exhuming it for this weekend’s Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando. With all the chair shots, chokeholds, and convoluted story lines, you can sometimes forget that pro wrestling at its essence is purely entertainment. Nowhere else is that more apparent than the music that plays when your favorite […]