Misfits’ Top 10 Songs

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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 relationship built upon chaos, there …

Singling Out the Greatest Seattle Grunge Band

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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. For that, we can thank …

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

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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. This time, we definitively determine where …

The 50 Greatest Wrestling Themes

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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 grappler enters the arena. Seriously, …

The Genius of The Velvet Underground & Nico: Artists Reveal Their Favorite Aspects of the Classic Album

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Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Collin Brennan asks contemporary artists about the timeless appeal of The Velvet Underground’s debut. If The Velvet Underground & Nico taught us anything, it’s that perfection in rock and roll is actually the inverse of perfection. There are no …

Spoon’s Britt Daniel Breaks Down His Band’s Entire Discography

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Photo by Philip Cosores On the morning before one of Spoon’s first shows supporting new album Hot Thoughts, Britt Daniel exudes an inordinate calm. I’ve asked him to take a journey back through each of Spoon’s nine albums. He remains unfazed, speaking softly yet confidently, his memory sharp and his opinions sharper. And yet, he doesn’t seem the type to spend a lot of …

U2’s American Dream: The Joshua Tree 30 Years Later

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Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Collin Brennan reflects on how America looked through the eyes of a young Irish rock band called U2. Drive two and a half hours east of downtown Los Angeles, through a series of smog-choked suburban communities collectively known as …

Conor Oberst’s Top 10 Songs

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This feature originally ran in 2014. We’re reposting in anticipation of Conor Oberst’s new album, Salutations.  For those of us reared in the expanse of the true Midwest, the open, rolling hills and endless corn and soybean fields, music from the coasts was for escapism. We didn’t surf. We didn’t know what a major city really was, but we could …

Lightning Crashes: Live on Reuniting, Burying the Hatchet, and Throwing Copper

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The story of Live reads like the rock ‘n’ roll fantasy parents tell their children is “unrealistic”: A group of childhood friends from York, Pennsylvania, pursue their musical ambitions without any real illusion that it might result in selling, say, eight million copies of an album. But that’s what really happened when the band’s third album, Throwing Copper, became an alternative …