By Michael Roffman

The 25 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2017

As we eyeball the final stretch, it’s never easy to tell whether the year in music is speeding up or slowing down. In Tinsel Town, we all know the Oscar hopefuls will be coming soon to a theater near us as summer fades and fall settles in. Music’s different, though. Forget a barrage of holiday […]

By Nina Corcoran

The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me: The Brand New Album That Changed Emo Forever

Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Nina Corcoran tackles Brand New’s game-changing third studio album with the help of Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, and mewithoutYou. When Brand New released their third studio album, no one expected it to change as many […]

By liorphillips

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

As Spoon announce a 10th anniversary reissue of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, revisit what frontman Britt Daniel had to say about the album and the rest of his band’s discography. 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 […]

By cosstaff

Top 50 Cover Songs from Movies

Say Anything has “In Your Eyes”, Goodfellas has “Layla”, Apocalypse Now has “The End”, and Fight Club has “Where Is My Mind”. These are established truths. But a cover song in a movie is different. It can actually elevate the drama — ascribing meaning and sentiment to the music being played. All of a sudden this song that we’re pretty sure we’ve […]

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 […]