U2 The Joshua Tree

U2’s The Joshua Tree tackled the complexity of the American ideal

U2 looked to America, the inspiring and the infuriating, on their fifth album.

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Celebrate the Catalog: The Yob discography

A look at the complete Yob discography, from the doom trio’s roots to their more recent triumphs.

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How The Shins’ Oh, Inverted World captured a timeless simplicity

The cult favorite turned indie smash turns 20; we take a look back.

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Spellling seizes the moment

We chat with Tia Cabral about the cosmic wheel, life as a working artist, and being patient with yourself.

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U2 tapped into a well of light on The Unforgettable Fire

The band’s fourth album found them emerging from their post-punk background and entering a bigger, boundless world of art rock.

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Daniel Miller and Gareth Jones on releasing their debut album as Sunroof after 40 years

Most debut albums aren’t 40 years in the making, but Sunroof—the duo of Daniel Miller…

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A Little Less Lonely: Joni Mitchell’s Blue at 50

The legendary songwriter’s most deeply personal and groundbreaking album hits its fifth decade.

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U2’s War provided a triumphant close to their post-punk trilogy

The band’s close of their early post-punk trilogy opened them up to the heroic possibilities their later ’80s output would fulfill.

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Sons of Kemet’s journey of the world of the artist

Shabaka Hutchings discusses what gives him energy, and the joy of reunions.

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Greatest Hits: The Best Nine Inch Nails Songs

Thirty years of industrial-rock innovation.

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Celebrate the Catalog : Sleater-Kinney

Treble takes a thorough look at the Portland trio’s seven classic albums.

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All the Elements: An interview with Joy Harjo

A chat with the Poet Laureate and spoken word artist on blending Native American musical roots with a genre-less fusion.

U2 October

U2’s October: The band’s chaotic rough draft

After the group’s landmark debut, U2 drew inward for maybe the only time in their career.

Neurosis Through Silver in Blood

Neurosis’ Through Silver in Blood pushed metal to its limits

The band’s 1996 album is maybe the heaviest album ever recorded.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Aaron Turner’s heavy and diverse catalog

A roadmap to the heavy metal auteur’s immense body of work.

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10 Essential 30-Minute (or Shorter) Hip-Hop Albums

The shortest and sweetest rap records to drop in the last five years.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Can’s avant-garde rock

Where to begin with the avant garde German psychedelic band.

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U2 101: How Boy and Three revealed an early and vivid portrait of the band

We’ve launched a new yearlong project on U2, starting with their post-punk origins.