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U2 101: The chaotic rough draft of October

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

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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.

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Dylan Baldi picks the 10 best Cloud Nothings songs

The Cloud Nothings frontman goes through the catalog to highlight the band’s best moments.

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Spoon redefined themselves on Girls Can Tell

How the Austin group made their best album after their career stalled

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Creating a World: An interview with Wild Pink

Vocalist/songwriter John Ross discusses making big music, taking lousy notes, and regaining his rhythm.

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10 Misunderstood Songs

Don’t put these songs on a mixtape for a crush, or play them at your wedding, or political rally, or graduation ceremony, or…

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Passion and Freedom in Music: A Conversation with John Carpenter

The Horror Master discusses his new installment of the ‘Lost Themes’ albums, making his own music vs. scoring films, and having fun with creativity.

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Glorious Mistakes: A conversation with Mogwai

Stuart Braithwaite discusses the importance of happy accidents in the studio, and how 25 years can change a lot about a person and a band.

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Greatest Hits: Ludwig Göransson’s soundtrack to The Mandalorian

We’ve turned the calendar page on a tumultuous, troubling year, but we need to acknowledge…

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10 Great Albums Featuring Famous Backing Bands

When the headliners become the support band.

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Reports of the Death of the Album Are Greatly Exaggerated

We can choose not to obey the algorithm.

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The Rush Catalog Part Five: Vapor Trails to Clockwork Angels

The final chapter in the ongoing saga on Canada’s greatest prog rock band.

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The 20 Most Anticipated Albums of Winter/Spring 2021

An overview of some of the albums that might offer some of the best sounds of 2021.

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Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager captured a harsh comedown

Looking back at 10 years of an ambitious, introspective concept album.

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Thou pick the 10 best tracks from their expansive metal catalog

The New Orleans metal group dug into their catalog to discuss the best songs from their extensive body of work.