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A History of Shoegaze in 45 Essential Songs

Tracing the roots of a genre with a peculiar name and an immaculate sound

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10 Essential Remix Albums

A 10-item sampling of the best compilations of chop-ups.

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10 Essential Metal Collaboration Albums

10 of the best team ups in heavy music in the past two decades

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10 Great Albums You Might Have Missed from Winter 2022

Get caught up on some of 2022’s under-the-radar gems.

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10 Albums to Hear if you like Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out

10 next steps for new and longtime listeners of the 1997 punk classic.

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A History of Indie Folk in 45 Albums

There’s always been something special about the sound of a solitary singer with an acoustic…

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10 Essential Major Label Debuts from Indie Artists

10 times when more resources and left-field talent resulted in something great.

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10 Essential Richmond Albums

The best exports from along the James River

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The Most Anticipated Albums of Winter/Spring 2022

25 albums at the top of our queue.

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The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2021

Our favorite rap albums and mixtapes from the past year.

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The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2021

The best technologically enhanced sounds of the year

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The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2021

Ambient jazz, protest groove and ethereal improvisation.

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The 50 Best Albums of 2021

Our 50 favorite records of a strange and eclectic year.

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The 100 Best Songs of 2021

Our favorite tracks from a pretty strange year

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The Year in Reissues: 2021

Our favorite re-releases, archival entries and compilations of the year.

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20 Great Albums from 2021 You Might Have Missed

Kicking off our Best of 2021 coverage with a roundup of the best under-the-radar gems.

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A History of Industrial Music in 45 Songs

A 45-song trip through music at its most extreme.

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Six Moments of Charlie Watts magic amid The Rolling Stones’ Ego and Excess

After the mid-1980s, The Rolling Stones didn’t get better. Nor iconic. Both Mick Jagger and…