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  1. Rock's Silent Majority Rules Again: Bastille Will Play SNL and Ev...

    Steven Hyden

    A few years ago, I started using the term "silent-majority rock" to describe bands that garner virtually no coverage in the music press and appear to be devoid of (for lack of a better term) "buzz" — and yet also happen to have hit songs and su...

    Blog | January 08, 2014
  2. Is Bruce Springsteen's career overrated, underrated, or properly ...

    Steven Hyden

    A tour through the rock legend's career, from his (great) albums to his (cheesy) music videos to his (sloppy) Super Bowl slide.

    Story | Conversation | January 07, 2014
  3. My Top 10 Best (Favorite) Albums of 2013

    Steven Hyden

    Three caveats before I share my top 10 albums list: 1. I don't care for the word "best" in this context. Not only is declaring a record "best" ridiculous, it's also dishonest. It implies that you've heard every single piece of music released in a ...

    Blog | December 17, 2013
  4. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and th...

    Steven Hyden

    Or how Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more of pop music's biggest superstars became little more than a lifestyle condiment.

    Story | Conversation | December 17, 2013
  5. Why Sara Bareilles Can Win Album of the Year, and Two More Grammy...

    Steven Hyden

    When attempting to predict the future winner of a Grammy award, it is vital that logic-logic be set aside in favor of Grammy-logic. Here are the tenets of Grammy-logic: Concepts such as "cultural relevance" and "youth music" do not exist. The most da...

    Blog | December 09, 2013
  6. Songs of the Week: Zac Brown Band + Dave Grohl Super Team-Up Edit...

    Steven Hyden

    The War on Drugs, "Red Eyes" The new album by vision-quest-y Philadelphia band the War on Drugs is among my two or three most anticipated records of 2014. It is called Lost in the Dream, and as of this writing I've listened to it all the way thr...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  7. My Anti-est Antihero of the Year: Nashville's Juliette Barnes

    Steven Hyden

    Now more than ever, pop culture is about the small stuff — an obscure TV show, a few notes in a pop song, a tweet. To celebrate a year of micro moments, every day a new Grantland writer will highlight one specific thing — a Big Little Thi...

    Blog | December 05, 2013
  8. OutKast, the Walkmen, and Why Bands Can't Simply Break Up Anymore...

    Steven Hyden

    In an interview that appeared on Thanksgiving in The Washington Post, Peter Bauer of the fine indie-rock band the Walkmen announced that the group was taking a "pretty extreme hiatus" after its final scheduled concert tonight in Philadelphia. In the ...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  9. Greatest-hits albums from Nickelback, Seether, and Buckcherry

    Steven Hyden

    A new greatest-hits album memorializes Nickelback's tenure as the world's most hated band — and suggests that it's over.

    Story | Conversation | December 03, 2013
  10. One Direction 'Midnight Memories' review and the end of genre

    Steven Hyden

    On the boy band's surprising new album and the deterioration of genre.

    Story | Conversation | November 26, 2013
  11. Songs of the Week: The Meaning of Bound 2 and the Return of (Ne...

    Steven Hyden

    Kanye West, "Bound 2" I didn't write about "Bound 2" when I reviewed Yeezus in June because I didn't know what to make of it. The album's closing track is obviously gorgeous and superficially reassuring as a callback to West's soul-sampling College ...

    Blog | November 22, 2013
  12. Escape From Pop Purgatory: Strypers No More Hell to Pay Complete...

    Steven Hyden

    Welcome to Escape From Pop Purgatory, where we check out new music made by people who are more well-known than 98 percent of the oppressively "cool" artists over whom the media obsesses, and yet are commonly perceived to be years past the point of th...

    Blog | November 20, 2013
  13. Escape From Pop Purgatory: Scott Stapps Proof of Life

    Steven Hyden

    Welcome to Escape From Pop Purgatory, where we check out new music made by people who are more well-known than 98 percent of the oppressively "cool" artists over whom the media obsesses, and yet are commonly perceived to be years past the point of th...

    Blog | November 06, 2013
  14. Escape From Pop Purgatory: Ed Kowalczyks The Flood and the Mercy...

    Steven Hyden

    Welcome to Escape From Pop Purgatory, where we check out new music made by people who are more well-known than 98 percent of the oppressively "cool" artists over whom the media obsesses, and yet are commonly perceived to be years past the point of th...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  15. Escape From Pop Purgatory: Toad the Wet Sprockets New Constellat...

    Steven Hyden

    Welcome to Escape From Pop Purgatory, where we check out new music made by people who are more well known than 98 percent of the oppressively "cool" artists over whom the media obsesses, and yet are commonly perceived to be years past the point of th...

    Blog | October 24, 2013
  16. No 'Hey!': The Head and the Heart and the Way Forward for Folk

    Steven Hyden

    When did the "Hey!" Folk invasion of pop music officially become unbearable? Was it American Idol winner/poor man's Dave Matthews Phillip Phillips co-opting the sound that launched a thousand Mumfords on his ubiquitous debut single "Home" (which inex...

    Blog | October 17, 2013