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  1. The Teen-Rock Wave Is Here: Prepare to Surrender to 5 Seconds of ...

    Steven Hyden

    In 2013, I wrote a seven-part history of popular rock bands, starting with Led Zeppelin in the late '60s and finishing with the Black Keys in the present. My intent was to trace how rock music became a dominant force in pop culture in the &...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  2. Ground Control to Future

    Steven Hyden

    What happens to a weirdo once that weirdo is absorbed by the mainstream? Is it possible to be an "outsider" and massively popular at the same time? Is oddness extrinsic or intrinsic? Does the public saying "Join us&r...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  3. Songs of the Week: Black and Blue

    Steven Hyden

    The Black Keys, "Turn Blue" The Black Keys' previous record, 2011's El Camino, is the best arena-rock record of the '10s, a near-perfect mix of pop smarts and blustery swagger. Judging by the t...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  4. First Aid Kit and the Beautiful Assimilation of Swedish Pop

    Steven Hyden

    What's most striking about hearing First Aid Kit for the first time are the harmonies. The blend of Klara and Johanna Söderberg's piercing voices is one of the most arresting sounds in contemporary music. Full of resolve yet...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  5. The Seger Seven

    Steven Hyden

    Few cities have as rich a cultural and sporting history as Detroit. From the '80s Pistons to Bob Seger, Eminem to Miguel Cabrera, the Motor City is a rich tapestry of compelling figures, unbelievable moments, and uniquely American ingenuity...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  6. Escape From Pop Purgatory: The Presidents of the United States of...

    Steven Hyden

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

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  7. Wave of Decomposition

    Steven Hyden

    A few weeks ago, a jazz critic named Ted Gioia wrote an article for the Daily Beast about how contemporary music criticism is terrible. This was the crux of his argument: "Technical knowledge of the art form has disappeared from its discour...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  8. Kanye West’s Album Is Coming Soon, and Why That Isn’t...

    Steven Hyden

    On Tuesday, Roc Nation announced that Kanye West was postponing concert dates in Australia to complete work on his next album. Some outlets (most notably Stereogum) felt it necessary to point out that this was not an April Fools' joke. Why...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  9. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame of the Future

    Steven Hyden

    Of all the silly things that I spend way too much time obsessing over, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is surely the silliest. Established in 1983, the Rock Hall has been tasked with imposing an orderly narrative on the monumental mess that is pop his...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  10. Cloud Nothings and the Deathless Song of the Summer Debate

    Steven Hyden

    It's late March, there is still snow on the ground where I live, and yet I already feel anticipatory dread for the onset of our most tiresome annual pop music-related conversation. I am of course referring to endless talk about &a...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  11. Empire Dylanesque

    Steven Hyden

    I'd like to talk about a new Bob Dylan tribute album that's out today called Bob Dylan in the '80s: Volume One, in the hope that I can make some sense out of it. As the title plainly states, Bob Dylan in the '8...

    Blog | March 25, 2014
  12. They Get the Girls, But We’re Smarter: Modern Baseball, the...

    Steven Hyden

    For a while now, I've instinctively recoiled against the well-heeled clubbiness inherent in popular music. The sense that "very rich people making classy and well-manicured songs with expensive videos" currently dominate...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  13. The Album Doctor Is Back

    Steven Hyden

    A few things I should mention before we begin: I am not an actual album doctor. I have practiced album medicine in this space previously, but I am not a licensed practitioner. What I deal in is strictly nontraditional, off-the-grid, Griffin Dunne in...

    Blog | March 18, 2014
  14. Escape From Pop Purgatory: 311 Has Not Changed Since You Were in ...

    Steven Hyden

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

    Blog | March 13, 2014
  15. Discovering Lavender Country: A Conversation With Country Music&#...

    Steven Hyden

    For all its strides, our culture remains woefully inadequate when it comes to producing gay country songs. Thankfully, the excellent North Carolina-based indie label Paradise of Bachelors has stepped up to rectify this situation by reissuin...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  16. Shiftless When ‘Idol’

    Steven Hyden

    Like all fantastically successful institutions, American Idol benefited from perfect timing. Back when the most popular TV talent competition in history debuted on June 11, 2002, the record industry was in the midst of its pre-market-collapse prime....

    Blog | March 11, 2014