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  1. The Best (a.k.a. My Favorite) Music of 2014

    Steven Hyden

    Here are some songs and albums that I loved this year. The usual caveats for my lists remain. You might notice, as I did after I unknowingly put my albums list together, that nearly every record I really cared about in 2014 came out of some personal...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  2. The 42 Greatest Musical Moments in ‘Boogie Nights,’ R...

    Steven Hyden

    With apologies to American Graffiti, Mean Streets, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Dazed and Confused, Boogie Nights is my favorite "awesome scenes set to equally awesome songs" movie. I can't think of another...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  3. Teenage Angst Has Paid Off Well: The Mature Immaturity of Charli ...

    Steven Hyden

    When a precocious teenager from Bishop's Stortford named Charlotte Aitchison started posting songs online in the late '00s as Charli XCX, she was part of a new vanguard in pop music. Irreverent yet gifted with a knack for...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  4. Songs of the Week: Long Live Lana

    Steven Hyden

    LDR dropped two songs this week, both of which are featured in the new Tim Burton movie, Big Eyes, both of which sound pretty much the same, both of which sound like they could've been on Ultraviolence, both of which make me wish she wa...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  5. Songs of the Week: Foo Fighters Aren’t Rock Stars, They&rsq...

    Steven Hyden

    After approximately 1.3 million trailers, the new Foo Fighters miniseries Sonic Highways premieres tonight on HBO. I look forward to seeing it, though the sluggish "Something From Nothing" is more nothing than something. Which...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  6. Songs of the Week: Are You Gonna Go Gerard Way?

    Steven Hyden

    As the former lead singer for the screamingly theatrical emo-rock outfit My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way appeared to have burned out on arena-filling grandiosity in the wake of his band's low-key breakup in 2013. It seemed as if he migh...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  7. Indie, Incidentally: The Rise of Alt-J and What It Means to Be a ...

    Steven Hyden

    The English art-rock band Alt-J constructs songs like it is trying to finish an argument. Every element is applied methodically and with irrefutable logic. On Alt-J's latest LP, This Is All Yours, the guitar and keyboard parts are understat...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  8. A Sort of iCloud: 11 Takeaways From U2’s New, Free, Apple-F...

    Steven Hyden

    1. I check in with new U2 records exclusively for those majestic "Bells of Rhymney" guitar chimes, and they don't appear on Songs of Innocence until two-thirds in on the fourth track, "Song for Someone." Elsewhe...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  9. Songs of the Week: So, Um, Counting Crows Just Made Their Best Al...

    Steven Hyden

    They're supposed to be an alt-rock nostalgia act, and yet Counting Crows have not made a nostalgia-act record. To the contrary, Somewhere Under Wonderland - Counting Crows' first album of originals in six ye...

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  10. Escape From Pop Purgatory: On Buckcherry’s 'F​-&...

    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 | August 21, 2014
  11. Songs of the Week: O Canada, You Have Pretty Good Bands

    Steven Hyden

    Sometimes quintessentially American music is best performed by Canadians. Just as Neil Young and the Band in many ways define Americana in spite of hailing from north of the United States, Alvvays has made one of 2014's best SoCal pop r...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  12. Songs of the Week: Got Those '94 Weezer Blues All Over Again...

    Steven Hyden

    This is intended to be a throwback Weezer song, which we know because it's produced by Ric Ocasek, and also because Rivers Cuomo talks about "rockin' out like its '94." It signals the dawn of Weez...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  13. The Jams of Summer

    Steven Hyden

    Would we still be talking about "summer jams" as a thing if not for the summer of 2013? Hardly anyone buys into the idea that any single song can be relevant to the whole world at the same time in other contexts anymore. Looked at...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  14. Songs of the Week: The Surprisingly Welcome Return of Interpol

    Steven Hyden

    Is it embarrassing to say you liked Interpol in the early '00s? I feel like it's embarrassing to say you liked Interpol in the early '00s. Actually, based on this live video of a new song recently recorded at London&...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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