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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Songs of the Week: The Return of Sharon Jones and More 2014 Album...

    Steven Hyden

    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, "Stranger to My Happiness" The new album by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Give the People What They Want (due January 14), is yet another rock-solid homage to gritty '60s soul. But given Jones's recent battle with c...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Why Daughtrys 'Long Live Rock and Roll' Is the Worst Song of 201...

    Steven Hyden

    For those who don't know: I write a semi-regular column for Grantland called "Escape From Pop Purgatory" where I review albums by well-known (or at least once well-known) artists and bands. If you vaguely remember seeing stories about Hanson, Starshi...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. The Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack Could Never Be As Big As O Bro...

    Steven Hyden

    Normally, it would be awkward to write about a movie soundtrack before seeing the movie. This is especially true (normally) for Coen brothers movies, which have a reputation for taking well-known songs and reinvigorating them with striking juxtaposit...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  16. Songs of the Week: Eric Church, Action Bronson, and More Interlop...

    Steven Hyden

    Eric Church, "The Outsiders" Church is ostensibly a country singer, but "The Outsiders" — the title track from his upcoming album, due in February — is totally a heartland prog-rock song, like "Born to Run" with 2112 chops. It's not re...

    Blog | November 08, 2013