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  1. 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
  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. How to Fight Loneliness

    Steven Hyden

    Jeff Tweedy greeted me at the door of the Wilco Loft as one would expect on an uneventful late-summer Monday afternoon, dressed in torn jeans, untucked dark blue shirt, and Connecticut Tigers cap fitfully containing unkempt grayish-brown hai...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  4. Just How Debauched Was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's 19...

    Steven Hyden

    As a serious student of Neil Young, aviator glasses, musicians who wear football jerseys, and rock-related debauchery, I've been obsessed lately with the recent CSNY 1974 boxed set. It documents Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's...

    Blog | August 06, 2014
  5. Flower-Punk Power: Ty Segall on 'Manipulator,' His Late...

    Steven Hyden

    Ty Segall, the prolific 27-year-old singer-songwriter, is widely considered the reigning champion of what the Black Lips once dubbed "flower-punk," a powerfully raucous amalgam of sweetly scuzzy riffs and a vaguely philosophical a...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  6. Career Arc: Tom Petty

    Steven Hyden

    Who is Tom Petty? Naturally I'm asking this because there's a pretty good Heartbreakers album called Hypnotic Eye coming out July 29. But that explains only why I'm asking this question now. I've been listening...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  7. Greg Cartwright on Reigning Sound’s New Album — Plus ...

    Steven Hyden

    One of the best qualities that any singer can have is the ability to sound vulnerable without seeming weak, embodying a certain beaten-but-never-broken kind of strength even when expressing utter pathos. Otis Redding, obviously, had that. So did Nina...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  8. The Sad But True Fate of Pop-Metal

    Steven Hyden

    Back in March, about three months before the release of Mastodon's latest album, Once More 'Round the Sun, I spoke on the phone for 20 minutes with the band's drummer, Brann Dailor. In the traditional rock-band hierarchy...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  9. Keep Calm and Share Your Darkest Secrets: Strand of Oaks' Un...

    Steven Hyden

    For five years, Timothy Showalter has been putting out imaginative and emotionally overpowering records as Strand of Oaks, a moniker that immediately implies an association with sensitive, nature-boy, singer-songwriter folk. That presumption was more...

    Blog | June 18, 2014
  10. The Top 10 Classic Rock Artists Who Would’ve Had Horrible T...

    Steven Hyden

    It's a natural impulse: You appreciate an artist's work and you notice that said artist has a Twitter page, so you click "follow" on the person's feed. So why does this so often prove to be a bad deci...

    Blog | June 04, 2014
  11. Whither Blog Rock?

    Steven Hyden

    Next week, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will release its fourth album, Only Run. Out of all the possible reactions to this sentence, I imagine these two are most common: 1. "Why is he writing about a band with a dumb name that I've...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  12. The Last Great New York Band?

    Steven Hyden

    "We're not dumb. We know we're dealing with a certain level of expectation." Andrew Savage of the brilliant Brooklyn-based post-punk band Parquet Courts and I are lingering by the bar inside a fashionably un...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  13. Lonely Boys at the Top

    Steven Hyden

    Something irregular occurs 53 seconds into Turn Blue, the eighth album by America's most popular rock group, the Black Keys. During an extended instrumental open to the first track, "Weight of Love," ornamented with ghos...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  14. A Very Serious Conversation With Kip Winger About Being Taken Ser...

    Steven Hyden

    The story of Winger has a familiar arc for pop-metal acts that sold millions of records in the late '80s and then quickly flamed out in the early '90s. In a nutshell: Winger rode high with sleazy, sex-drenched rockers (like &l...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  15. 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
  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