The 50 Best Stereogum Comments Of 2018

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It’s New Year’s Eve which means tomorrow this site turns 17 years old. Seventeen! That’s the age Little Eva was when she recorded “The Locomotion.” It’s the age Backpack Kid was when he released the video for “Drip On Boat” featuring Swaghollywood. It’s the age Dr. John was when he was 18. It … More »

The Black Market: The Year In Metal 2018

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At the time I’m writing this, an Encyclopaedia Metallum search turns up 15,896 releases in 2018. (It’s early, the trve number will probably exceed 2017’s 18,299 once Florida recounts whatever Sloth shat out.) How much metal is that? Well, I say in an intolerably Ted Talk-y voice, if all … More »

The 5 Best Rolling Stones Songs Of 2018

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The-Rolling-StonesThe Rolling Stones did not release any music in 2018. Their last album of original material, A Bigger Bang, came out way back in 2005. More recently, they released an album of blues covers called Blue & Lonesome, just over two years ago. They are coming back Stateside for a tour next year, and between … More »

Wayne Coyne Reviews 2018

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Wayne-CoyneWayne Coyne is always busy. Whether working on official albums or a smattering of side projects, the Flaming Lips — the band he’s now been a part of for 35 years — never seem to stop moving. “With us, it’s always like five things at one time,” he says from his home in Oklahoma City, … More »

The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2019

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The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2019December is more than half over, and we at Stereogum are just about finished reviewing 2018’s musical highs and lows. Having listed just about every list that can be listed, it’s time set our sights on the future — also in list form, of course. Yes, reader: We are once again counting down … More »

9 Music Trends That Need To Die In 2019

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In the age of social media fads develop before we’ve even had the chance to deliberate, as they’re tweeted and retweeted ad infinitum. Culture is reduced to meme format, giving way to some pretty detestable content. The following list rounds up recent music trends that will hopefully be dead by New Year’s Day. More »

The Year Of Subverted Archetypes, From Be The Cowboy To “God Is A Woman”

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For the past six years, men have dominated the Grammys to a depressing degree. Earlier this year, a study found that from 2012 to 2017 out of the 899 people nominated, only 9.3% were women — not even double digits! The surge of enlightenment and optimism ushered in with #MeToo and Time’s Up … More »

The Best & Worst Covers Of 2018

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I know this year’s been kind of exhausting music-wise. It’s been exhausting everything-wise, but stopping to think about how music felt just dredged up nothing but malaise: Post Malone going all Individual-1 about “fake news”, grotesque Soundcloud rappers turning out to be all-problematic/no-faves, the final demise of anything resemblingMore »

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships: 27 Memorable Music Tweets From 2018

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TwitterA lot happened in the year of our lord 2018, and a lot of it happened on Twitter. Beefs were had: Ariana Grande and Piers Morgan, Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks, Lisa Prank and Elon Musk. Love stories began: Grimes and Elon Musk, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson, Kanye and … More »

The Best Hardcore Albums Of 2018

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hardcoreOne of the best moments I witnessed at this year’s Damaged City, the DIY punk festival in our nation’s capital, came when Wildhoney, a Baltimore shoegaze band, covered Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me.” There was no irony in that cover. There was only warm, nostalgic affection. And I didn’t see any irony in the … More »