The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

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For many of us, 2019 has been a year of flux — politically, culturally, professionally, personally. It’s hard to envision what the future might bring since the recent past has shown us that we don’t know half the things we thought we knew. In unsteady times, music can be a balm and also a mirror. More »

The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 40 Best New Bands Of 2019

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Best-New-Bands-Artists-2019Every autumn here at Stereogum, we look long and hard at the last 12 months and pinpoint which new artists make us excited about the future of music. We then organize those artists into our annual Best New Bands list, celebrating what they’ve already accomplished and highlighting them as someone to keep an eye on … More »

The 1975, slowthai, Black Midi, Fontaines D.C. Among 2019 Mercury Prize Nominees

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Fontaines D.C.Every year since 1992, the British Phonographic Industry and British Association of Record Dealers have awarded the Mercury Prize to the best album out of the UK and Ireland. Recent winners have included Skepta’s Konnichiwa in 2016, Sampha’s Process in 2017, and Wolf Alice’s Visions Of A Life in More »

Watch Fontaines D.C. Make Their US TV Debut On The Tonight Show

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Fontaines-DC-on-FallonYesterday, my old friend Rob Harvilla published a great piece about Vampire Weekend and about how the whole idea of the hyped-up, conversation-starting young rock band basically no longer exists. (Stereogum’s own Columbus representative Chris DeVille also published his great Vampire Weekend piece yesterday.) And Harvilla’s point is true; it’s simply … More »

Artist Portraits From Stereogum Range Life 2019

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bbymuthaStereogum is in Texas for SXSW right now, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, we played host to an unofficial day party showcase at Cheer Up Charlies in downtown Austin. We know how to throw a party, and we got both established names and exciting up-and-comers, many of them pulled from our own BandMore »

Stereogum Range Life 2019 Recap: 2 Days, 24 Bands, 500 Packs Of Gum

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Charly BlissStereogum returned to Texas in full force this year for Stereogum Range Life 2019, throwing a two-day day party in downtown Austin during the SXSW festivities. We took over the indoor and outdoor stages of Cheer Up Charlies on Tuesday and Wednesday, helping to get the week off to a strong … More »

Fontaines D.C. – “Roy’s Tune” Video

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Fontaines D.C.- "Roys Tune"Dublin rockers Fontaines D.C. have released another single from their upcoming LP, Dogrel. They were one of our Bands To Watch earlier this year, and are proving themselves worthy again with “Roy’s Tune.” Last month, we got a sneak peak at some of the new material FDC is working on when they shared the … More »

Fontaines D.C. – “Big” Video

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Fontaines-DC-DogrelOver the last two years, the Dublin post-punk/garage rock quintet Fontaines D.C. have been steadily gaining more notoriety thanks to a buzzy run of singles and the strength of their live shows. After signing to Partisan, there were rumblings of an impending debut album. And today, just a couple weeks out from the band’s first … More »

Band To Watch: Fontaines D.C.

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Fontaines-DCThere’s been something happening in Dublin. Across 2014 and 2015, a group called Girl Band started to generate international buzz thanks to their idiosyncratic blend of noise-rock, post-punk, and techno-inspired rhythms. Here was a new sound, one nobody associated with a specific generation or scene in Ireland. Girl Band then went silent for … More »