Post Mortem: The Legacy Of Bark Psychosis’ Hex At 25

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The first revolutionary shot fired from the ’90s rock underground in the UK was explosive enough to dispatch a home stereo. The story goes that when Graham Sutton, guitarist/vocalist for Bark Psychosis, first played for Vinita Joshi (then co-owner of Cheree Records) a tape of the two songs that would be his band’s first official … More »

Grammys 2019: Performances Ranked Worst To Best

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2019 might be some kind of cosmic turning point in the history of the Grammys: The first show where the conversation was more about who didn’t perform than who did. Ariana Grande’s fuck-this-shit refusal to play ball with the notorious Grammy-production dumbfucks revealed just how completely this was a show in … More »

The Grammys Could Have Been Worse!

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Could it have been any more obvious that the Grammys were desperately trying to do some serious image rehab this year? You don’t drag out Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and Michelle motherfucking Obama in the first five minutes of your telecast unless you’re hoping to do some course-correction when it comes to how … More »

Lords Of Chaos: The Black Metal Movie Is A Bloody Mess

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Even if you’ve never heard a note of Mayhem’s music or don’t listen to black metal, the abrasive subgenre they’re credited with creating, you probably know bits and pieces of the Norwegian band’s brief-but-newsworthy history. They burnt churches. One member killed himself. A second member murdered a third. That second member has since become a … More »

ICE’s Arrest Of 21 Savage Is An Outrage

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21-SavageWe don’t know a whole lot right now, but here’s what we do know: On Sunday night, US Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, the 26-year-old Atlanta rapper known as 21 Savage. An ICE spokesman said the arrest was a “targeted operation.” ICE claims that Savage is a citizen … More »

7 Observations From Kacey Musgraves’ Oh, What A World Tour

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Kacey MusgravesWhen Kacey Musgraves released Golden Hour last March, she tapped into a seemingly bottomless well of critical hosannas. Yours truly was personally responsible for a significant percentage of that praise. I rhapsodized about Golden Hour again and again and More »

Hop Along Beer Vs. Hanson Beer: A Roundtable

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Hello, loyal readers! We here at Stereogum have moved offices, making the grand exodus from a gathering of cubicles near Grand Central Station to a gathering of cubicles near Times Square. Along with the rest of our colleagues at our daddy company Valence Media, we are adjusting to the new space. Being in the heart … More »

Lindsay Lohan Is A Boss Bitch Now. Remember When She Was A Musician?

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“Lindsay Lohan has been 18 for just under a week when she tells me her breasts are real. I did not ask (gentlemen never do), though my reporting (discreet visual fact checking, a goodbye hug) seems to confirm her statement.” So goes the lede of Rolling Stone‘s 2004 cover story on Lindsay Lohan. More »

Thoughts On The Coachella 2019 Poster

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Like we always do at this time! The day that Coachella unveils its poster is one of the great holidays in pop music. Even if you’ve never been to the festival, and even if you have no plans of ever going, it’s fascinating. This poster, more than any other, … 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 »