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Rap Genius' Rock Lines of the Week, Featuring Daft Punk, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Pete Roe, and the 1975

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 6:43 PM

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If this week is any releases are any indication, we can't wait to see what summer brings. From artists ranging from newcomers Pete Roe and The 1975 to seasoned acts Daft Punk, The National, and

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Human After All: Daft Punk's Random Access Memories

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 12:04 AM

By John Dickinson

The near-decade that marked the gap between Daft Punk's last studio album, Human After All and their 2013 renaissance, Random Access Memories was initially filled with indifference from disciples of the French house duo - and was...

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Don't Quit Without Saving: A Review Of The New Fall Out Boy Album

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 5:30 PM

By Ronald Metellus

How do you go from being a Chicago punk rock act to the nation's most ubiquitous rock band in less than three years? Not easily. Fall Out Boy began as clever, angst-driven band; opening their albums with gems like "the ribbon on my wrist...

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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Mosquito Swats At New Styles

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 4:17 PM

By Alex Koenig

Ten years have passed since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' breakout debut LP, Fever To Tell. A decade in the dynamic and unforgiving music business may as well be twenty years, and the trio could have easily fallen into obsolescence like many of their...

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Broken Mirrors And A Bloody Nose: The Legacy Of The Exploding Hearts' Guitar Romantic

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 4:59 AM

By Alex Koenig

The Exploding Hearts sought to finish what their punk forefathers started. The Portland quartet donned ripped blue jeans and disheveled haircuts. They wrote songs about love and sniffing glue. The amplifier volume of their live shows rivaled Spinal Tap's level-eleven audacity....

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Comedown Machine And The Chameleon Cool Of The Strokes

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 8:24 PM

By Alex Koenig

Reviewing a Strokes album for a new generation of fans requires reminiscence so let me take you on a trip down memory lane: The five leather jacket-sporting suburban street dwellers embodied youth ennui in the early aughts. Their debut Is This...

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Will She Remember Me Fifteen Years Later? In The Aeroplane Over The Sea: A Retrospective

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2013 | 6:15 PM

By John Dickinson

I was sitting in Wiley Falconer's bedroom when I decided to write a piece on In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. Standing three stories above Ann Arbor, Michigan in what may as well have been the lighthouse of a not-so-fratty fraternity, I was...

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Interview: Ultraista's Laura Bettinson

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 10:12 AM

By Tori Elliott

Listen to any one of the songs on Ultraista's self-titled album and you know you're not in Kansas anymore. Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and drummer/producer Joey Waronker have created a hazy, galactic beat-driven electro-pop over which newcomer Laura Bettinson's vocals float like...

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Stereo IQ's Lyrics Of The Year From Wild Yaks, Atoms For Peace, Dinosaur Jr., Andrew Bird, and Touche Amore

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 12:55 PM

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By John Dickinson

Throughout the tail end of 2012, we here at Stereo IQ have picked the best new lyrics released from artists spanning a myriad of eras, genres, and popularity. Today we've reached the culmination of these lists, picking the best...

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Stereo IQ Lyrics of the Week from Wu LYF, Gold & Youth, Shout Out Louds, Dropkick Murphys, and Chromatics

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 10:54 AM

By Matthew Schlissel

Winter is upon us. Eggnog is now acceptable to drink, Bing Crosby's songs are radio hits again, and malls are invaded with families and bushy-bearded Santas. All the while, fresh music is still coming out. Have no fear though; focus on what gifts...

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Interpol's Turn On The Bright Lights Turns Ten

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 7:29 AM

By John Dickinson

I always thought Turn On The Bright Lights had a pulse. A sort of life that existed far beyond the tonal baritone of Paul Banks' melancholy pleas or bassist Carlos Dengler's emphatic octave jumps. It existed in the way a person exists. It wasn't...

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WHY?'s Yoni Wolf Has the Strength of an Approaching Asteroid

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 3:38 PM

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By Matthew Schlissel

WHY? has no problem being a band you can't pin down. They love pop, indie rock, acoustic ballads, hip-hop beats, and anything you can dance to. On their latest effort, Mumps Etc., WHY?'s frontman Yoni Wolf...

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Stereo IQ's Lyrics of the Week From Lift the Decade, Local Natives, Bad Religion, Rhye and Wild Yaks

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 3:53 PM

By John Dickinson

After the wind, rain and chaos, Stereo IQ returns to you with lines from punk rock forefathers, indie veterans, and local up-and-comers alike. Settle into the cold weather and let us be your guiding hand to the tail end of 2012 -- its soundtrack in...

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The Stereo IQ Guide to Andrew Bird's Hands of Glory

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 5:52 PM

By Gavin Matthews

A treat on any year is a new Andrew Bird album; 2012 is the lucky year of two. Hands of Glory is billed as a follow-up to Break It Yourself, already a career-defining album, but the standalone...

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The Great Pumpkin: Billy Corgan Discusses Tour, New Album, Personal Philosophy

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 11:29 AM

By Alex Koenig

Picture the rock 'n' roll star archetype: Messy, unwashed hair; huffed lyrics about late-night drug binges and afternoon fornication; exaggerated claims of illustrious fame and fortune. With Billy Corgan, you'll find the opposite. As the cerebral leader of alternative rock titans...

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On the Road With Minus the Bear

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 6:47 PM

By Alex Koenig

It's a muggy Tuesday afternoon in Orlando, and I'm on a sofa, cooling out to high-octane air-conditioning in the back of Minus the Bear's tour bus. Next to me is vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider, drummer Erin Tate and synth player Alex Rose. It's roughly three hours before they're...

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One Week After SNL: Backstage With Passion Pit

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 11:28 AM

By Alex Koenig

Live from New York, it's Passion Pit. Purple fluorescent lights burnish the stage as the band appears onscreen: Frontman Michael Angelakos sports a necktie, crisp plaid shirt and vest -- different shades of purple, and his outfit works with the color of the illuminations. He...

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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle: Auteur of Empathy

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 2:50 PM

By Alex Koenig

John Darnielle has never been one to mince words. Throughout his career as the primary singer/songwriter of the Mountain Goats, he let his radical honesty act as a compass to guide listeners to his insight on the human condition: He has...

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Stereo IQ's Lyrics of the Week From Andrew Bird, Foreign Tongues, Hospitality, Ceremony and Crystal Castles

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 9:05 AM

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By John Dickinson

If recent lyrics are any indication, it's safe to say that it's finally starting to feel like autumn. A common theme of a melancholy aura binds artists spanning genres from electronic to folk in this week's column. Let's take a look...

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Muse Attempts to Beat Back Entropy With The 2nd Law

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2012 | 6:38 PM

By Andrew Wyzan

It's been three years since Muse, arguably the most popular band on Planet Earth, released an album, and it's been even longer since they released one as confident and as loud as The 2nd Law. This is the sixth album by the three-piece band from...

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