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Celebration Rock

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Rock Critic Steven Hyden ("Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me", "Twilight Of The Gods") talks with rock stars and the country’s biggest music writers about what’s happening in rock. Presented by 93X (www.93X.com) and Uproxx.com (http://uproxx.com/music/)

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Celebration Rock: Best Albums of the Decade with Ian Cohen

November 4th, 2019

2:08:45

Steve decided to take the podcast out of hibernation for this special one-off episode on the best albums of the 2010's, with special guest Ian Cohen.

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Our Favorite Albums of 2018

December 17th, 2018

1:06:07

Every year of my professional life as a music critic, I've made year-end lists. Sometimes it was because I simply had to do it, but more often (especially when I was younger) I did it because I thought it was fun. …

Contrarian's Canon: Joni Mitchell's "Night Ride Home"

December 10th, 2018

55:16

This week we return with another installment of Contrarian's Canon, our semi-regular series with Ryley Walker where we talk about great albums that …

Fantasy A&R: The Ultimate Mid-'90s Oasis Album

December 3rd, 2018

57:49

Last month, we started a new game called Fantasy A&R, where we take a classic album and attempt to improve/mutilate it by making our own stupid suggestions, such as adding or subtracting songs, swapping in alternate …

The 2nd Annual "Last Waltz" Holiday Special

November 19th, 2018

53:17

Back in 2016, I wrote a column in which I declared that The Last Waltz is the best Thanksgiving movie. "It affirms the faith in the power of ritual …

Fantasy A&R: How To Make a 12-Track Version of the Beatles' "White Album"

November 12th, 2018

55:07

In the week's episode of Celebration Rock we introduce a new game called Fantasy A&R, where we take a classic album and attempt to improve/mutilate it by making our own stupid suggestions, such as adding or …

Contrarian's Canon: Dave Matthews Band's "The Lillywhite Sessions"

November 5th, 2018

59:50

In the late '90s, the Dave Matthews Band was one of the biggest bands in the world. Each of their first three albums went multi-platinum, and their …

October's Top Indie Albums by Kurt Vile, Cat Power, and Pinegrove

October 29th, 2018

49:04

On this week's episode of Celebration Rock I invited Pitchfork senior editor (and now friend of the podcast) Stacey Anderson to discuss this month's most notable indie-rock albums. Our discussion began with Pinegrove, …

Twenty One Pilots vs. Greta Van Fleet

October 22nd, 2018

57:18

In the past few weeks, two of 2018's most anticipated rock albums have been released: Trench by Twenty One Pilots and Anthem of the Peaceful Army by …

Contrarian Canon: Pink Floyd's "The Division Bell"

October 15th, 2018

50:14

Last month, I invited great indie-rock guitarist and hilarious Twitter user Ryley Walker on the podcast to talk about an album that impacted both of our lives as teenagers, dc Talk's '90s Christian-rock opus Jesus …

A Tribute To The Stills and Other Overlooked Bands of the Post-Strokes Boom

October 8th, 2018

56:03

This month is the 15th anniversary of Logic Will Break Your Heart, the debut album by Montreal quartet The Stills, one of many scruffy, post-punk …

The Status of Tom Petty's Legacy

October 1st, 2018

52:50

Last Friday, a career-spanning box set called An American Treasure was released delving into the work of Tom Petty, in time for the one-year anniversary of the venerable rocker's death on Oct. 2. Unlike most …

How Michael Beinhorn Shepherded "Superunknown" and "Celebrity Skin"

September 24th, 2018

59:30

If you've spent any time reading the liner notes of classic '90s rock albums, there's a very good chance you know the name Michael Beinhorn. As one of the era's top record producers, his credits include some of the best …

Recent "Under The Radar" faves by Low, the Lemon Twigs, Ruston Kelly, and more.

September 17th, 2018

50:44

Last month, I did a Celebration Rock episode on my favorite sleeper albums of 2018. This week, I figured that the need to talk about lesser known …

Can Liberals and Conservatives Still Bond Over Music?

September 10th, 2018

1:01:27

There used to be an old saying about how you should never talk about politics or religion in friendly conversation, because those are the topics …

DC Talk's "Jesus Freak" and The Peak of '90s Christian Rock

September 3rd, 2018

46:39

Back in May, I interviewed the hilarious and talented singer-songwriter Ryley Walker about his very good recent album, Deafman Glance. But one of the most memorable parts of the conversation was a tangent about …

New Albums By Interpol, Death Cab For Cutie, Mitski, and Foxing

August 27th, 2018

1:00:18

In this episode, we review some of the most notable rock albums from the month of August, including the latest from two legacy acts and recent highlights by two of indie-rock's brightest young acts. Joining me is …

Former Pitchfork Editor Mark Richardson Discusses The Site's Rise

August 20th, 2018

1:05:36

If you have read any music writing at all online in the past 20 years, there's a very good chance you have encountered Mark Richardson in some way. As a long-time writer and editor for Pitchfork, Richardson has been …

Robbie Robertson On 50 Years of "Music From Big Pink"

August 13th, 2018

55:14

Fifty years ago this summer, one of the greatest debut albums in rock history was released. Though when The Band put out 1968's Music From Big Pink, they weren't exactly unknown. Two years prior, they had backed Bob …

Favorite Sleeper Albums of 2018 So Far

August 6th, 2018

56:58

Throughout the year, really good albums come and go with minimal attention. What happens to those records once they are sucked into the black hole of …

Courtney Barnett Tells You How She Really Feels

July 30th, 2018

45:59

One of the best things about being a music critic with a podcast is being able to ask an artist you've written about to confirm or deny opinions and theories you have about their music. For instance, when I reviewed …

25 Years of 'Siamese Dream'

July 23rd, 2018

54:28

On July 27, one of the greatest rock albums of modern times turns 25. At least I count Siamese Dream as one of the best guitar records of the past …

Shawn Everett Probably Recorded Your Favorite Album

July 16th, 2018

56:46

Even if you don't know the name Shawn Everett, it's very likely that you've enjoyed an album that he's produced, engineered, or mixed in the past several years. In 2015, he rose to prominence for his work on Alabama …

After 25 Years, Adam Duritz of Counting Crows Is Still Here

July 9th, 2018

56:34

This summer, Counting Crows will be back on the road for their "25 Years And Counting" tour, celebrating a quarter-century since the release of 1993's classic debut, August and Everything After. During that time, …

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes Isn't Interested in Fame

July 2nd, 2018

56:27

In the past decade. Starting with 2009's North Hills, the quartet has been distinguished by strong, understated ensemble playing and Taylor …

Our Favorite Albums Of 2018 So Far

June 25th, 2018

54:49

Can you believe that we're already (almost) six months into the year? What better time to count down some of our favorite albums of 2018 so far. Joining Steve this week is friend of the pod Hanif Abdurraqib (They Can't …

Jim James Wants To Purify Himself

June 18th, 2018

48:01

On June 29, Jim James will release his third solo album, Uniform Distortion.  It's a loose, raw collection of guitar-heavy songs that rail against …

Rock 101: Intro To Townes Van Zandt

June 11th, 2018

1:04:55

The best part of having a podcast is that it gives me an excuse to reach out to people who I think are smart or interesting, and talk to them about …

Kanye Hot Takes, Plus Father John Misty and Parquet Courts

June 4th, 2018

1:02:38

On June 1, big albums dropped by Kanye West and Father John Misty, and one of them was much better than the other. I talked about both records with Jeremy Larson of Pitchfork, who also shared his thoughts on how both …

Let's Talk About Hockey And Guitar Shredding with Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan and Alvvays' Molly Rankin

May 28th, 2018

1:04:24

Recently, I had the chance to talk with two of the leading lights in contemporary indie rock. First, we visit 19-year-old phenom Lindsey Jordan of …

Let's Talk About New Albums By Courtney Barnett, Arctic Monkeys, and Beach House

May 21st, 2018

51:54

May has been a good month for notable rock releases, including albums by Arctic Monkeys, Courtney Barnett, and Beach House. For this episode, I contacted friend of the podcast Ian Cohen, whose writing has appeared at …

Chuck Klosterman On The Rise And Fall Of Classic Rock

May 14th, 2018

52:07

Last week, I released my new book, Twilight Of The Gods: A Journey To The End Of Classic Rock. It's about the generation of rock stars from the '60s and '70s that is currently in the process of either retiring or …

Matt and Aaron from The National, live from the Homecoming Festival

May 7th, 2018

50:45

In late April I visited Cincinnati to attend the first ever Homecoming, a festival headlined and curated by The National that also featured Father …

Who is Better: The Smiths or The Cure?

April 30th, 2018

52:22

In 2016, I published my first book, Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life. For all of the …

Pete Yorn Has Endured Well Past "The Morning After"

April 23rd, 2018

54:33

A few months ago, I was on a serious Pete Yorn kick. The singer-songwriter, whose best-known album is his 2001 debut Musicforthemorningafter, has put out several quality LPs over the past two decades, including 2003's 

It's Our 100th Episode!

April 16th, 2018

1:05:13

Way back in January 2016, I launched a podcast. Over the course of 99 episodes, I've interviewed musicians, writers, and lots of other interesting people. It's been a blast. For the 100th episode, I invited one of my …

Gang Of Youths Are Slowly Taking Over America

April 9th, 2018

1:00:06

Last fall I wrote about Go Farther In Lightnessthe second album by Australian indie band Gang Of Youths. At the time, Gang Of Youths had a low profile in the United States in spite of great success at home. While the …

What's Your Favorite Album Of 1998?

April 2nd, 2018

1:01:31

Let's go back 20 years to a fascinating time in music history. In 1998, the internet had not yet become the hub of how we listen to music — Napster …

Is Jack White's New LP A Good Trainwreck Or a Bad Trainwreck?

March 26th, 2018

56:36

"Boarding House Reach" is an utterly unique Jack White album — made with the assistance of ProTools, it's as layered and overstuffed as the White …

Dean Ween Continues To Wave The Ween Flag

March 19th, 2018

1:09:08

Of course Dean Ween is one of the founders of Ween, a band that has been putting out albums since 1990, though they haven’t had any new albums in a while. But he's also the leader of the Dean Ween Group, which just put …

Robert Plant Is Still A Golden God

March 12th, 2018

1:07:50

If Robert Plant had stopped making music after 1980, his legacy would still be eternal as the lead singer of perhaps the greatest rock band ever, Led …

20th Century Boss Part 8: '90s Bruce with Tim Showalter

March 5th, 2018

1:07:54

The '90s are easily the least well-regarded decade of Bruce’s career. If people make note of this period, it’s to illustrate how far he fell without the E Street Band, who finally reunited with Bruce at the end of the …

20th Century Boss Part 7: "Tunnel Of Love" with John Darnielle

March 5th, 2018

52:02

Released on Oct. 9, 1987, "Tunnel Of Love" has a reputation among some Springsteen fans as his “soft rock, baby boomer divorce record.” It’s true that "Tunnel Of Love" doesn’t exactly rock, and it’s definitely not …

20th Century Boss Part 6: "Born In The U.S.A." with Patterson Hood

February 26th, 2018

51:17

After the stripped-down "Nebraska," Bruce Springsteen went in the opposite direction for 1984's "Born In The U.S.A.," one of the most popular rock …

20th Century Boss Part 5: "Nebraska" with Phoebe Bridgers

February 26th, 2018

48:55

In 1982, Bruce Springsteen released "Nebraska," a stark collection of acoustic songs recorded at home on a four-track in one marathon session. It's …

20th Century Boss Part 4: "The River" with Patrick Stickles

February 19th, 2018

1:22:09

For Bruce Springsteen 1980 double-album "The River," I spoke with Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus, whose latest album, "A Productive Cough," comes out March 2. I met up with Stickles at his apartment in Brooklyn …

20th Century Boss Part 3: "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" with Julien Baker

February 19th, 2018

1:03:04

Our Bruce Springsteen series continues with Julien Baker, a wonderful artist whose 2017 album "Turn Out The Lights" was one of my favorite LPs of …

20th Century Boss Part 2: "Born To Run" with Jeff Rosenstock

February 12th, 2018

55:41

In episode two of our special Bruce Springsteen series, Jeff Rosenstock dives into the first true masterpiece of Springsteen's career, 1975's "Born To Run." While Rosenstock was raised on punk and ska music, he was also …

20th Century Boss Part 1: Early Boss with Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem

February 12th, 2018

58:28

Welcome to 20th Century Boss, our in-depth series on the albums that Bruce Springsteen released in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. In episode one, Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem joins us to discuss 1973's "Greetings From …

37: Raising A Toast To St. Joe Strummer With Craig Finn

December 18th, 2017

49:59
On Dec. 22, 2002, Joe Strummer of The Clash returned home after walking his dogs and died suddenly at the age of 50. The cause of death was a …

36: Mac McCaughan Explains How Superchunk Has Stayed Great For Decades

December 11th, 2017

50:09
As the leader of Superchunk and the co-founder of Merge Records, Mac McCaughan is a key player in the history of American indie rock. He tells Steve about how hardcore inspired him to start his own band in the '80s, and …

35: Our Favorite Albums Of 2017

December 4th, 2017

1:06:48
This one is self-explanatory — Steve counts down the best LPs of 2017 with his colleague and friend Caitlin White from URPOXX.com.

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34: Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt on How Wilco Became Wilco

November 27th, 2017

57:45
Wilco is now recognized as one of the best and most beloved American rock bands of the last 25 years. But once upon a time, Wilco was a burgeoning project started by Jeff Tweedy in the aftermath of Uncle Tupelo's …

33: How To Celebrate Thanksgiving With "The Last Waltz"

November 20th, 2017

52:20
Every year at Thanksgiving time Steve tries to watch "The Last Waltz," Martin Scorsese's classic 1978 documentary about the final concert performed by the original incarnation of The Band. It's his favorite Thanksgiving …

32: An American's Guide To The Tragically Hip

November 13th, 2017

51:00
On Oct. 17, Gord Downie died from brain cancer, sparking widespread mourning in his native country of Canada. Across the country for days afterward, there were candlelit vigils in his honor. For Canadians, this wasn't …

31: How Jann Wenner Shaped Rock History In His Own Image

November 6th, 2017

51:07
More than any other writer or editor, Jann Wenner has shaped the narrative of rock history from his perch at "Rolling Stone" and, later, as one of …

30: Revisiting Ancient Teenaged Feelings About Weezer

October 30th, 2017

1:01:22
For several generations of rock fans, Weezer's "Blue Album" and its follow-up, "Pinkerton", are foundational albums of adolescence. What is it about …

29: Julien Baker Will Make You Cry

October 23rd, 2017

46:52
On Friday, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Julien Baker will release her second album, "Turn Out The Lights," one of the most emotionally …

28: The Five-Albums Test With Rob Sheffield

October 16th, 2017

1:04:35
In 2011, back when I was a writer for The A.V. Club, I invented a game called The Five-Albums Test, in which I listed artists and bands that have at least five consecutive very good-to-great albums. Over the years, …

Season 2 Episode 27: Automatic For The People At 25

October 9th, 2017

57:47
On October 5, one of the great albums of the '90s turned 25 years old. R.E.M.'s "Automatic For The People" sold four million copies in the U.S. and …

Season 2 Special Episode: RIP Tom Petty

October 3rd, 2017

38:43
In this special "emergency" episode we play tribute to the late classic-rocker.

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Season 2 Episode 26: Dan Bejar of Destroyer Loves '80s Dylan and The Doors

October 2nd, 2017

52:52
For more than 20 years, Dan Bejar has been putting out albums under the name Destroyer, a moniker that hints at Bejar's habit of reimagining his music with each new release. The trend continues with Destroyer's …

Season 2 Episode 25: Are The Killers Good Or Terrible?

September 25th, 2017

48:05
The Killers put out a new album last Friday called "Wonderful Wonderful." It's not very good. In my review for Uproxx.com, I tried to make sense of …

Season 2 Episode 25: Mike Gordon of Phish Is A Nice Guy

September 18th, 2017

56:04
Last month I wrote about The Baker's Dozen, an historic run of 13 concerts at Madison Square Garden in which the long-running jam band Phish played more than 200 songs without any repeats. It was a blast to watch …

Season 2 Episode 24: The National Is Back With "Sleep Well Beast"

September 11th, 2017

49:25
Last month I wrote a profile for Uproxx.com that detailed the making of The National's latest album, Sleep Well Beast, which came out on Friday. The band worked at guitarist Aaron Dessner's studio in upstate New York. …

Season 2 Episode 23: The Rise and Fall and Rise Of LCD Soundsystem

September 5th, 2017

53:23
On Friday, LCD Soundsystem released its "comeback" album, "American Dream." My feelings on it are mixed — I love the music, but James Murphy can be a prickly, even annoying presence. To get to the bottom of LCD …

Season 2 Episode 22: How The War On Drugs Became The War On Drugs

August 28th, 2017

52:37
On Friday, The War On Drugs' released their fourth LP, A Deeper Understanding, and it's one of my favorite albums of the year. How did The War On Drugs get to this point, with a brilliant new LP that has many critics …

Season 2 Episode 21: A Short History of Queens Of The Stone Age

August 21st, 2017

51:44
Originally formed in 1996, QOTSA has been an anomaly in the past few decades: A smart, critically acclaimed hard-rock band that's not really indie, not really metal, and nowhere close to mainstream rock groups such as …

Season 2 Episode 20: 1987 Is One Of Rock's Best Years

August 14th, 2017

49:39
You might have recently noticed a surge in anniversary stories about albums that came out in 1987: U2's The Joshua Tree, Guns N' Roses Appetite For Destruction, Prince's Sign Of The Times, Michael Jackson's Bad, George …

Season 2 Episode 19: Top 10 Best Live Albums Ever

August 7th, 2017

1:08:31
Given how commonplace live recordings have become online, the traditional live album has become somewhat of a dying format. But I've always had affection for live albums like The Who's Live At Leeds and Nirvana's MTV …

Season 2 Episode 18: The New Arcade Fire LP is one of 2017's Biggest Disappointments

July 31st, 2017

49:26
Last week, Arcade Fire released its fifth album, Everything Now. In my review for UPROXX.com, I called the LP "cranky" and "condescending." Was I too …

Season 2 Episode 17: How Does Mitski Write Such Great Songs?

July 24th, 2017

44:55
One of the best artists working in indie rock today is Mitski Miyawaki, a 26-year-old singer-songwriter who released her breakthrough LP, Puberty 2, …

Season 2 Episode 16: Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra Was A Teenaged Rock Star

July 17th, 2017

51:25
By the time Andy Hull was 19, he was known among teenaged music fans as one of the scene's most admired singer-songwriters. But being the frontman of …

Season 2 Episode 15: Have I Finally Come Around On Nü-Metal?

July 10th, 2017

1:05:36
Lately there's been a lot of nostalgia for 90s alt-rock and early '00s indie rock from New York. However, there was another music movement that took place between the early '90s and the early '00s that people aren't …

Season 2, Episode 14: Radiohead's "OK Computer" Is The Best LP Of The Last 20 Years ... Or Not

June 26th, 2017

1:07:03
Last week I wrote a column about how I believe that Radiohead's OK Computer is the best album of the last 20 years. One person who did not agree with …

Season 2 Episode 13: The Return Of '00s Indie Rock in 2017

June 20th, 2017

1:08:14
Last week, Fleet Foxes became the latest band associated with '00s indie-rock to make a long-awaited comeback in 2017. Earlier this year there were new albums from Dirty Projectors, Spoon, and Phoenix, and later this …

Season 2 Episode 12:Har Mar Superstar Was Julian Casablancas' Bodyguard

June 12th, 2017

1:01:09
No book about rock music in 2017 has generated more conversation than Lizzy Goodman's Meet Me In The Bathroom, a wildly entertaining and unrepentantly gossipy oral history of the New York City music scene from 2001 to …

Season 2 Episode 11: The Best Albums Of 2017 So Far

June 5th, 2017

1:15:14
I talked about the year in music so far with critic and author Dan Ozzi of Noisey. In this podcast, we debate the merits of 2017's offerings from Japandroids and Cloud Nothings (I love the former and he loves the …

Season 2 Episode 10: The Grateful Dead Are Alive!

May 30th, 2017

1:04:32
Perhaps the greatest cult band in rock history is the Grateful Dead, a band that somehow keeps on trucking along more than 20 years after the death …

Season 2 Episode 9: The National's "Boxer" Just Turned 10

May 22nd, 2017

58:55
Last week, I wrote a piece for Uproxx weighing the strengths of 2007's "Boxer" against the other albums in The National's formidable catalog. In …

Season 2 Bonus Ep: R.I.P. Chris Cornell

May 19th, 2017

34:05
The rock world lost one of the best frontmen of the last 30 years this week, so Steve decided to record a special emergency episode to memorialize the great Chris Cornell. Joining him are Celebration Rock producer Derek …

Season 2 Episode 8: The Black Crowes Were The Most Rock 'n' Roll Rock 'n' Roll Band of the '90s

May 15th, 2017

1:31:22
A crucial touchstone in '90s rock that's often overlooked is Shake Your Money Maker, the 1990 debut by the Black Crowes. Thanks to singles such as "Hard To Handle" and "She Talks To Angels," Shake Your Money Maker …

Season 2 Episode 7: Father John Misty DM'ed Me And Then We Talked For 80 Minutes

May 8th, 2017

1:30:44
About a week ago, Steve received a DM on Twitter from none other Josh Tillman, better known as Father John Misty. This was not the first time he reached out to him — Josh also messaged Steve after last month's episode …

Season 2 Episode 6: We Finally Talk About The Beatles with Rob Sheffield

May 1st, 2017

57:22
This is a rock podcast, so it's about time we finally get around to talking about perhaps the greatest rock band of all-time, The Beatles. Our excuse is a great new book called "Dreaming The Beatles" by venerated rock …

Season 2 Episode 5: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Is Still Trying To Break Your Heart

April 24th, 2017

57:27
This past weekend, one of the most revered rock records of the past few decades turned 15, which seemed like a good excuse to revisit Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot." Back in the early 2000s, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" was …

Season 2 Episode 4: Don't Look Back In Anger At Britpop

April 17th, 2017

1:00:51
In the mid 90s, some of the best and most exciting rock records came out of U.K., thanks to a generation of bands with tremendous style, spirit, and smarts. This movement was dubbed Britpop, and it was spearheaded by …

Season 2 Episode 3: Brann Dailor of Mastodon

April 12th, 2017

49:37
For 15 years, Mastodon has been one of America's most consistent bands, whether they're making concept records based on "Moby Dick" or catchy …

Season 2 Episode 2: Is Father John Misty A Genius Or A Charlatan (Or A Bit Of Both)?

April 10th, 2017

52:46
Last Friday, Josh Tillman released his third album as Father John Misty, "Pure Comedy," a sprawling fire-and-brimstone sermon about the state of Trump's America. Steve thinks it's a work of genius — but he also …

Vitalogy-ology Part 7: Pearl Jam's Legacy Band Years

April 5th, 2017

1:01:19
We wrap up our series on Pearl Jam by looking at the band's three most recent albums — 2006's "Pearl Jam," 2009's "Backspacer," and 2013's "Lightning …

Vitalogy-ology Part 6: Pearl Jam's Binaural and Riot Act

April 3rd, 2017

1:04:40
The alternate title of this episode is: "Pearl Jam: The Lost Years." Many PJ fans stopped following the band in the early '00s, leaving a core of …

Vitalogy-ology Part 5: Pearl Jam's Yield

March 29th, 2017

58:58
Is the fifth Pearl Jam album the beginning of an era, or the end of one? Actually, it's probably a bit of both. Steve delves into one of the most underrated Pearl Jam albums, which was both the last PJ album to go …

Vitalogy-ology Part 4: Pearl Jam's No Code

March 27th, 2017

1:05:47
Our series on Pearl Jam continues with possibly the most fascinating record in the band's catalogue, "No Code." Released in 1996, "No Code" competed on the charts with a host of poppy alt-rock rip-offs by artists such …

Vitalogy-ology Part 3: Pearl Jam's Vitalogy

March 20th, 2017

1:02:11
The third Pearl Jam record is a favorite for many Pearl Jam fans, even if it is a chaotic document of a chaotic time in the band's history. To help …

Vitalogy-ology Part 2: Pearl Jam's Vs.

March 20th, 2017

58:26
Our series on Pearl Jam continues with the band's second album, Steve's personal favorite PJ record. This was the album that truly heralded Pearl …

Vitalogy-ology Part 1: Pearl Jam's "Ten"

March 13th, 2017

1:32:35
Our seven-part series on Pearl Jam begins at the most obvious point: The band's wildly popular 1991 debut, "Ten." Is it possible that one of the …

Season 2 Episode 1: Japandroids

March 6th, 2017

1:03:10
Celebration Rock makes its triumphant comeback from a long paternity leave with none other than the band that inspired our name. Steven sat down with Brian King of Japandroids at the start of the band's latest tour to …

2016 Year In Rock Holiday Special

December 29th, 2016

1:16:50
Steve takes a hiatus from his hiatus to talk with Ian Cohen about 2016's best rock albums and worst "is rock dead?" thinkipieces, and Rob Mitchum about the science of year-end-best-of-albums lists

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Episode 38: Alex G and Ryley Walker

October 10th, 2016

1:05:38

Season 1 finale! Before Steve takes off for the rest of 2016, he talks with two great young singer-songwriters. Alex G has made his name as an indie-pop tunesmith via his Bandcamp releases, but he's making in-roads …

Episode 37: Joyce Manor

October 3rd, 2016

43:07
One of the sharpest bands operating in the punk realm at the moment is Joyce Manor, a SoCal outfit that specializes in succinct songs that delve …

Episode 36: An Inside Look at Rolling Stone

September 26th, 2016

45:59

As a profile writer for Rolling Stone, Brian Hiatt has interviewed virtually every musician of consequence, from Bruce Springsteen to Mick Jagger to …

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