Aphex Twin, Curve, and Jawbreaker had the best-kept secret hits of 1992

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

Here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in March

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

From St. Vincent’s latest to Drake’s playlist: Our most anticipated albums of 2017

While it’d be nice if music releases fit nicely into a year-by-year narrative, the end of 2016 proved that wasn’t the case. Even after we published our feature highlighting some of the best music of 2016, there was still more to be released for the year. In those last couple weeks before 2017 was rung in, we saw new…

Does Ride’s Nowhere embody shoegaze, or transcend it?

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. For this installment, we’re talking about Ride’s Nowhere, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in October.

20 great songs orphaned by their namesake albums

Between November of 1984 and November of 1985, Scottish indie-pop act The Jesus And Mary Chain blended pretty melodies and abrasive noise across four singles and a debut LP, Psychocandy. In that first flourish of activity, the JAMC churned out more songs than it could use, including the fan-favorite “Some Candy…

12 terribly perfect songs for 12 perfectly terrible commercials

As evidenced by the successful marriage of Modern English’s “I Melt With You” to ads by Burger King, Taco Bell, and other proprietors of cheesy foodstuffs, the ’80s are chock-full of romantic ballads whose lyrics can be applied overly literally to just about any product. With that in mind, The Jesus And Mary Chain’s…