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Village Voice publishes Pazz + Jop poll: Kendrick Lamar and “Hotline Bling” top the lists

The Village Voice's annual Pazz+Jop issue has just been published. Polling nearly 500 music critics, you may not be too surprised, at this point, to learn that Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly topped their 2015 albums list...

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Crazy & the Brains playing tons of NYC/NJ shows, one with Night Birds (who topped Punk News’ Best of 2015 list)

NJ's xylophone-fueled punks Crazy & the Brains have a ton of shows coming up in NYC/NJ, as usual. Their NYC shows include Pianos on Friday (1/15) with The Black Clouds, Those Mocking Birds, Dead Stars and Darkwing (tickets); a free show at Pine Box Rock Shop on Saturday (1/16); one at Palisades on January 21 with Larry & the Babes, Bodega Bay and Little Cobweb (tickets); Good Room on January 30 with Philly folk punks Mischief Brew (headlining), The Homewreckers and Out of System Transfer (tickets); a release party for their new video at Le Poisson Rouge on February 6 with comedian Brett Davis (who they've played with before) and High Waisted (tickets); back to <...

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Spotify reveals the ‘Year in Music’ +++ win a premium subscription, $50 in tickets & more!

2015 was one of the greatest years for new music in a while. Even if you're obsessive, you probably still have some catching up to do. We can try to help...

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The Wonder Years’ Dan Campbell tells us his top 10 albums of 2015

We recently named The Wonder Years' No Closer To Heaven one of our favorite albums of the year. Then we asked the band's frontman, Dan Campbell (aka Soupy), to tell us about ...

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The Best Metal of 2015

We already posted Pallbearer's favorite albums of 2015, Stephen Brodsky's (of Cave In and Mutoid Man), and Decibel Mag's, and we told you that James Hetfield's favorite album of the year was Ba...

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Our Favorite Albums of 2015

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Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc...

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Baroness played 2 NYC shows (pics/video from Saint Vitus), made James Hetfield’s favorite album of 2015

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Baroness returned last week with their great new album Purple, and wrapped up a tour in support of it with two NYC shows on Sunday (12/...

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Mutoid Man & Royal Thunder playing New Year’s shows at Saint Vitus; Stephen Brodsky lists his top 10 of 2015

Two bands who mix metal and heavy blues, Mutoid Man and Royal Thunder, will ring in the new year together in NYC. They play New Year's Eve and New Year's Day at Saint Vitus with different openers e...

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The Guardian’s Top 40 Albums of 2015

Like they usually do, The Guardian rolled out their 40 Best Albums of 2015 list over a two-week period, and the whole thing is now here. The top 10 has nine US/UK list regulars and last year's Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers (who seem to be more loved in t...

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Pallbearer tell us about their favorite music of 2015

Pallbearer put out one of our favorite albums of last year (it was my favorite metal album), and this year we asked them what they liked in 2...

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