Why So Many Punks Grow Up to Be Cowboys (and Cowgirls)

Remembering the Real Lessons of 2 Tone Ska

Summertime, Summertime: A Latin Freestyle Playlist

The AV Club

Art Brut’s Bang Bang Rock & Roll made DIY seem doable

Solomon Burke’s Don’t Give Up On Me was a soul resurrection done right

When do we say “enough’s enough” with repackaging The Beatles?

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

With Hot Fuss, The Killers caused (and defined) a scene

With “West End Girls,” Pet Shop Boys set a high standard for U.K. hip-hop

Primer: Where to start with psychobilly

Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” is creepier and sadder than you think

Americans Were Bound to Hate the Streets’ Original Pirate Material

From Elvis In Memphis Is the Only Elvis Presley Record You Need

With Life Won’t Wait, Rancid Nearly Made Good On Its Clash-Inspired Promise

We’re No. 1: Men at Work’s ‘Who Can It Be Now?” Blurs the Line Between Private and Crazy

Best Music of 2014: The Ballots

Permanent Records: Separation Sunday Is the Gospel According to the Hold Steady

For Our Consideration: What Morrissey and Prince Could Teach Each Other About the Music Business

With ‘Stay,’ Lisa Loeb Taught a Generation How Screwed Up Love Really Is

For Our Consideration: The Bland No. 1 Singles of 1994 Eased a Freaked-Out Nation

Permanent Records: With ‘When I Was Cruel,’ Elvis Costello Made a Return to Formlessness

We’re No. 1: With the ‘La Bamba’ Soundtrack, America Got the Chance to Right Some Wrongs

Single File: With “Jimmy Olsen’s Blues,” the Spin Doctors kicked Superman while he was down

For Our Consideration: There’s Only One Man for the Elvis Biopic, and His Name Is David Lynch

We’re No. 1: With ‘Tragic Kingdom,’ No Doubt Gave Ska a Chance

Single File: With ‘Still D.R.E.’ Dr. Dre tried (and luckily failed) to relive 1992


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on Expanding Their Ska Festival In Its Second Year

Brian Setzer Talks Stray Cats Reunion, Premieres New Tune 'Rock It Off'

Beyond 'Eileen,' Ted Leo Lays Out Why Dexys Midnight Runners Are Worth Your Time

The Specials Talk Reunion Album & Recording With Viral Activist Saffiyah Khan

'Joe Strummer 001' Is a Welcome Roadmap to The Clash Singer's Uneven Solo Music Career

Alejandro Escovedo on Teaming With an Italian Rock Band to Explore Immigration & the American Dream

In Defense of the Swing Revival: Why America Flipped for '40s Sounds in 1998

The English Beat Talk First New Album In 36 Years & Feeling Like 'Ska-stradamus'

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Preview New Album with "Wonderful Day for the Race". Exclusive

Morrissey's 'Viva Hate' Turns 30: How His Solo Debut Predicted His Post-Smiths Career

Dropkick Murphys' Debut Album Turns 20: How 'Do Or Die' Kept Punk Political

Becoming Lester Bangs: Erik Jensen on His Breathtaking, Big Screen-Bound Take on the Iconic Rock Critic

Punk Legends Glen Matlock & Walter Lure Preview 40th Anniversary 'L.A.M.F.' Shows for Johnny Thunders' Classic

The Smiths' 'Strangeways, Here We Come' Turns 30: Contrasting Morrissey and Johnny Marr's Memories of Their Final Album

10 Years Ago, Bruce Springsteen Tackled Bush-Era Disillusionment on 'Magic'

The 50 Greatest Festival Performances of All Time

Radiohead's Moody, Paranoid Masterpiece 'OK Computer' Turns 20

The Clash's Debut Album Turns 40: However You Define Punk, This Album Was a Rough Draft for What Came Next

Prince's 'Sign O' the Times' Turns 30: All the Songs Ranked

Bruce Springsteen's 'Human Touch & 'Lucky Town' Turn 25: Are These Unloved Albums Really That Bad?

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' 'Let's Face It' Turns 20: Why It's Better Than You Remember

U2's 'Joshua Tree' Turns 30: Looking Back on the Most U2 of All U2 Albums

Arcade Fire's 'Neon Bible' Turns 10: How Springsteen & Dubya Influenced Their Second Album

Green Day's 'Kerplunk' Turns 25: Remembering An Album Meatier Than Its Toilet-Joke Title Suggests

U2's 'Joshua Tree' Tour Is More Than Nostalgia, Its Inclusiveness Is Vital for 2017

Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' Turns 10: A Look Back at Her Breakthrough Album

Weezer's 'Pinkerton' Turns 20: Why the Landmark, Raw Album Wasn't a Big Hit for the Band

'Nevermind' at 25: Why Nirvana's Breakthrough Was (And Wasn't) Revolutionary

Aaliyah's 'One In a Million' Turns 20: How Her Second Album Predicted R&B's Future

Metallica's 'Black Album': Happy 25th Birthday, Here's What You Have in Common with Shania Twain

Radiohead, The Cure & Stone Roses: How Revived British Rock Bands Come to Terms With Nostalgia

How Radiohead Made the Anti-Meme, Twitter Unfriendly Event Album With 'A Moon Shaped Pool'

15 Best Songs About Siblings

15 Best Songs About Cheating

Best Songs About New York

Taylor Swift '1989': Grammy Album of the Year Spotlight

Kendrick Lamar 'To Pimp a Butterfly': Grammy Album of the Year Spotlight

The Weeknd 'Beauty Behind the Madness': Grammy Album of the Year Spotlight

Chris Stapleton 'Traveller': Grammy Album of the Year Spotlight

Alabama Shakes 'Sound & Color': Grammy Album of the Year Spotlight

Nicki Minaj's 13 Most Priceless Music Moments

Justin Bieber's 14 Most Priceless Music Moments

15 British Artists About to Break

Why 1990 Was the Best Music Year of the ’90s

Forever Young: Top 21 Songs by Artists Under 21 (of the last 21 Years)

Don’t Fear the Reaper: 20 Best Songs About Death

The 20 Best Songs About Friendship: Good, Bad, and With Benefits

The 20 Best High School Music Videos

Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man


Drugs, Disses, and Cindy Crawford: The Crazy Story Behind Prince's 'The Black Album'

How Hip-Hop and Social Media are Rewriting the Beatles' Legacy

Is South Florida Soundcloud Rap Really the New Punk?

The Complicated Relationship Between Elvis and Hip-Hop

Super-Producer John Feldmann On The New Goldfinger Album & Rise of Soundcloud Rap

Rob Thomas Breaks Down The Meaning Behind Your Favorite Matchbox Twenty Songs

Ella Vos Is Making Feminist Pop Music The World Needs To Hear

10 Times Bob Dylan Sounded Just Like a Rapper

Why the New Pixies Bassist Wanted to Sing a Song about the Woman She Replaced


Andre Williams, William Bell and Remembering Where R&B Came From

Wondering Sound

10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Messiahs

An Alternate History of Rock Icons


Strength Through Oi!? Assessing the Fitness Benefits of Punk’s Knucklehead Stepchild


The History of the World in 15 Music Videos

The NSFW Trend Is Killing Music Video Creativity

10 Questions That Define You as a Music Fan

One In a Million? Why We’re Still Talking About Aaliyah


Pop Goes Feminist: Why 2014 Really Was a Big Year for Women in Music

Refinery 29

Even My Newborn Sees The Problem With Voting For Trump

I Hate Kids, But My Wife & I Are Having A Baby

28 Reasons Empire Records Is the Ultimate ‘90s Movie

9 Magical And/Or Mysterious Moments In Beatles History

30 Reasons We're Still Obsessed With '90s R&B

The Complete Freewheelin’ Guide to Bob Dylan

A Definitive Ranking of the Last 22 Super Bowl Halftime Shows

20 Early Aughts Bands You Forgot You Love

30 Years Later, 30 Reasons We Still Love VH1

A Study In Fetishisms Explores Your Dark Desires

Charli XCX: Why You Should Put This Pop Star on Your Playlist

30 Songs From 1994 You Totally Forgot About

Your Playlist for the Coolest Halloween Party Ever

16 Albums by Female Artists You Gotta Hear Before 2015

The Anatomy of a Summer Jam

30 Celebrities Who Try (& Fail?) as Musicians

Are These 21 Songs Secretly Offensive?

What Does Your Favorite Childhood Game Say About You?

Nostalgic Fitness: The ’90s Trend That’s Making a Comeback

The 10 Funniest Music Videos of All Time

5 Acts to Catch at the Newport Folk Festival

5 Acts to Catch at the Pitchfork Music Festival

1989-2014: The Greatest Summer Jams

An Honest Defense of the First Dave Matthews Band Record

How Well Do Your Favorite Shows Capture Life In NYC?

Your Guide to Viewing Indie Oscar Nominees

6 Niche NYC Music Festivals You Need to See

9 Songs Never to Play at a Graduation Party

Consequence of Sound

A Brief History of Prince the Weirdo

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure Turns 30: An ‘80s Action Flick for the Rest of Us

Why a Comprehensive Beach Boys Biopic Would Likely Fail

The Top 5 Things We Learned from High Fidelity

8 Secret Ingredients of Great Songs

The 10 Least Fun (Fun, Fun) Beach Boys Songs

’90s Modern Rock Chart-Toppers In Need of Critical Revaluation

10 Post-2000 Indie Albums You Forgot You Kinda Dig

7 Surprisingly Cool Albums Your Parents Own

10 Artists With Remarkably Consistent Discographies

10 Years of TV on the Radio’s Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

10 of the Most Unpredictable Artists In Music Today

10 Artists You Either Love or Despise

10 Genres You Either Love or Despise

Kind of Blue: 7 Emo Bands for Fans of Early Weezer

5 Best and Worst Songs by Children of Musical Legends

The Bluegrass Situation

Who Was Stagger Lee? Finding the Man Who Shot Ol’ Billy Lyons

Who Was John Henry? Celebrating the Plasticity of America’s Steel-Driving Folk Hero

The 10 Best Roots Documentaries You Can Stream Online

13 Boss Bluegrass Covers of Your Favorite Pop Songs

The 10 Best Roots Documentaries You Can Stream Online Right Now

MTV Hive

Hive Five: Indie Musicians, PhD

Hive Five: Sibling Acts

The Garage Rock Class of 2011

Value Judgements on Big Audio Dynamite

Hive Five: Songs About Jesus, Not By Creed

Carina Round’s New Warmth in Early Winters

Hive Five: Genres Ripe for Rediscovery

Hive Five: Iconic Albums We’d Like to See iPad Albums From


11 Lies the Beatles Told Us About Love

Five Things Frank Ocean Taught Us About Love

The Word Love Advice In Pop Music

6 Date Ideas for Music Lovers (Other Than Concerts)

10 Best and Worst Concerts to See On a Date