John Darnielle

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  • 12 years ago | Music News

    Boasting one of the worst band names in history, Lickgoldensky bucks tradition by being not just a good band but a truly exciting band, one whose T-shirt you'd be proud to wear if its name weren't Lickgoldensky. It is, though. Why, God, why? You w...

  • 13 years ago | Music News

    People started talking all kinds of mumbo-jumbo about Bob Marley almost before he was cold in the ground, but before he was a conveniently agreed-upon symbol for vague ideas about good times and world peace, he was an uncommonly sharp writer of de...

  • 13 years ago | Music News

    As minitrends go, this nü metal fad's got legs: Korn's first album came out in 1994, and it is still rocking adolescent treatment centers across the country. Nü metal is pretty patently the mainstream now; the charts are full of Stainds,...

  • 15 years ago | Music News

    Interesting, small records from bummed-out English guys with guitars are popping up like dandelions again -- we might be coming up on exciting times. Back in the mid-'80s you couldn't walk past a high school without seeing at least one guy in a Sm...

  • 15 years ago | Music News

    You did not grow up in the world over which the Backstreet Boys presently reign: Your treacly pop songs didn't feature cell phones with batteries cutting out, for example, and your teen idols usually included only one "thanks to the fans" number o...