Year End

God Save the Scene

Sassy Brits, hoochie mamas and a dude named Beans attempted to invigorate a stagnant year for hip-hop.

by Dan LeRoy

Its difficult to survey the hip-hop of 2004, more bloated and self-referential than ever, and not imagine the mythical AOR wasteland of the mid-70s. Like rock before it, hip-hop has easily won a cultural acceptance once unthinkable, and our reward is a parade of Jadakisses and G-Unit solo projects, preaching empty and ultimately safe rebellion in the same way Boston and Foreigner once spoke to beer-drinking longhairs in high school parking lots...

  • Americana Pie

    Grab a slice of 2004s best roots music while its still hot.

    By John Nova Lomax

  • Trend-Spotting

    In a scandal-ridden election year, the years top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.

    By Sarah Hepola

  • Smells Like Indie Spirit

    Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again.

    By Rob Harvilla

  • Marrying the Mainstream

    White men learned to dance, and the emoting was as thick as the eyeliner on the years best pop-rock records.

    By Annie Zaleski

  • Dance, Dance Revolution

    This was the year electronic dance music got its head -- and its ass -- out of the past.

    By Darren Keast

  • On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon youve been jamming and dig this years buried black-music treasures.

    By Craig D. Lindsey

  • Up From the Underworld

    This year, blood-soaked extreme metal took its rightful place in the world of heavy music.

    By Jason Bracelin

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