And now the question everyone has been scrambling to answer: What was the best album of 2013? The last 12 months brought tons of excellent LPs worthy of the honor. We saw great comebacks from the likes of Eminem and Queens of the Stone Age, stellar debuts from Rhye and Sky Ferreira and new releases from seasoned favorites like Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire -- and that's just some of them!
Fan Choice Awards
At this point, every music journo on the Internet has posted a list of last year's best songs, but what do critics know? We want to hear your thoughts. Vote now in our 2014 Fan Choice Awards and tell us what tune released in the last 12 month is the greatest of all.
Crafting an excellent album is one thing, but translating it for the stage is a whole different ballgame. Whether we're talking rambunctious punk rock or smoothed-out R&B, the best live performers put on shows that are engaging from start to finish, ensuring fans go home satisfied yet still wanting more.
Sometimes, listening to our favorite music just isn’t enough. We want to learn everything there is to know about how that music came to be, and that’s when we crack open the books.
Last year brought tons of new albums dripping in '90s nostalgia. From R&B to grunge, power-pop and beyond, sounds from that decade were all the rage, and at times, that made it hard to find good old-fashioned rock 'n' albums -- the kind that never go out of style. But it wasn't impossible.
What are you to do when your favorite band doesn't come to a town near you, or you just can't shell out the extra cash to see them live? Why, you flip on the tube, of course.
It doesn't get much better than today's music festivals. The best of the bunch bring together laundry lists of great acts and allow you to see all of your favorites in the span of a single weekend. Of course, due to overlapping performance times, it can be stressful having to pick and choose what artists to catch, but that's not such a bad problem to have when it comes down to it.
As part of our 2014 Fan Choice Awards, we're celebrating some of the debut albums that managed to make an impression over the past year.
The 2012 Diffuser.fm Music Awards polls have closed, the votes have been tallied and ... it was a big year for Jack White. In fact, it was a very big year for the solo rocker, who won a total of five categories: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Artist of the Year and Most Stylish Artist. Imagine Dragons were the only other act to win more than one award, and they picked up two: Debut Album of the Year and Most Memorable TV Moment.