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10 Essential Post-Hardcore Albums

For those looking to let out some angst, here are some albums that helped us Millennials in the early-aughts.

While punk and hardcore commanded both mainstream and underground music scenes in the late '90s and early 2000s, the post-hardcore subgenre began to enter its final form.

Emerging bands grew tired of punk's stiff confines and metal's overall machismo energy, so the early 2000s crafted a sound that experimented with indie rock, R&B, and even jazz to produce rock music more inclusive of sweeping melodies and sensitive songwriting.

For those whose childhoods encapsulated the early 2000s, post-hardcore exploded on the scene and was part of a thriving wave of alt-rock that included emo and post-grunge.


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The Sexiest Songs of 2020 (So Far...)

While most of us are isolated at home, here are some bedroom jams to keep in mind for when the time is finally right

It's safe to say we're not living in the sexiest of times right now.

While mass disease lurks around every corner, the revolting actions of white supremacists and misogynists continue to make headlines around the country. We watch all this transpire from our dark, cramped apartment, where we sit on our coaches and gorge ourselves on Doritos while ghostly pale, unbathed, and clammy thanks to AC units being deemed unsafe by the CDC. We're told repeatedly that to engage in human touch means certain death, and that if we are going to have sex, it will require consulting the most awkward government-issued list of guidelines for how we can "safely" engage in coitus.

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We're Sad But Still Wanna Vibe: Popdust's Star-Spangled Banger Playlist

In lieu of an unprecedented Memorial Day, here is an unprecedented summer playlist

Memorial Day will undoubtedly feel very different this year.

A holiday once dedicated to crowded beaches and the first BBQs of the summer season will be marred by social distancing restrictions and fear of spikes in COVID-19 cases if we don't stay the course. Americans, who after three months locked away are suffering from quarantine fatigue, will try their best to make sense of this new normal, but the threat of COVID-19 still looms large despite an uptick in warmer weather.

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Yesterday we directed you towards the team-specific anthems crafted in basements of New York and New England's finest. Today, 10 impartial tracks to maintain the peace at your Super Bowl soiree, and keep the party going long past the premiere of The Voice.

1. "THROW SO GOOD" -- BIG IAN C

OK, so we've included one Super Bowl 46 anthem, set to the sound of Mase's "Feel So Good." For contextual purposes! Who's on hot wings duty?

2. "PUMP UP THE JAM" -- TECHNOTRONIC

The necessary track to play upon guests' arrival, just so they know what they're getting themselves into. (Required dancing during commercial breaks, obviously.)

3. "BLACK AND YELLOW" -- WIZ KHALIFA

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers bowed out early, but Wiz's big-time debut can be used to represent any color and any creed.

4. "LET'S GO CRAZY" -- PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION

This is the song for those who don't normally imbibe on a Sunday, nor have much of a stake in the game. The score may fluctuate and your friends could get angry, but that shouldn't stop you from treating yourself to seconds of that seven-layer dip. You're out on a work night; nothing can stop you now!

5. "HUNG UP" -- MADONNA

Madge is performing in the halftime show, so there will likely be much of her (new) material to be enjoyed, as well as these rumored classics. If she's not going to play a song off Confessions On A Dance Floor, doesn't mean you don't have to.

For songs fit for each kind of trophy ceremony, click NEXT.

6. "ROLLING IN THE DEEP" -- ADELE

Did we mention The Voice premieres directly after the Super Bowl? It can't hurt to prepare yourself for the most ubiquitous audition song. (In all seriousness, don't do do this.)

7. "HYPNOTIZE" -- NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

The only song that can rival "Pump Up The Jam" as a go-to entrance song. Use it at appropriate times during the game ("Brady, Brady, Brady can't you see?" or "What was that call, Mr. Ref-er-ee?") to help launch your stock as both a football enthusiast and creative musical mind.

8. "HUSTLIN' (REMIX)" -- RICK ROSS FEAT. JAY-Z & YOUNG JEEZY

The big men on your television screen are working hard, as are the countless camera operators, sideline reporters and concession attendants. Do your part to recognize their contribution by throwing up a few Rozay-style grunts of appreciation.

9. "MORE THAN A FEELING" -- BOSTON

Beers will be downed, money will be lost and grown men will cry, proving once and for all that the connection between fan and team is the most complex of all human relationships. This is the requisite song to cue if Tom Brady and his brave soldiers emerge victorious, which can only be substituted with...

10. "EMPIRE STATE OF MIND" -- JAY-Z & ALICIA KEYS

Established as a sports anthem during the New York Yankees' championship run in 2009, but we don't see any reason why the song, the inevitable successor to Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" and basically required listening for anyone in the five boroughs, doesn't work for the NFL.

Leave your suggestions for our Super Bowl playlist in the comments below. Happy Holidays! 

For those on the East Coast gifted with a fresh batch of the mysterious white stuff this morning, there's no better time than now to stay indoors and waste the day away with some good music. Yes, being home-bound doesn't need to suck! Enjoy our selection of tracks that will warm even the coldest of hearts, and bring new perspective to jams you may have grown tired of back in the hotter months.

1. "WITHOUT YOU" -- LEA MICHELE

While David Guetta and Usher's original is a dramatic, slightly overdone call to the dancefloor, Lea Michele's Glee interpretation is raw, trading synths for a heavy string arrangement, and bringing with it a haunting feel that resonates much further than the club.

2. "COME IN FROM THE COLD" -- JONI MITCHELL

Joni's voice sounds great in any setting but rather than climbing scales a la "California," her demurely sung urges render warm and inviting, serving as a soothing reminder that you don't have to stay outside forever.

3. "LET'S STAY TOGETHER" -- AL GREEN

We shouldn't need President Obama to remind us of how a-mah-zing Al Green's voice is, but performing this during the upcoming State of the Union might just lower the national divorce rate.

4. "NEEDSUMLUV" -- AZEALIA BANKS

Sampling Aaliyah's "One In A Millon," Banks delivers a fresh take on the classic "other woman" track. Borrowing from the likes of Robyn, Banks reinvents the classic trope with slightly narcissistic digs towards the man who can't make up his mind. As her voice moves in and out over a warbled synth to various levels of severity, it's exactly what we need to look at the cold, cruel winters differently.

5. "ASS BACK HOME" -- GYM CLASS HEROES FEAT. NEON HTICH

This week's Pop-Off challenger pairs Travie McCoy's charismatic delivery and Hitch's sweet reminder that there's something worthwhile waiting here at home. The surging percussion provides a good backbone for dancing any and all stress away. Plus, it provides ample opportunity for those who enjoy emphasizing expletives in choruses.

For classic and current approaches to love from Etta James and Vampire Weekend, click NEXT.

6. "SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE" -- ETTA JAMES

In the wake of her death, not enough can be said about James and her impact on music's past, present and future. Applying a thick and lasting application of vocals to the Louis Prima original, James' stretches like silly putty making each lyric more soulful than the last.

7. "FIGHT FOR THIS LOVE" -- VAMPIRE WEEKEND

No disrespect to the original—all hail, Cheryl Cole—but hearing the unlikely 2010 cover by the Columbia boys most often compared to Paul Simon takes us by surprise every time. Ezra's individual vocal flourishes help make it their own, with the acoustic backing coming off as more of a rational, well-thought request rather than a desperate plea.

8. "CALL ME DOCTOR" -- RACHEL BILSON

Yes, it's a parody video—white girl rapping!—but some respect should be paid to Wilson Bethel, who provided a hilarious and relevant series of humblebraggy-lyrics for the former O.C. star to deliver. We have been wondering where she's been, but not as much as Mischa Barton.

9. "WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY" -- CAT STEVENS

Grab your blanket, pour a cup of tea, and sway along with each increasingly powerful guitar chord.

10. "AT LAST" -- ETTA JAMES

Rest in Peace.

Now that any New Year's hangover has subsided, the brutal winter chill has arrived and the search for the first breakout song of 2012 has begun. Jay-Z made a strong pull at our sentimental heartstrings—however small they may be—with his ode to Baby Blue, but he fatherly gift mostly got us thinking of parent-child songs of past and present. Continuous Blue Ivy coverage, plus a billion and one mentions of Tim Tebow anywhere but the sports arena, made us realize that even if he can't defeat Tom Brady, there might a future in licensing his name to various parody singers hoping for a Weird Al career. Cheer up! It's a three-day weekend, so use these ten songs to keep you going until Tuesday.

1. "GLORY" -- JAY-Z FEAT. B.I.C

You've heard all the facts: Jay recorded part of the track in Beyoncé's Lenox Hill Hospital roomBlue Ivy Carter is the youngest person to grace a Billboard chart and candid lyrics hint at past miscarriages. Father-child songs are precarious with heavy risk of sounding cliché, but we'll take Jay's candor and raw emotion spread over a Pharrell beat any day.

2. "NOT ALONE" -- DARREN CRISS

We could include some showtunes in honor of the Glee star's current stint in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying—don't tempt us—but instead we'll direct you to his solo music, off the 2010 EP Human. A piano-heavy ballad, the supportive and sweet vote of confidence moves to a cascade of bursting chords and key changes, stretching his voice from just the guy who sings a superior version of "Teenage Dream," and showing us what Blaine Warbler might sound like on his days off.

3. "DANCE YRSELF CLEAN" -- LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

It's perfectly acceptable to continue to mourn the New York band, following the decision to call it quits last April. In honor of the upcoming release of their documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, which chronicles their last show at Madison Square Garden, we suggest the This Is Happening's long-gestating track that twists and turns with its hypnotic rhythms and James Murphy's soothing "aah-aahs," only to grab you in the face with one of the boldest electronic breaks. Definitely worth just a bit of your time.

4. "OF THE SOUL" -- MAC MILLER

Pittsburgh's native son has done his homework, rattling off references to De La Soul over cool synths in this smoother, subtle departure from his previous crowd-gathering anthem. Pop culture hashtags abound, but it's the twinkling piano, an homage to his predecessors, that has us keeping this one on rotation late into the night.

5. "TEBOWIE" -- JIMMY FALLON

After last night, Tim Tebow may not have any miracles left in him this year, but in case you need a good opposing viewpoint to the story that captured much of the nation in recent weeks, the late-night hosts provides a humorous take on God's relationship with football players via the music of David Bowie.

For marching with Lauryn Hill and cheering on The Pack with Lil Wayne, click NEXT.

6. "TO ZION" -- LAURYN HILL

Before Jay was musing on "false alarms and false starts," the ex-Fugee was dealing with the "threat" pregnancy posed on her burgeoning solo career. With emotional richness and more than just vocal aptitude, it's hard not to resist marching by the end, celebrating the joy that Zion gave her and us, as a result.

7. "ALWAYS ON TIME" -- JA RULE FEAT. ASHANTI

Before Rick Ross was grunting all over his records and everyone else's, Ja Rule's Queens-branded gruff was the accessory du jour for pop singers who wanted to prove they haven't escaped their roots, or young ingenues looking to for a break. Of his many female-assisted jams from the early aughts, we love Ashanti's assurance on her punctuality, and Rule's lackadasical dribbling in the streets.

8. "ONE THING" -- ONE DIRECTION

The latest edition of cute British dreamboats make a play for Transatlantic dominance with a clap-along track about ridding something from one's head, which is exactly what we think each time we hear this song. And yet...

9. "GREEN AND YELLOW" -- LIL WAYNE

NOLA born and raised, Lil Wayne is surprisingly a Cheese Head, which any casual glance at his Twitter feed from August to February will tell you. His take on Wiz Khalifa's breakout hit "Black and Yellow" gave the Pittsburgh Steelers some strong competition for best hip-hop anthem last year, and continues to have relevancy in 2012, as the 15-1 Pack go into today's game against the New York Giants. He just loves his team, and we just love cheese, so this is obviously the right call.

10. "TEARS IN HEAVEN" -- ERIC CLAPTON

A three-day weekend is not complete without a good cry.

What are you listening to this weekend? Let us know in the comments.