Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.
On their sixth studio album, New Jersey punk rockers Titus Andronicus, normally associated with big, ambitious gestures, get back to basics.
"I don't like being told what to do," Stickles says. "I don't like to delegate too many of the duties related to this rock business of mine."
A Productive Cough is remarkably authentic and engrossing, and there's no questioning the level of dedication and skill behind its many bursts of dense boisterousness.
Guess which two characters appeared in the half hour trailer featured at E3 for Metal Gear Solid V? Diamond Dog and the Quiet. Guess why? You shouldn't have to guess.
The definitive ranking of the 10 best songs from the first decade of New Jersey's own Post-Modern Lovers, Titus Andronicus.