ALARM's 51 Favorite Albums of 2013

ALARM’s 51 Favorite Albums of 2013

Saving the best for last, we’ve chosen our 51 favorite albums of 2013, pulled from the acclaimed and the unsung — some of the best as well as most boundary-pushing releases from rock and beyond.

Queens of the Stone Age

Must-see sets at Lollapalooza 2013

Need to plan your itinerary for three days of tunes at Chicago’s Grant Park? We’ve done it for you, and Friday’s alignment is near perfect – complete with a dinner break. Also, graciously, we’ve directed you away from the glow-stick-raving teenagers.

Trent Reznor & David Lynch

Watch David Lynch’s new NIN video (epileptics, be warned)

Though it’s not an Earth-shattering collaboration, David Lynch’s new Nine Inch Nails video is very…well, Lynchian…with high-contrast stills, flashing red squares, and frenetic, blurred-vision closeups of Trent Reznor’s beloved face.

How to Destroy Angels

How to Destroy Angels’ video for “How Long?” is equal parts The Road and Lord of the Flies

How to Destroy Angels: Welcome OblivionHow to Destroy Angels: Welcome Oblivion (Columbia, 3/5/13)

Post-industrial collective How to Destroy Angels has put out two EPs of haunting, glitchy pop, made our 2012 end-of-year lists, and generally proved that despite the hiatus of Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor remains a creative force.

In March of this year, we’ll finally get a proper full-length from the band, which also includes Atticus Ross, Mariqueen Maandig, and Rob Sheridan.

ALARM's 50 Favorite Albums of 2012

ALARM’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012

Another year, another torrential downpour of albums across our desks. As always, we encountered way too much amazing music, from Meshuggah to The Mars Volta, Converge, Killer Mike, P.O.S, and many more.

A Place to Bury Strangers / Death by Audio

Studio Visit: Death By Audio with A Place to Bury Strangers

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WorshipA Place to Bury Strangers: Worship (Dead Oceans, 6/26/12)

“You are the One”

A Place to Bury Strangers: “You are the One”

All Oliver Ackermann ever wanted was to make music. The Virginia-born, RISD-educated, Brooklyn-based guitarist has spent the past 35 years forcing his way toward that goal. The result: Death by Audio, the Williamsburg recording space / venue / effects-pedal company that houses the songwriter and assorted friends as well as his noise-rock band, A Place to Bury Strangers.