Steven Hyden

Steven Hyden (born September 7, 1977) is an American music critic, author, and podcast host. He previously hosted the podcast Celebration Rock and is the author of the books Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me (2016), on rivalries in pop music history, and Twilight of the Gods (2018), on the history of classic rock. He also co-hosts the podcasts Indiecast (with Ian Cohen) and 36 From the Vault (with Rob Mitchum). He is a critic for Uproxx and previously served as staff writer at Grantland and an editor at The A.V. Club.

Steven Hyden
Born (1977-09-07) September 7, 1977 (age 44)
Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
OccupationMusic critic, podcast host
Notable work
Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me
Twilight of the Gods

Early lifeEdit

Steven Hyden was born on September 7, 1977[1] in Wisconsin. He graduated from Appleton East High School,[2] then the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire[3] in 2000.[2]


Hyden began his career with The Post-Crescent in 1993; then 15 years old, he contributed to a weekly section for teenagers (his first submission, hand-written, was a review of the 1993 album Zooropa by U2).[2] He continued working for the paper as an intern while in college, and then joined the staff as a full-time reporter when he graduated in 2000.[2]

He joined UPROXX as a cultural critic in July 2016.[4] He previously worked at Grantland as a staff writer and at The A.V. Club as an editor. His music criticism has been published in several other outlets including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Slate, American Songwriter and[5][6][7][8][9]


Celebration RockEdit

In January 2016,[2] Hyden launched the Celebration Rock podcast.[10] A new episode debuts weekly on Monday afternoon and usually runs about 50–60 minutes in length. Hyden and his guests cover topics ranging from "Best Rock Albums of the '10's (so far)" to hour-long interviews with artists (Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Deftones) and hosting other critics to discuss their famous works. The podcast mostly emphasizes the current rock scene, but also dives into the past with episodes and interviews about The Replacements, Cheap Trick, and others.


He also co-hosted Rivals, a podcast about rivalries between band-mates and contemporaries in rock, with Jordan Runtaugh.[11]


In July 2020, Hyden began co-hosting Indiecast, a podcast about indie music news and trends, with Ian Cohen.[12]

36 From the VaultEdit

In January 2020, Hyden began co-hosting 36 From the Vault, a podcast about the Grateful Dead's live album series Dick's Picks, with co-host Rob Mitchum.[13]



In 2009, Hyden was a co-author of the book Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists,[14] a collection of lists from The A.V. Club.[15]

Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation?Edit

In 2011, Hyden published the e-book Whatever Happened To Alternative Nation?, a critical analysis and personal reflection on 1990s alternative rock that originally ran as a 10-part series at The A.V. Club.[16]

Your Favorite Band Is Killing MeEdit

On May 17, 2016 Hyden released Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me, published by Back Bay Books.[17] It is a collection of essays on famous pop music rivalries throughout rock history, including Oasis versus Blur, Beatles versus Rolling Stones, and Madonna versus Cyndi Lauper.[18][19][20][21]

Twilight of the GodsEdit

On May 1, 2018,[22] Hyden published Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock.[23][24][25][26][27] The 19-chapter book is structured to resemble a double-LP, with "tracks" divided among four "sides".[28]

This Isn’t HappeningEdit

Hyden’s book This Isn’t Happening: Radiohead’s Kid A and the Beginning of the 21st Century was released in September 2020.[29][30][31][32]


Hyden is at work on a project with Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, expected out in 2019.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

Hyden is married[34] and lives in Minneapolis.[2]


  1. ^ Hyden, Steven (September 7, 2017). "It's my son's 1st day of kindergarten and my 40th birthday". Twitter. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Nyman, Shane (May 13, 2016). "Beatles or Stones? Answer may say a lot about you". Post-Crescent Media. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ann Devroy Fellows, Scholarships, Academics, Communication and Journalism, UW-Eau Claire". Archived from the original on November 23, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Steven Hyden". UPROXX. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Masthead | Pitchfork". Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Milwaukee Archived September 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Steven Hyden Archives « American Songwriter". American Songwriter. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "Steven Hyden's Articles at". Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  9. ^ "Steven Hyden". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "Celebration Rock by Westwood One on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Rivals: Music's Greatest Feuds on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  12. ^ "Indiecast on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  13. ^ "36 From the Vault". Osiris. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  14. ^ "Comet Branding - We Talk about Brands". Comet Branding. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  15. ^ "'Obsessively Specific': The A.V. Club's Book Of Lists". Weekend Edition. NPR. December 11, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  16. ^ "Steven Hyden's 'Whatever Happened To Alternative Nation?'". DangerousMinds. March 19, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  17. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life by Steven Hyden. Back Bay, $16.99 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-0-316-25915-6". Publishers Weekly. February 8, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  18. ^ Light, Alan (June 1, 2016). "'Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me' and 'Your Song Changed My Life'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  19. ^ Klimek, Chris (May 2, 2016). "What do pop music rivalries reveal about the meaning of life?". Washington Post. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  20. ^ O'Kane, Josh (June 17, 2016). "Review: Beatles or Stones? Steven Hyden's Your Favourite Band is Killing Me explores musical rivalries". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  21. ^ Hermes, Patrick Doyle,Will (April 25, 2016). "3 Great Rock Books to Read This Month". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  22. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock by Steven Hyden. Dey Street, $25.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-265712-1". Publishers Weekly. April 23, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  23. ^ Fertel, Rien (May 7, 2018). "The lily-white Twilight Of The Gods plays a requiem for the giants of classic rock". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  24. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer (May 28, 2018). "What Was Classic Rock?". The Atlantic. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  25. ^ "Our list of 2018's best fiction and non-fiction (so far) adds up to 50 books to read before Labor Day". Newsweek. May 23, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  26. ^ Lannamann, Ned (May 10, 2018). "Rock 'n' Roll Requiem: Steven Hyden's Twilight of the Gods". The Stranger. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  27. ^ Gabler, Jay (May 2, 2018). "Rock and Roll Book Club: Steven Hyden's 'Twilight of the Gods'". The Current. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  28. ^ Klimek, Chris (May 10, 2018). "Review | Can classic rock survive the death of classic rock stars?". Washington Post. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  29. ^ Hyden, Steven. "Radiohead book announcement". Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  30. ^ Hogan, Marc. "How Radiohead Struggled to Reinvent Themselves While Making Kid A". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  31. ^ Sigler, Gabriel (September 24, 2020). "Review: Steven Hyden's This Isn't Happening contextualizes the impact of Radiohead's landmark Kid A album". Bad Feeling Magazine. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  32. ^ Kingsley, Brock (October 2, 2020). "To Be Excited and Confused in "This Isn't Happening"". Chicago Review of Books. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  33. ^ Nyman, Shane (May 28, 2018). "In 'Twilight of the Gods,' Appleton native examines classic-rock mythos". Post-Crescent Media. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  34. ^ Dykes, Bretty Michael (May 18, 2016). "UPROXX 20: Steven Hyden Still Reads Websites Even After They've Insulted Him". Uproxx. Retrieved July 12, 2018.