Few British bands from the 1990s, Britpop or otherwise, have been pushed to the sidelines more forcefully than the Verve. I can think of, well, quite a few reasons for this. You've got their singer,…   Read Story »
If rock-critic clichés never existed, Galaxie 500 would have had to invent them. Named after a classic model Ford that none of the band members had ever actually driven, Galaxie 500 --…   Read Story »
The story goes something like this: Sheriff Kurt moseys into town just long enough to purge the spandex-clad outlaws before riding off into the sunset forever, leaving behind the Clinton…   Read Story »
In the seemingly infinite discussion of influence, Joy Division's place in the halls of music's most revered is just as sure as the band's equally esteemed mythos. Generations of fans old enough to…   Read Story »
Rumors of rock and roll's demise have been greatly exaggerated for almost as long as there's been rock and roll, so it's not like this generation has a monopoly on rockist panic. But as today's most…   Read Story »
The White Stripes were Occam's razor manifested as rock. Underneath the misdirection and mythology, it was just two people, wearing three colors, obsessed with one musical concept: the beauty of…   Read Story »
When Dirty Projectors mastermind and bandleader Dave Longstreth sings about being "in the gray mesh shorts" of his alma mater, honestly, I freak out a little bit. When he croons, "I boogied down…   Read Story »
When Rolling Stone released their best albums of the '90s list, Nirvana's Nevermind stood predictably at the top. I'm not saying that it doesn't deserve it, but didn't you just know they'd pick that?…   Read Story »
To certain elitists, the name "Grateful Dead" represents an impasse; like the phrase "slap bass," it is a combination of words whose very invocation can instantly elicit the gas face. It is not my…   Read Story »
2004 was, more or less, the Year Of The Pretty Boy. Or, if not that, the Year Of The Not That Masculine Dude. The Guy Who Has Lots Of Feelings And Dresses Well. Think about it: Kanye put out his…   Read Story »