The Anniversary

Illinois Turns 10

Like almost everything else about it, the release date of Sufjan Stevens' Illinois is almost too perfect. It's one thing to write an album about…
Michael Tedder | July 3, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Foo Fighters Turns 20

For many people, Dave Grohl will always be the drummer from Nirvana first and foremost, the frontman of Foo Fighters second. But the first Foo…
Ryan Leas | July 3, 2015 - 10:33 am

Brown Sugar Turns 20

When D'Angelo recorded Brown Sugar, neo-soul did not exist. Think about that. There were a few artists like Tony! Toni! Toné! or Joi who were…
Tom Breihan | July 2, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Exit Planet Dust Turns 20

In season four of Dawson's Creek, there's an episode, called "Great Xpectations," where Dawson and his gang of photogenic friends go to a rave. Plotwise,…
Tom Breihan | June 26, 2015 - 3:24 pm

Mirror Ball Turns 20

Last week, Neil Young released a new record called The Monsanto Years. It isn't very good. It's a cartoonish protest concept record revolving around the…
Ryan Leas | June 26, 2015 - 10:06 am

Red Medicine Turns 20

"Target," the most straightforwardly rocking song on Fugazi's album Red Medicine opens with Guy Picciotto coming to an epiphany: "It's cold outside and my hands…
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2015 - 12:23 pm

Post Turns 20

Here's something you probably shouldn't do: Listen to Vulnicura, the shatteringly sad family-breakup album that Björk released earlier this year, back-to-back with Post, the album…
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2015 - 10:29 am

Jagged Little Pill Turns 20

Society taught me that a woman should be quiet. The church I was raised in taught me that anger was a sin. Alanis Morissette taught…
Caitlin White | June 12, 2015 - 9:38 am

Separation Sunday Turns 10

The first lines of Craig Finn's first Great American Novel: "She says, 'Always remember never to trust me'/ Ah, she said that the first night…
Chris DeVille | May 4, 2015 - 3:03 pm

The Infamous Turns 20

When Kanye West was recording My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in Hawaii, he famously hung a sign on the studio wall that read "What would…
Tom Breihan | April 24, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Alligator Turns 10

As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the National's Alligator, it behooves us to discuss two persistent myths, both related to Aesop's fable about the…
Chris DeVille | April 13, 2015 - 3:53 pm

Wowee Zowee Turns 20

Stephen Malkmus has always hated the Pavement/Nirvana comparison, but Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was Pavement's own twisted sort of Nevermind: the boldest, brightest, poppiest album…
Chris DeVille | April 10, 2015 - 1:16 pm

Alien Lanes Turns 20

"The club is open!" No other phrase out of Robert Pollard's mouth ever rang quite so true. The once-again-former Guided By Voices frontman deals almost…
Chris DeVille | April 3, 2015 - 10:37 am

Picaresque Turns 10

In a 2011 interview with Amanda Petrusich for the A.V. Club, the Decemberists' Colin Meloy copped to his band's reputation as a so-called "literate rock…
Brad Sanders | March 20, 2015 - 10:57 am

Elastica Turns 20

It's oddly appropriate that Elastica's self-titled debut came out on the same day as The Bends, Radiohead's classic sophomore album. Those two records represent opposite…
Tom Breihan | March 16, 2015 - 9:40 am

The Bends Turns 20

More than a year after they released The Bends, Radiohead spent their summer touring North America's finer outdoor shed venues, opening for Alanis Morrisette. Considering…
Tom Breihan | March 13, 2015 - 10:54 am

To Bring You My Love Turns 20

In 1995, a few months after she released her best album, I saw PJ Harvey play an American football stadium. Alternative rock was firmly entrenched…
Tom Breihan | February 27, 2015 - 9:03 am

Maxinquaye Turns 20

The music critic Andy Pemberton coined the term "trip-hop" to describe an early DJ Shadow single, but I have this pet theory that the term…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2015 - 2:21 pm

Silent Alarm Turns 10

You know who loved the NYC rock resurgence that kicked off this millennium? British people. Ryan Leas made the case in his remembrance of LCD
Chris DeVille | February 13, 2015 - 12:31 pm

LCD Soundsystem Turns 10

When we revisited the early-'00s NYC rock boom back in November, one of the rules we put in place was that 2005 marked some kind…
Ryan Leas | January 23, 2015 - 10:25 am
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