It must be weird to be a cause celebre before you've put out your first album, but that's what happened with Bikini Kill. The band was, of course, at the center of riot grrrl, the ground-up feminist…   Read Story »
Every one of these Anniversary stories is celebrating a bygone moment, of course -- that's the nature of looking back on an album a decade or two after its release -- but few if any subjects seem so…   Read Story »
The first Shins album, 2001's Oh, Inverted World, was a collection of effortlessly punchy pop-rock and warm-blooded balladry, but its frayed nerves and plucky resolve were softened by mid-fi reverb…   Read Story »
In October 1993, Eddie Vedder's contorted face howled from the cover of Time magazine. These were the waning days of the monoculture, but mass culture still existed then, and the cover of Time was as…   Read Story »
It's a bit of a challenge to write an anniversary appreciation for Heartwork. Anniversaries often imply that the best is behind (whether it's a band's catalog, a relationship or a sports franchise).…   Read Story »
You all know the story: Back in the post-Nevermind '90s, every band in the underground, no matter how strange or anti-commercial, was getting swept up by major labels, branded as grunge, patted on…   Read Story »
Technically, Yo La Tengo existed for almost a decade before Painful. But the Yo La Tengo we know and love begins here, with the record that turns 20 years old tomorrow. It was the first to feature…   Read Story »
While visiting my alma mater last week, I spent some time working from the back room of a coffee shop, the same room where I used to drag my acoustic guitar on stage for open mic night when I was in…   Read Story »
There were precedents for this: Run-DMC with Aerosmith, Public Enemy with Anthrax, the Kerry King guitar solo on "No Sleep Til Brooklyn." Ice-T was already touring and recording with a metal band,…   Read Story »
On September 14, 1994, two rock trios -- both marketed as alternative, both featuring sad and doomed frontmen -- would release really great albums, albums that would linger long after their moment…   Read Story »