Twenty years ago this Valentine's Day, one of the all-time classic indie rock albums was released into the world. Pavement's Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was a landmark for the band and its genre.…   Read Story »
Snapshot one: It's winter, late 1994 or maybe early 1995, and I'm at my first punk show. The Loft is a freezing-cold abandoned-rowhouse squat in West Baltimore, with maybe three lightbulbs in the…   Read Story »
How big of a deal was Jay-Z in 2003? Big enough that when he announced The Black Album would be his last, he rightfully drew comparisons to Michael Jordan, Jim Brown, and Barry Sanders, legendary…   Read Story »
In a way, it's cosmically appropriate that Wu-Tang Clan's debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) came out on the same day as a Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders. (R. Kelly's 12 Play also…   Read Story »
When you get into comic books as a kid, you don't start with the origin stories -- at least not if you're doing it right. Instead, you flip through the racks at Walgreen's or Rite-Aid or Barnes &…   Read Story »
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 »