The Anniversary

Illmatic Turns 20

The summer and fall of 2001 were tremendously exciting times to be a young rap nerd. Jay-Z and Nas were throwing lyrical haymakers at each…
Tom Breihan | April 18, 2014 - 9:03 am
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Live Through This Turns 20

Courtney Love released her definitive artistic statement four days after her husband Kurt Cobain shot himself in the head, and she called the album Live
Tom Breihan | April 11, 2014 - 9:15 am
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Smash Turns 20

It's 20 years to the day since the Offspring released Smash -- so let's talk about how a California band used a Middle-Eastern guitar lick,…
Brenden Riley | April 8, 2014 - 2:19 pm
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Good News For People Who Love Bad News Turns 10

"Float On" was such a mindfuck at the time. At this point, Modest Mouse is unquestioningly accepted as part of an easily digestible indie industrial
Chris DeVille | April 4, 2014 - 1:54 pm
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Madvillainy Turns 10

The underground has always been hip-hop's lifeblood. Born in unofficial dance parties spread only by word of mouth, hip-hop's beginnings are rooted away from the mainstream.
Sam Behrens | March 24, 2014 - 2:55 pm
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The Milk-Eyed Mender Turns 10

If something portends future classic status for an album, it may well be contemporary artists covering songs from the record shortly after its release. Thi…
John Everhart | March 21, 2014 - 11:26 am
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Seven Swans Turns 10

For the first few years of the new millennium, indie-rock's ever-shifting center of gravity was always getting louder and more aggressive. Post-Radiohead morbidity, post-Pavement slackerdom,…
Chris DeVille | March 17, 2014 - 2:05 pm
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The Downward Spiral Turns 20

For all his charisma and sinew and theatrical flair, Trent Reznor was a deeply unlikely rock star -- more unlikely, even, than his mixed-up gaggle…
Tom Breihan | March 7, 2014 - 12:21 pm
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Superunknown Turns 20

This year is going to be a strange one for anniversaries. On one hand, we have a slew of British albums turning twenty -- Definitely
Ryan Leas | March 7, 2014 - 10:19 am
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Mellow Gold Turns 20

Has "Loser" aged well? I honestly have no idea because I can't hear "Loser" as a song anymore. Years ago, "Loser" entered that "Smells Like…
Tom Breihan | February 28, 2014 - 11:35 am
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The College Dropout Turns 10

Before he was the nucleus. Before he said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" on a nationally-broadcast telethon. Before a 2006 Rolling Stone cover…
Ryan Leas | February 10, 2014 - 11:20 am
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Franz Ferdinand Turns 10

Have you thought about Franz Ferdinand much lately? After the one two-punch of their self-titled debut in 2004 and You Could Have It So Much
Ryan Leas | February 7, 2014 - 9:27 am
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Bows + Arrows Turns 10

Back in December, I wrote a profile about the Walkmen that doubled as a maybe-eulogy for the band as they embarked on an indefinite hiatu…
Ryan Leas | February 3, 2014 - 1:15 pm
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Dookie Turns 20

In May 1994, the former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra walked into the DIY Berkeley punk venue 924 Gilman Street, and he didn't walk out…
Tom Breihan | January 31, 2014 - 4:06 pm
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The Oral History Of Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

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 wa…
Chris DeVille | January 16, 2014 - 10:23 am
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Doggystyle Turns 20

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 i…
Tom Breihan | November 22, 2013 - 8:53 am
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The Black Album Turns 10

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…
Chris DeVille | November 14, 2013 - 9:48 am
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Midnight Marauders Turns 20

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…
Tom Breihan | November 11, 2013 - 1:35 pm
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Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Turns 20

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.
Tom Breihan | November 8, 2013 - 2:37 pm
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Pussy Whipped Turns 20

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…
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2013 - 5:06 pm
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