The Anniversary

Grace Turns 20

Jeff Buckley would have slayed on American Idol. We know this because Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" has become such a mainstay among TV singing contestants hoping…
Chris DeVille | August 22, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Dummy Turns 20

There's a certain type of drum programming that lets you know that the world is a cold and unforgiving place, that nothing is going to…
Tom Breihan | August 22, 2014 - 9:13 am

More Adventurous Turns 10

I can remember with clarity the first time I heard Jenny Lewis' voice -- the place, the time of day, what I was wearing. It…
Liz Pelly | August 18, 2014 - 10:58 am

Portrait Of An American Family Turns 20

Self-indulgent storytime: The first and only time I ever did acid, I was in ninth grade, and I stayed up all night at a friend's…
Tom Breihan | July 18, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Blueberry Boat Turns 10

I spent the summer of 2004 living in Athens, Ohio, my one summer on campus during a four-year stint at Ohio University. Athens is an…
Chris DeVille | July 14, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Roman Candle Turns 20

Talking about the dead -- especially those with tremendous, all-encompassing legacies -- is a contentious task for any music critic. The conversations around deceased artists…
Sameer Rao | July 14, 2014 - 12:45 pm

A Ghost Is Born Turns 10

Following up a career-making, universally acclaimed opus is enough to fray the edges of a human being's sanity. We saw this in Meeting People Is
Chris DeVille | June 23, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Bee Thousand Turns 20

Like Mormonism, Guided By Voices worship is practiced worldwide, but the literal and spiritual homeland is especially dense with the faithful. Whereas all things LDS…
Chris DeVille | June 20, 2014 - 11:35 am

Let’s Go Turns 20

Let's Go, the sophomore album from the Berkeley punk band Rancid, is not my favorite album ever. Most days, it's not even my favorite Rancid…
Tom Breihan | June 20, 2014 - 9:16 am

Purple Turns 20

Stone Temple Pilots were better than Pearl Jam. Nobody was allowed to admit that in the '90s, when self-seriousness reigned and alternative rock was supposed…
Chris DeVille | June 6, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Ill Communication Turns 20

Where did "Sabotage" come from? I'm not talking about the fake-cop-show video, a clear masterpiece of the form and the main reason Spike Jonze ever…
Tom Breihan | May 23, 2014 - 9:26 am

Diary Turns 20

"Where were you when you first heard Diary?" It's a question whose answer will always speak volumes of the era Diary emerged from,…
Patric Fallon | May 9, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Weezer Turns 20

I didn't know my cousins from Cleveland all that well, so it was startling to see the two of them out in the street in…
Chris DeVille | May 9, 2014 - 8:55 am

Sung Tongs Turns 10

It takes about three seconds to realize what an otherworldly album you've stumbled into. "Leaf House" begins with the sound of a digital ripcord pulling,…
Chris DeVille | May 2, 2014 - 11:19 am

American Recordings Turns 20

1994 was a big year for reclamations. Quentin Tarantino pulled John Travolta from Look Who's Talking-franchise purgatory, gave him the closest thing Pulp Fiction had…
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik Turns 20

They were kids. Watch the first few OutKast videos, and that reality keeps smacking you in the face, over and over. Both members of OutKast…
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2014 - 10:17 am

Parklife Turns 20

It was a profoundly strange experience to type out the headline "Parklife Turns 20." More so than the other anniversaries I've written for Stereogum, the…
Ryan Leas | April 25, 2014 - 8:42 am

His ‘N’ Hers Turns 20

At every gig they've played since their much-hyped 2011 reunion, Pulp's set opener has been "Do You Remember The First Time?" It's a typically Pulpian…
Brad Sanders | April 21, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Throwing Copper Turns 20

The '90s was a strange and wonderful time when lighters-up power ballads could contain lyrics like "Her placenta falls to the floor." That kind of…
Chris DeVille | April 18, 2014 - 1:04 pm

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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