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 thing was almost mandatory, actually. Even the…   Read Story »
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 other, scrambling for the upper hand, using every possible…   Read Story »
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 Through This. In terms of morbidly cosmic…   Read Story »
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, some "la-la-las," and a bit of luck to rack up the…   Read Story »
"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 complex, a band whose jagged edges have been…   Read Story »
The underground has always been hip-hop's┬álifeblood. Born in unofficial dance parties spread only by word of mouth, hip-hop's beginnings are rooted away from the mainstream. The cutting edge of the…   Read Story »
If something portends future classic status for an album, it may well be contemporary artists covering songs from the record shortly after its release. This was certainly the case with Joanna…   Read Story »
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, and…   Read Story »
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 of early-'90s peers. Reznor was a keyboard nerd from…   Read Story »
This year is going to be a strange one for anniversaries. On one hand, we have a slew of British albums turning twenty -- Definitely Maybe, His 'N' Hers, Parklife -- that mark the rise of Britpop.…   Read Story »