The Anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Alternative Turns 20

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…
Michael Nelson | October 28, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Chutes Too Narrow Turns 10

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…
Chris DeVille | October 21, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Vs. Turns 20

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…
Tom Breihan | October 18, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Heartwork Turns 20

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'…
Justin M. Norton | October 18, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Gentlemen Turns 20

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 u…
Chris DeVille | October 7, 2013 - 11:44 am

Painful Turns 20

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…
Chris DeVille | October 4, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Turns 10

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…
Chris DeVille | September 23, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Judgment Night Soundtrack Turns 20

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…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Cure For Pain Turns 20

On September 14, 1994, two rock trios -- both marketed as alternative, both featuring sad and doomed frontmen -- would release really great albums, album…
Tom Breihan | September 16, 2013 - 11:21 am

In Utero Turns 20

If you were a music-dork kid in 1993, the kind who read music-magazine articles about albums that wouldn't come out for months, you were basically…
Tom Breihan | September 13, 2013 - 9:31 am

Echoes Turns 10

Dance-punk revival, the early-aughts movement headlined by the Rapture around the time Brooklyn "hipster" culture was metastasizing into a national media sensation, is pretty much…
Chris DeVille | September 10, 2013 - 10:43 am

An Oral History Of The Wrens’ The Meadowlands

Ten years ago, three grown men approaching middle age lived in a house together in Secaucus, New Jersey. A recently married fourth was living i…
Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | September 9, 2013 - 9:56 am