The Anniversary

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Chaos A.D. Turns 20

When I was 13, my family moved from Baltimore proper to the suburbs outside town. And in the first few months I lived out there,…
Tom Breihan | September 3, 2013 - 12:55 pm
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Last Splash Turns 20

The Breeders' second album Last Splash was an indie rock album that became a hit. That means something else right now. An indie album that…
Tom Breihan | August 30, 2013 - 10:21 am
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Siamese Dream Turns 20

Billy Corgan was the first star produced in alt-rock's early-'90s star-producing boom period who could've been a rock star in any less civilized time, too.
Tom Breihan | July 26, 2013 - 10:46 am
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Black Sunday Turns 20

About a year after Cypress Hill released Black Sunday, their second album, I went to see Pulp Fiction. During that scene when Vincent Vega walk…
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2013 - 9:26 am
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Debut Turns 20

At this point, Björk has been so esteemed for so long, and she's followed her own muse down so many rabbit holes, that she basically…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2013 - 4:21 pm
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Zooropa Turns 20

For about a week before I wrote this piece, I was looking for an excuse to go for a long drive at night and liste…
Ryan Leas | July 3, 2013 - 1:37 pm
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Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State Turns 10

Before Michigan, Sufjan Stevens was a footnote within a curiosity. In 2003, the Michigan-raised Brooklyn transplant was best known as part of the entourage surrounding…
Chris DeVille | July 1, 2013 - 12:11 pm
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Exile In Guyville Turns 20

The past decade of Liz Phair has been a bit weird and awkward. There were the two flawed but intriguing major-label albums, failed crossover bid…
Tom Breihan | June 21, 2013 - 3:55 pm
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