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 bids both, which led to the music press treating Phair…   Read Story »
You gotta remember, by '93, all hell had broken loose. Major labels had no business getting into bed with death metal, but at that moment it was a free-for-all -- free love, free money, everybody in…   Read Story »
Every Radiohead album can be associated with some watershed moment in the band's career. Pablo Honey is the one with "Creep,” still their most popular song by far if Spotify streams count for…   Read Story »
Bad Religion have existed for 33 years and released 16 albums, and the vast majority of those fit into one strict template: Rocketing muscular guitar grooves, hoarsely declarative Greg Graffin…   Read Story »
Has any band ever done unalloyed, sneering contempt quite as witheringly as Pottymouth-era Bratmobile? The only competitors I can think of are the Sex Pistols and the Circle Jerks, and I'm not…   Read Story »
Last summer, when Blur were reuniting to record a couple new tracks and play the closing ceremonies of the 2013 Olympics, I wrote here about the great English band's 10 best songs. I opened that post…   Read Story »
I couldn't presume to say that there's a right way or a wrong way to hear PJ Harvey for the first time, but I like the way that I did it. I don't remember exactly what was happening the first time I…   Read Story »
When Tool headlined 2009's Lollapalooza in Chicago, they were the most popular act on the bill by several light years. Hours before they started playing, people started filling up the field around…   Read Story »
Suede's self-titled debut has a few big, important historical distinctions. For one thing, it's generally acknowledged as the birth of Britpop -- possibly the last moment that guitar-rock has been…   Read Story »
The Jersey City duo P.M. Dawn's biggest hit was 1991's Spandau Ballet-sampling "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss," the first-ever Billboard #1 from a non-white rapper, and the first from anyone who wasn't…   Read Story »