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 up by major labels, branded as grunge, patted on…   Read Story »
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 that turns 20 years old tomorrow. It was the first to feature…   Read Story »
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 used to drag my acoustic guitar on stage for open mic night when I was in…   Read Story »
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 touring and recording with a metal band,…   Read Story »
On September 14, 1994, two rock trios -- both marketed as alternative, both featuring sad and doomed frontmen -- would release really great albums, albums that would linger long after their moment…   Read Story »
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 expecting Nirvana, one of the most popular bands in…   Read Story »
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 an historical…   Read Story »
Ten years ago, three grown men approaching middle age lived in a house together in Secaucus, New Jersey. A recently married fourth was living in a Garden State home to the south. Ostensibly the…   Read Story »
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, I made a weird regular habit of riding my bike a couple of miles to…   Read Story »
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 becomes a hit -- Bon Iver, Bon Iver, say -- dominates…   Read Story »