Thursday, September 29 2011
Above all else, musically 1991 will forever be remembered as the year alterna-rock conquered the masses. PopMatters explores how alternative became the dominant form of rock music in the '90s.
Wednesday, June 8 2011
Consummate showmen and masters of the studio environment, in their first five albums the members of British rock group Queen transformed from ambitious contenders into elite practitioners of the genre.
Wednesday, November 4 2009
Starting with Nevermind, Kurt Cobain intentionally simplified his compositions in order to emphasize their pop components. Less song-focused than later Nirvana works, Bleach acts as an interesting showcase of the band’s musical chops.
Tuesday, January 14 2014
From neo post-punk upstarts to full-blown avant garde rockers, These New Puritans have come a long way in three albums' time.
Wednesday, October 30 2013
The female trio's new album is equal parts inviting and distanced.
Wednesday, September 11 2013
The Canadian group aims big for its sophomore full-length.
Monday, May 27 2013
The Motown revivalists find themselves up contending with a standard sophomore struggle: a bigger recording budget.
Tuesday, May 14 2013
R.E.M.'s major label debut found the group confronting the realization that it was becoming kind of a big deal, and the impulses to either carry on like normal or address the situation head-on proved to be equally enticing.
Wednesday, March 5 2014
Let them entertain you: here are ten songs of Queen at its hard-rocking and overblown best.
Tuesday, January 21 2014
Though not from the Mary Chain's most acclaimed album, 1989's "Head On" is one of the band's better offerings, a classic example of how the proper amount of attitude can elevate a song.
Tuesday, January 7 2014
Kiss has authored numerous crowd-pleasing rockers, but don't overlook how good their late-'70s disco detour is.
Tuesday, December 17 2013
As promised, this morning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally announced its 2014 inductees.
Thursday, December 5 2013
"It was Christmas Eve, babe / In the drunk tank / An old man said to me / 'Won't see another one'" -- "Fairytale of New York" has become a modern holiday standard, and Sound Affects lists five reasons why it deserves that status.