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Wednesday, August 27 2014

Hope Despite the Times: 12 Essential Alternative Rock Albums from the 1980s

For those interested in acquainting themselves with alternative rock's rich and diverse early years, Sound Affects has assembled this '80s alt-rock primer.


Wednesday, July 23 2014

“Celebrating” Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born’s 10-Year Anniversary

Ten years after the release of A Ghost Is Born, the songs still just aren't there.


Wednesday, April 2 2014

Loud Quiet Loud: The Top 15 Pixies Songs

A quarter century after the release of Doolittle and with a new record on the way, PopMatters looks at the 15 best songs from the Pixies' original go-round.


Friday, March 14 2014

Elbow: The Take Off and Landing of Everything

The Mancunian quintet seem to be reassessing their songwriting approach, experimenting a bit, and tweaking their signature sound. If this sixth album is any indication, Elbow’s chef-d'œuvre is still ahead on the horizon.


Monday, February 24 2014

Beck: Morning Phase

Morning Phase may not be the out-and-out masterpiece that everyone says it is, but anytime we are blessed with a very-good Beck album, the world is all the richer because of it.


Friday, February 14 2014

Camper Van Beethoven: Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart / Key Lime Pie

Robust and complete, both of these reissues are a welcome reminder that you didn't have to be punk to be a punk in 1980s California.


Monday, February 3 2014

Broken Bells: After the Disco

After the Disco rides that morning after wave, holding up a mirror to cast a dark reflection on the fun that's come and gone.


Monday, June 17 2013

20 Questions: Nico Vega

It's taken four years but Nico Vega stands poised to revive all things rock with its long-awaited sophomore album Lead to Light later this year. Until you get the chance to hear those songs, however, there's always PopMatters' "20 Questions" series to have your back.


Thursday, June 13 2013

The Dandy Warhols: Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia (Deluxe Edition)

Camped out in the Rock 'n' Roll Hotel at the corner of Sex Boulevard and Drugs Avenue, this is a record that wallows in its own filthy sweat and is an honest distillation of just about every excess known to mankind.


Monday, June 10 2013

Surfer Blood: Pythons

Pythons is a fine slice of punchy garage pop, the kind to be blared from car stereos on sun-fueled, summer road trips that would coincide with the album’s June release.


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