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Between the Grooves of Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Our writers undertake a track-by-track analysis of the most celebrated album of the 1990s: Nirvana's Nevermind. From the surprise hit that brought grunge to the masses, to the hidden cacophonous noise-fest that may not even be on your copy of the record, it's all here.

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Wailin Storms Sings of Snakes and Spells With "Rattle" (premiere)

Reminiscent of classic grunge and doom, Wailin Storms' "Rattle" is bound to set the pace of this collective's career.

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Pearl Jam Liberate Themselves From the Past on 'Gigaton'

Gigaton sounds like Pearl Jam convincingly doing their very best to not sound like Pearl Jam. Liberated from their past and their expectations, the band have freed themselves to take some long overdue risks.

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Brits in Hot Weather Presents: False Heads

One of the UK's best new rock bands, False Heads, released It's All There But You're Dreaming recently, but coronavirus has stalled their tour plans. The band take us through their new album in depth. Enjoy before they unleash their rocking assault on stages worldwide.

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False Heads' 'It's All There But You're Dreaming' Is One of 2020's Best British Rock Albums

False Heads' It's All There But You're Dreaming is the sound of a modern rock band expertly knitting chaos, beauty, and noise together.

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Counterbalance No. 3: Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Our Counterbalance team takes on the "Greatest Albums of All Time". This time it's Nirvana's Nevermind. Dust off your flannel shirt... it's going to be a grungy good time!

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Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged in New York' 25 Years Later

Recorded in late 1993 and achieving notoriety as leader Kurt Cobain's epitaph, Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York is back for a 25th anniversary reissue. Are the new rehearsal tracks enough to justify buying the album again?

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"I Knew I Wasn't Alone": An Interview with Everclear's Art Alexakis

Everclear frontman Art Alexakis steps out for his solo debut and tackles everything from parenthood to his 2016 multiple sclerosis diagnosis. "There will be somebody there for you and often it's not the people you think."

Jedd Beaudoin
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Fox Medicine Find Magic in "Comfort Pony" (premiere)

Portland duo Fox Medicine recall the intersection of environmentalism and wicked humor in the earliest grunge, and offer up their own brand of "bubblegum doom" on "Comfort Pony".

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Eclectic Metal's Irata Prepare to Issue Latest Set, 'Tower' (album stream)

North Carolina quartet Irata owes as much to the classic era of grunge as it does to cannabis-infused sounds of contemporary stoner rock. Tower never offers up a dull moment.

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Stone Temple Pilots Set the Gearshift for 3.0 at the Fillmore

Stone Temple Pilots and their dynamic new singer rock a packed Fillmore Auditorium to help get their 2018 tour rolling.

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Stone Temple Pilots Return With a New Singer and a Familiar-Sounding Album

Stone Temple Pilots recruit a singer from a TV singing competition, make a back to basics album, and prepare to join the nostalgia circuit.

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U-Men: U-Men (review)

Seattle punk prototypes U-Men finally get a thorough reissue of their frenzied studio works.

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Bully: Losing

Bully go beyond the surface to make the ground quake with their candid grunge.

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Low Flying Hawks - "Space Wizard" (video) (premiere) (interview)

Mysterious, Krautrock-influenced sludge merchants team up with acclaimed Mexican film director, members of Melvins for new video.

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Menace Beach: Lemon Memory

Menace Beach return with their sophomore effort, Lemon Memory, with their ‘cool’ intact and some new tricks.

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Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger (Deluxe Edition)

Twenty-five years on, the populace gets a renewed look at Soundgarden’s contribution to the year punk broke with a fully loaded reissue of their career-changing Badmotorfinger.

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Legacy and Oblivion: 25 Years of Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Nevermind, while containing most of the hits for which Nirvana is celebrated is, of the four primary releases, the least emotionally and aesthetically complex.

John Amen
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Michael Daves: Orchids and Violence

Bluegrass dances with grunge to mixed results.

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Superheaven: Ours Is Chrome

Pennsylvania alt-rockers Superheaven want to ride the flannel-clad '90s bandwagon with satisfactory results.

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JEFF the Brotherhood: Wasted on the Dream

If you wanted a cover album of Black Sabbath, Nirvana and Weezer's greatest hits but the originals were too strong for you, no worries! JEFF the Brotherhood's prolonged adolescent fixation with their predecessors continues!

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Pile: You're Better Than This

Pile finally return to the studio, foaming at the mouth, after last year's excellent "Special Snowflakes" single.

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The Rickaneers: Ghost Town EP

From ‘60s garage to ‘70s glam to ‘90s grunge, the band distinctly has its own sound, and that can be heard on their sophomore EP, Ghost Town.

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Counterbalance: Soundgarden's 'Superunknown'

In my eyes, indisposed, in disguise as no one knows hides the face of this week's Counterbalance. 281st most acclaimed album of all time, won't you come and wash away the rain?

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Courtney Love - "You Know My Name" (audio)

The frenetic Courtney Love is back, only this time she's using her solo name.

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Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands: Tess

Mark Pickerel picks up where 2008’s Cody’s Dream left off -- a brand of muscular country-rock shaded with weird darkness.

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Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt

Lightning Bolt is sure to rank among one of the high points of Pearl Jam’s discography, standing as an example of their ability to burrow down and hone all of their strengths to a fever pitch.

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Counterbalance No. 136: Pearl Jam's 'Ten'

Son, she said, have I got a little story for you. What you thought was your daddy was nothin' but the 136th most acclaimed album of all time. Pearl Jam's 1991 debut is this week's Counterbalance.

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A Fast-Paced, Thorough & Often Funny Story About an Important Band: 'I'm Now: The Story of Mudhoney'

Financial savvy, drugs, distortion boxes, major labels, and a (kind of) battle with Courtney Love are all part of this fascinating film.

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Soundgarden: 27 January 2013 - Detroit

If songs were miles, Soundgarden ran a marathon, playing 26 songs prior to the encore during a massive performance in Detroit.

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Yuck: Yuck (Deluxe Edition)

The shoegazing Brits re-release their excellent February debut album along with a bonus EP; a nice addition for fans, a must-have for the uninitiated.

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WATERS: Out in the Light

This isn't the banjo folk of Port O'Brien. On this project, frontman Vans Pierszalowski plugs in and sets sail with a harder-hitting sound.

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Was Grunge the Last American Musical Revolution?

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind and Pearl Jam's Ten. In revisiting the grunge genre which altered the musical landscape two decades ago, the question arises: was this our last musical revolution?

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Id N’ Ego Killed the Pop Metal Star... and the Alternative Rocker, Too

Grunge didn't kill pop metal, it merely succeeded it as the genre of choice as part of a logical progression. To understand the emergence of alt-rock, we need to examine why the tide turned against a wave of music that had once been so popular.

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The 10 Best Nirvana Songs Ever

Now nearly 20 years after Nevermind first conquered the mainstream, PopMatters looks at the ten best songs by alternative rock’s definitive and most important band.

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