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Billy Corgan Brainwashed Me: '90s Alternative Rock and the Introspective Abyss

Once in its thrall, these days I find the overriding message of '90s alt-rock especially naïve and even dangerous.

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The Top 8 "Next Nirvanas"

Following Nirvana's surprise ascent to stardom, no one knew what would be the next underground success story. Here are eight examples of where people post-Nevermind opted to place their bets.

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The Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness (Deluxe Edition)

The original album is sprawling, ambitious, overlong, frustrating, and fascinating all at once. The three (!) discs of additional, unreleased material is fascinating for audiophiles, worthwhile for fans, and absolute manna from heaven for collectors.

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The Smashing Pumpkins: Oceania (take 2)

Oceania is a prog rock record. The songs might not be as long, but the sounds and the themes are just as portentous as all that dinosaur rock of the 1970s. And it's just as boring, too.

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The Top 10 Epic Smashing Pumpkins Tracks

The Smashing Pumpkins have always exhibited grandiose ambitions, from their album concepts to their song titles. To commemorate the release of their new record Oceania -- the latest installment in their Teargarden by Kaleidyscope song cycle -- Sound Affects counts down the alt-rockers' ten best six-minute-plus tracks.

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15 Overlooked and Underrated Albums of the 1990s

With every "Best of the '90s" retrospective comes a predictable list of entries. Here we've compiled a list of 15 albums that are often times overlooked as worthy of placing in these lists, and are too often underrated as some of the best records from the decade.

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Smashing Pumpkins: Gish (Deluxe Edition) / Siamese Dream (Deluxe Edition)

Freak out, give in: these generous repackages of the Chicago alt-rock heroes' first two albums chart the upward trajectory that took them from a promising-yet-overextended debut to one of their genre's all-time greatest masterpieces.

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The Smashing Pumpkins: 10 October 2011 – Denver, CO

A classically Pumpkins evening, and perfectly Billy Corgan. He’ll do exactly what he wants, but he knows just what he has to do to pull you right in.

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The Year in Music: November 2010

November 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month full of new releases, award shows, and artist recognition.

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The 2011 Great Guitar Solo Spotlight

While a lot can be said over the technique’s indulgent, sometimes stodgy nature, I honestly believe that a lot of the grumbling about solos is due to the fact that not everyone can pull them off well.

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The Smashing Pumpkins: 25 September 2010 - Bonner Springs, KS

If only The Smashing Pumpkins could negotiate some kind of balance between the new material and the certified hits, then true evolution could occur. I’ll be waiting.

William Carl Ferleman
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