In The Garage: Weezer’s Debut Record Revisited

Looking back, Weezer’s The Blue Album qualifies, in my mind at least, as one of the great albums of the 90s. I return to it often. I expect these songs will be in the public consciousness for a long time to come, and for that, we can be truly thankful.

Reviewing Sharon Van Etten’s We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong

I think for me, this currently is my second favorite release from Sharon Van Etten behind Are We There. It could possibly rise up and take the top spot. I like it much more than Remind Me Tomorrow, but now I can see how vital that record and her transformation on it were so that she could get to this point, and deliver this very open, raw piece of work.

A Post-Rock Classic Twenty Years On: Looking Back at Sigur Rós’ ( )

All in all, ( ) is an epic piece of work. As amazing as all of their records are, I have to rate this as my favorite. A must-listen for everyone.

Embrace the Wind with Both Arms: A Deeper Look at the Legacy of The Cult

In my opinion, The Cult, as a band, was practically flawless over their first three albums despite the slight stylistic changes. They have had good records after that, but for me, those are the classics.

A Case Study in Musical Progression: Julien Baker’s Turn Out the Lights

Turn Out the Lights is an album of great lyrical and musical depth and is an important record for all to hear. It’s one of my all-time favorites, which I return to frequently.

Trompe Le Monde & The First Era Of the Pixies

In retrospect, Trompe Le Monde is an important record partially due to its quality, but also, because it marked the end of one era in Pixie’s history. The band continues to this day, and I feel that is a good thing for the music world.

A Snapshot of a Bygone Era: Looking Back at Guns N’ Roses Debut, Appetite For Destruction

All in all, Appetite For Destruction is a top album. It really holds up and doesn’t feel dated, while still being very representative of Hard Rock music in the late 80s.

The Stone Roses & The Birth Of The Madchester Scene

The Roses were highly influential, and a slew of other bands formed or altered their sound after The Stone Roses hit the scene. Bands from the newly born “Madchester Scene” included The Charlatans, Inspiral Carpets (who Noel Gallagher was a roadie for ), and even The Happy Monday’s, even though they formed in the mid-80s, but their most successful albums came in the wake of this whole scene.

Is This It: The Strokes & The NYC Garage Rock Resurgence

In 2001, New York City was in the midst of a resurgence in terms of Rock Bands. Groups such as The Yeah YeahYeahs, The Moldy Peaches, The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*eater, and The Strokes were causing a stir, as documented in Lizzy Goodman’s excellent book, Meet Me In The Bathroom. The Strokes, in particular, led the pack with their debut album, Is This It.

Rush: Shadows On The Road Behind

We will never get to see Rush take the stage again, but we have their legacy of recordings to continue to appreciate. Rush made their mark on both music and culture. Even if they are not everyone’s cup of tea, they will be remembered for the music they left behind. I feel privileged to have seen the band the three times that I did.

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