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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‚Äôs, even though they formed in the mid-80s, but their most successful albums came in the wake of this whole scene.

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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.

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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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Sonic Youth: Goo

For Sonic Youth, Goo was a turning point in the band’s history and definitely affected the direction of music that followed it for them, and for others.

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Master Of Puppets: Metallica

Master Of Puppets is considered to have launched an era of Metal that included other classic albums such as Megadeth’s Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?, Slayer’s Reign In Blood, and Anthrax’s Among The Living. All of which came out the year after Master Of Puppets.

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Epic Ten: Sharon Van Etten

After Sharon’s set had ended, and before Junip came on, Sharon took over the merch table. So, naturally, I had to buy something else now. I went up and asked her for Epic on vinyl, and then told her what a great set she had. She was super gracious and very nice. Overall, it was a cool experience.

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Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska: The Album That Shaped My Fandom

In my opinion, the album is flawless, being highlighted by such other classics as “Mansion on the Hill,” “Atlantic City,” “Johnny 99,” and “State Trooper.” It is a darker somber record with stories of blue-collar people and the struggles they face.

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Trouble Will Find Me: The National

To Me, all albums by The National are great, but Trouble Will Find Me holds a special place in my heart. It solidified my fandom, and will always be special to me for that reason.

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Am I The Happy Loss?: Echo & the Bunnymen’s Porcupine, and More

My interest in Echo & the Bunnymen has always continued even if sometimes it’s been in the background. Echo & the Bunnymen have been a major part of my musical history, and education and are very important in my life.

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The Club Is Open: Guided By Voices’ Alien Lanes

While the buzz that came with Guided By Voices’ breakthrough album, Bee Thousand was still strong they released their follow-up Alien Lanes in 1995.

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