The Album That Made ‘Alternative’ Pop

written by: Alex Bahler on September 19, 2011

Nirvana’s middle record Nevermind is nothing but demented pop songs, showing the public a new kind of hit that would complicatedly redefine the “alternative” music genre.

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R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant 25th Anniversary album cover

Memory Tapes – Player Piano

written by: Alex Bahler on July 13, 2011

Player Piano pales to 2009’s Seek Magic so much you’ll wonder if it was solely that EP’s initial freshness that made Memory Tapes so good.

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Washed Out – Within and Without

written by: Alex Bahler on July 11, 2011

Washed Out’s new album can be celebrated for what it is: nine songs of glowing, smeared harmony, with more replay value than the peers to whom they will inevitably be compared.

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America’s Most Underrated

written by: Alex Bahler on June 30, 2011

“He” is Scott McCaughey, a mop-haired member of so many bands, David Letterman had to remark “you look familiar” when he appeared with rustic supergroup Tired Pony on that show last fall.

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Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel

written by: Alex Bahler on June 21, 2011

It’s all a big drag when it shouldn’t be, an unfortunate part of the late ’90s nostalgia wave. Things ain’t like they used to be for either Eminem or Royce, with both rappers long past their prime.

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A Man, A Wire, A Statement

written by: Alex Bahler on June 7, 2011

The dude literally cut his teeth: A car accident in October 2002 left Kanye West with his jaw wired shut.

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