Alternative/Indie Rock

Incubus - 8 (Front Cover)

Album Reviews | Incubus – 8 (2017)

It has taken me quite a while to commit to putting my thoughts about Incubus‘ latest full-length release in some kind of written form. This strikes me as odd, since the band’s eighth LP &#...

6.5 Fair
These People

Album Reviews | Richard Ashcroft – These People (2016)

A welcome return from the British abyss, These People finds Richard Ashcroft in the best form he has been in for quite some time, and while the album may not win over any new converts -- it evokes the...

7.5 Good
pearl jam lightning bolt album cover

Album Reviews | Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt (2013)

God, I love Pearl Jam. While most “fans” are only intimately familiar with their 1991 debut Ten, and the vast, vast majority of their listenership checked out after 1994‘s Vitalogy, ...

7 Good
Arctic Monkeys - AM (Front Cover)

Album Reviews | Arctic Monkeys – AM (2013)

When the Arctic Monkeys exploded onto the scene in early 2006 with their classic debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, it was with the force of a hurricane, their garage roc...

8.5 Great
...Like Clockwork

Album Reviews | Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork (2013)

I have listened to …Like Clockwork a whole bunch of times now, and can happily report that if you are a fan of their earlier masterwork Songs for the Deaf (2002), you will like the latest offeri...

8.5 Great
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City (Front Cover)

Album Reviews | Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (2013)

Over the course of just five years, the music press has bestowed heavy crowns upon Vampire Weekend‘s heads. Their 2008 self-titled debut was a big indie hit; it appeared on dozens of year-end li...

8 Great
Kurt Vile - Wakin On a Pretty Daze (Front Cover)

Album Reviews | Kurt Vile – Wakin On a Pretty Daze (2013)

One of the reasons why 2013 was such a great year for music was because of albums like Kurt Vile‘s Wakin on a Pretty Daze, a lo-fi record released on the indie label Matador. It’s the kind...

9.5 Amazing
The Battle of Los Angeles

Favorite Albums | #2: Rage Against the Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles (1999)

The ’90s were an amazing time for music, as an enormous amount of great material emerged in the first half of the decade. By the last few years of the decade, however, all of the grunge heavywei...

Definitely Maybe (Front Cover)

Favorite Albums | #86: Oasis – Definitely Maybe (1994)

In 1994, the grunge explosion sputtered to a close in America as Nirvana was forced to disband and Pearl Jam boycotted Ticketmaster, and Britain responded by giving us Britpop, a much different and al...

all shook down

Favorite Albums | #89: The Replacements – All Shook Down (1990)

All Shook Down is the Replacements‘ final album, but it was the first Replacements album I ever heard because it was available at the library and Let It Be (1984) and Tim (1985), their most crit...

murmur

Favorite Albums | #90: R.E.M. – Murmur (1983)

As I have mentioned in previous entries, I hate the sound of ’80s music… which is why Murmur makes the list — it’s anti-’80s. That this album came out in 1983 sounding li...

amnesiac

Favorite Albums | #91: Radiohead – Amnesiac (2001)

I kind of ignored Radiohead for a long time. In fact, they were pretty easy to ignore. They haven’t made a straight-up rock record since 1997‘s OK Computer, and they haven’t had much...

siamese dream

Favorite Albums | #92: Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993)

I’m not much of a Smashing Pumpkins fan, but I absolutely love Siamese Dream. In fact, I was shocked by how much I liked this album the first time I heard it. The song I had most associated with...

for emma, forever ago

Favorite Albums | #93: Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (2007)

My introduction to Bon Iver came from the most unexpected of places: therapy. I suffer from an anxiety disorder, and after I graduated from college and moved out to Los Angeles I struggled with the en...

Nevermind

Favorite Albums | #95: Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

Nevermind is one of those albums that I heard almost all of before I actually sat down and listened to it. The singles — “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “In Bloom,” “Com...

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