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Blame Nirvana: The 40 Weirdest Post-‘Nevermind’ Major-Label Albums

The bustle around "alternative rock" in the early 1990s was certainly not the first major-label feeding frenzy to roil the music industry, but it was…
Andrew Earles / January 8, 2013

Jay Reatard Remembered

[Editor's Note: Memphis writer Andrew Earles considers the rocker, who died Jan. 13 in his sleep at age 29.]…
Andrew Earles / January 28, 2010

Son Ambulance, ‘Someone Else’s Déjá Vu’ (Saddle Creek)

If the ultra-lo-fi shitgaze genre (Pink Reason, Times New Viking) represents one extreme of indie pop, Son Ambulance clearly represents the other. Omaha-based multi-instrumentalist Joe…
Andrew Earles / July 8, 2008

Ratatat, ‘LP3′ (XL)

Guitarist Mike Stroud and multi-instrumentalist Evan Mast give their subtly textured, rockist electronica a more festive, uplifting mood on the duo's third album. With beats…
Andrew Earles / July 8, 2008

Melvins, ‘Nude With Boots’ (Ipecac)

The Melvins' remarkable Houdini/Stoner Witch/Stag run of bone-rattling, first-class heaviness in the mid-1990s was updated with 2006's charming (A) Senile Animal. And it was no…
Andrew Earles / July 2, 2008

Dillinger Escape Plan, ‘Ire Works’ (Relapse)

This New Jersey quintet sounds nothing like Lamb of God or Mastodon, but they all share the distinction of being classified as "extreme metal," and…
Andrew Earles / January 18, 2008

Coheed and Cambria, ‘No World for Tomorrow’ (Sony)

The emo demographic, not known for surprises, pulled a big one a few years back by going bonkers for this upstate New York band's unapologetic…
Andrew Earles / January 18, 2008

Shocking Pinks, ‘Shocking Pinks’ (DFA/ Astralwerks)

The Shocking Pinks' self-titled debut could be the result of a supergroup featuring members of bands on the fabled New Zealand label Flying Nun --…
Andrew Earles / October 23, 2007

Every Time I Die, ‘The Big Dirty’ (Ferret)

This Buffalo, New York quartet's metalcore sound owes more to classic-rock party grooves than the Swedish death-metal scare tactics that many of their contemporaries ran…
Andrew Earles / October 17, 2007

Liars, ‘Liars’ (Mute)

It speaks volumes that the fourth Liars album is eponymous. Gone are the frantic post-punk throwbacks of their 2001 debut, They Threw Us All in…
Andrew Earles / September 21, 2007