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10 Years Ago: R.E.M. Careens Into the Future With 'Accelerate'

On March 31, 2008, R.E.M. released its 14th studio album, Accelerate, in Europe. As the title implies, the record, which was released April 1 in North America, possesses great urgency. Songs such as “Living Well Is the Best Revenge” and “Horse to Water” careen and lurch forward on the strength of buzzing guitars, lithe bass

This Year’s Model Is Still Elvis Costello at His Angry Best

“I’m sorry ladies and gentlemen. There’s no reason to do this song here.” The words are arguably as famous as any performer has ever uttered on Saturday Night Live. Elvis Costello didn’t get so much as two verses off of “Less Than Zero” before he abruptly waved the song off, instead directing his backing band,

The Cranberries’ Stunning Debut Does More Than Just Linger 25 Years Later

The death of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan on January 15, 2018, plunged Ireland into a state of national mourning. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called O’Riordan “the voice of a generation,” radio stations across the country organized a simultaneous broadcast of the band’s 1996 hit “When You’re Gone” in lieu of a moment of silence, and

25 Years Ago: Radiohead Imitate Their Heroes on 'Pablo Honey'

A band that would earn a reputation as one of the brainiest, most fiercely creative acts of a generation named their first album after a Jerky Boys reference. In 1993, Radiohead released their debut full-length Pablo Honey, its title inspired by a prank call from one of the Boys’ infamous comedy CDs. Their sophomoric sense

20 Years Ago: Pearl Jam 'Yield' to Maturity

In the years after Pearl Jam became a blockbuster band, the group became embroiled in high-minded and self-protective battles. They stopped playing venues associated with Ticketmaster, whom they sued. They stopped making music videos. They stopped giving interviews. And they nearly stopped being a band. But with maturity often comes some measure of wisdom and

Mad Cool Festival adds Arctic Monkeys, cementing its status as the year’s best rock festival

Photo by Philip Cosores We’re running out of hyperboles to describe Mad Cool Festival’s 2018 lineup, and for good reason. The likes of Pearl Jam, Jack White, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Massive Attack, and Tame Impala are all set to appear at the Madrid-based festival between July 12th and

10 Years Later, MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular Sounds Remarkably Prescient

In the music video for their 2008 single “Electric Feel”, MGMT hunt down the moon. Stranded in the jungle with a few friends, a few dogs, and a band of animatronic animal puppets, the neo-psychedelic rock duo shoot harpoons into the night sky, puncture the moon, and drag it down to their camp. It’s only