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10 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Redirect Their Rage With Their Self-Titled Album

J Records/Sony
J Records/Sony

If there's a lesson to be learned from Pearl Jam's antagonistic 2006 album, it's that sometimes you have to be angry before you can ever be happy.

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25 Years Ago: Violent Femmes Get Their Second Wind With ‘Why Do Birds Sing?’

Reprise
Reprise

Back in 1991, the eternal alternative underdogs from Milwaukee updated their early sound and gave the world their vision of "American Music."

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20 Years Ago: The Cranberries Release Their Third Album ‘To the Faithful Departed’

Island
Island

By 1996, Dolores O'Riordan and the Irish outfit had become ubiquitous on alternative radio. But their third album signaled the beginning of the end.

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22 Years Ago: Blur Release the Britpop Battle Cry ‘Parklife’

Kevin Cummins
Kevin Cummins

Damon Albarn and Blur drew from England's rich musical past to create a witty and poignant postmodern masterpiece that defined the Britpop era.

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25 Years Ago: Fishbone Release the Funk-Metal Blueprint, ‘The Reality of My Surroundings’

Photo: Ann Summa
Photo: Ann Summa

Fishbone were already underground L.A. legends when they recorded their third album, but their funk-metal masterpiece proved far more influential than successful.

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14 Years Ago: Wilco Release Their Embattled Masterpiece ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’

Photo: Cowboy Pictures
Photo: Cowboy Pictures

The story behind the strained creation and unconventional release of Wilco's landmark fourth album has ascended to the level of postmodern folklore.

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Purple Reign: The Revolutionary Spirit of Prince Transcends His Immense Musical Influence

Jed Jacobsohn, Getty Images
Jed Jacobsohn, Getty Images

A generational creative force and a seemingly ageless pop culture iconoclast, Prince seemed to be immortal. And, in a way, he actually is.

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30 Years Ago: Siouxsie and the Banshees Ignite the Mainstream With ‘Tinderbox’

Geffen
Geffen

Bringing darkness to pop (or the other way around), U.K. post-punks Siouxee and the Banshees simultaneously became goth icons and dance club sensations.

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33 years Ago: Violent Femmes Release Their Legendary Self-Titled Debut

Slash
Slash

The Milwaukee trio emerged from the indie underground in 1983 with a folk-punk cult classic that's become a timeless soundtrack wherever there's teen angst.

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To the Record Store Day Haters: For the Love of Vinyl, Stop Acting Like Curmudgeons

Record Store Day
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser

Every year it seems to get cooler and cooler to hate Record Store Day.

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