33 Years Ago: R.E.M. Release Their Subversive and Immersive Debut, ‘Murmur’
Long before they lost their religion, R.E.M. emerged from the indie underground with a haunting sound that blends folk, post-punk and garage rock into something ethereal.
32 Years Ago: R.E.M. Help Kickstart Alt-Country With Their Second Album, ‘Reckoning’
Tasked with following up their landmark debut, R.E.M. went looser and a little towards the heartland with their hugely influential 1984 effort, 'Reckoning.'
Why the Death of a Musician Hits Us So Hard
When the people who create the soundtracks to our lives leave us, the personal moments they were a part of immediately come back into focus.
10 Years Ago: Arctic Monkeys Debut With ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’
Intrinsically millennial and unapologetically fun, the Arctic Monkeys' debut album exceeded the British outfit's considerable (and deserved) hype.
20 Years Ago: Tori Amos Offers Up ‘Boys For Pele’
After enduring intense heartbreak, Amos exorcised her personal demons with a dark and dense confessional recorded from within an Irish church.
Cover Stories: Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’
Like musical notes, the individual elements on the cover of Smashing Pumpkins' 1995 opus are relatively meaningless on their own – but together, they tell a beautiful story.
David Bowie Albums Ranked in Order of Awesomeness
In a certain context, all of the albums Bowie released during the course of six decades could be considered among his best. Still, we gave ranking them a shot.
Six Years Ago: Underground Icon Jay Reatard Dies of an Overdose
The young, prolific Memphis musician was a giant who just couldn't stick around long enough to become gigantic.
24 Years Ago: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Becomes the Biggest Album on the Planet
Four months after its release, Nirvana's breakthrough reached the top spot on the Billboard 200. But it was clear 'Nevermind' wasn't just another album.
David Bowie: An Appreciation of Genius Now Gone
A lifelong fan takes a listen back at one of the most important musical and cultural figures of the past half-century.