Lately, I’ve been thinking about the narrative surrounding the ‘90s alternative rock boom, and how oversimplified it’s become over the years. Too often, we get a simple line like “Nirvana changed everything,” and if we’re lucky, a little follow-up along the lines of “Limp Bizkit ruined everything.” So I decided to identify the scenes, subgenres, and trends that most influenced the Modern Rock charts over the past two decades; I figured I’d come up with a dozen or so. Instead, I ended up with almost 30, which I’ve broken down below. (I’m sure in the comments we can argue about which ones I left out, or which bands shouldn’t have been lumped together.) More »
The New York Post nearly redeemed itself last… More »
Inspired by Matos’ review of Hang The DJ earlier today and the inevitable barrage of year end lists on the horizon, we figured we’d allow Idolator readers to indulge in a little bit of listmaking of their own. After all, listmaking indulges the worst tendencies of any music fan (or possibly any fan at all), so why not use a late-autumn weekend to take some time and make your own list, or argue with the lists other people have put up. Or both! It’s an endless cycle! My contribution is beyond the cut.
A special note to the Washington Post: If you’re going to do a big article on Blind Melon and use the news that new lead singer Travis Warren, a diehard fan of the band who finally got the chance to sing with his heroes, has a 10-inch back tattoo of departed lead singer Shannon Hoon–and that… More »
This spring will bring the first new Blind Melon material since Shannon Hoon (hippie) shuffled off this mortal coil. But will they track down the (still living) Bee Girl for a “No Rain” reprise? More »