Anniversaries

Essays

How Alison Mosshart's Onstage Prowl Changed Music

Eleven years after the release of The Kills' 'Midnight Boom,' Mosshart's ferocious fearlessness is something the indie rock still desperately needs.
Sarah MacDonald
3.7.19
Remembering Things

Prince's Final Top Ten Hit Is Pretty Creepy in Retrospect

Twenty-five years after reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World” feels complicated.
Gary Suarez
2.26.19
Essays

Britney Spears’ “E-Mail My Heart” Predicted the Future

It's easy to look at the '... Baby, One More Time' deep cut as a novelty relic but it's actually prophetic.
Sarah MacDonald
1.17.19
Interviews

Placebo Reflect on 20 Years of Their Album 'Without You I'm Nothing'

We spoke to bassist Stefan Olsdal about intimacy, otherness and sticking to your convictions – all things that packed the album with enough gut punches to stand the test of two decades.
Emma Garland
10.26.18
Essays

People Had No Fucking Clue What to Do with Vivian Girls

Ten years after its release, the Brooklyn trio's debut album is still a feminist masterpiece – and a complicated exploration of what it means to be a cool girl in a male-dominated scene.
Annie Fell
10.1.18
Essays

Lauryn Hill Shouldn't Still Have To Correct You

Twenty years ago, Lauryn Hil's solo album dismantled the restrictions society projected on her, and today she’s still fighting to define herself.
Kristin Corry
8.30.18
Remembering Things

'Straight Outta Compton' Is the Most American Album of the 20th Century

Thirty years later, we remember how N.W.A Trojan Horsed gangsta rap into suburban homes.
Paul Thompson
8.9.18
Essays

Destroyer's 'City of Daughters' Quietly Shaped a Generation of Indie

Destroyer’s 1998 breakthrough record set the stage for Dan Bejar’s wildly eclectic career – and the shape of indie to come.
Will Schube
5.25.18
Anniversaries

We Weren't Ready for 'janet.'

Twenty-five years ago, Janet Jackson’s fifth studio album provided a legacy of sexual liberation, until the 2004 Super Bowl debacle proved it was all an illusion.
Kristin Corry
5.21.18
Anniversaries

How Trina’s Sex Positivity Paved the Way for a Generation of Raunchy Rap

Looking back at 'Still Da Baddest' pivotal role in hip-hop for its 10th anniversary.
Kristin Corry
4.3.18
Anniversaries

*NSYNC's Debut Album Changed Pop Music Forever

Their self-titled debut, which came out in the US 20 years ago, proves they were way ahead of their time. Debate your auntie.
Kristin Corry
3.26.18
Anniversaries

Will Smith’s ‘Big Willie Style’ Taught Me How To Be Myself And Black

Twenty years ago, it was extremely okay to be this corny and revive pig latin.
Mike Sholars
11.23.17
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