Anniversaries

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
4 days ago
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
9.28.18
Essays

Lauryn Hill Shouldn't Still Have To Correct You

Twenty years ago, Lauryn Hill outlined a solo album that dismantled the restrictions society projected on her and two decades later, she’s still fighting to define herself.
Kristin Corry
8.29.18
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
8.8.18
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
5.24.18
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
5.18.18
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
3.30.18
Anniversaries

*NSYNC's Debut Album Changed Pop Music Forever

*NSYNC’s self-titled debut turns 20 today and it proves they were way ahead of their time. Debate your auntie.
Kristin Corry
3.23.18
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
11.22.17
Anniversaries

Stereolab's 'Dots and Loops' Is the Jazziest Anti-Capitalist Manifesto 20 Years On

'Dots and Loops' remains the experimental pop band's most sonically accessible and politically important record.
Sophie Kemp
9.14.17
Essays

Kanye West's 'Graduation' Gave Birth to Rap’s First Real Rock Star

The rap icon's third album laid the groundwork for the genre's current place in pop culture.
Lawrence Burney
9.11.17
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