St. Vincent’s “Strange Mercy” at 10: How Annie Clark Brought Life to Not Feeling Alive
Her first of many albums in a highly tailored musical and narrative costume, Clark’s third and most consistent LP set her on a mercurial, cryptic path that continues today.
A Luscious Mix of Words and Tricks: The Shins’ “Oh, Inverted World” at 20
Revisiting one of the most unlikely hit records of the early 2000s.
Feeling Spaced: 25 Years of Modest Mouse’s “This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About”
A quarter of a decade on, the band’s debut remains a worthy companion for both aimless road trips and personal crossroads.
On “Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea,” PJ Harvey Accidentally Predicted America
As the mercurial British artist’s fifth album turns 20, its unintentional foreshadowing of the U.S.’s bleak future remains unsettling.
In Conversation: The Radio Dept. on 10 Years of “Clinging to a Scheme”
Johan Duncanson looks back on the Swedish duo’s shapeshifting breakthrough LP.
Ten Years Later, The xx’s Self-Titled Debut Remains Indefinable
“xx” is as melancholic as ever a decade after the London trio introduced themselves to the world.
“Hospice” at Ten: The Antlers Weren’t Cut Out for Fame, and That’s OK
Before they embark on an intimate anniversary tour, we revisit their third album and remember why they were no Bon Iver—which isn’t a bad thing.
LISTEN: Massive Attack Unearth “Mezzanine” Era Mad Professor Remix
The UK trip-hop legends return with new looks at a classic album.
Wu-Tang Clan: Twenty-Five Years Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit
Our FLOOD 9 cover story on Wu-Tang Clan, the rap group with a religious following.
At Twenty-Five, Bikini Kill’s “Pussy Whipped” Reminds Us We Still Have a Right To Be Hostile
The group’s debut—and the riot grrrl movement at large—feels more vital than ever.
Nelly Furtado’s Debut, “Whoa, Nelly!,” Is More Radical Than You Remember
The Portuguese-Canadian artist wasn’t easily characterized in the early 2000s—but eighteen years later, her arrival sounds like a sign of what was to come.
In Conversation: Dave Davies of The Kinks Still Believes in the Village Green
Out of place and underappreciated in 1968, “The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society” has finally reached the status it deserves in the highest tier of rock——and Dave Davies sincerely appreciates that, late as it may be.
Radio’s On, Feelin’ Alright: Silver Jews’ “American Water” at Twenty
David Berman’s masterpiece was somewhat out of place when it came out in October of 1998. These days it just sounds like perfection.
The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today” Is Still the Greatest, Twenty-Five Years Later
A pivotal single that altered the course of the band lives on with a new relevance, well, today.
Saved by Old Times: Deerhunter’s “Microcastle,” Ten Years Later
In 2008, Atlanta’s preeminent indie rock band made a record to become more than just that—but only tentatively so.
Revisiting the “Vampire Weekend” Story, Ten Years On
When Vampire Weekend arrived with a highly divisive debut a decade ago, the “preppy Columbia band does world music” narrative was set. But it wasn’t all that correct.
What Noisy Cats Are We: Celebrating “Lifes Rich Pageant,” R.E.M.’s Great Shot in the Dark at Growing Up
As the album turns the same age that the band was approaching at the time they were making it, thirty never sounded so young.
LISTEN: Ten Years Out, Spoon Announces Deluxe Reissue of “Gimme Fiction”
You can hear a home demo of “Was It You?” and check out the oral history of the 2005 landmark release now.
Somewhere in a Foggy Atlas: A Silver Jews Map of America
Touring the more poetic ends of the country with our guide David Berman, in honor of the tenth anniversary of “Tanglewood Numbers.”
Searching for His Groove: Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” Turns Forty
We hide beneath the covers and study your pain on the fortieth anniversary of Springsteen’s maximalist masterpiece.