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Modest Mouse’s ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’ turns 15

Modest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad News Epic Records · April 6, 2004 Good News For People Who Love Bad News, the fourth studio album from Modest Mouse, was a departure from the group’s earlier work. Lead by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Brock, the band had just achieved critical acclaim for their previous […]

St. Vincent’s ‘Actor’ turns 10

St. Vincent Actor  4AD · May 4, 2009 Actor, St. Vincent’s sophomore album, is filled with contrasts: screeching guitars, Annie Clark’s heavenly voice, angelic string sections, and lyrics that reveal crushing anxiety upon further inspection. These compositional opposites can be viewed as a metaphor of the deception people have towards themselves and others, as stated by […]

Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music’ turns 40

Talking Heads Fear of Music  Sire Records · August 3, 1979 “To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.” – David Byrne Born out of art school academia and the first wave punk scene at CBGB’s, Talking Heads was a group armed with intellectualism and intention. Unlike their New York City contemporaries, the Heads weren’t interested […]

WRBB @ SXSW: Top 5 Performances

WRBB’s Martin Gutierrez was down in Austin for SXSW last month. Here’s his take on some of the great music the festival had to offer! There are a lot of great things to say about South by Southwest in Austin, but nothing is more special than having the chance to see so many impressive musicians […]

De La Soul’s ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ turns 30

De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising Tommy Boy Records · March 3, 1989 30 years ago, on March 3rd, 1989, American hip-hop trio De La Soul released their ground-breaking debut studio album, 3 Feet High and Rising.  The group originally comprised of Posdnuos, Trugoy, and Maseo, who came together when they were in high school. […]

Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ Turns 15

Kanye West The College Dropout Roc-A-Fella Records · February 10, 2004 The early 2000s was a time before Kanye West was the controversial, absurd character we know him as today. The year 2004 was a full year before Kanye’s first high-profile outburst, the unexpected but ultimately somewhat sympathetic speech that culminated in declaring, “George Bush doesn’t care […]

Animal Collective’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ Turns 10

Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino Records · January 6, 2009 Coming off three innovative, creative and original albums in a row, in 2009, Animal Collective had almost nothing to prove to their fan base. They were about emotional, driven, catchy, but still extremely experimental albums that each had their own flavor. From the folky and fast […]

Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ Turns 25

Green Day Dookie Reprise Records · February 1, 1994 In 2019, it’s hard to believe that when Green Day released Dookie, the band’s major-label debut, listeners berated the band for selling out. Now, after many more releases which have arguably gone downhill, the album stands out as an iconic piece of the pop-punk giant’s discography. Dookie […]

Burgeoning duo HER’S comes to Sonia

HER’S March 10, 2019 at Sonia The chemistry that the duo has may change upon bringing in a real third band member, but if they can replicate their current relationship with another person, Her’s could be unstoppable. Liverpool duo Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading, better known as the band Her’s, made their Boston debut on […]

Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ Turns 20

Britney Spears …Baby One More Time Zomba Recordings · January 12, 1999 Before the days of “It’s Britney, bitch,” full-denim red carpet outfits, and the infamous shaved head, life was much simpler. Britney Spears was just a 16-year-old all-American blonde singer on the verge of pop stardom. Her debut album, …Baby One More Time, released 20 years […]

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