Hall of Fame

jeremiah cymerman citadels and sanctuaries review

John Zorn’s Naked City was a gleeful noise-jazz science experiment

The jazzgrind classic is still fun, hilarious and wild after 30 years.

tom waits swordfishtrombones review

Morphine’s The Night is a ghostly album nearly lost to time

The Boston trio’s fifth and final album could have been a game changer; now, it barely exists.

bush tetras rhythm and paranoia review

How The Pop Group’s ‘Y’ captured a joyful chaos

The Bristol post-punk icons discuss the creation of their influential, inimitable 1979 debut.

Galaxie 500 On Fire Hall of Fame 30th anniversary

Galaxie 500’s On Fire is a record of quiet explosions

A look back at the iconic trio’s 1989 album on its 30th anniversary.

Converge You Fail Me Hall of Fame dark profound

Converge’s You Fail Me is hardcore at its darkest and most profound

A bleak and seething document of rage and self-loathing.

Depeche Mode Personal Jesus 30th anniversary

Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” caused a fervor

How the band’s biggest single preceded a riot.

Nirvana Bleach hall of fame

Nirvana’s Bleach is still as potent after 30 years

The iconic grunge tome turns 30 this year.

Sigur Ros Agaetis Byrjun hall of fame 20th anniversary

Sigur Rós’ Ágætis byrjun didn’t change music forever, but it was a new beginning

Twenty years ago, the band reinvented themselves and delivered a masterpiece.

The Offspring Smash 25 years

The Offspring’s Smash is not the monster that you remember

After 25 years, the punk band’s thesis statement isn’t quite how we remember it.

Velvet Underground 1969 album

The Velvet Underground wiped the slate clean with their 1969 self-titled album

The Velvets album with the most oblique legacy, and the least amount of baggage.

papangu holoceno review

How Crack the Skye cracked Mastodon’s prog-metal code

To understand the whole of Mastodon, it’s important to understand Crack the Skye.

My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything 30th anniversary

My Bloody Valentine’s Isn’t Anything is grand and uncompromising

The prototype for shoegaze might be even more important than the masterpiece that followed.

liars apple drop review

Sonic Youth built a more inclusive musical world on Daydream Nation

The album that turned Sonic Youth from lo-fi avant-gardists to something bigger.

tom waits swordfishtrombones review

The First Tindersticks Album was both a record out of time and ahead of its time

A huge and simply gorgeous piece of work that challenged the underground with elegance.

this mortal coil it'll end in tears

This Mortal Coil’s It’ll End In Tears captured a beautiful pain

A look back at a breathtaking darkwave classic, pieced together from disparate parts.

Talk Talk Spirit of Eden 30th anniversary hall of fame

Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden is a transformative masterpiece

After beginning life as a new wave band, the UK art-rock outfit completely rethought how their music worked.