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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kurt Cobain, MTV Unplugged - COURTESY OF THE LABEL
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  • Kurt Cobain, MTV Unplugged
Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. 

Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing:  Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s. (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, arguably more compelling era for the genre was beginning, with the debut works from Nas and Biggie Smalls. Green Day would establish pop punk as a force for years to come, while across the pond Oasis and Blur were stirring the pot. Hole, meanwhile, unleashed a powerful postfeminist statement. It was also the year Beck gave slackers a good name.

But that's just part of the story. Here are 10 reasons why 1994 was the best year for music, ever.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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The Fonda Theatre


Better than...watching reruns of Headbanger's Ball

See also: Our Soundgarden slideshow of the concert

When Chris Cornell announced on New Year's Eve three years ago that school was back in session and Soundgarden was reforming, no one knew quite what to expect. Would the band simply hit the road for a one-off reunion tour and call it quits again? Did they have any game left in them after 14 years on the sidelines? The answers: No, and yes.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

See also: The Most Important Album of the Last 25 Years Isn't Nevermind, It's Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction

If you aren't familiar with Nirvana's sophomore release, 1991's Nevermind, you were probably born after the Y2K scare or believe that music peaked when Rush released Moving Pictures. The work from the Seattle grungesters -- which brought true alternative rock to mainstream radio airplay with "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are," and "Lithium" -- is considered by many to be the most important rock album of the last three decades. We disagree. In fact, we don't even think it's Nirvana's best work.

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