The 96 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1996

Undoubtedly, 1996 was the year of Weird Alternative. Representing the final period before underground rock’s post-grunge bubble totally burst, the hits of 1996 shook out like loose change. Veteran odd…

The 40 Best Country Songs of 2014

This year was an unexpectedly big one for country, with different luminaries fighting to reclaim the genre for what they believe to be the greater good: Mekons’ long-suffering Jon Langford delivering …

All 109 Sleater-Kinney Songs, Ranked

In 1995, the Olympian monolith that is Sleater-Kinney rose and went on to wreak blissful havoc on rock fans’ eardrums (and hearts) for the next ten years. The trio’s raw (but never undercooked) early …

The R.E.M. Method and Other Rites of Passage

Athens, Georgia, 1985. The acid had lost its come-hither bouquet and the speed had snapped everyone’s nerves like twigs. The run-down Victorians weren’t such a steal anymore and the days of buying an …