It’s one of the great truisms of the music industry that music moves in 20-year cycles, and sure enough, ’90s nostalgia is in full swing — just this year, The Stone Roses have re-formed, Chris Cornell abandoned his ill-fated Timbaland experiment for a Soundgarden reunion… and even Everclear and Gin Blossoms did a tour together, for Chrissakes. We’re not sold on all such ’90s revivalism — it’s difficult to remain together and relevant for two decades, after all — but while some of the decade’s best bands sadly no longer exist, there remain plenty of ’90s bands that are still around and still worth your time. With the new Dinosaur Jr. album I Bet on Sky out this week (and currently available to stream at NPR), we thought we’d look at a selection of such acts. Our picks await you after the jump.
J Mascis and Lou Barlow are like an old married couple these days — they’re grumpy, they bicker, but somehow they make things work. And in fact, since Barlow returned to the fold in the mid-2000s, things seem to be working better than ever — 2007′s Beyond and 2009′s Farm were both excellent, and we like the sound of their new record, too.