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10 Albums You Need to Hear in May


As we stare down May, let’s take a look at which albums are worth your time, your ears, and — hey, let’s be hopeful — your money this month. With excellent sophomore albums on deck from Torres, Joanna Gruesome, Tanlines, and METZ, May seems to be the time for getting better acquainted with indie bands who’ve been around and buzzing for a few years. Also worth a listen: Killers frontman Brandon Flowers’ second solo jaunt back to the future, Shamir’s post-genre debut, Holly Herndon’s latest experiment, and Best Coast’s most ambitious album …Read More

20 Years of Weezer’s ‘Blue Album’: 11 Musicians Dissect It Track By Track


Back in the spring of ’94, just a month after Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Weezer released its self-titled debut, affectionately dubbed the Blue Album . What Blue offered was a new spin on the alternative music trend that had dominated the airwaves; the major label signing of a group of scraggly nerds with Gene Simmons dreams, Gene Wilder awkwardness, and Gene Kelly kitsch was proof enough of the trend’s mainstream tipping point. To celebrate the Blue Album‘s 20th anniversary this week, Flavorwire asked 11 musicians to commemorate it with an all-star track-by-track. Some — like Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino — are Weezer pals and collaborators, while the bulk of the bands represented here — like Wavves, Dashboard Confessional, Saves the Day, Ash, and Aaron Freeman (aka, Gene Ween) — have toured with Weezer through the years and/or performed aboard the annual Weezer Cruise. Others — like Laura Stevenson, The So So Glos, Potty Mouth, Dead Stars, and even EDM trio Cash Cash — are mere Cuomosexuals, showing that Weezer’s influence can be found in many corners of the music …Read More

Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week


Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments.
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