The Best ’90s Girl Bands You Forgot About

This year’s crop of band reunions just got so much better: criminally underrated pop group Luscious Jackson is back! Their new song “Show Us What You Got” is just as catchy as their old stuff, and their upcoming album (!!!) will reportedly boast a collaboration with Ad-Rock. Far too few people remember these ladies, who made some of the most perfect pop songs of the ’90s, including “Naked Eye” and “Ladyfingers.” (Electric Honey is fantastic. Listen to it right now.) Luscious Jackson’s triumphant reunion got us to thinking about other fantastic girl bands of their era who deserve massive comebacks. … Read More

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Where to Start With Shoegaze: 10 Essential Albums

If you’re like us, you’re probably pretty darn excited about the news that a new My Bloody Valentine album might be out by the end of the week — after all, we’ve been waiting for new material from the shoegaze luminaries since 1991. To celebrate the possibility that the wait might finally be over, we thought we’d take a look back at shoegaze in all its reverb-laden, hypnotic glory. We’ve flipped lovingly through our record collection to pick ten essential examples of the genre, both old and new, encompassing both the 4AD/Creation-centric glory days of the early 1990s and the nu-gaze revival that started a few years back and continues to this day. But this list is just an introduction, so let us know what you’d add. … Read More

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11 '90s Bands We'd Love to See Reunite

We’ve been raving of late about the debut record by Wild Flag, the new band that features two-thirds of Sleater-Kinney (namely, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss) along with Mary Timony of Helium and Rebecca Cole of The Minders. The album is great in its own right, and also because it’s the closest thing we’re likely to see for some time (and maybe ever) to a new Sleater-Kinney album. Anyway, as we were listening to it this week, we got to thinking about ’90s bands we’d like to see get a second shot — somehow it seems that in amongst the slew of cash-cow reunions of late, it’s never the bands we loved best who get back together. Of course, this refusal to cash in may well speak volumes in those bands’ favor. But still. Here goes. … Read More

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