Alternative Rock

Alt rock refers to rock music outside of mainstream, radio rock. Though there is no longer mainstream rock, so maybe it’s just what rock is now?

Svn Fingers

Black Francis: Svn Fngrs

Black Francis is such a freak! No but really, listen to the first song on this EP, "The Seus," with its bizarro sing/rap/talk thing and you just know you're in ...
Bluefinger

Black Francis: Bluefinger

It's impossible to divorce Black Francis (or Frank Black) from the Pixies and vice versa. There are a few tracks on this album that sound very Pixies-ish, but m...
Bassanova

Pixies: Bossanova

It's not a good sign that they open the album with an instrumental. I don't really like instrumentals. In fact, they always feel like filler to me. If you absol...
Synchronicity

The Police: Synchronicity

Listening to this, The Police's last album, in the context of their other albums, you'd almost think this was a different band. Where's the light? This layered,...
Purple

Stone Temple Pilots: Purple

This thing got so damaged in college, that I've been unable to play it or rip it to my iPod. I must have played "Big Empty" at least one million times before th...
Core

Stone Temple Pilots: Core

The minute the first chord burst forth on "Dead and Bloated," we knew we were in the height of grunge glory. Pumping this in a nasty fraternity room strewn with...
Beyond

Dinosaur Jr.: Beyond

This thing brought me right back to the old days right out of the gate. Sure, J Mascis' voice is even more ragged, the guys a little more weary, but the rawness...
Come On Pilgrim

Pixies: Come on Pilgrim

I'm not sure what's up with all the foreign language stuff, but this debut by a weird college art rock band is stunning in its pure energy and innovative take o...
Surfer Rosa

Pixies: Surfer Rosa

From the opening downbeat of "Bone Machine," Surfer Rosa's first track, you know this album is gonna kick some ass. Driven by the radical production of Steve Al...
Trompe Le Monde

Pixies: Trompe le Monde

They've obviously turned the page here. Where as Bossanova sounded tired, Trompe le Monde sounded refreshed. Refreshed—but different. It's Black Francis emergin...
Guero

Beck: Guero

I can't remember when it was I really stopped caring about Beck. I think it was after Midnite Vultures just broke my heart. I guess it was just one too many gen...
Alligator

The National: Alligator

Imagine American Music Club after a venti mochachino and you pretty much have The National pegged. That's not to say this album is in any way spazzy. In fact, i...
No. 4

Stone Temple Pilots: No. 4

What a title! Yes, it is STP's fourth album. I skipped that Tiny Music thing (I think that's the album they went disco or lounge or something). Now they've turn...
Shame

Brad: Shame

Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam fame may have one of the cooler names in rock 'n roll, but his hard-rockin' name belies the soft-rock underpinnings of his side-proje...
Audioslave

Audioslave: Audioslave

For my money, Chris Cornell has one of the best voices in rock 'n roll. I found Zach de la Rocha to be a sniveling pinko commie whiner. Just kidding, but his vo...