When people look back to discuss the difference between Sleigh Bell‘s first and second records, the closest comparison might be the raw grunge of Nirvana’s debut album Bleach and the Andy Wallace-mastered epic guitars or Nevermind. The core of Sleigh Bell’s sound is still there, massive guitar riffs and R&B-tinged pop vocals, but sound of the former has been EQ’d away from the ear-shredding crunch of their first record to a more sophisticated overdrive on their new single, “Comeback Kid.”
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s legendary album, Nevermind. Which means a media frenzy around the record that caused a media frenzy even back then. And while the quintessential grunge album certainly deserves a fresh spin on this special day, it certainly wasn’t the only ingenious record released that year. In fact, constructing this list of amazing album released during the year that punk broke, one might wonder if 1991 wasn’t one of the best years for music—ever!
Is it just us, or are music videos extra weird right now? Then we stopped to think about it and realized that vids have always been pretty far out. Here’s 10 clips that left us scratching our heads—while watching them over and over again. …MORE
You might wonder why an URB editor returns from Bonnaroo hailing Tori Amos and Kris Kristofferson and The Melvins as some of his favorite shows, but URB is about more than you’d guess, and Bonnaroo is a moveable feast where you might find yourself totally moved — given the moment’s energy — by a Feminist, Pop heroine, a 74 year-old country singer, or a bunch of guys dressed up in moo-moos….
Live at Reading wound up being one of the better releases from last year. Too bad it was recorded in ‘92 and really has almost nothing to do with what’s going on musically today. Kurt and company still rule.