Pavement’s “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain” (1994)

Slacker masterpiece Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain dropped right in the middle of the alternative rock coming-out party and helped solidify Pavement (and singer/lyricist Stephen Malkmus) as indie rock mainstays.

The Oral History Of Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, 1.16.04

Chicago’s Iconic Empty Bottle Nightclub

1992 proved to be a fortuitous time to start a rock club in Chicago as the city started churning out quality alt-rock bands at a rapid clip, and the decidedly low-brow Empty Bottle hosted all of them at one time or another. The club holds a special place in the heart of many Chicagoans and the Chicago Reader provides some quality anecdotes from bands and bar staff in excerpts from a 2016 book on the club.

An oral history of the Empty Bottle, 4.20.16


Tortoise and the Post-Rock Revolution

Tortoise was formed by a bunch of Chicago rock vets but their 1994 debut release didn’t sound like the famous Windy City pop-rock of the time (Smashing Pumpkins, Urge Overkill, Veruca Salt). They ditched the traditional verse-chorus-verse song structure for a free-form exploration of the interplay between rhythm, percussion, samples, non-traditional vocals and more. These generally longer songs would come to be known as post-rock, a popular sub-genre in the mid-to-late 90s. And while some songs contained meditative interludes, the boys still knew how to rock out.

Tortoise’s Pioneering Debut Album: An Oral History, 7.20.14