Our album reviews explore the deepest niches of 90’s rock music with the people who lived it, heard it and loved it
What happens when you mix Helmet's down-tuned riffs and The Cure's slinky rhythms? The 1995 sophomore album Killjoy by Shihad is the answer.
The 1991 major-label debut Abort by Tribe puts its five members to good use exploring every aspect of late 80s alternative and indie rock
Cowboy Mouth combines radio-friendly rock with Southern flavor to mixed results on their 1996 album Are You With Me?
Was Rotting Piñata another take on Seattle grunge, or did the debut by Sponge differentiate itself from 1994's class of alternative rock?
Jimmie's Chicken Shack's major-label debut avoids funk metal cliches on 1997's confident Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope
On their third album Bring On The Juice, Melbourne's Hoss mix Detroit rock with Seattle grunge for a loud, loose, and raucous good time
Tight songwriting, killer bass tone, and blistering guitars elevate Ammonia's debut album Mint 400 out of the pack of mid-90s rock bands
Better Than Ezra's 1996 follow-up album on the heels of their radio hit Good is a confident stride forward with a few glaring missteps
On their fifth album and major-label debut Eyewitness, Shades Apart refined their sharp punk edges for radio-friendly power-pop-punk
What is Tokyo Anal Dynamite by The Gerogerigegege? Our ears are still ringing, trying to figure it out. Punk? Noise? Nothing? Everything?
On Cats and Dogs, Royal Trux synthesized 70s blues and psychedelic rock through a 90s lo-fi lens to create a unique if frustrating listen
From the other side of the country, Clutch tapped into the California stoner and desert rock sound on their self-titled 1995 album
On 1993's Rid Of Me the sound-shifting PJ Harvey created a visceral and vital record, deconstructing blues and punk with poetic tension
By their debut 1991 studio album Frizzle Fry, Primus had already mastered their strange distillation of funk, metal, and progressive rock
Drive Like Jehu combined shifting time signatures, manic energy, and an ear-splitting attack on their 1995 swan song Yank Crime
On their second full-length Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Mudhoney expanded their fuzzed-out sound but missed on delivering a killer track
Extreme's 1995 Waiting For The Punchline album is full of pointed lyrics and gritty guitar licks that mostly went undeservedly unheard
The third record by that dog. almost didn't happen, but luckily Retreat From The Sun found the light of day loaded with fuzzy goodness.
On his 1998 solo debut Boggy Depot, Jerry Cantrell stretched the Alice In Chains sound with both successful and overindulgent results
We're joined by members of Triplefastaction and some special guests for a deep dive on the reissue of their 1997 sophomore Cattlemen Don't
Combining old school rockabilly and country on 1995's Dirt Track Date, Southern Culture on the Skids filter it through 1980s college rock
With his 1994 sophomore solo album Whiskey For The Holy Ghost, Mark Lanegan matured as a songwriter with his take on folk and blues
Built To Spill might have released the guitar rock album of the decade with 1997s Perfect From Now On, balancing songwriting and shredding
Known for their hit "The Way," Fastball's 1998 album All The Pain Money Can Buy is chock full of quality power-pop and tight songwriting
Ricaine's 1996 debut Regret Is An Inevitable Consequence of Life is an undiscovered gem of 90s noise rock that balances the light and dark
Firewater's sophomore album The Ponzi Scheme combines alternative rock and European cabaret and Klezmer with interesting but mixed results
On their 1994 release In A Perfect World, Season To Risk took their major label money and made a decidedly unmajor label post-hardcore album
With their 1994 debut album Dummy, Portishead helped elevate trip-hop from the underground to award-level mainstream prominence
We revisit what might be the most influential 90s album on indie rock bands of the 2000s, Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Morphine's unique instrumentation and influences are the true alternative to 90s guitar rock, as evidenced by their 1993 album Cure For Pain
For our 500th episode of the podcast, we've convened our biggest roundtable ever to discuss Nirvana's legendary 1991 album Nevermind
The lone solo album by Murray Attaway, 1993's In Thrall, tackles big sounds and big ideas with an even bigger cast of supporting musicians
Instead of Red Hot Chili Peppers or Primus funk, Big Chief channeled 70s blaxploitation films on the 1993 album Mack Avenue Skullgame
On her third album To Bring You My Love, PJ Harvey created a career-defining album that still resonates today
We explore the world of Indian fusion jazz folk and rock, and our first live album, on the 1997 release Desert Rain by Indian Ocean