Alternative acts from the 90s covering the songs of The Carpenters? You’d be surprised what’s revealed on “If I Were A Carpenter.”
A new reissue of a seminal box set from R.E.M. shows how they maintained their alt-rock cred even with a big record label deal.
Coldplay tapped Brian Eno to help them channel the changing “alt-rock” landscape. “Viva La Vida” combined ambient sound with fervid hooks, and resulted in one of the biggest albums of the ‘00s. And turned Coldplay into one of the biggest bands of the era.
Having remained popular for over two decades, Weezer’s staying power is as undeniable as the magnificence of their first two albums.