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10 essential alternative albums for the fall

Jolie Asuncion, Social media editor // October 12, 2021

The weather is colder, the leaves are brown and the sun sets earlier. From the classics to newer releases, here are 10 albums to listen to. 10.) “Cherry Peel," Of Montreal (1999)Known as the band’s...

In The Man Who Sold the World, David Bowie took the listener on a journey through darkness and uncertainty using rock and roll. Image from Parlophone.

On This Day: “The Man Who Sold the World” is dark, Gothic rock masterpiece

Natalie Hanson // November 4, 2018

"The Man Who Sold the World" is David Bowie's third studio album. Though it turns 48 today, it represents a turning point for Bowie and for pop and rock of the time, as a hard rock departure from his previously...

George Michael made a triumphant solo debut with Faith in 1987. Image from Columbia Records and Epic Records.

On This Day: George Michael explores love and spirituality with “Faith”

Natalie Hanson // October 30, 2018

By 1986, George Michael had grown weary with the "teenybopper" image of his group, Wham!, and decided to go solo. He began writing and recording his own material. This would lead to his first solo album...

Prince began to take over pop in 1982 with 1999 with his electro-funk style and sexy image. Image from Warner Bros.

On This Day: ‘1999’ brings Prince to a wider audience

Natalie Hanson // October 27, 2018

Prince left his mark on pop and won international fame with this album in 1982. Influencing '80s pop with its electrofunk sound, this album drips with style and sex appeal and could leave you wishing it...

By 1970, Led Zeppelin was redefining rock and roll. Led Zeppelin II was their second in a string of masterpiece albums. Image from Atlantic Records.

On This Day: “Led Zeppelin II” proves lightning can strike twice

Natalie Hanson // October 23, 2018

"Led Zeppelin II" was released 49 years ago, on Oct. 22 in 1969, and it still can rock the pants off of most rock bands to this day. In the '70s, nobody could touch Led Zeppelin once they took off. After...

The cover artwork of Elton Johns seventh album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Image from MCA.

On This Day: ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ is the Elton John we know and love

Natalie Hanson // October 6, 2018

Editor's Note: "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" was released on Oct. 5, 1973, not Oct. 6. On Tuesday, Sir Elton John will begin his worldwide tour, "Farewell Yellow Brick Road." It seems only fitting, then,...

The album artwork of Ghost in the Machine by The Police. Image courtesy of A&M.

On This Day: The Police’s ‘Ghost in the Machine’ redefines reggae rock

Natalie Hanson // October 2, 2018

For a multi-platinum band like the Police, "Ghost in the Machine," released on Oct. 2 in 1981, represented a big moment for them and for '80s New Wave and reggae rock in general. A band with an undeniable...

Songs in the Key of Life was released on Sept. 28 in 1976 and is one of Stevie Wonders best-known albums. Image courtesy of Motown Records.

On This Day: “Songs in the Key of Life” a milestone for Stevie Wonder, soul music

Natalie Hanson // September 28, 2018

Stevie Wonder is probably best known for his album "Songs in the Key of Life," which was released on Sept. 28, 1976. Both a phenomenon of 1970s soul and a big moment for pop and concept albums in general,...

The cover of the album, Abbey Road by The Beatles. Image courtesy of Apple Records.

On This Day – “Abbey Road” a defining finale for The Beatles’ legacy

Natalie Hanson // September 26, 2018

We know the cover, and we still know some of the songs. Yet it seems incredible that the iconic "Abbey Road," by The Beatles, is 49 years old today. It may seem impossible now, but the album received...

The cover of the album, Nevermind by Nirvana. Image courtesy of DGC Records.

On This Day: Nirvana’s “Nevermind” makes alternative rock history

Natalie Hanson // September 24, 2018

If I tell you that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is 27 this year, does that make you feel ancient yet? That's right, it's been 27 years today since "Nevermind" made its entrance in 1991. The music industry...

Paranoid released on September 18 in 1970, made Black Sabbath an icon in the metal genre. Image courtesy of Amazon.

On This Day – “Paranoid” makes Black Sabbath a metal icon

Natalie Hanson // September 18, 2018

Rock and metal may seem all but absent from mainstream music these days, but their influence remains everywhere. Metal, in particular, owes its rise and transformation to a few key bands - one of which...

The album artwork for the album Something Else By The Kinks by The Kinks. Image courtesy of Amazon.

On This Day: The Kinks’ “Something Else By The Kinks” released in 1967

Natalie Hanson // September 15, 2018

The summer of 1967 is legendary in the history of music's development. The several short months in that "Summer of Love" defined the sound of a generation, as from that year's incredible journey through...

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