When Arcade Fire won the Album of the Year Grammy for The Suburbs on February 13, 2011, it was legitimately shocking. Sure, the Grammys, as an institution, are known for weird out-of-left-field choices, particularly in the Album of the Year category, where the favorites (either odds-wise or in terms of public or critical sentiment) regularly lose to something a bit more sentimental (think Green Day, Usher, Alicia Keys, and Kanye West all losing to the late Ray Charles in 2005) or maybe just a bit more white (Beyonce’s self-titled smash losing to an unexceptional late-career Beck album in 2015). But The Suburbs was different. There was no precedent for an indie band taking the top prize. A band hadn’t won the award period since U2 and Dixie Chicks won back-to-back in 2006 and 2007. The other contenders were also all gargantuan albums that had spawned at least one ubiquitous, generational hit: Katy Petty’s Teenage Dream, Eminem’s Recovery, Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now. Arcade Fire weren’t nobodies: they’d made arguably the second most acclaimed album of the 2000s with 2004’s Funeral (the first most acclaimed being Radiohead’s Kid A), and The Suburbs had even debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. But next to a gaggle of mainstream hit machines, the Canadian indie rock band didn’t stand a chance.Read More “Arcade Fire – The Suburbs”
Blink-182 will headline and The Used, State Champs, Mayday Parade, Four Year Strong, The Ataris, Hit The Lights, and more have been announced for the Four Chord Festival. It’s planned for July 21st, 2021 at Wild Things Park in Pittsburgh, PA.Read More “Blink-182, The Used, The Ataris, and More Announced for Four Chord Festival”
To go along with my interview restoration project, and Drew and Craig’s review project, there are a handful of classic AbsolutePunk reviews that I also think should be saved for posterity as well. This post will be continually updated as new reviews get brought back from the graveyard.Read More “AbsolutePunk.net Review Archive”
This week’s newsletter shares my favorite pop-punk album of the year so far. Gasp! Pop-punk in 2020? I also go through some thoughts on music and entertainment I enjoyed over the past week, and share a playlist and pizza toppings. This week’s supporter Q&A post can be found here.
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