The Velvet Underground & Nico at 50: Monumental album or just “fine”?

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, where music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. For this installment, on the 50th anniversary of The Velvet Underground’s debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico, three of our writers—one devoted fan, one skeptic, and one neophyte—discuss…

30 years later, how does Beastie Boys’ Licensed To Ill hold up?

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, where music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. For this installment, on the 30th anniversary of the Beastie Boys’ debut, Licensed To Ill, three of our writers discuss what the album looks like in the face of the Beasties’…

Does Ride’s Nowhere embody shoegaze, or transcend it?

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. For this installment, we’re talking about Ride’s Nowhere, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in October.

Does No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom still matter?

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. For this installment, we’re talking about No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, which celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this month.

Paul McCartney’s Tug Of War and Pipes Of Peace soundly fail the test of time

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. For this installment, we’re talking about Paul McCartney’s early ’80s LPs Tug Of War and Pipes Of Peace, both of which just received…

25 years on, the Pixies’ Doolittle is still rock perfection

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. For this installment, we’re talking about the Pixies’ 1989 album Doolittle, which recently received a three-disc reissue called …

Is Dave Matthews Band’s Under The Table And Dreaming any good 20 years later?

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. This time, we’re talking about the newly remastered reissue of Dave Matthews Band’s 1994 breakthrough, Under The Table And Dreaming.

What’s the point of The Smashing Pumpkins’ overstuffed Adore reissue?

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. This time, we’re talking about The Smashing Pumpkins’ 1998 album Adore, which just got a ridiculously massive reissue.

Lollapalooza 2014: Alone at the mega-festival

Erik Adams: It’s contradictory to say that anyone’s ever alone at Lollapalooza. Lolla is a massive music festival attended by hundreds of thousands of people, held in the downtown core of the United States’ third most populous city—so even if you’re in Grant Park by yourself, you’re still awash in humanity. Still, I…

Soundgarden both redefined and transcended grunge on 1994’s Superunknown

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. This week, we’re talking about Soundgarden’s 1994 album Superunknown, which is getting a 5-disc deluxe reissue.

With Vauxhall And I, Morrissey found room to breathe

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. This week, we’re talking about Morrissey’s album Vauxhall And I, which turns 20 this month. A definitive master was just released on…

With Definitely Maybe, Oasis brought swagger back to England’s rock scene

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, a blatant rip-off of TV Club’s TV Roundtable feature. Here, music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. This week, we’re talking about Oasis’ 1994 album Definitely Maybe, which is getting a new, fancy reissue complete with bonus tracks and…