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The Alternative’s 50 Top Records of 2021
After a long year of difficult times and great music, our staff voted and put together our top 50 releases of the year, along with the winners of our 4 awards: AOTY, Best Debut, Most Underrated and Best Non LP. We are all so proud of our picks and we are sure you will find some incredible records that you had missed.
The 60 Best Records of 2021 So Far
It has been a wild first half of 2021. Vaccines, a new president, live music returning, and an avalanche of releases that were delayed from 2020. These are our staff's favorite records from the first half of the year. Take a look at the list and a listen to the playlist and you will find all the gems you had missed.
Interview: Raven, the Acid Bath Princess – Then and Now
Raven, Tara, and Azer were early YouTube icons for their intensely emo videos. And then, suddenly they disappeared. However, after many years, Raven is back on YouTube making new videos, revealing lost footage, and beginning to reclaim her throne as the Emo Queen.
The Alt’s Bookshelf: Volume 7
The Alt’s Bookshelf is a series where our staff highlights some of their favorite books and zines related to music. For our seventh volume, Bineet shares her thoughts on My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen, I Would Leave Me If I Could by Halsey, and Mellow Zine.
Interview: Motion City Soundtrack on Their Hiatus and Writing New Music
Motion City Soundtrack wrote some of the best hooks in alternative music and played a huge role in forming the taste of many music fans. However the stress of releasing and touring on 6 albums in 12 years got to be too intense, and in 2016, MCS went on hiatus. After some reunion shows, and a COVID year off, they discuss where things stand.
Interview: Jeff Rosenstock
Michael spoke with Jeff Rosenstock about his excellent new album 'NO DREAM,' the importance of Neil Young, working with Jack Shirley, and more.
The 75 Best Releases of 2020 So Far
2020 has not been a good year. There have been so many dark things going on that its hard to discuss music at all. But in art there's hope for change, or at the very least the pleasant distraction needed to relax and recharge to continue the fight tomorrow. With that in mind, we have listed our favorite releases of the year so far.