Contemporary indie rock aims to prove that one pass through the '90s was not enough. Every festival lineup, deluxe reissue, and reunion tour nowadays reflects a (newly) reconfigured collective memory of those Clintonian pleasure daze, when we were all cool, pure, and employed. Alanis Morissette was a feminist icon; grunge was all Nirvana and no Candlebox. To '90s bands themselves, from Pavement on down, this cultural cash-out makes sense—when you're pushing 40 (or 50), nostalgia is a constant companion. All you have to do is plug in and sate an audience subsisting on YouTubed... More >>>