An Oral History of the "Super Bowl Shuffle" and Other Links

Over the course of the week we read a lot of music stories. Here are a few we love, love, loved.

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Live: The Summerland Tour Lets A Decades-Old Sun Shine In At Roseland

Everclear. (In case you didn't figure it out.)
Summerland Tour: Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, Marcy Playground
Roseland Ballroom
Wednesday, July 18

Better than: Watching Empire Records on basic cable.

We make the "remember the '90s" joke around these parts a fair amount, but this week the alt-rock strain of that decade has been stuffing the air almost as much as the recent wave of hot-mildewed-towel humidity. Green Day, No Doubt, and the Afghan Whigs released new songs on Monday; Tuesday's relaunch of 101.9 WEMP as a station proudly branding itself as "alternative" brought with it a slew of recurrents that blanketed MTV and in-car cassette decks for the past 15 years, but have been absent from this area's airwaves for a minute. Among those golden oldies were the biggest hits by the five bands on the bill for the Summerland tour, a traveling carnival of nostalgia led by the daddy-issues-laden SoCal act Everclear and including Marcy Playground, Lit, the Gin Blossoms, and Sugar Ray.

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