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Seven Great Alternative Rock Jams

by Sam D'Arcangelo on July 22, 2014

Pearl Jam - Even Flow

This track from Pearl Jam’s 1991 debut Ten is another one that really shines when it gets the live treatment. A classic of the early 90s grunge explosion, “Even Flow” gives lead guitarist Mike McCready a chance to show-off his best Hendrix impression on stage as he takes the song past the 8 minute with some behind-the-back soloing. There’s a reason this one is still a staple of rock radio over 20 years after its release.

Radiohead - The National Anthem

Is Kid A an alternative rock record? Is the technology that keeps us all connected ultimately more alienating than the physical space between us? These are some of the questions that the music world collectively asked when this game-changing album dropped in 2000. We may never know the answers to the big questions, but at least we know that this glorious song is what happens when you throw Radiohead into a blender with a horn section.

Television - Marquee Moon

Better rock writers than me have compared Television frontman Tom Verlaine’s style to that of Jerry Garcia. I don’t know about all that, but I do know that this title track from the band’s 1977 debut is pretty much the original alternative rock jam. Clocking in at an impressive 10+ minutes, its a wonder this tune ever found love on the CBGB scene, but thank God it did.

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