The List: '90s band reunions
To paraphrase "Portlandia," the dream of the '90s is alive, well, at pretty much any concert hall. With Sleater-Kinney set to tear up the Newport this Saturday, here are some more great bands that came back from the '90s.
Neutral Milk Hotel
When your second album (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea) is hailed as one of the greats of the era and you break up after it, getting back together is going to make a lot of people happy. Jeff Magnum and company did just that with a series of reunion shows from 2013 to 2015. Hope you saw them. They called it quits again.
A series of festival dates beginning in 2013 brought back one of the great figures of the height of '90s Britpop in Jarvis Cocker, who has pretty much said that the band is done again.
Reunion shows for Blur have been popping up since 2009, but in 2015, we actually got a whole new album from half of the greatest British rock band rivalry since Stones v. Beatles. Oasis, quit teasing us already.
My Bloody Valentine
Mastermind Kevin Shields made guitar tones on 1991'sLoveless that still amaze. The Dublin shoegaze legends played together live for the first time in 16 years in 2007, a reunion that's spawned a new album.
This is a shameless personal plug. My favorite band of the '90s. Seeing Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards and Kellii Scott on stage again has been a religious experience for me, and their first album in almost two decades (The Heart Is a Monster) feels like they never left.
The indie kings of the '90s gave fans what they wanted after years of rumors with a 2010 reunion tour. Hope you saw that when it came to town. Stephen Malkmus has rebuffed attempts from other band members to play again as recently as this year.
The Atlanta hip-hop duo got together to headline at Coachella in 2014 before going on to headline pretty much every major American music festival that year.
At the Drive-In
Their third and final studio albumRelationship of Commandis a post-hardcore classic. A reunion in 2012 seemed to be over, but they have been announced on the lineup for Rock on the Range's 10th anniversary show next year.
If you were, like many people, heartbroken when Ween broke up, you've apparently got exactly two chances to see them again. They're performing two shows in Colorado next year, with no apparent plans after that.
It's a little weird seeing Gwen Stefani referred to as "host of 'The Voice,'" but her original band sent people into a frenzy with a handful of energetic reunion shows, including one at Riot Fest in Chicago a few months ago.
A longtime rift between Nina Gordan and Louise Post made this one seem highly unlikely, but the Chicago band is back and seem happier than ever.