Turn on the Bright Lights

Interpol

Turn on the Bright Lights

August 20, 2002

Alternative/Indie Rock

2017 marks the 15th birthday of this early aughts classic from the dour New York crew. Start to finish, Bright Lights is a magical, expansive journey through the smokiest corners and darkest alleys of the city. Front-loaded with classics like "PDA" and "NYC," the end captures some of their most beautiful moments with "Stella...," "The New," and "Leif Erikson." Despite their uneven late-era output, Interpol will remain beloved by indie rock fans because of this iconic effort.

- Neil Z. Yeung

Brown Rice

Don Cherry

Brown Rice

1975

Free Jazz

If Eternal Rhythm was Don Cherry's world fusion masterpiece of the '60s, then Brown Rice is its equivalent for the '70s. But where Eternal Rhythm set global influences in a free jazz framework, Brown Rice's core sound is substantially different, wedding Indian, African, and Arabic music to Miles Davis' electrified jazz-rock innovations. And although purists will likely react here the same way they did to post-Bitches Brew Davis, Brown Rice is a stunning success by any other standard.

- Steve Huey