Hosted by 101 WKQX's Jon Manley and James VanOsdol, the History of Alternative digs deep into everything alternative.
Kurt Cobain R.I.P. - Remembering 'MTV Unplugged in New York' (Episode 24)
20:30As this week marks the annivesary of Kurt Cobain's death, Jon Manley & James VanOsdol remember what may be Nirvana's finest moment: "MTV Unplugged in New York."
Beastie Boys 'Licensed to Ill' - A look back (Episode 23)
22:15Beastie Boys released their landmark "Licensed to Ill" album 35 years ago. We talk about why the album is as revered (sorry) as it is, and why it still holds up.
Was Avril Lavigne replaced by a clone? Alternative urban legends (Episode 22)
33:49Urban legends have been part of alternative music history from the beginning. We run through some of the most well-traveled, and cover some of the more ridiculous ones in this episode.
Pop punk history, with guest commentator Tom Higgenson of Plain White Ts (Episode 21)
42:03From Ramones to Machine Gun Kelly, James VanOsdol and Jon Manley dive into the history of pop punk. Joining in the chat, and adding first-hand knowledge (and credibility) is Tom Higgenson of Plain White Ts.
The life, death and rebirth of vinyl (Episode 20)
27:42What is old is new again. Vinyl sales continue a dramatic upward trajectory, leaving all other physical media in the dust. What brought vinyl back from the dead, and why does it matter? JVO and Jon Manley talk about vinyl history with a guy who helps make it: Andy Weber, co-owner of Smashed Plastic, the only record-pressing facility in the state of Illinois.
Rise Against: Political music and other appeals to reason (Episode 1)
39:27Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath joins hosts James VanOsdol and Jon Manley for the inaugural episode of the History of Alternative. They discuss politics in music: What are some good examples of mixing social issues and song? How has Rise Against grown as a political band? From our home base of Chicago, we're going long with one of Chicago's most beloved bands. The History of Alternative podcast is sponsored by Wintrust.
From Alaska to the Grammys: Portugal. The Man (Episode 8)
40:37Zach Carothers of Portugal. The Man jumps on the show this week to talk about the music that inspired him as a kid (Rage, Primus, Beastie Boys), his first concert, activism, supporting Indigenous peoples and that little song that earned the band a Grammy.
Top 10 albums from the 90s: Our picks (Episode 11)
50:24Best decade ever for music? Maybe. It was definitely tough for Jon Manley and James VanOsdol to narrow down their 10 favorite albums from the 90s. They discuss and debate each other's picks in this unintentionally controversial episode.
Cage the Elephant: From the beginning (Episode 14)
34:25Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant joins the History of Alternative podcast for an exclusive interview that covers the band's career, including the inspirations that led to the band's formation, the 'master class' live show and the emotions that went into the most recent/massively successful "Social Cues" album.
Lights, camera, podcast: Alternative at the movies (Episode 18)
37:14What are the best music moments in film? The best alternative-centric soundtracks? We get into alternative music at the movies this week!