The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Paul Elledge Unlike fellow ’90s alt-rock icons, Liz Phair, Alanis Morissette, and Courtney Love, Billy Corgan-led The Smashing Pumpkins maintained a steady output of new music throughout the 2010s – with each release seeming to generate less excitement and attention than that which preceded. Indeed, going into the band’s latest era, far more… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Richard John Cummins’ Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2022

2022 was another interesting and relatively lucrative year for music. Not much of particular note happening in the way of rock’s oldest active veterans (i.e. those who began in the ’60s or ’70s), but a few major ’90s and 2000s came back to show that they’re still determined to move forward artistically. One 2010s starter… Read more

The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Atum: Act One’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Paul Elledge During the early and mid ’90s, the Smashing Pumpkins (hailing from Chicago) became probably the most popular and influential band to come out of the alternative music boom who were not from (or connected to) the Seattle grunge scene. Lead singer/multi-instrumentalist/principal songwriter Billy Corgan dissolved the Pumpkins in 2000, but after… Read more