REM, Pavement, U2 and Sonic Youth all rock ... and even though the article claims to appreciate and understand the roots of punk, no mention of Generation X or The Clash leaves me a bit cool on the whole article. I guess 'X' was more than 25 years ago, but so was U2.
Never even heard of Aphex Twin or Uncle Tupelo.
And Beard and Hogan, I've always though Monster was the Apex of REM's work - and there's not a cello on it. 'Tongue' - on Monster - is my favorite example of perfect blue-eyed soul. Hall & Oates, eat yer hearts out.