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Should We Feel Bad About '90s Nostalgia? A Few Words In Defense of the Summerland Tour

See also: Throwback Thursday: Everclear

The announcement of the Summerland Tour (an a la carte delight of prominent '90s soul-patch rock bands Everclear, Sugar Ray, Lit,The Gin Blossoms, and Marcy Playground) has me thinking hard about nostalgia. I learned of the tour's Phoenix date, July 3 at Comerica Theatre, just after finishing Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to its Own Past, a book about retro revivals and musical nostalgia by critic Simon Reynolds that came out last September.

I was born in 1987, thus the Summerland Tour is a tempting array of bands that brought about my initial appreciation for music. It also looks like the first of many nostalgia traps aimed to capitalize on my fading adolescent memories. With all of these bands reaching the height of their popularity as I barely became musically cognizant, is it doubly destructive to not only romanticize my past but also spend good money harkening to a period that I don't even consider that crucial?

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Chase Kamp
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