Athenaeum’s debut album “Radiance” is of the best releases of 1998
— Timothy White (R.I.P.) Editor of Billboard Magazine

Athenaeum enjoyed minor success in the late '90s, when the alternative rock group cracked the Billboard Hot 100 with "What I Didn't Know." Formed in Greensboro, NC, the band was primarily the brainchild of singer/guitarist Mark Kano and drummer Nic Brown,

The late Billboard Magazine editor Timothy White called Athenaeum's debut album "Radiance", one of the best releases of 1998 in his "Music To My Ears" column. "Radiance" went on to sell over 100,000 copies led by the hit single "What I Didn't Know", which peaked at number 9 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart.