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OMD’s Organisation Is One Of The Great, Lost Synth-Pop Albums

Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark gave us an archetype. When you think of big end-credits drama and synth-pop swoon, when you think of that shorthand…
Ryan Leas | October 23, 2020 - 2:57 pm

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10 Times Eddie Van Halen Shined Outside The Context Of Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen, who died on Tuesday at the age of 65, is inextricably linked to the band he co-founded with his brother Alex, the…
Annie Zaleski | October 7, 2020 - 3:00 pm

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We All Wanted To Be Eddie Van Halen

This was the ritual: From my preteen years all the way through the end of high school, I would return home from school in the…
Chris DeVille | October 7, 2020 - 11:25 am

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No Matter What Lee Mavers Thinks, The La’s Still Sounds Perfect 30 Years Later

It must feel like a cosmic joke to La's frontman Lee Mavers that the crown jewel of his catalog -- "There She Goes," a perfect…
Josh Modell | October 1, 2020 - 12:30 pm

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The Social Network And 10 Years Of Reznor & Ross Scores

Mark Zuckerberg walks out of a bar. He's just been absolutely ethered in The Social Network's infamous opening scene, but all that wordiness and vitriol…
James Rettig | September 30, 2020 - 1:08 pm

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Remember Witch House?

Witch house was a joke -- literally. "2009 was the beginning of the 'witch house' style," Travis Egedy -- the Denver-based producer who makes distorted…
Larry Fitzmaurice | September 28, 2020 - 11:17 am

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Cop Rock Was A Bad Idea 30 Years Ago And Feels Like An Even Worse Idea Now

In 2020, there’s no such thing as a bad idea for a television show. The medium has positively exploded in terms of sheer volume, thanks…
Larry Fitzmaurice | September 25, 2020 - 4:01 pm

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Scary Monsters Summed Up Everything About David Bowie

There are all kinds of well-established career tropes in pop history. There's the visionary wunderkind debut, when an artist arrives fully-formed and with a whole…
Ryan Leas | September 11, 2020 - 1:20 pm

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Almost Famous Could Never Happen Today

It was Jan. 7, 2016 when we first found out that Ryan Leas had never seen Almost Famous. There aren't many movies about music journalism…
Ryan Leas & James Rettig | September 4, 2020 - 12:21 pm

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You Had To Be There: The Weirdo Alternative Of Ritual De Lo Habitual 30 Years Later

Jane’s Addiction might be the ultimate "you had to be there" band. If you weren’t somewhere between 16 and 20 in 1988-90, their music is…
Phil Freeman | August 21, 2020 - 2:29 pm

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Jonathan Richman Invited Everyone To The Party With I, Jonathan

Jonathan Richman counts it off, and the feel-good chords ignite. Ever the gentleman, he offers a greeting, then a candid mission statement. "I'm from the…
Patrick Hosken | August 14, 2020 - 2:04 pm

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The Rise & Fall & Rise Of Craig David

Born To Do It did everything that you could ask it to do. The debut album from a 19-year-old raised in the seaside city of…
Ian King | August 14, 2020 - 1:10 pm

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The Parental Advisory Sticker Debuted 30 Years Ago Today

You want to talk about "cancel culture"? The Parental Advisory sticker as we know it turns 30 today, as does the first album to officially…
Nate Patrin | July 24, 2020 - 10:00 am

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Don’t Forget Amnesia Scanner

Once upon a time, they were called Renaissance Man. About a decade ago, Ville Haimala and Martti Kalliala, two architects working at the same firm…
Peter Helman | June 18, 2020 - 12:39 pm

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Do Electric Songwriters Dream Of Human Muses?

OpenAI Jukebox - "Pop, in the style of the Beatles" Mysterious artist OpenAI Jukebox is back, and their latest release has…
Ryan H. Walsh | May 13, 2020 - 1:45 pm
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