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38 Essential ’80s Songs About Nuclear Anxiety

We talk about the ‘80s a lot. Nostalgia for that decade and its pop culture has both seemed to move in cycles and be ever-present…
Ryan Leas | January 23, 2018 - 11:06 am

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5 Memorable Sets From Riot Fest Chicago 2016 Friday

My last Warped Tour was ten years ago this past summer, and even then I knew I was probably too old to be there. I…
Michael Tedder | September 17, 2016 - 2:30 pm

R.I.P. John “Brad” Bradbury

John "Brad" Bradbury, drummer for legendary English ska band the Specials, has died at the age of 62. A cause of death has not been…
Chris DeVille | December 29, 2015 - 3:14 pm

Watch Elvis Costello & The Roots Cover The Specials & John Lennon In Brooklyn

Last night Elvis Costello and the Roots celebrated the release of their robust collaborative LP Wise Up Ghost with a one-off, sold out concert at…
Scott Lapatine | September 17, 2013 - 12:55 pm

M.I.A. Joins The Specials On Jools

The Specials, who recently reunited, backed up M.I.A. on "It Takes A Muscle." It's one of the more melodic tracks on /\/\/\Y/\ and was produced…
jessica | November 3, 2010 - 1:35 pm

Coachella 2010: Jay-Z, LCD, Disco Balls & Chandeliers

Four years into my Coachella career and I've never experienced an Indio spring so mild. It's a gift from the gods meaning Brooklynites like Scott…
Amrit Singh | April 17, 2010 - 9:39 pm

Specials Reunite on Fallon

Jimmy Fallon hosted a reunited Specials performance on Late Night last night. Fallon said it was the band's first US performance in 30 years, which…
jessica | April 14, 2010 - 9:55 am

Glastonbury 2009: Blur Make Triumphant Return, Everyone Covers MJ

Aside from some heavy rains on Thursday and some quick showers Sunday, the throngs at Worthy Farm this year enjoyed some of the best weather…
Amrit Singh | June 29, 2009 - 9:08 am

Stream Nouvelle Vague’s NV3

Those Frenchies who record bossa nova versions of your favorite '80s songs are back, and this time some of the source material's original vocalists (Martin…
Scott Lapatine | June 8, 2009 - 12:40 pm

Specials Reunite On Jools Holland

You knew the Jerry-less specials Reunion was happening, and that it did, live on Jools Holland. Watch the 2-Toners work through "Gangsters" and "A Message…
Amrit Singh | April 10, 2009 - 5:29 pm

The Specials Reunite For Tour

Terry Hall's getting the band back together: 2-Tone ska revivalists the Specials will reform, full lineup intact (minus Jerry Dammers), for a string of UK…
Amrit Singh | December 2, 2008 - 12:30 pm

This Specials Moment From Glastonbury Brought To You By Lily Allen

We didn't make the train to Glastonbury this year (soon we promise, loyal UK readers), but it's not like the Brit press is lacking for…
Stereogum | June 26, 2007 - 10:43 am