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Isle of Wight Festival’s Influence, On The Big Screen

When you talk about the influence of music festivals — especially in the US — Woodstock is usually where the conversation begins. But if you look at the current musical landscape, there’s no festival more influential than Isle of Wight. That’s not because it happened in 1968, a year earlier than Woodstock, or because the […]

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On The Record: Amos Lee

Before he released the acclaimed album My New Moon last month, before he opened for Bob Dylan in 2005, before he was signed to Blue Note in 2003, and before he picked up a guitar, folk-soul luminary Amos Lee was just a little kid with no clue what was going on. “I have a spotty […]

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The Discogs Top 50 Best Selling Records Of July 2018

After spending just one month outside the top spot thanks to Ghost, Pink Floyd is back. Hardly a surprise. What might be surprising, however, is that a cassette made it into the top 50 in July. And it’s a new cassette, at that! There’s been a lot of talk — and a lot of balk […]

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A Beginner’s Guide To Vinyl: Classic Rock Records You Should Own

So, you’ve decided you’re into classic rock. It’s a great place to start for any vinyl collection, mostly because classic albums were released on vinyl in huge numbers and are therefore usually pretty cheap grabs. They sound solid as ever, because vinyl is a miracle medium and the ’70s were a golden age of the […]

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More Than ‘Good Enough’: A Survey Of Mudhoney’s Albums

It’s been 30 years since Mudhoney hacked their way into our hearts with the single Touch Me I’m Sick. In the ensuing decades, a lot has changed — yet frontman Mark Arm’s band of garage-grunge weirdos remain. To mark the milestone, the band is readying album number 10, Digital Garbage. It’s out Sept. 28. To […]

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Bob Seger’s Rarest Records

If you’re of a certain age, Bob Seger was omnipresent in your life. The main cause, of course, was Chevrolet’s 13-year Like A Rock ad campaign. Thousands upon thousands of TV spots turned Seger into a legitimate cultural institution. We played that song at my dad’s funeral, but not because he liked it. My family played it […]

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Depeche Mode Before Their New Life: A Look at ‘Speak & Spell’

Discussions of Depeche Mode usually center around things like the new wave combo’s popularization of industrial textures, their pervasive cultural influence, or their myriad moody hits. Not as much time is spent on the band’s early Vince Clarke-driven synth-pop days and the first record they produced, Speak & Spell. In fact, most casual fans would […]

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I Done Kicked ’Em Out: Wayne Kramer on the MC5’s Early Days, 50 Years Later

Half a century after the MC5 recorded Kick Out the Jams live at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, guitarist Wayne Kramer is still going strong. He’s marking the anniversary — and celebrating the spirit of the Motor City Five — in many ways. Throughout the fall, he’ll head up the MC50 tour, featuring an all-star […]

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Best Records Of 1988

While 1988 opened with George Michael’s Faith at the top of the charts and ended with the ultimate hair metal power ballad (Every Rose Has Its Thorn from Poison, of course), the biggest story in hindsight was something was wouldn’t bear serious fruit for a few years: grunge kind of became a thing. Sure, the […]

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The Spiritual Forefathers of Spiritualized: J. Spaceman’s Early Influences

Spiritualized frontman Jason Pierce, aka J Spaceman

Back in 2016, Spiritualized frontman Jason Pierce suggested his next album might be his last. There’s been no formal announcement, but Pierce, a.k.a. J. Spaceman, recently echoed that sentiment. That seems to be partly because he might not have gas left in the tank and partly because the process of making the record, titled And […]

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