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16 Apr 2015 // 12:35 PM

Was 1965 Music’s Greatest Year Ever?

Here in the media-saturated 2010s, we get to relive the events of the momentous 1960s in an inexorable year-by-year march. Last year, the Beatles re-invaded

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Counterbalance: Uncle Tupelo’s ‘No Depression’

Fear the hearts of men are failing. These are latter days we know. The great depression now is spreading. God's word declared it would be so. I'm going where there's only the 2,839th most acclaimed album of all time. An alt-rock bellwether is this week's Counterbalance.

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30 Musical, Literary and Cultural Reasons to Celebrate 30 More Years of Phish: Part Two

From Romanticism to structuralism, the musical ingenuity of Phish pays tribute to a variety of cultural movements; they're more dada than dad rock.

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1965: 12 Months That Shook the World

1965 places that year's astonishing surge of innovative pop music in a larger context of social, cultural, and political change.

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Bob Dylan - “The Night We Called It a Day” (video)

The legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan gets away with murder in the old-timey noir music video of his Frank Sinatra cover "The Night We Called It a Day".

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“Celebrating” Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born’s 10-Year Anniversary

Ten years after the release of A Ghost Is Born, the songs still just aren't there.

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Fighting the Good or Mediocre Fight, Over Six Decades

Jonathan Lethem's family saga, Dissident Gardens, recalls Saul Bellow or Philip Roth’s urban intellectuals battling Jewish angst.

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‘JAMerica’ Skillfully Assembles an Oral History of America’s Jam Bands

The jam band scene may be one of the most diverse in the US, though many tend to paint Disco Biscuits with the Grateful Dead's brush. This volume clears some of that up.

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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: 31 July 2013 - Stateline, NV

Phish aftershow parties have become something of a cottage industry in recent years and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is one of the best outfits on the planet for such duty.

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The Meter Men: 30 July 2013 - Stateline, NV

Here in Tahoe, fans find the Meter Men at Harrah’s for an aftershow party right across the street from tonight’s Phish show - “#winning”, as Charlie Sheen would say.

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Phish in 2013: The Pleasantly Plain Taste of Tempered Expectations

Dreadful wind and rain define a recent Phish gig in Wantagh, NY as fans mull the band's standing and purpose in 2013.

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The Dead in Fine Form: ‘Grateful Dead View from the Vault Vol. III and IV’

Fans of the Grateful Dead all have their favorite era, but in 1987 and 1990, the San Francisco outfit was playing some of the best shows of its career. These two volumes are proof positive of that.

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13 Jun 2013 // 8:00 AM

2013 Nelsonville Music Festival

On the opening night of the 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival, several attendees reported seeing a meteor or fireball in the sky.

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29 May 2013 // 10:30 PM

In Defense of Kanye West

On the heels of his sixth solo studio album, it's time to take a look at why Yeezy remains relevant, and why his antics, obnoxious as they can be, never grow old.

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Steve Forbert: Alive on Arrival / Jackrabbit Slim

The foremost virtue on each of these albums -- musically, lyrically, and especially vocally -- is Forbert’s exuberance, the unabashed joy of discovery he makes palpable on nearly every one of the tracks here.

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More than 60 acts are now confirmed for the festival, which runs from May 30 through June 2 in Nelsonville, Ohio.

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‘American Pop’... Matters: Ron Thompson, the Illustrated Man Unsung

More than just a rock performance piece, American Pop is an engrossing drama with a pathos that burns through the animation cells in certain scenes even to this day.

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Textbook Oppositions and Alternatives: Re-Thinking the Role of Race in ‘60s Rock and Soul Music

Black rock musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, and Arthur Lee (Love), as well as white soul musicians in the racially integrated bands playing on recordings of singers like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, existed during the '60s. So why is rock and soul so black and white?

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Ólöf Arnalds: Ólöf Sings EP

The Icelandic singer-songwriter serves up a fine quintet of English-language songs; highlights include covers of Springsteen, Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

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8 Nov 2011 // 9:00 PM

Marc Carroll: In Silence

A couple of tracks stand out on their own, but In Silence, as a whole, is an awkward hodgepodge of Irish folk music and sappy piano ballads.

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The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

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"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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