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The Cure: Ranking the Albums From 13 to 1

With their first tour in years, now is the perfect time to review the sterling catalog of one of the most substantive and influential bands of the last 40 years.

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Throw Away Your Television: The 12 Best Red Hot Chili Peppers Music Videos

A look back at not only some of the bands' best music videos, but some of the best music videos ever made.

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16 Feb 2016 // 10:38 AM

Why Tom Petty Still Matters: Top 20 Songs

After four decades, Tom Petty can still delight listeners with his story-driven lyrics about everyday life and catchy rock riffs.

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Buried Bowie: 25 Deep Cuts

For all of the imagery that dominated the religiosity of Bowie  --  the fashion, the characters, the hairstyles --  what matters most are the songs. Here are 25 killer deep-cut Bowie originals, album by album.

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Five Songs to Prove David Bowie Is Impossible to Capture in Five Songs

Here are five songs that capture how difficult Bowie was to capture. But it was always so interesting to try.

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3 Jan 2016 // 10:48 AM

The 90 Best Songs of 2015

From electronic to Americana... from R&B to country... from hip-hop to rockin' and poppin' indie... 2015 had something great for everyone.

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The 80 Best Albums of 2015

From genre-busting electronic music to new highs in the ever-evolving hip-hop scene... from R&B, country and jazz to rocking and popping indie... 2015 was a stellar year for new music.

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The Best New / Emerging Artists of 2015

There was no shortage of new and exciting music in 2015. From the rise of a major new jazz talent challenging boundaries to ever more experimental R&B, this crop of artists gave us a lot of great music this year.

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40 Nights at the Movies (in the Comfort of Your Home): The Franchise

Back by popular demand! Recommendations from "40 Nights at the Movies" will keep you, your dog and your elephant glued to the couch for months.

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The 25 Best Classic Progressive Rock Albums

The purpose of this column has been to revisit, reassess and, above all, celebrate classic prog rock, so it’s inevitable we name names and select the best of the best.

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5 Oct 2015 // 10:00 AM

PLAYLIST: The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s

We spent last week counting down the 100 best alternative singles of the '80s and now we present the 98-song Spotify playlist.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 5: 20 - 1

Songs of anxiety, paranoia, freak-outs, chilling verses, feverish desire, harrowing lyrics -- they all make for damn good music.

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1 Oct 2015 // 9:10 AM

20 Things to Love About the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

What do we mean when we talk about Star Wars now? Do we still mean the movies? Or do we mean the culture that sprouted up around it almost 40 years ago and refuses to go away?

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 4: 40 - 21

Stories sung with grace and compassion. We can only hope our stories will be told so well, sometime.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 2: 80 - 61

Just imagine songs this extreme making the American Top 40, let alone the Top 10… unthinkable.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s: Part 1: 100 - 81

Beginning today and continuing all week, we present one critic's best punk, post-punk, new wave, college rock, underground, modern rock, goth, industrial, new romantic, ska, power pop, hardcore, and indie rock of the '80s.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the ‘80s

Even if you pay no consideration to the rankings, which is always subjective, here's a great starting point for exploring some of the amazingly diverse and powerful music from the '80s that still holds up today.

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The Best and Worst of Summer Film 2015

From the same old superhero entries to a singular visionary epic, more mediocre Adam Sandler to some surprising new comedic voices, the Summer of 2015 was a rollercoaster of excellence and awfulness. Here are our choices for the best and worst of the popcorn movie season.

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Eight Films That Defied Their Low Budgets

Money isn't everything, although in film making it counts for a lot. These eight films defy their minuscule budgets.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 19 - "The Chitters"

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"Another stand-alone episode, but there's still plenty to discuss in the Supernatural world.

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