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The 12 Best Brian Wilson Songs

In addition to his recent album, No Pier Pressure, Brian Wilson is about to have a biopic about him released in theaters. The 12 songs below also form a vivid portrait of his life as a pop genius.

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Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure

No Pier Pressure is a lifeless, limp collection of songs that counts as a Brian Wilson album in name only.

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The Beach Boys - “Time to Get Alone”

While there are obvious downsides to the kind of discography that the Beach Boys have assembled -- it's dense, lengthy, and larded with inconsistent results -- one of the payoffs deserves special mention: those moments of discovery.

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When I Grow Up: The Beach Boys - “Do You Wanna Dance?”

Diving into the first track on The Beach Boys Today!, we look at "Do You Wanna Dance", a re-interpretation of a 1958 Bobby Freeman song, and investigate the question of what exactly a Beach Boys song is.

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Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and David Marks: 27 July  2013 - Twin Cities

Five good reasons to catch Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks in concert if you get a chance.

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The End of the Beach Boys’ Summer

Then and now, the ethical questions that arise here involve the choice to turn this troubled phase of Brian Wilson's life and career into entertainment.

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Brian Wilson’s lost ‘Smile’ album finally unearthed, with all the trimmings

CHICAGO — The Beach Boys’ “Smile” is the album that haunted Brian Wilson for four decades. The unfinished Beach Boys work devastated Wilson even though it

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Influential ‘lost’ album ‘Smile’ is officially released 44 years late

LOS ANGELES — “The Velvet Underground’s first album only sold 10,000 copies,” Brian Eno’s famous quote posits, “but everyone who bought it formed a band.”

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Musical Auteurism: Recognizing Genius

An album is not an insulated document, but rather something that breathes and grows within an artist's discography. I challenge music fans to not simply find songs or albums that they like (though certainly that has a completely worthwhile place), but to find entire discographies (from acknowledged classics to forgotten albums) to grow with over time.

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The Year In Music: June 2010

June 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month of successful releases and summer concerts.

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My Top Ten Beach Boys Albums

The Beach Boys are my favorite band, and all following pop composers are compared to the incomparable standard of Brian Wilson, the true pop genius

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The Lost Art of the Non-Album Single

The album is a phenomenal format, don’t get me wrong, but there was something truly magical about Motown, the Brill Building, and the British Invasion simultaneously giving you the best two minutes and 30 seconds they had.

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The Beach Boys: Summer Love Songs

Don't break out the flip-flops quite yet: This fine and servicable Beach Boys compilation hits only a couple of highlights (along with some excellent album cuts), but isn't much in terms of a cohesive listening experience.

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The shadow of Pet Sounds loomed large on the Beach Boys after it was released in 1966. How do you follow-up one of the greatest, if

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The Beach Boys - U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962-1965 - Capitol [$132.98]

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After finishing his long-lost ‘Smile,’ Beach Boys guru returns with a tribute to Los Angeles

Smiling liberated Brian Wilson. The act of completing his pop opus “Smile,” 37 years after he’d abandoned it, suddenly reopened the creative floodgates for the

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“He Was Just Starting to Scratch the Surface”: Dennis Wilson, Remembered

Sitting down with producer Gregg Jakobson and Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean), PopMatters reflects on the genius of Dennis Wilson, who worked on his own time, by his own rules, and in a life that had so much to offer.

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The Dawn That Grows Into Day: High Noons, Twilights, the Beach Boys, and Dennis Wilson

A pair of new Beach Boys releases -- a 16-disc box set of singles and the reissue of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue -- examines the group's resonance beyond the lauded Pet Sounds era.

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The Beach Boys: The Warmth of the Sun

Another 'Best Of..' from one of the most anthologised bands ever but at least this one looks beyond the 'hits'.

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The Beach Boys, Love You (1977)

Essentially a Brian Wilson solo effort, on which the ravaged, troubled genius takes a few more painful steps toward a purifying simplicity.

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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