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6 Dec 2016 // 2:15 AM

The Answer: Solas

Irish rockers return with a varied, resolute record meant to carry us out of the darkness and into the light.

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Pete Townshend Expands His Musical Explorations for All the World to See

Any time Townshend dances, which happens frequently and enthusiastically here, the preposterousness comes out.

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Queen: Queen on Air - The Complete BBC Radio Sessions (Deluxe 6-CD Edition)

These leaner versions of well-known tracks showcase a version of Queen with less pomp but plenty of circumstance.

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Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger (Deluxe Edition)

Twenty-five years on, the populace gets a renewed look at Soundgarden’s contribution to the year punk broke with a fully loaded reissue of their career-changing Badmotorfinger.

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Tad: God’s Balls / Salt Lick / 8-Way Santa

Heavier than heavy, Tad is back with a trio of deluxe editions of their first three Sub Pop releases.

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Grunge Fans Pay Homage to Temple of the Dog in San Francisco

It’s moments like these where music fans can rightfully feel genuine hope for humanity at a time when the world seems to be going mad.

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Hawkwind: The Charisma Years 1976-1979

The Charisma Years captures a band constantly on the verge of transition, willing to explore more commercial-leaning avenues without fully sacrificing their underground bona fides.

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You Can Go Home Again: An Interview with R.E.M.‘s Mike Mills

Mike Mills of R.E.M. tells PopMatters about his new "Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and Orchestra" project.

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Phish and the Spiders From Mars Take Las Vegas

Phish has personally transformed Halloween into the holy high holiday of the rock world due to their legendary musical costume performances...

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28 Nov 2016 // 9:27 AM

Harvey Mandel: Snake Pit

Harvey Mandel returns with his first widely-distributed album in roughly 20 years. The record finds him playing with the excitement of a newcomer and is a must-hear effort for six-string enthusiasts.

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23 Nov 2016 // 9:06 AM

Prince: 4EVER

Prince 4Ever is a look back at some of the legend’s most familiar work, and a refresher for fans who want the big hits but might also be exposed to some singles they missed along the way.

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‘Miss Sharon Jones!’ Captures the Remaining Days of This Wonderful Artist

Barbara Kopple’s documentary accomplishes a great deal in shining a light on such a dynamic figure at such a difficult time.

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15 Nov 2016 // 12:00 PM

Tinariwen (+IO:I) - Ténéré Tàqqàl (Singles Going Steady)

Here, the Sahara's own rock stars lament the current state of their home desert, of the constant power struggles that stain the region.

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The Lemon Twigs - “As Long As We’re Together” (Singles Going Steady)

The Lemon Twigs seem to be going for a Juno level of cuteness, also taking cues from other folksy-twee artists like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

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15 Nov 2016 // 2:15 AM

Helmet: Dead to the World

Dead to the World finds Page Hamilton holding old Helmet and new Helmet together in perfect balance.

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With Great Sound Comes Great Responsibility

Cheng's Just Vibrations poses the only essential question left unanswered by the academy and the secret of its truly massive failure: an absence of any instinct to repair.

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Steve Vai Brings Passion and Warfare to the Fillmore

The album cover features a quintet of fairies flying around Vai, suggesting a shamanic ability to traverse alternate dimensions. The album does exactly that, with Vai exploring bold sonic territory in a compelling manner.

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The Griswolds: High Times For Low Lives

A desperate plea for radio recognition, the Griswolds' High Times For Low Lives is a step back for a band known for tentpole hooks and untempered kinetic dynamism.

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11 Nov 2016 // 8:30 AM

How to Insult Jack White

The only biography of the mysterious genius pulls no punches.

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Queen: Queen on Air - The Complete BBC Radio Sessions

An early collection of BBC radio sessions show Britain's glam rock kings taking their painstaking technique to a looser environment, with often winning results.

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Searching for Wholesome Online Fun: LDS Gamers

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"While being skeptical about the Church ever officially endorsing video games, LDS gamers remains hopeful about the future, knowing that Mormon society is slowly growing to appreciate gaming.

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