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Tuesday, January 18 2011

Part 3: From Perfume Genius to Xiu Xiu

Slipped Discs continues with the return of a legendary power pop band, previously unreleased Springsteen gems, the resurrection of '60s British folk rock sounds, loads of indie rockers and many more. All records that missed our top 70 list last year.


Wednesday, January 21 2009

Part 2: Katzenjammer to Xiu Xiu

From Katzenjammer to Xiu Xiu, PopMatters presents our second batch of Slipped Discs, 40 great albums that didn't quite make our year-end list in 2008, but our writers thought belonged there.


Columns

Tuesday, August 6 2013

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.


Reviews

Wednesday, May 21 2014

Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté: Toumani & Sidiki

A father and son treat listeners to an album that took 700 years to make and subtly make an important statement about the nature and resilience of culture.


Tuesday, August 17 2010

Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

This isn’t quite the triumph one would have hoped, with a few awkward missteps and some vocal performances that don’t honor the past as much as they make it seem like an awfully long time ago. But there’s enough happening here to make the project more than worthwhile.


Sunday, February 22 2009

Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun

Wilson’s not making a comeback. He doesn't need to be resurrected. He's simply ready for the next take.


Tuesday, February 10 2009

Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun

A live-in-the-studio performance bundled with a hackneyed making-of documentary that doubles as a lengthy commercial for Capitol Records.


Monday, September 1 2008

Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun

Melodically strong and flat-out enjoyable from start to finish, That Lucky Old Sun is Brian Wilson's love letter to a bygone Southern California and his best freshly-penned album in over 40 years.


Blogs

Friday, August 9 2013

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.


Monday, July 20 2009

Musical Genius & Its Discontents (i): American Style

F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. Artists as various as Roky Erickson, Brian Wilson and Shuggie Otis prove there are second acts in American popular music.


News

Friday, November 4 2011

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


Tuesday, August 17 2010

Putting the Brian Wilson touch on the Gershwin canon was a dream that took a lifetime to realize

LOS ANGELES — As Brian Wilson remembers it, the head Beach Boy was still a beach toddler the first time he heard George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in


Monday, November 17 2008

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 reclusive


Tuesday, June 5 2007

40 years later, Brian Wilson catches a wave to Monterey

MONTEREY, Calif. -- After almost 40 years, Brian Wilson is finally coming to Monterey. The Beach Boys co-founder, chief songwriter/producer/arranger, guiding light and lightning


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