The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

By John Paul

Becoming the Beach Boys offers a comprehensive glimpse into the embryonic stages of one of America’s finest pop groups. 26 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

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	Meredith Bragg and the Terminals: Volume 1

It may not be the most challenging record you will hear this year, but it has a kindness and charm that is hard to resist.

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Stay (2005)

Often evocative, sometimes audacious, and finally undone by an inelegant close, Stay is less interested in story than in impressions.

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Shopgirl (2005)

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North Country (2005)

As the film more or less locks you into Josey's perspective, it appears that even the bleak environment denotes her perpetual exhaustion.

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My original plan was an ambitious one, but then a nasty cold front descended. What to do?

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Focusing primarily on British and American music between 1978 and 1984, Reynolds emphasizes the idea that the glossed-over post-punk years were not marginal to the history of rock: they actually spawned a range of sounds that were more revolutionary than punk itself and that left a far more significant legacy, laying the foundations for the subsequent emergence of alternative music in all its myriad forms.

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The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (1983)

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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

// Moving Pixels

"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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