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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Center Square: The Paul Lynde Story by Steve Wilson and Joe Florenski

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Downfall (2004)

Eva and Hitler kill themselves off-screen, the precise steps they took unseen because, the director says, 'the worst thing that could happen to this most horrible person of history is that he become a myth'.

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	Some Water and Sun: All My Friends Have to Go

The album could be described as a number of things, including downtempo microhouse, futuristic J-pop R&B, or glitchy primary color trip-hop, but none of these imaginative labels could come close to fully explaining it.

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	The Saltshakers: A Beautiful Mess

The Saltshakers try to tap into the long tradition of beautiful losers that hail from the Midwest. Ironically, they need a bit more polish to sound gloriously dilapidated.

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	Nickel Creek: Why Should the Fire Die?

The newgrass wunderkinds make a strong bid for pop stardom without sacrificing too much of their purity.

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3 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

	The Most Serene Republic: Underwater Cinematographer

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3 Aug 2005 // 11:00 PM

This noisy New York trio offers up another blast of funky, blues-inflected instrumental rock, evoking hazy shades of '70s FM gold.

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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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