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12 Essential 1980s Alternative Rock Albums

PopMatters' '80s alt-rock primer spotlights the essential alternative rock albums from the broad genre's rich and diverse early years.

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Orange Popsicles and Lemonade: 20 Timeless Songs of Summer

Whether you're at the beach or just hanging out in the backyard, these timeless summer classics are sure to make the summer sun shine a little bit brighter.

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The Replacements: 15 September 2013 - Chicago

The Replacements that showed up in Chicago played like they had just taken a short break to do some solo stuff and were fully confident in returning as the great American rock band.

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On Making that Holiday Music List and Checking It Twice

It's that time of the year, again. Music fans are making their lists of what they hope to find wrapped in pretty paper at Christmas, and music publications are making their lists of what should be on those lists. Now, I have something to say about lists.

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Daydream Nation by Matthew Stearns

In other words, the pre-grunge, slashing cyberpunk poetry of Daydream Nation makes for an album that inspires ridiculously devoted fans.

Chris Barsanti
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Violent Femmes

aren't putting on nostalgia shows, so hold all your Rolling Stones comparisons. After all, you can't have nostalgia without an age to pin it on.

Liz Rhodes
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Violent Femmes: Permanent Record: Live and Otherwise [DVD]

The once overlooked band has been getting their share of attention in the past few years. This DVD performance proves why.

Ryan Gillespie
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Violent Femmes: Freak Magnet / Viva Wisconsin

I think most people would be surprised to hear that the Violent Femmes are still together and making music. Perhaps no other band has been so well known for their debut album, and only their debut album, than the Violent Femmes, whose eponymous 1982 album made them the darlings of disenchanted college and high school kids everywhere.

Nicholas Taylor
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