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The Most Memorable Albums of 1999 (Part 5)

Part five of the Most Memorable Albums of 1999 is highlighted by the political rock of Rage Against the Machine and Joe Strummer, as well as major league hip-hop from Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip, and Jay-Z.

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The Best Pop Singles of 2016

Celebrating the songs this year that operated within the constraints of "radio music", truly a genre all its own, and produced excellent results.

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Beck - "Wow" (Singles Going Steady)

Opinions are sharply divided on this new Beck track.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 4 (40 - 21)

The fourth part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, including Suede, Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, and My Bloody Valentine.

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Beck's Return to Rapping with "Wow"

Beck continues to take on new styles by creating a pop/rap summertime anthem.

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Governors Ball 2016: Beck and the Strokes Deliver the Classics

The most intriguing moment of the opening day to Governors Ball came during an organ-only ballad from the Strokes.

Silas Valentino
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M83: Junk

What connected on a deeper emotional level with Saturday=Youth is replaced by a chasm of wonder: what in good God’s name was the band’s central idea with Junk?

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Nate Ruess: Grand Romantic

Nate Ruess anchors his first solo album by doing what he’s always done best: blowing the roof off the place with astronomically rangy, patently catchy hooks.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

Brian Hoffstein
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PopTalk: The 2015 Grammys, "True Artistry", and Meme Culture

The latest PopTalk podcast takes a look at whether or not, as Kanye West suggests, the Grammys and awards culture in general can or should care about "true artistry".

Evan Sawdey and Brice Ezell
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How We All Survived the Astoundingly Morose 57th Annual Grammy Awards

AC/DC opened the telecast with a song called "Rock or Bust", a prophetic ultimatum that was answered all too quickly by a cavalcade of performers who seemed to be tripping over themselves to see who could be the most uninspiring of them all.

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Guessing the 2015 Grammys

PopMatters predicts a night of newcomers, huge sweeps, and some love for two theme songs from 2013.

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The 10 Best Songs About New Beginnings

In honor of a new year, here is a list of songs that can help nudge even the idlest of souls off the couch in 2015.

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The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.

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Royal Canoe: Royal Canoe Does Beck’s Song Reader

This is an interesting experiment that doesn’t quite always work, but that probably says more about Beck than it does Royal Canoe.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 40-21

From breathtaking reformulations of shoegaze to British soul revival, this batch of stellar recordings from the 2000s is an eclectic one.

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Various Artists: Song Reader

Interesting concept, failed execution.

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Sun-Drenched '90s Nostalgia at Forecastle Day Three

Forecastle rounded out its 2014 installment with aplomb, proving that it is only going to get bigger and better from here on out.

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Beck + GOASTT: 1 July 2014 - Summerstage, New York (Photos)

Beck really knocked it out of the park with his show at Summerstage.

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A Strange Invitation: Ranking the Beck Albums

A coffee house fixture in Los Angeles, Beck nearly got lost in the deluge of alt-rockers with his left-field hit "Loser". Then his follow-up album put him in the category of musical visionary. Ranging from barely-contained chaotic works to seamless masterpieces, here are his ten best efforts.

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Beck: Morning Phase

Morning Phase may not be the out-and-out masterpiece that everyone says it is, but anytime we are blessed with a very-good Beck album, the world is all the richer because of it.

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Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums

During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.

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The Top 8 "Next Nirvanas"

Following Nirvana's surprise ascent to stardom, no one knew what would be the next underground success story. Here are eight examples of where people post-Nevermind opted to place their bets.

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Jamie Lidell: Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell's success lies in a warped musical schizophrenia, which pays homage to its influences but doesn't shy away from its electronic roots.

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Philip Glass: REWORK_Philip Glass remixed

Philip Glass remixes easily. Really, he does.

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Governor's Ball Music Festival: 24 June 2012 - New York

Day 2 at Governor's Ball NYC presented a maturing festival--in both its lineup and execution. And that was a good thing.

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Dallas Don Burnet: Cancel My Disappointment

Cancel My Disappointment? I wish I could.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg: Stage Whisper

Despite consisting of largely unnecessary live material, the eight unreleased songs included on Stage Whisper point mostly in the direction of great promise for Gainsbourg's already impressive solo career.

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Benediction: On Thurston Moore’s 'Demolished Thoughts'

Although Demolished Thoughts was released before the announcement of the breakup of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, it is unavoidably a document of this personal and professional transition.

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Counterbalance No. 57: Beck’s 'Odelay'

Rocking the plastic like a man from the Catskills, Beck holds down the Number 57 place on Acclaimed Music’s Great List. Let me hear you say “Ooh, la la, Sasson”.

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Thurston Moore: Demolished Thoughts

Thurston sounds like Thurston, even when he's acoustic. He's just not nearly as interesting.

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"True Rock and Roll Is Something That's Very Crazy": A Chat with Jon Spencer

Jon Spencer talks about the reissues of the Blues Explosions' mid-1990s landmarks Orange, Orange Experimental Remixes and Acme and the hip-hop obsessions that shaped them.

Jennifer Kelly
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

In the context of the movie almost all of these songs are great. But as a soundtrack album, Scott Pilgrim doesn't quite reach the same level of greatness.

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Full Loop: Jamie Lidell Becomes the Great Experimenter Once Again

In his interview with PopMatters, crooner and electronic producer Jamie Lidell talks about his upcoming tour, his new album, and starting to care about lyrics four LPs into his solo career.

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