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The Replacements' 'Pleased to Meet Me' Gets a Deluxe Edition

One of the best rock bands of the 1980s, the Replacements show what alternative rock was all about on Pleased to Meet Me.

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The Pedaljets Celebrate Contentment With "Sleepy Girl" (premiere + interview)

"Let memories happen later. Live now," says the Pedaljets's Mike Allmayer as he discusses the themes running through the group's upcoming LP, Twist the Lens. Hear "Sleepy Girl" now.

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A Shirt of Violent Green: R.E.M.'s 'Monster' Gets the Deluxe Reissue Treatment

Twenty-five years after the release of R.E.M.'s Monster, a lavish boxed set of the Georgia quartet's most controversial album creates a much-deserved opportunity for reassessment.

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"I Wanna Be Someone Else": The Lemonheads' Transformative Adventures in Cover Versions

By way of Charles Manson, Suzanne Vega, Gram Parsons, and, yes, Simon and Garfunkel, the Lemonheads once utilized cover songs to reinvent themselves and spark brilliantly infectious guitar-pop originals. And they will again. One day. Perhaps.

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Touring with the Replacements: A Roadie's POV

The writing in Lemon Jail is at times as anarchic as a tour, occasionally bordering on incoherent.

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R.E.M.: Automatic For the People (25th Anniversary Special Edition)

Every streetlight a reminder: a quarter-century after its initial release, R.E.M.'s crowning achievement is available as a deluxe set.

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Acrylics: DADA minor

The Brooklyn duo return on DADA minor to find connections between the golden ages of psychedelic experimentation, pop balladry, and college rock.

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The Replacements' Blithely Adolescent Spirit

Bob Mehr's biography of the band that regularly pulled defeat from the jaws of victory makes for compelling, heartbreaking reading.

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Wrestling With the Replacements' Legacy in 'Trouble Boys'

Based on Mehr's plethora of interviews, it seems that most of what seemed grist for the rumor mill about the Replacements was, if anything, understated.

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A Studied Aesthetic: 'Temperature's Rising: An Oral History of Galaxie 500'

"I was always drawn to the simple and the well proportioned rather than the flashy." Naomi Yang's aesthetic speaks for her band in this handsomely assembled presentation of words and depictions about their memorable music.

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The 15 Best Songs of the Replacements

In the wake of a recently-announced limited-edition covers EP, the merest inkling of a full-fledged Replacements reunion is reason enough to re-explore the revered cult band's songbook. Here are 15 of best songs by one of America's finest rock groups with a full playlist at the end.

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R.E.M.: Document (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

As before-and-after a dividing line as any band ever drew, and easily one of the top hundred albums of 1987. Now with more grainy photographs.

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Ranking R.E.M.: The 10 Best Albums

One author's farewell ranking of the top 10 R.E.M. LPs illustrates that some albums that were monster hits have not aged especially well, while another album entitled Monster has, and that the usual suspects remain indelible after all these years.

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Sebadoh: Bakesale (Deluxe Edition)

Bakesale is a totemic touchstone of a record, one that is arguably as important to the development of indie rock as a form as Guided by Voices’ Bee Thousand and Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain.

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Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock

What the world really needs is a straight-up account of one of the most important rock groups of all time, Hüsker Dü. Now we have it in the form of music scribe Andrew Earles.

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Tommy Keene: Tommy Keene You Hear Me, A Retrospective, 1983-2009

With this two-CD overview of Tommy Keene's career, there is plenty of good music and good, if not great, power-pop songs.


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