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Funk Rock and Synthesizers in Munich: Queen's 'The Game' at 40

For their eighth studio album, The Game, Queen ushered in the 1980s with a streamlined sound and an instrument they formerly took great pains to avoid.

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DMA'S Discuss Their Dancier New Album 'The Glow'

DMA'S lead-singer, Tommy O'Dell, discusses the band's new album The Glow, and talks about the dancier direction in their latest music.

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Primal Scream's 'Screamadelica' and the Altered State

In the context of Primal Scream's prior and subsequent career, Screamadelica is a miracle. It's a rock record about discovering Ecstasy, rave culture, and the music that went with it.

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Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin Aims to Make a Lasting Impression with the Lasters

Former Lemon Jelly frontman Fred Deakin uses Kickstarter to fund a pop-rock passion project, but for all its good faith efforts, it ends up an unfocused mess.

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New Order in Berlin: Timeless and Timely

In Berlin, dance-rock legends New Order prove once again why their music draws attention nearly 40 years on.

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The B-52s 30-year Anniversary Re-Issue of 'Cosmic Thing' Keeps the Party Going

With Cosmic Thing, the B-52s launched into the big time, shooting up the national album and singles charts with "Channel Z", followed by "Love Shack" and "Roam".

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Hero Worship: The B-52's Embrace Their Place in Rock History

To casual onlookers, they made for the best kind of disposable party pop. To their devoted fans, they were taboo-breaking new wave kingpins. Now, with four decades of history under their belt, the B-52's look back and take their bow. Cindy Wilson speaks to PopMatters about their legacy.

Evan Sawdey
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A Certain Ratio's Legacy Is Immense, and Impressive

A Certain Ratio's acr:box is a comprehensive and often stunning collection that charts the Manchester band's fascinating career.

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Still Fun After All These Years: An Interview with Wang Chung

Wang Chung's Nick Feldman recalls making one of the band's biggest hits, working with one of film's greatest directors, and the future of Wang Chung itself.

Jedd Beaudoin
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33 Again: The Rejuvenation of Eurythmics on Vinyl LP

Never mind Eurythmics' era-defining singles and videos, it's time to reconnect with the new wave duo's broader artistic statements in a more intimate way.

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Franz Ferdinand Invite Us to Dance Through the World's Problems on 'Always Ascending'

Despite some missteps, Always Ascending features enough excellent dance tracks, experimentation, and optimism to keep Franz Ferdinand fun and relevant a decade and a half into their career.

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Norway's Band of Gold Highlights Their Originality on "Well Who Am I" (premiere)

Norway's Band of Gold has a really unique take on pop music with the gentle funky beats, lean arrangements, sudden swells of a guitar rocking out.

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'Depeche Mode: Monument' Is Everything a Depeche Mode Fan Could Imagine

Dennis Burmeister and Sascha Lange add just the right amount of in-depth material to give even the most devoted fan a complete picture of the band.

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Too Tall to Feel Small: The Case for Eurythmics' Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Very few of their peers surpass Eurythmics in terms of artistic vision, musicianship, songwriting, and creative audacity. This is the history of the seminal new wave group

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Arcade Fire: Everything Now

Arcade Fire is not old enough for this work as late career orthodoxy nor suave enough to cook these observations into delicious bites.

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Nigel and the Dropout feat. Passalacqua - "Rearrange" (audio) (premiere)

Detroit’s Nigel and the Dropout have been a genre-bending outfit since their inception.

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Duran Duran: Paper Gods

Hearing Duran Duran sounding as good as they ever have with an exhilarating collection of expertly crafted pop is a pure joy.

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Rabid Young - "Not Enough" (audio) (premiere)

Las Vegas synthpop quintet releases debut song full of shimmering synths and mid-tempo beats.

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The Faint: Doom Abuse

Doom Abuse may not measure up to the Faint's greatest moments or delve into new terrain, but if they're goal was to have fun and make a good record, then mission accomplished.

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Foster the People: Supermodel

Supermodel is a quantum leap forward from "Pumped Up Kicks" era Foster the People. The growth of the band and the depth of this record are a pleasant surprise.

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Arcade Fire: Reflektor

With Arcade Fire becoming Hollywood staples, are they remaining true to their intelligent, independent roots or do they suffer from branching out so far?

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Flint Eastwood: Late Nights in Bolo Ties

The Detroit band's debut EP proves Flint Eastwood's name is destined to stretch beyond the borders of the mitten state.

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Band of the Year: An Interview with Arcade Fire

The artistic license offered by an indie label led to the darker and more ambitious Neon Bible. It brims with arrangements that include a symphony orchestra and a choir recorded in Budapest, Hungary, and a massive church organ. "It felt sometimes like we were making a film rather than a record," Win Butler says.

Greg Kot

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