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The Wonderland-like Experience of the 2016 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

There’s something special about experiencing live music in this place, where the trees are lit up in psychedelic colors. It makes feel like one has gone down a rabbit hole into "Wonderland".

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Michael Des Barres Puts His Heart on His Sleeve for 'The Key to the Universe'

With his new album, the veteran British singer/actor delivers a set of spirited and emotional rock and roll.

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Duran Duran's 'Beautiful Colors' in Posters

This is a weighty tome, independently released, but with the high-end quality one might expect to have found at the recently shuttered Rizzoli flagship store.

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What James Bond Can’t Teach You About British Music History

If you want lessons in womanizing, dressing to the nines, or ordering martinis, James Bond is your man. If, however, you’re looking for a review of British music history over the last 50 years, the world’s favorite secret agent has no idea what he’s doing.

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Generation X Wants Its MTV, But It’s a VEVO World Now

Gen X’ers may still want their MTV, but the version they loved is as distant a memory as Valley Girl speak, parachute pants, and leg warmers. Wake up and smell the VEVO.

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Duran Duran at Its Best: 'Duran Duran Live 2011: A Diamond In the Mind'

Thirty years on, this band of New Romantics is still new, still romantic.

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Ten Notable Holiday Songs of the Past 30 Years

These ten songs from the past 30 years are notable for being gifts that keep on giving.

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20 Music Videos from the 1980s That Have Aged Terribly

In this third and final installment of Sound Affects' retrospective of music videos from the 1980s, we focus on 20 promos that the passage of time has been especially unkind to.

Dennis Shin
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Duran Duran Releases New Video for "Girl Panic!"

For a band who helped build their reputation on music video, it's been a long time since Duran Duran made a promotional film worthy of their classic clips from the '80s, which repeatedly cast the band as a hedonistic, futuristic, slightly effeminate gang of pirates.

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20 Unsung Music Videos from the 1980s

PopMatters begins a new series examining at the widespread emergence of music video in the 1980s. From major artists like the Clash, David Bowie, and U2 to less famous brethren such as Haysi Fantayzee and Grandmaster Caz, these are the unsung videos from that decade that might have missed your attention the first time around.

Dennis Shin
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Switch It On! The Birth of Duran Duran

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Duran Duran's first single, "Planet Earth", Gimme a Wristband launched an in-depth review of the band's earliest years. In this PopMatters exclusive excerpt, writer Steve Jansen talks to the movers and shakers and brings us back to 1981.

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Duran Duran: Notorious / Big Thing

By 1986, Duran Duran had achieved international superstardom, then embarrassed themselves to the edge of irrelevance. Plus, they were down to one Taylor. How could they possibly survive?

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Mark Ronson & The Business, Intl.: Record Collection

Mark Ronson's new album is sometimes bogged down by interesting but ultimately pointless instrumental interludes. But like anyone's record collection, Record Collection has more hits than misses. It's future pop with a foot firmly in the past.

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Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: Two Guys With a Shared History Engaging In Some Witty Bar Talk

There are moments that make me realize just how self-inflated my initial notion of engaging in "bar talk" may have been. I never would have been able to keep up.

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EMI to Duranies: Drop Dead

EMI, like so many major labels, is circling the drain, buried beneath a mountain of debt and public indifference. The label is wise to plumb the back catalog and offer fans of its key artists the opportunity to pick up fancy versions of their favorite albums with loads of extra stuff. But has its attitude soured the fans on future purchases?

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Paranoid Android: Is Music the Opiate of the iPod-Owning Masses?

Wherein our curmudgeonly record shop owner realizes that his store with its bins full of vinyl was his own personal iPod long before the iPod was ever invented.

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Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran

Behind the scenes, beneath the make-up and Anthony Price suits, the book lacks a sense of depth.

Christel Loar
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Duran Duran: Red Carpet Massacre

The new-wave survivors get their sexy back. But at what price did they get it?

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Duran Duran

I liked 'Hungry Like the Wolf', but I couldn't reveal it. My Maiden-loving friends would have laughed me off the lunch table.

David P. Powell
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