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Outside Lands Push the Envelope with Buzz Bands and Grass Lands

The 2019 edition of San Francisco's Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival featured a number of emerging rock 'n' roll buzz bands, providing music fans a chance to catch a variety of fresh sonic flavors and maybe even discover a new favorite.

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Paul Simon and the Flipside of "Feelin Groovy"

This is why Paul Simon's songs of darkness, bridges, and boxers still matter in these troubling times.

Politics

Trump’s Inauguration: Five Songs by Five White Men for a Very White Administration

Think pieces, fiery speeches, and fact-checking takedowns of a demagogue’s rhetoric can overwhelm the true power of great art -- specifically the strength of a song to save or change the world.

Christopher John Stephens
Music

Phil Collins: Singles

The main question with Singles is this: does Phil Collins really deserve all the critical revilement he's gotten for decades?

Music

Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger

God, wristbands and swear words: Paul Simon's latest reminds us why he's so essential.

Music

Robert Ellis: The Lights from the Chemical Plant

On this challenging and intimate album, Robert Ellis walks up to the brink of despair and calls it out to play.

Music

Luke Temple: Good Mood Fool

Why would a songwriter who’d built up a respectable career in the indie world torpedo a thoughtful discography with an album that sounds like Paul Simon covering Prince? Well, for one, because it’s awesome.

Music

Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours

Peter Gabriel waits three years for his back to be scratched, and the wait wasn't necessarily worth it.

Music

Ten Great Musical Gifts for the Holidays

This year saw the release of many truly stellar box sets and re-issues from the Holy Grail of Western pop music (the earliest Louis Armstrong recordings and the Beatles remasters on vinyl) to indie heroes like Sugar and folk pioneer Woody Guthrie. Here's ten of our faves.

Music

Paul Simon: Live in New York City

This collection of live performances on the heels of Paul Simon's So Beautiful Or So What is a stark reminder of exactly how important the singer is to the evolution of popular music.

Music

Art Garfunkel: The Singer

At 28 tracks, The Singer's batting average isn't too spectacular.

Music

CONTEST: Win Paul Simon's 'Live in New York City'

Win the 2 CD/1 DVD special package capturing Paul Simon live in New York!

Music

Counterbalance No. 76: Paul Simon's 'Graceland'

It’s a turnaround jump shot, it’s everybody jump start, it’s every generation throws a hero up the pop chart. In 1986 it was Paul Simon. Counterbalance has a listen.

Music

John Wesley Harding: Video-making Man

John Wesley Harding teams up with Eugene Mirman for new video, "Sing Your Own Song", which spoofs a Paul Simon classic.

Music

Paul Simon: There Goes Rhymin' Simon / Live Rhymin'

Hey, these look a lot like those remasters we got seven years ago. Oh well, you'll need at least one of them.

Film

Full Circle: Béla Fleck, Paul Simon & America's Return to the World Community

Béla Fleck didn't ask to be the Avatar of the New American Culture (avatars never do). He happened to be in the right place at the right time with a banjo and a digital recorder. The remaining dots are ours to connect, and we've begun to connect them.

Jeffrey Pinzino
Reviews

Paul Simon: Live from Philadelphia

Looking a bit like Lou Reed's more sober brother, Paul Simon delivers a short, fairly laid-back set of hit songs and some newer material.

Guy Crucianelli
Music

Aqualung: Words and Music

Caution must be taken to avoid listening too hard lest you risk inescapable boredom.

Music

Paul Simon: The Essential Paul Simon

The early stuff we all know about. The Essential Paul Simon makes an argument for checking in after Graceland.

Andrew Gilstrap
Music

Paul Simon: Surprise

A bright and rewarding work that will be lauded as His Best Album Since Fill In The Blank Here, Surprise is a low-key, sneaky little gem.

Reviews

The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons

For classic rock fans, the set contains some fascinating moments, and it's a testament to Cavett's willingness to play with format that they don't seem dated.

Michael Buening
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