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The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Even in the coronavirus-shortened record release schedule of 2020, the year has offered a mountainous feast of sublime music. The 50 best albums of 2020 so far are an eclectic and increasingly "woke" bunch.

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The Year Alternative Rock Went Massive and Defined a Decade

Musically 1991 will forever be remembered as the year alternative rock conquered the masses. We explore how alternative became the dominant form of rock music in the 1990s.

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Pearl Jam Liberate Themselves From the Past on 'Gigaton'

Gigaton sounds like Pearl Jam convincingly doing their very best to not sound like Pearl Jam. Liberated from their past and their expectations, the band have freed themselves to take some long overdue risks.

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Intense & Vulnerable: An Interview with Infinite Color & Sound

Guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and visual artist Kate Neckel chat about their audio/visual collaboration, Infinite Color & Sound.

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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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Mad Cool Festival Day 1: Pearl Jam Get 80,000 People to Cry, Tame Impala and Kasabian Mesmerize the Crowds

Spain's Mad Cool Festival proves an instant triumph of organization and content, leaving tens of thousands of people in absolute awe of its magnitude and power.

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Pearl Jam's 'Let's Play Two' Extended Screening Opportunity on October 25 for Devotees

Forty-five minutes of never-before-seen footage from Pearl Jam's Let's Play Two will be previewed at special events presented by Sonos.

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Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger (Deluxe Edition)

Twenty-five years on, the populace gets a renewed look at Soundgarden’s contribution to the year punk broke with a fully loaded reissue of their career-changing Badmotorfinger.

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Artists and Audience Rally International Support Around Social Causes for Global Citizen Festival

Relive highlights of the 2016 Global Citizen Festival including songs Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Metallica and Chris Martin & Eddie Vedder.

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Pearl Jam Anchor Place in Fenway History and Storm Wrigley This Weekend

Eddie Vedder and Co. were in fine form as they played two landmark sold-out shows in Boston's Fenway Park.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 5 (20 - 1)

The fifth and final part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, includes Portishead, Blur, Björk, R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and more.

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RNDM - "Trouble" Gramercy Theatre NYC Live Video (premiere) + Photos

When RNDM came through New York City last month, videographer Ehud Lazin was there. His recording of the band's performance of "Trouble" premieres here.

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"The Rules of RNDM": An Interview with Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament

RNDM bassist Jeff Ament discusses their new album GHOST RIDING and he offers insight into his creative processes and expresses pride in touring with Pearl Jam.

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The Next Level of Global Citizen: An Interview With Global Poverty Project's Justine Lucas

The Global Poverty Project's crown jewel is the Global Citizen Festival but the organization works year round to get commitments from politicians and actions from citizens.

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Pearl Jam: 3 October 2014 - St. Louis (Photos)

Pearl Jam's shows are more and more memorable for hardcore fans but they still remain approachable for everyone as they pulled from their earliest releases in St. Louis.

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"It's Just About the Document": An Interview with Danny Clinch

He's an iconic photographer for rock stars such as the Beastie Boys and Bruce Springsteen. Here, he talks about his first book and the stories behind some of his most memorable images.

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Soundgarden 'Superunknown' 20th Anniversary Show: Webster Hall, New York (Photos)

Two decades on, Superunknown remains a landmark album and the formidable Soundgarden played the entirety of it at a club show in New York.

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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience: 3 November 2013 - New Orleans

Photographer Sean Issofresh was on hand for us at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans to capture some of the fest's greatest moments.

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Pearl Jam: 18 October 2013 - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (Photos)

Twenty-three years in, Pearl Jam may no longer be grunge. They may no longer be young. But the band took the Barclays Center by storm and sold out two nights.

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Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt

Lightning Bolt is sure to rank among one of the high points of Pearl Jam’s discography, standing as an example of their ability to burrow down and hone all of their strengths to a fever pitch.

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Counterbalance No. 136: Pearl Jam's 'Ten'

Son, she said, have I got a little story for you. What you thought was your daddy was nothin' but the 136th most acclaimed album of all time. Pearl Jam's 1991 debut is this week's Counterbalance.

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Pearl Jam: 19 July 2013 - Chicago

When weather plays a factor in concerts, most people afterwards wonder about “what could’ve been.” And yes, Pearl Jam’s set list was supposed to be a behemoth. But instead, most left with the knowledge that while a marathon set would’ve been memorable, it wouldn’t have necessarily been special.

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Pearl Jam to Return with New Album 'Lightning Bolt' This October

Pearl's Jam's 10th studio album drops October 15th and the legendary band has offered up an early first single with "Mind Your Manners" as well as an album trailer and a list of tour dates.

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In Defense of Retiring the Band Name Sublime

There will forever be only one Sublime, and Bradley Nowell is the only lead singer that should have ever been part of it.

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A Place That's Believable: An Interview with Stone Gossard

Pearl Jam. Temple of the Dog. Mother Love Bone. Stone Gossard's career is nothing short of iconic. With the release of his first solo album in 12 years, the man himself speaks to PopMatters about creating with his daughter, adjusting to social media, and the chances of a Temple of the Dog reunion.

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I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier: An Interview with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready

Mad Season only produced one album, but Pearl Jam's Mike McCready is still surprised by its legacy, and recounts its simple genesis: a project wherein he could try to keep his friends sober even as things began slipping away ...

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RNDM: 8 November 2012 - Bowery Ballroom, New York

RNDM is big, brash and bold. Will they take beef with this?

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RNDM: Acts

RNDM has accomplished a rare feat — undercutting the criticisms leveled against most supergroups by not attempting to be some grandiose construct, instead bearing the mark of three buddies making music for the hell of it.

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Music in the '90s: When Alternative Became Mainstream

The genre once tied to college radio and indie record companies became mainstream in the '90s. Some of those icons of “alternative” are making comebacks – or never went away. Is this 2012 or 1996?

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Made in America Festival: Labor Day Weekend - Philadelphia

Made in America’s line up just kept pushing the ante and winning every time. Each artist brought such talent to the stage that it was hard to miss any moments.

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Willie Nelson – “Just Breathe” (Video)

For his latest album 'Heroes', country legend Willie Nelson covered Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe" and now the video release finds Willie and his son Lukas, an up-and-coming musician, on a roadtrip together.

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The Top 10 Most Notable Career Suicide Albums

Career suicide albums fall into two camps: Those that were released ahead of their time, and those that set new standards in awful. The best thing that could be said about the later category is that these albums are oftentimes just as fascinating as an artist’s best work.

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All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin - "Going to California"

In the second of Led Zeppelin IV's two acoustic offerings, the band pays tribute to Joni Mitchell as Robert Plant quests for the hippie promised land.

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The Smashing Pumpkins: 10 October 2011 – Denver, CO

A classically Pumpkins evening, and perfectly Billy Corgan. He’ll do exactly what he wants, but he knows just what he has to do to pull you right in.

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Pearl Jam: 11 September 2011 – Toronto

Pearl Jam, still kicking as one of America's great rock bands, are just beginning "Side B" of their career.

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Was Grunge the Last American Musical Revolution?

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind and Pearl Jam's Ten. In revisiting the grunge genre which altered the musical landscape two decades ago, the question arises: was this our last musical revolution?

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Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam Twenty

Pearl Jam takes fans on a journey through its vast back catalogue and rewards them for their continued support.


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