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Jazz Today: Branford Marsalis on Doing His Own Thing

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his veteran quartet's The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul demonstrates his commitment to communicating emotions to listeners but without compromise to his kind of jazz.

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Phil Collins: Singles

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

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Ane Brun: When I'm Free

Ane Brun is capable of making strong records, maybe even great ones. But this isn't one of them.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 4: 40 - 21

Stories sung with grace and compassion. We can only hope our stories will be told so well, sometime.

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"Why Don't You Try Writing Your Own Songs?": 'The Bends' and Its Cover Songs

Three unique takes on tracks from The Bends, spanning the stripped-down acoustic to the full-fledged orchestral, represent how these songs still have the power to stun two decades later.

Scott Elingburg
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Genesis' Mike Rutherford Recounts His 'Living Years'

Guitarist and songwriter Pete Rutherford talks about his new book The Living Years, his career with Genesis, and his touring with Mike + the Mechanics.

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In Defense of Not Wanting to Hear Your Band Perform a Favorite Album Live

When a band performs its best album at shows, over and over, it's like they're admitting that they'll never achieve that particular level of greatness again.

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Martyn Bennett: Grit

A reissue of a beautiful yet tragic album which, as now as on its original release, unites a nation and a world with its mixture of traditions, sounds and stories.

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Peter Gabriel: Back to Front

Peter Gabriel Live in London... So?

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The Holy Trinity: Genesis

During this three album stretch, Genesis evinced as much growth and glory as any of their prog brethren, and the banner they raised still casts a huge and heavy shadow over everything that followed.

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In Defense of Both the Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel Eras of Genesis

With Collins' recent rumblings about returning to music, it's time to lay the "which era is better" question to rest.

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Announcing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2014

As promised, this morning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally announced its 2014 inductees.

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Ane Brun: Songs 2003 - 2013

Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun has been in the music business for ten years, and Songs is a fine selection from her work so far.

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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.

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You Have Been Waiting for 'Yes Is the Answer' Your Whole Life

Excellent writing from Rick Moody, Peter Case, Jim DeRogatis, and the man formerly known as John Wesley Harding. All on the subject of prog.

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Various Artists: The Voice Project Presents Home Recordings Volume 1

Music as a tool for social change: An important cause highlighted in a simple, yet powerful way.

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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.

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In Defense Keeping It Real, and Live

How long does it take until YouTube clips and streaming festivals overtake the incredible experience of a live concert?

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Peter Gabriel: So (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

A year late, the anniversary edition of the album that shot Peter Gabriel to superstardom is the sort of reissue that selectively assembles bonus material that will enhance our appreciation of the original work rather than gathering up all the odds and sods for completism's sake.

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Peter Gabriel: 23 September 2012 – Wantagh, NY

Like most of his career, Peter Gabriel’s current Back to Front tour is more unusual than it appears. Just 16 dates, all in the U.S. and Canada, this limited run centers on the 25th anniversary (one year late) of his landmark 1986 So album.

Kellie M. Walsh
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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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Peter Gabriel: Live Blood

The latest Peter Gabriel live set is a release best suited for only the singer's true-believer fans, leaving listeners hungry for a proper Gabriel tour.

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Peter Gabriel: New Blood

Following the example of his covers album from last year, New Blood has Peter Gabriel rounding up an orchestra to help him essentially cover himself.

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Taking It All Too Hard: Some Unironic Love For Phil Collins

A few things for youngsters and hipsters to be aware of: Phil Collins, in another lifetime, was not only a very worthwhile musician, he was also an outstanding drummer.

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Peter Gabriel: Scratch My Back

Peter Gabriel's first album in eight years is a collection of cover versions that spotlights the former Genesis leader's talents as a singer.

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Peter Gabriel: Still Growing Up Live & Unwrapped [DVD]

One of the toughest things about growing older is watching your heroes age with you, especially when they age poorly.

Adam Besenyodi
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Peter Gabriel: Play: The Videos [DVD]

The godfather of art rock once again surpasses expectations with a near-comprehensive compilation that's a feast for the senses.

Michael Mikesell
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