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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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Highlights from the 2019 Global Citizen Festival

The 2019 Global Citizen Festival featured Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, and more for an event that drew thousands of attendees who won tickets through social activism.

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Royal Vulnerabilities and Regal Strength in 'Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1'

Royalty, duty, and civil war throughout Atlantis gives Mera a chance to show why she's a worthy queen.

Television

​​Netflix's 'The Crown' Gives Us Insight Into Our 20th Century Sins

For reasons as much aesthetic as intellectual, The Crown can proudly take its place among the highlights of TV's current golden age.

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Freddie Nelson - "Hey Doll" (video) (premiere)

Freddie Nelson, sometime Paul Gilbert collaborator, offers up the first single from debut solo album Shake the Cage and reflects on its various points of inspiration.

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'Freddie Mercury': The Stories, Fables, Parables, and Odysseys of the Man and the Band

Nearly anyone who picks up An Illustrated Life will have a predefined idea of Freddie Mercury; Blake's book is a marvelous document of how we came to accept that idea as truth.

Music

Queen: Queen on Air - The Complete BBC Radio Sessions

An early collection of BBC radio sessions show Britain's glam rock kings taking their painstaking technique to a looser environment, with often winning results.

Sports

The Five Best (And Five Worst) Super Bowl Commercials of 2016

There were touchdowns and fumbles in this year's mostly lackluster crop of ads, plus one commercial that left us conflicted.

Books

Back to the Drawing Board With 'Flash Gordon Volume 4: The Storm Queen of Valkir'

At first, Austin Briggs’ work feels like a simplified version of Alex Raymond’s, the boldness of the characters’ figures and poses replaced by understated charm.

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A Very Special Christmas With Freddie Mercury and Co.

Forty years after the release of A Night at the Opera we're treated to a powerful set from Queen, the best British band of the '70s, at the mighty Hammersmith Odeon.

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Queen: A Night at the Odeon

It's Christmas Eve, 1975. Do you know where your 45 of "Bohemian Rhapsody" is?

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Queen: Forever (take 1)

Queen's Forever, ostensibly a greatest hits album, feels more like an album made up of its greatest misses.

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Queen: Forever (take 2)

Yes, this is another Queen compilation, but it's not hard to make a good case for Forever.

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'Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74': Still Killer Queen, After All These Years

Live at the Rainbow '74 doesn't contain all of Queen's biggest commercial hits, but features some of their heaviest rock from their amazing early days.

Music

Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74

This lost live record captures one of rock’s most unassailable giants, right when it was discovering how to really belt out its “fee-fi-fo-fums”.

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It’s Johnny’s Birthday: Nine Lennon Tributes

Celebrating John Lennon’s 73rd birthday with songs from famous friends.

Music

Counterbalance No. 134: Queen's 'A Night at the Opera'

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Is this the 134th most acclaimed album of all time? Apparently so. Scaramouche, scaramouche, will you do the fandango? That’s up to you. Queen’s 1975 blockbuster is this week’s Counterbalance.

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How They Rock You: 'Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl'

A Queen show embodies the hypnotic, fascistic properties inherent in arena-sized rock performances, a la Triumph of the Will.

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Did Queen Take Themselves Seriously? 'Queen: Greatest Video Hits'

Queen was never a shy band. This makes them a perfect candidate for this double DVD package of music videos.

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At the Height of Their Powers: 'Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest'

One reason Queen could play stadiums and fill them up was because they had the ability to make everyone in the audience feel like they were part of a great occasion. That was on full display in Budapest, where an estimated 80,000 fans packed Népstadion.

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'The Great Pretender' Was Also the Real Deal

Freddie Mercury's singular vocal delivery and flamboyant mannerisms evoked Broadway, Las Vegas revues, and opera.

Film

Queen's '86 Hungarian Concert in Theaters

A seminal concert from the influential glam-band Queen will hit the silver screen for the first time.

Television

Catching Up with Former American Idols: Season Eight

In Season 8, critics wondered how the public would respond to the new “judges save” rule, which gave the judges a one-time chance of vetoing what the people wanted.

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'Queen: Days of Our Lives' Is the Definitive Queen Documentary -- for Now

Loud guitar, astrophysics, little people, S&M clubs, positive thinking, and nude women on bicycles are all part of the Queen saga, darling.

Music

Gleeks and Beliebers Rejoice: In Defense of Pop

Pop music makers like Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry may get the kiss off from critics, but really, what's the harm in getting your pop groove on to their style of music?

Music

Queen: Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Volumes 2 & 3

Queen's last 10 albums (1977-1995) are given an exhaustive reissue treatment, replete with incredible bonus EPs for each album, but the honest-to-goodness truth is that some of those latter-day albums do not hold up as well as we hoped they would ... .

Evan Sawdey
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'The Ballad of Mott The Hoople' Is for Those Who Love Mott the Hoople With All Their Might

There’s something missing from this story; there’s an insularity about the film that renders it just a notch or two above pure reminiscence.

Music

Waxing Nostalgic: The Mantras of the Music Geek

Four music geeks reunite to reminisce over their college days in the late '80s. Bold mantras about what's wrong with today's music ensue.

Music

In the Lap of the Gods: The First Five Queen Albums

Consummate showmen and masters of the studio environment, in their first five albums the members of British rock group Queen transformed from ambitious contenders into elite practitioners of the genre.

Music

Adebisi Shank: This Is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank

Does for math-rock what Gabba did for Kraftwerk...

Music

Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen

'Good on showmanship, but not sure about the singing,’ admitted Brian May, about the future Freddie Mercury. ‘Fred had a strange vibrato,’ chuckled Roger Taylor, ‘which some people found rather distressing.’

Mark Blake
Music

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.

Books

Brian May: The Definitive Biography by Laura Jackson

My advice is this: if you want to learn about Brian May, put on News of the World.

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Queen: Rock Montreal & Live Aid [DVD]

Instead of reinforcing why Queen and I originally went our separate ways, this show reminded me of why I fell in love with the band in the first place.


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