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'Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold' Documents Travel, Evolving Perspectives

Observing Sting's career through the lens of home and travel, Paul Carr presents a striking portrait of a musician coming to grips with his long neglected hometown.

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Bass Giant Jaco Pastorius Is Remembered in 'Jaco'

If the current generation of upcoming musicians isn't aware of Jaco Pastorius, they should be. This must-see rock doc. cements that matter deeply in our hearts

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Counterbalance: The Police's 'Synchronicity'

Another suburban family morning here at Counterbalance. We have to shout above the din of our Rice Krispies — and the 272nd most acclaimed album of all time. Many miles away, something crawls to the surface of a dark Scottish lake.

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Five Observations About the 2015 Rock Hall of Fame Ballot

The just-unveiled ballot for next year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class attempts to honor Generation X as well as continue to rectify past oversights.

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Global Citizen Festival: 27 September 2014 - Photos & Videos

Almost 50,000 people gathered in Central Park for the 3rd Annual Global Citizen Festival, a star-studded affair that draws attention to extreme poverty with world leaders pledging funds for relief.

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Robert Plant: Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar

You have to respect Robert Plant's desire to take the crowd-pleasing, Grammy-approved formula of his last few records into wilder, hazier places. But the results don’t always reach their intended target.

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Steve Nieve: ToGetHer

This album may ultimately be better suited to summer haze than winter chill. But Nieve is one classy musician and these songs (mostly) deserve a listen.

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Sting: The Last Ship

Sting the pop song-spinner extraordinaire has left the building. Sting the complex storyteller is here instead, and here he brings a story worth listening to.

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The 2013 Grammys: Rating the Performances (video collection)

See all the night’s performances in order from best to worst.

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When Politicians Hit Wrong Notes

From Reagan in the '80s to Limbaugh in 2012, Republicans have an uncanny knack for linking themselves to musicians who don’t support them. Just ask Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp.

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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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The Year in Music: January 2010

Let’s single out the biggest events that happened in the world of music one month at a time, starting with January 2010.

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Could These Be the Nominees for the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

This year’s list of nominees will be released on Tuesday, September 28th, with over 500 selected industry insiders choosing which five acts will be honored.

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Walking on the Moon: The Untold Story of the Police and the Rise of New Wave Rock by Chris Campion

The Police certainly didn't cause Thatcherism or Reaganomics, and I don't think the band was a product of those policies, either.

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The Simpsons, 'Radio Bart' Part 2: 'Ace in the Hole' and Jessica McCllure

'Radio Bart' may not offer any solutions, but it manages to compress an extraordinary amount of media history, compassion, manipulation and cynicism into a sharp, quick and funny 20-minutes or so.

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The Who, the Mods, and the Quadrophenia Connection

It may be that Quadrophenia is best digested as a missing socio-cultural link between postwar England and its strife-torn, IRA-fearing '70s.

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Part 1: The Thin Red Line to Star Wars Episode I (January - May 1999)

The first part of PopMatters' look back at the films of 1999 is bookended by the long awaited return of two cinematic auteurs of wildly different styles, Terrence Malick and George Lucas.

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Allison Krauss: A Hundred Miles or More

Every last gorgeous Alison Krauss guest spot or soundtrack contribution, right here, in a shimmering newgrass pool of prettiness.

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Various Artists: Radio On [DVD]

Radio On will enrapture and fascinate some, bore and alienate others, and leave many with unanswered questions.

Shaun Huston
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Sting: Bring on the Night [DVD]

The 1985 documentary in which Der Schtingle forms his first post-Police band and demonstrates for the first time that he will soon become a hopelessly pretentious British pretty boy.

Will Layman
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Sting: Sacred Love

Jason MacNeil
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