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Between the Grooves: The Beach Boys - 'The Beach Boys Today!'

The Beach Boys Today! is an often overlooked gem in the band's catalog. We dive into each track and discover how they fit into the Beach Boys' musical growth, while also examining the recording process and release history.

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Chuck Berry Made Americans Surrender to the Rhythm

Chuck Berry was not only the true king of rock 'n' roll, the architect and originator -- he was also an astute anthropologist of American culture.

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The Music in Brian Wilson's Mind

Brian Wilson proves himself to be just that in the appropriately titled, I Am Brian Wilson.

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The Personal Accounts of The Beach Boys Make This Documentary Worthwhile

Classic Albums: Pet Sounds expands the mythos of one musician to an entire group, and in doing so, allows us to see the project in a different, equally compelling light.

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Why Does the Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' Still Have Its Hold on Us?

Fifty years on, Brian Wilson’s emotive musings on love, loss, and loneliness have proven to be truly timeless.

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'Love & Mercy' and the Dualities of Brian Wilson

Operating through a series of simple juxtapositions, Love & Mercy is kept riveting due to the stellar and nuanced performances by Paul Dano and John Cusack.

Brice Ezell
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Mini Mansions: The Great Pretenders

Melodic, dark, contemporary music with delightful twists and turns, Mini Mansions's The Great Pretenders offers fans a bit of psychedelic swirl amalgamated with sensible, fairly sophisticated, fun pop rock.

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NYC Randomness: 'Love & Mercy' Panel + 'Skin Wars' Fashion Event

Some photos of Brian Wilson and John Cusack discussing Love & Mercy and of a Skin Wars body-painting fashion show.

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Pop Unmuted Podcast: Brian Wilson's 'No Pier Pressure' and Veteran Pop Artists

The latest installment of Pop Unmuted talks about pop artists who are far into their careers, starting with the latest Brian Wilson album. No Pier Pressure.

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Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure

No Pier Pressure is a lifeless, limp collection of songs that counts as a Brian Wilson album in name only.

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'The Wrecking Crew' Celebrates One of the Music Industry's Best Kept Secrets

By showing the range and the influence these session musicians had on the hits from the '50s to the '70s, The Wrecking Crew proves their place in rock 'n' roll history.

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1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music

The year 1965 saw many musical developments, a significant one of which is Brian Wilson's development from poet laureate of high school to baroque visionary.

Andrew Grant Jackson
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Songs of the Summers: The '60s

As it turns out, America's infatuation with sometimes kooky summer tunes is an old one.

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Counterbalance: The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE'

I know that you’ll feel better when you send us in your letter and tell us the name of your favorite vegetable. In the meantime, this week’s Counterbalance looks at a 1967 classic, lost and found.

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The Beach Boys - "Time to Get Alone"

While there are obvious downsides to the kind of discography that the Beach Boys have assembled -- it's dense, lengthy, and larded with inconsistent results -- one of the payoffs deserves special mention: those moments of discovery.

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The Beach Boys: Made in California

A wonderful tribute to the most influential and ambitious American pop group of all time.

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The End of the Beach Boys' Summer

Then and now, the ethical questions that arise here involve the choice to turn this troubled phase of Brian Wilson's life and career into entertainment.

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The Beach Boys: 50 Big Ones

There's a lot of incredible songs on 50 Big Ones, songs that every music fan owes it to themself to hear, just not via this album.

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The Once and Future King: 'SMiLE' and Brian Wilson’s Very American Dream

Almost half a century later, The SMiLE Sessions fully vindicate Brian Wilson's obsessive efforts: the material is complex but accessible, intense but assured, the fully realized vision of a unique talent.

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CONTEST: The Beach Boys' 'That's Why God Made the Radio' Helps Celebrate Summer

Win the ultimate beach prize pack from the Beach Boys, including their new album That's Why God Made the Radio and a Lomography La Sardina camera, to start off your summer!

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Cock Roaches and Keith Richards: How Do Some Bands Seem to Last Forever?

The Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Metallica and other rock groups have been around for decades. What are the keys to their longevity?

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The Beach Boys: That's Why God Made the Radio

The surviving 1960s-era Beach Boys reunite for their 50th anniversary. When they compare this album to Sunflower, how far off are they?

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Rating the Performances at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Starting with the most memorable and ending with the most dull (or clichéd), here’s what happened on “music’s biggest night”.

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The Pop Fan's Most-Anticipated Albums of 2012?

Here’s a look at what might be taking space in your CD collection or filling up your MP3 player this year.

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Musical Auteurism: Recognizing Genius

An album is not an insulated document, but rather something that breathes and grows within an artist's discography. I challenge music fans to not simply find songs or albums that they like (though certainly that has a completely worthwhile place), but to find entire discographies (from acknowledged classics to forgotten albums) to grow with over time.

Zachary Williams
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The Year in Music: October 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable events in the world of music, here’s what happened in October 2010.

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The Year In Music: June 2010

June 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month of successful releases and summer concerts.

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My Top Ten Beach Boys Albums

The Beach Boys are my favorite band, and all following pop composers are compared to the incomparable standard of Brian Wilson, the true pop genius

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Dreamer: Dennis Wilson's 'Pacific Ocean Blue'

Stephen Rowland kicks off a series of retrospectives to showcase Beach Boys and Beach Boys-related material that is not very popular, rare, or has been forgotten completely.

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The Lost Art of the Non-Album Single

The album is a phenomenal format, don’t get me wrong, but there was something truly magical about Motown, the Brill Building, and the British Invasion simultaneously giving you the best two minutes and 30 seconds they had.

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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.

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The Beach Boys: Summer Love Songs

Don't break out the flip-flops quite yet: This fine and servicable Beach Boys compilation hits only a couple of highlights (along with some excellent album cuts), but isn't much in terms of a cohesive listening experience.


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