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12 Essential 1980s Alternative Rock Albums

PopMatters' '80s alt-rock primer spotlights the essential alternative rock albums from the broad genre's rich and diverse early years.

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The Replacements: For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986

Long thought lost to time, this live recording captures the Replacements at their peak. Their ragged, soused live show-once a thing of anecdotal legend-is presented in its fullest form, warts and all.

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'Complicated Fun' Is a Thorough Study of the Glory Days of the Twin Cities Punk and Indie Scenes

The tales of a record store, a set of like-minded club owners, and a record label all tie together into a beautiful narrative of the burgeoning Minneapolis music scene.

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Bash & Pop: Anything Could Happen

Tommy’s question, “How long can we take it before we break it?” is a perfect summary of the Replacements. And if that isn’t what the line is about, well, I'd prefer to think it is.

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The Replacements' Blithely Adolescent Spirit

Bob Mehr's biography of the band that regularly pulled defeat from the jaws of victory makes for compelling, heartbreaking reading.

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Wrestling With the Replacements' Legacy in 'Trouble Boys'

Based on Mehr's plethora of interviews, it seems that most of what seemed grist for the rumor mill about the Replacements was, if anything, understated.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 3: 60 - 41

Some songs are too weird to attract mainstream success.

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Sun-Drenched '90s Nostalgia at Forecastle Day Three

Forecastle rounded out its 2014 installment with aplomb, proving that it is only going to get bigger and better from here on out.

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The Replacements: 15 September 2013 - Chicago

The Replacements that showed up in Chicago played like they had just taken a short break to do some solo stuff and were fully confident in returning as the great American rock band.

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Wrote a Song for Everyone: Slim Dunlap's Art/Roots Marriage

Former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap's roots run deeper than punk rock, but he's got an arty flare you might not expect from a man who loves Hank Williams and Chuck Berry.

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The Replacements: Songs For Slim EP

The legendary band returns with a collection of covers that showcases a playful side long forgotten.

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'Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements' Paints 'Minor Band' with Major Strokes

The first-ever documentary about The Replacements reminds fans that we are not alone in our firm belief that the Minneapolis misfits should have been as big as The Rolling Stones.

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Bright Little Field: Treatment Bound: A Ukulele Tribute to the Replacements

The best tracks on this album generally tend to be of covers of songs that felt like jokes in the first place.

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Favorite Things: The Top 15 Replacements Songs

In the wake of a recently-announced limited-edition covers EP, the merest inkling of a full-fledged Replacements reunion is reason enough to re-explore the revered cult band's songbook. Here are 15 of best songs by one of America's finest rock groups with a full playlist at the end.

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Bright Little Field - "We're Coming Out" (Replacements Cover) (video)

Nashville's Bright Little Field has released a ukelele tribute to the legendary Replacements called Treatment Bound: A Ukulele Tribute to the Replacements and they have just created this video for "We're Coming Out". The video itself is a tribute to the Replacements' video for "Bastards of Young".

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Sigourney Reverb: Bees in Your Bed

Thank heaven for Sigourney Reverb.

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The Top 5 Most Anticipated Music Documentaries

Music geeks are salivating at the prospect of these five upcoming music documentaries.

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Pleased to Meet 'Em: The Replacements' Sire Years

Rhino reissues the second half of the Replacements' discography, from the mid-'80s masterpiece Tim to their laid-back 1990 swan song, All Shook Down.

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Anyone Can Play Guitar: The Replacements on Twin/Tone, 1981-1984

With four albums for the independent Minneapolis label Twin/Tone, the 'Mats rendered the hierarchies and caste system of the rock world irrelevant by remaking rock 'n' roll as an anonymous force.


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