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'Wildflowers & All the Rest' Is Tom Petty's Masterpiece

Wildflowers is a masterpiece because Tom Petty was a good enough songwriter by that point to communicate exactly what was on his mind in the most devastating way possible.

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Joni Mitchell's Fearless Jazz Debut, 'Ladies of the Canyon' at 50

Joni Mitchell's foray into jazz was not an impulsive change. Rather, jazz has been the constant, undulating beneath industry demands and topical concerns that called for the acoustic guitar or the Appalachian dulcimer.

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'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Is More Whimper Than Roar

Calling the plot of Godzilla: King of the Monsters stale would be an insult to the fossilized potato chips hiding between your sofa cushions.

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'What Price Hollywood?' and the Birth of the 'Star Is Born' Films

The A Star is Born films have been born, re-born, and born again for almost a century, making them part of America's cultural fabric. Here's a look at how it all started.

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Ready for Her Cue: An Interview with Soul Legend Valerie Simpson

With dazzle, flair, and "all that jazz", Songwriters Hall of Fame legend Valerie Simpson makes her Broadway debut as Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago: The Musical.

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Formation: Look at the Powerful People

South London quintet, Formation, release a debut packed album with rich grooves tailor made for the dancefloor, but their socio-political ambitions fall disappointingly short.

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R.E.M.: Complete Rarities - Warner Bros. 1988-2011

R.E.M. finally follow up Dead Letter Office with the orphaned Warner Bros. tracks. Prepared to be overwhelmed.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: 24 September 2011 - New York

After chatting with PopMatters, Detroit duo revs up crowd with the impact of powerful pop performance.

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Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' in 2001

Kubrick's 2001: A Spacy Odyssey, and the revolutionary epoch of its making, seem a mere Technicolor blip in an otherwise olive drab post-World War II empire.

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