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Nu Shooz on Bringing the '80s Back for COVID-19 Relief and the Enduring Appeal of "I Can't Wait"

Nu Shooz, the duo of Valerie Day and John Smith, discuss participating in the '80s virtual concert Back to the Basement, airing this Saturday.

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Bad Company's Classic Catalog Gets the Retrospective Treatment

Bad Company's albums have been fairly and consistently good -- all of them crucial to the development and popularity of album-oriented rock. The Swan Song Years is a perfect and convenient way to get all of the band's first six albums in one package.

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Bananarama Turn Up the 'Stereo' for Their First Album in 10 Years

British pop legends Bananarama return with their first new music in 10 years and they tell us about their latest work as well as their lengthy career that took off in the 1980s.

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Howard Jones Embraces His Inner Synth Once Again on His New Album 'Transform'

British synthpop great Howard Jones reflects on his music past, present and future in this new interview.

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Joy Division and Jon Savage's Latest, 'This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else'

Jon Savage's This Searing Light, The Sun and Everything Else, marks a time for considering how Joy Division became, and continues to be, so popular.

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Joe Jackson Celebrates 40 Years of Music in NYC Homecoming Show

Veteran British singer-songwriter Joe Jackson performed songs from his catalog and new album Fool.

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Lindsey Buckingham Finds a New Beginning on His Own

The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist makes a tour stop in New York City to promote his new Solo Anthology collection.

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New York Punk Band FAITH/VOID Embraces the Spotlight

While not an instant household name except perhaps to its fan base, FAITH/VOID churns out intense yet catchy music that has a broad appeal to people who are even not necessarily fans of punk or emo.

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A Long-Faded '80s Music Festival Makes a Return to the Spotlight

Unlike most rock festivals that came before it, the US Festival in 1982 was unique and at times groundbreaking.

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Adron Dives Into Tropicália-Inspired Waters for Her Latest Album

Ever since she first picked up an Os Mutantes record at 14, Adron has been forging a sophisticated sound that blends Brazilian and folk influences with her dreamy impressionistic lyrics, and augmented by her wistful jazzy vocals.

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Madeline Kenney Crafts a 'Perfect' Follow-Up LP

Indie rock artist Madeline Kenney talks about her latest record, Perfect Shapes, produced by Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner.

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Snail Mail Makes Her Indelible Mark As an Indie Rock Wunderkind

With her mesmerizing debut, Lush, Snail Mail lives up to her promise and talks to us about the story behind the album, her songwriting, and the attention that she's been getting.

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Liz Phair Is Still Amplifying Her Voice, 25 Years After Her Debut LP

In a new interview, Liz Phair looks back on her first four albums, the legacy of Exile in Guyville, and being an inspiration to today's female songwriters.

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How Liz Phair Challenged the Rock Patriarchy With 'Exile in Guyville'

The fact that Exile in Guyville's music and lyrics are timeless – that it could even be made in 2018 and still sound relevant – only further enhances its stature as a bonafide classic.

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Ian Anderson Reflects on 50 Years of Jethro Tull

Famed singer-flautist Ian Anderson is marking Jethro Tull's 50th anniversary with a tour and new best-of album and he tells us all about it.

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Sunshine Boys' First Album Is a Power Pop Lover's Dream

Indie rock supergroup Sunshine Boys turn in an impressive debut with Blue Music.

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Juliana Hatfield Brings the 'Magic' to Her Olivia Newton-John Covers Album

Veteran indie rocker Juliana Hatfield pays tribute to her childhood idol with Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John and tells PopMatters all about it.

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'All the News That Fits': Rolling Stone Celebrates 50 Years

As a teen with Rolling Stone you weren't just buying a magazine -- you were buying a piece of the hipness and cool that told people you were really serious about music and culture.

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Foreigner: 40

40 is a well-rounded overview of hits that would make even the most jaded indie music fan admit that Foreigner songs have an ability to really sink in their hooks.

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From Punk Fan to Rising Star: Jade Jackson Delivers Formidable Country Rock

California country-rocker Jade Jackson tells PopMatters her story and talks about her debut album, Gilded, which was produced by Social Distortion's Mike Ness.

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The Grace and Beauty of Roxy Music's 'Avalon'

It's not often that great bands have the opportunity to end a career on a high note with their swansong song albums, but Roxy Music brilliantly did with Avalon.

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