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The 18 Best Songs of Wild Nothing

For nine years, Wild Nothing has rolled out one melodic gem after another, layering in guitars, synth lines, propulsive rhythms, and Jack Tatum's understated but sublime vocals to nearly perfect dream pop.

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The 25 Best Songs of Teenage Fanclub

In our latest artist list, we pay tribute to power pop legends Teenage Fanclub. Here are their 25 best songs.

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The 25 Best Songs of the Posies

Power pop legends the Posies are still rolling along after 30 years. Here are 25 of their sublime career highlights.

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Andrew W.K. Breaks Out of His Shell

Andrew W.K. talks about making life choices, his "life-force", the yearning to connect with fellow humans, the church, and some of the early rock gods.

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Metallica Is Back: They Never Were the Bad Guys

Metallica's already huge legacy is solidifying, and history is treating them quite well.

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Rock Pioneer Lloyd Price Has a Couple of Stories to Tell

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and rock pioneer Lloyd Price’s life has been much more interesting than yours or mine, from writing hits with Fats Domino to playing an influential role in the Rumble in the Jungle. Yet Price still has many more yarns to spin even now.

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Made in America Festival 2015

Even though it is on Labor Day and it is called “Made in America", this fest has nothing to do with manufacturing jobs. Instead, this is Jay Z’s vision of a new – or renewed – sense of patriotism.

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Five Ways 'Animal House' Changed the World

Wherever the bar was set for '70s college parties, Animal House took that bar, broke it into kindling, and made a bonfire.

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America, Slavery, and McQueen and Tarantino's Two Very Different Movies

12 Years a Slave is every bit as intense as one might imagine, though not completely depressing, whereas Django Unchained aestheticizes its extreme violence.

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Dave Chappelle: 21 December 2013 - Philadelphia, PA

Dave Chappelle jokes that Philly, as the birthplace of America, is "the perfect place to end my career".

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Primal Thrash Therapy? Lessons from the Life of Metallica's James Hetfield

From an odd and tragic childhood, to life as an underground metalhead, to crazy success, James Hetfield has managed a mountain of rage quite well.

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Martin Scorsese's Best Marriage of Film and Music Is Showcased in 'Goodfellas'

Martin Scorsese is a master filmmaker and often just as brilliant at incorporating music into his work. Nowhere have those skills shone brighter than in Goodfellas.

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Jay-Z's Philadelphia Experiment: The Budweiser Made in America Festival, 2013

Can the white and non-white, racially progressive, pro-gay rights, middle and lower middle-classes embrace a notion of patriotism as much as any other Americans? Jay-Z thinks so, and for the second year in a row, he was right.

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Rick Rubin's Soundtrack for 'Less Than Zero' Perfectly Emulates the Excessive '80s

While the crowd dances to the beat of Jimi Hendrix’s soul/psychedelic classic, “Fire”, Robert Downey, Jr.’s character has a moment of reflection, but casts it aside and throws himself into the dance.

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Holy Rollers, Rock 'n' Rollers, and the Birth of Rock Music

While today rock is ubiquitous, few of us really understand the nuts and bolts of rock’s beginnings and especially not of rock’s crucial debt to the so-called "holy rollers" of the Pentecostal church. That Pentecostal-rock connection is a key to understanding what makes rock 'n' roll what it is.

James A. Cosby

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