Phoenix’s Live Show Proves They’ll Have The Best Greatest Hits Album Of Their Generation

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A friend first introduced me to Phoenix as a hybrid of Daft Punk and the Strokes, and at the time in 2006 — when both acts still felt like the coolest in the world even though they were starting to sound less and less like the artists that earned them those designations — there was … More »

Bruce Springsteen Brings 15 Songs, A Lifetime Of Stories To Broadway

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Springsteen On Broadway is absolutely, 100%, a Broadway show. The stage is set to look like a bare-bones rehearsal space with a brick wall and a floor littered with touring cases; there are cords wrapped up and hung on the wall for no other purpose but to look like someone might use them; there is … More »

Then It All Falls Apart: Tunnel Of Love At 30

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By the middle of the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen was on top of the world. In 1984, he released Born In The U.S.A., the album that sparked what had been building over years in his career, jettisoning him to true superstar status. Seven top-10 hits, Beatlemania-esque fervor from new fans, a massive tour, and one … More »

Gonna Take On The World Someday: “We Will Rock You” At 40

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On October 7, 1977 — 40 years ago tomorrow — Queen ensured the music world, and the sports world, a good four decades’ worth of stomping and clapping and yelling when they released “We Will Rock You” as a single. In a formatting choice that goes 100% counter to every possible way it was played … More »

A Heart So Big: 20 Great Tom Petty Moments

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Tom Petty’s career began in earnest in November 1976; that’s when he and his Heartbreakers released their self-titled debut album. That means the man spent just over 40 years as a rock star. That is a long, long time, and yet somehow the number seems too small. Petty feels like he’s been around a lot … More »

An American Boy: Remembering Tom Petty

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It’s one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest trades. Tom Petty was only 10 years old when his uncle invited him to the set of the Elvis Presley flick Follow That Dream, which was filming not far from Petty’s hometown of Gainesville, Florida, in 1961. The kid was in awe of the King, too tongue-tied to … More »

American Standards: Why Everybody Loves Tom Petty

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Tom Petty wrote great rock ‘n’ roll songs for 40 years. His 1993 Greatest Hits album has 18 tracks, and you know at least 16 of them. He could play a two-hour-plus concert and have the audience singing along with every song, and still not manage to fit in all of his hits. More »

Dave Matthews’ Concert For Charlottesville Was A Great Show, But What Did It Mean?

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“I’ve seen hate marching down the streets.” That was Stevie Wonder, a surprise guest at last night’s Concert For Charlottesville, talking to a crowd of tens of thousands of people who really had seen hate marching down their own streets. Wonder was in the middle of a riff about how he’d never been able to … More »

What Have Vampire Weekend Been Up To Since Modern Vampires Of The City?

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Vampire Weekend released their instant-classic third LP Modern Vampires Of The City on May 14, 2013. It was a different world back then: We were all still wondering what Yeezus would sound like, Arcade Fire hadn’t even announced Reflektor yet, and Miley Cyrus was still a few weeks away from releasing “We Can’t Stop.” … More »

At Riot Fest 2017, Jawbreaker Finally Became Rock Stars

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It began the only way it could have begun. It began with “Boxcar.” … More »