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The Happy Mondays Released "Pills ’N’ Thrills And Bellyaches" 30 Years Ago Today

The Happy Mondays Released “Pills ’N’ Thrills And Bellyaches” 30 Years Ago Today

30 years ago today, the Happy Mondays released Pills ’N’ Thrills And Bellyaches. Step on. Read our Handshake Drugs Sound
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Memorial Monday: Our "Combat Rock" Sound Check

Memorial Monday: Our “Combat Rock” Sound Check

In honor of Memorial Day, we bring you our Sound Check, originally published 11 years ago, on rock’s finest anti-war
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Sound Check: Beatles Vs. Stones

Sound Check: Beatles Vs. Stones

Before Oasis battled Blur and Kanye West wrestled 50 Cent, there was this: the ultimate pop-music rivalry. The Beatles represented
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Sound Check: Lost In Translation

Sound Check: Lost In Translation

Let’s cut right to the chase: Everybody hates world music. Even David Byrne. (The Talking Heads frontman, who’s perhaps most
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Sound Check: Sophomore Slumps

You’ve spent years honing your songs on the booze-stained stages of derelict clubs. Your debut album earns critical praise and
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Sound Check: Guilty Pleasures

Sound Check: Guilty Pleasures

Chomping your way through a Big Grab of Doritos. Compulsive viewing of The OC. A deep, abiding love of chick
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Sound Check: Combat Rock

Sound Check: Combat Rock

“Somewhere there’s a war, sometimes there is art,” sings Jeff Tweedy on “Shake It Off” from Wilco’s latest LP, Sky
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Sounds Check: Hello It's Me

Sounds Check: Hello It’s Me

The self-titled solo debut is the primary contribution of the singer/songwriter era, during which Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley, Randy Newman
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Sound Check: The Best Of The Best-Ofs

We all know self-appointed music snobs who would just as soon be strapped to a chair and force-fed the entire
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Sound Check: Handshake Drugs

Sound Check: Handshake Drugs

Drugs, like sex, are inextricably bound to rock ’n’ roll. More than a mere marriage of convenience, the pairing has
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Sound Check: Double Albums

The double album is an artifact of a bygone age in which artists conceived works requiring two vinyl records to
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