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Speed the Plough – Now (2015)

Speed the Plough – Now (2015)

Juggling pop rocking finesse with experimental episodes, Speed the Plough is still mixing and mashing genres. Democracy remains the key word on ‘Now.’

Talking Heads, “Crosseyed and Painless” from Remain in Light (1980): One Track Mind

Talking Heads, “Crosseyed and Painless” from Remain in Light (1980): One Track Mind

“Crosseyed and Painless,” released as part of ‘Remain in Light’ on Oct. 8, 1980, got at something deeper about the ’80s – and the Talking Heads.

Talking Heads’ Fear of Music opened up a world of art and sound for me

Talking Heads’ Fear of Music opened up a world of art and sound for me

When the Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music,’ released on Aug. 3, 1979, came wiggling out of my speakers, it was obvious I was onto something different.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14:  Musicians (L-R) Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton and Prairie Prince pose at a press conference to announce an upcomming tour and performance by "The New Cars" at the House of Blues on March 14, 2006 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Todd Rundgren jumpstarted the New Cars’ surprisingly fun It’s Alive

The New Cars, who released their lone album on June 6, 2006, made a canny choice in replacing Ric Ocasek with the multi-talented Todd Rundgren.

The Cure – Wish (1992): On Second Thought

The Cure – Wish (1992): On Second Thought

I had trouble coming to terms with ‘Wish,’ released this week in 1992. It felt like a return to form for the Cure, but not the form I wanted.

Violent Femmes, “Love Love Love Love Love” (2015): One Track Mind

Violent Femmes, “Love Love Love Love Love” (2015): One Track Mind

An unexpected Violent Femmes reunion a few years ago didn’t seem to produce anything in the way of new music. At least, until now.

The Replacements collapsed in a heap of success with Don’t Tell A Soul

The Replacements collapsed in a heap of success with Don’t Tell A Soul

With ‘Don’t Tell A Soul,’ released on Feb. 1, 1989, the Replacements tried to move on from fashioning art out of chaos. Instead, they imploded.

Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love (2015)

Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love (2015)

Sleater-Kinney’s ‘No Cities to Love’ is a set of 10 sharp daggers, clocking in at just a little over 30 minutes and leaving the place a damn wreck.

Simple Minds, “Honest Town” from Big Music (2014): One Track Mind

Simple Minds are back with something unexpected, something personal — and something as involving as anything they’ve ever done.

One Track Mind: Robyn Hitchcock, “The Ghost In You” from The Man Upstairs (2014)

A synth-driven Psychedelic Furs song might not seem like a great cover idea. But it was.