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

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.

Echo and the Bunnymen – Meteorites (2014)

This feels like a solo album dressed up in Echo and the Bunnymen’s clothes.

Pixies – EP2 (2014)

Pixies – EP2 (2014)

Five albums in five years were enough for the Pixies to become a legend. They were role models for Nirvana, but even David Bowie — the old master himself — praised them as the best band of the 1980s.

Movies: The Punk Singer (2013)

The Punk Singer, Sini Anderson’s briskly paced, 80-minute film examines Kathleen Hanna’s ascension as unofficial spokeswoman of the riot grrl movement.

Jellyfish – Radio Jellyfish (2013)

Jellyfish – Radio Jellyfish (2013)

Culled from that brief turn-of-the-1990s moment when unplugged performances were all the rage, these acoustic radio performances from Jellyfish offer fresh perspective on the band’s stirring, if all-too-brief, two-album run.

Big Star – Playlist: The Very Best (2013)

Big Star – Playlist: The Very Best (2013)

Big Star is a band that you know, at least by sound and structure, even if you never knew them, you know? Roundly ignored across two early-1970s releases, their’s was the sound of the college-rock scene of a decade later.

Download: Toad the Wet Sprocket – Something Old, Something New (2013)

Get a free taste of Toad the Wet Sprocket’s forthcoming New Constellation, along with a trio of re-done classic tracks, in advance of the group’s first new album together in 16 years.

Big Star – Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

Big Star – Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013)

For fans of a certain age, Big Star was our Velvet Underground — the band that everybody sounded like, but nobody (well, nobody but us) actually knew anything about. R.E.M., the Replacements, Matthew Sweet, they all owed something

R.E.M. – Green: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (2013)

If 1987’s Document heralded the moment when R.E.M. started to get away from us, the follow up Green confirmed things: This wasn’t going to be our little secret anymore.