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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, “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.