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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.

The Waterboys – An Appointment with Mr. Yeats (2013)

You could be forgiven for not believing that a new project based on the work of Irish poet William Butler Yeats might be the rocking-est, modern-est thing the Waterboys have put out in some 25 years. But it is.

Depeche Mode – Delta Machine (2013)

Depeche Mode – Delta Machine (2013)

With Depeche Mode’s forthcoming Delta Machine, David Gahan, Andy Fletcher and Martin Gore recall their greatest late-1980s successes. That they are largely no worse for the wear, in particular Gahan, is a wonder to behold.

Johnny Marr – The Messenger (2013)

A hired gun and a second fiddle for almost his entire career thus far, Johnny Marr finally slips into the driver’s seat with The Messenger. His debut solo record is his own creation from top to bottom, a propulsive and diverse recording top-loaded with raucous accoutrements and immense souvenirs. NME’s “Godlike Genius” dealt magic in the Smiths and co-wrote songsRead More

One Track Mind: The Replacements, “I’m Not Sayin'” from Songs for Slim (2013)

One Track Mind: The Replacements, “I’m Not Sayin'” from Songs for Slim (2013)

Anyone who was a fan of their dangerously debauched brand of college rock, so long gone now, would have thought that chances of the Replacements getting back together were roughly the same as the odds they’d cover a Gordon Lightfoot song.

One Track Mind: Depeche Mode, “Heaven” from Delta Machine (2013)

One Track Mind: Depeche Mode, “Heaven” from Delta Machine (2013)

Dimly foreboding, funereal in the most intriguing of ways, Depeche Mode’s new single “Heaven” moves with a delicious deliberateness. It’s all atmosphere, all feel, completely enveloping.

Exclusive stream: Chris Stamey, “Anyway” from Lovesick Blues (2013)

Exclusive stream: Chris Stamey, “Anyway” from Lovesick Blues (2013)

Check out an exclusive advance stream of “Anyway,” from Chris Stamey’s upcoming album Lovesick Blues, due on February 5, 2013 from Yep Roc Records.