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The Dream Syndicate
Bowery Ballroom, New York, December 2

While it seems with each passing year more old favorites reunite to relive past glories and/or receive the wider recognition they

The Jesus and Mary Chain
PlayStation Theater, New York, November 17

It’s been nearly 10 years since the Reid brothers—a pair of siblings whose squabbles make those of Oasis’ Gallaghers seem like

Squeeze
The Knowledge

Throughout rock’s history, there have been many great songwriting duos: Lennon and McCartney, Strummer and Jones, Morrissey and Marr, etc. Up there with

Various Artists
C88

That more than 30 years later it’s still possible to describe a band’s sound aesthetically as “C86” is a tribute to the lasting cultural impact of the humble

OMD
The Punishment of Luxury

Of all the many reunions in recent years, perhaps the most pleasantly successful has been that of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (a.k.a. OMD). Successful

Various Artists
Silhouettes & Statues

As I was reminded recently when I saw someone wearing black lipstick and black clothes reading a book called So Sad Today on the subway, it’s possible to be

Ride
Weather Diaries

At this point, there are few bands whose reunions would completely shock me. We’re currently living in the golden age of bands getting back together, where past

BMX Bandits
BMX Bandits Forever

Like fellow Scots The Vaselines, whose Eugene Kelly was once a member and whose Francis McKee was in principal Bandit Duglas Stewart’s prior

Poptone

Poptone

While Bauhaus has enjoyed the cult following that comes with being seen as goth figureheads and Love and Rockets the spoils that go along with a Top 10 hit (“So Alive”), despite having what has become a fixture of alternative club nights the world over (“Go!”), Tones on Tail has never enjoyed the degree of notoriety as the bands that preceded and followed it. Formed …


Big Gold Dream

For a country with a population just under 5.5 million, Scotland has perhaps produced more astonishing music per capita than any other locale. Cocteau Twins, The Jesus

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