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PlayStation Theater, New York, February 24

As we should all know by now, we’re living in the age of the reunion, a time when bands from disparate generations can coexist at

Simple Minds
Walk Between Worlds

With the band’s creative spark seeming to have dimmed many years ago, Simple Minds’ Big Music came virtually out of nowhere in 2014 as a

Dream Wife
Dream Wife

While it’s no secret that the Grammys have never been awarded to the most deserving artists, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow revealed how

Songs of Praise

With the recent passing of Mark E. Smith, The Fall frontman’s irascible nature has been recalled as much as his incredible body of work. Indeed, it’s hard to

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

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

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

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

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