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2016

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Hear Beach Boys' Rare, Early Version of'Surfer Girl'

June 28, 2016

This fall will mark the 55th anniversary of the Beach Boys' first-ever recordings together, and in honor of the occasion, Omnivore Recordings will release a new two-disc set collecting their early demos. The set, Becoming the Beach Boys: The Complete...

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Songs on Trial: 10 Landmark Music Copyright Cases

June 8, 2016

Western music is made up of just 12 notes, which yield a practically infinite number of songs. That's the theory, at least. It's only natural that composers mimic what's been successful in the past, but as Robin Thicke and Pharrell learned the...

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Brian Wilson Entrances Bristol on Eve of 'Pet Sounds' 50th

May 16, 2016

The Beach Boys album Pet Sounds has been a milestone twice over. When it was released, 50 years ago today, it was rock & roll's coming of age: a sui generis album of healing songs about painful emotions, informed by jazz, hymns, Spectorian pop, classical...

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Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds': 15 Things You Didn't Know

May 16, 2016

The story of Pet Sounds is the story of art versus commerce, youthful optimism versus adult cynicism and the independent spirit versus the mundane status quo. It's also a story of tremendous courage. In 1966, 23-year-old Brian Wilson hijacked the...

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Read an Excerpt From Brian Wilson's Upcoming Memoir

April 11, 2016

Brian Wilson's long-in-the-works memoir I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir has set a release date: October 11th. The Beach Boys legend first announced he was working on the autobiography in 2013. In addition to news of the memoir's arrival, De Capo...

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Watch Beach Boys' Touching Tribute to Nancy Reagan

March 7, 2016

The Beach Boys, who performed at President Ronald Reagan's 1985 inaugural ball, paid tribute to Nancy Reagan Sunday night at their concert in Abilene, Texas, just hours after it was revealed that the former first lady had died at the age of 94. For the...

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Brian Wilson Plots World Tour, Final 'Pet Sounds' Shows

January 25, 2016

Brian Wilson has announced a massive world tour to honor the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds, the Beach Boys' groundbreaking 1966 LP. The 70-plus date trek begins March 26th in Auckland, Australia, progressing through Japan and Europe. The American...

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14 Classic Albums That Flopped When They Were Released

May 16, 2016

Fifty years later, most agree that the Beach Boys' orchestral-pop masterpiece Pet Sounds is an unassailable classic. However, you couldn't tell that to the buying public in 1966. Here are 14 great albums that took a while to build their legacies.

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Hear Beach Boys' Tender Live 'God Only Knows' From 1966

May 12, 2016

May 16th will mark 50 years to the day that to the day that the Beach Boys released Pet Sounds. The album initially confused critics and fans, but went on to become a beloved pop masterpiece, which Brian Wilson is currently celebrating...

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Beach Boys Ready Giant 'Pet Sounds' 50th Anniversary Reissue

March 23, 2016

The Beach Boys will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their classic 1966 LP Pet Sounds with an expanded collection that presents the remastered album in both stereo and mono forms alongside studio sessions outtakes, alternate mixes and unreleased...

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The Ballad of Mike Love

February 17, 2016

Mike Love bounds up the stairs inside his massive Lake Tahoe home (10 bedrooms in all, 12 bathrooms, two elevators, not to be believed) and into a large walk-in closet stuffed to overflowing with garish, multicolored shirts and a gazillion baseball...

2015

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Hear Phoenix, Bill Murray Cover Lost Beach Boys Holiday Song

December 4, 2015

Phoenix and Bill Murray unite their disparate musical talents – namely, synth-rock elegance and hammy vocal hilarity – for their cover of "Alone on Christmas Day," a bittersweet Beach Boys holiday tune written in 1979, but never...

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Hear Mike Love's Spirited, Bittersweet New Christmas Song

November 6, 2015

With Halloween in the rearview, the Beach Boys' Mike Love is getting into the holiday spirit as quickly as possible, releasing "(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day," a new version of an old yuletide bootleg available exclusively on Rolling Stone. Related:...

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Brian Wilson, Paul Dano Play Beach Boys Hits at L.A. Gig

October 13, 2015

For a nervous moment, actor Paul Dano stood quietly onstage Monday night at a Los Angeles jazz club, gripping a microphone with both hands to sing a 1966 Beach Boys classic, "You Still Believe in Me." At the keyboard beside him was the man who co-authored...

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Brian Wilson's Better Days

June 22, 2015

Almost any day in L.A., you could find Brian Wilson pretty easily if you wanted to, sitting in a booth by the window at the Beverly Glen Deli, with a bowl of blueberries and a hamburger, or shuffling along the path of a tree-shaded park near his home...

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Watch Flaming Lips Perform 'Good Vibrations'

June 3, 2015

The Flaming Lips joined a roster of high-profile bands to honor Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson at the March tribute concert Brian Fest. In the above video – the first installment of a two-part documentary – the Lips...

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Hear Beach Boys' Stripped-Down Bob Dylan and Beatles Covers

November 20, 2015

An upcoming, expanded edition of the Beach Boys' 1965 album Beach Boys' Party! will present the group's original unplugged, raw recordings of the album's songs without the original LP's canned audience cheering. The band's covers of Bob Dylan's...

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Flashback: Brian Wilson Launches First Solo Tour in 1999

October 13, 2015

In the spring of 1999, Brian Wilson put aside his decades-long aversion to touring and hit the road for the first time as a solo artist. He was ostensibly supporting his new album Imagination, but of the 29 songs in the show only three came from...

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Bruce Springsteen Performs With Brian Wilson In New Jersey

July 2, 2015

Bruce Springsteen has kept a low public profile this year, but popped up onstage Wednesday night at the PNC Banks Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey to join Brian Wilson during the show's encore. Wearing a black baseball cap, Springsteen...

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Flashback: Belushi and Aykroyd Force Brian Wilson to Surf

June 18, 2015

The Beach Boys were in the middle of a major comeback when they hit the road in the summer of 1976 to promote their new album, 15 Big Ones. Earlier in the decade they were struggling to fill theaters and seemed hopelessly passé, but the...

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