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Left of the Dial: The Best of Eighties College Rock

May 27, 2014

They came from places like Athens, Georgia, and Manchester, England: Bookish (and often brooding) alt-rock savants whose snarling attitude and sharp wits soon found a home among cool-kid radio stations across the land.

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Magnificent Bastards: The Best of the Replacements

April 24, 2014

Hailing from the frigid landscape of the Midwest, the Replacements were sloppy, bratty, and unabashedly unapologetic — which only made their fans love them even more. Here's an assortment of punk-rock pleas and sloshed serenades from Minneapolis''hardest-drinking,...

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Forecastle Festival to Feature Outkast, Jack White, Beck

March 4, 2014

A diverse lineup for Forecastle Festival will make waves on the Louisville, Kentucky waterfront for the event's 12th installment this year. Outkast, Jack White and Beck will all headline the event, which will again take place at the city's Waterfront...

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: Nirvana, Hall and Oates and More

October 16, 2013

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 are in, and the list includes Nirvana, Kiss, the Replacements and Hall and Oates. The rest of this year's hopefuls are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel,...

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Listen to the Replacements' First Show in 22 Years

August 27, 2013

The Replacements made a big return this weekend at Toronto's Riot Fest, where they performed 23 songs in their first show in 22 years. The punk band's spirited comeback set has now surfaced online through the Replacements Live Archive Project, with the...

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Replacements Round Out Lineup With Westerberg Collaborators

August 17, 2013

The Replacements will perform with a pair of Paul Westerberg's former solo collaborators when the band plays in public for the first time in 22 years next weekend in Toronto. Drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Dave Minehan will join Westerberg and bassist...

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Tommy Stinson: Replacements Reunion Is 'Aligning of the Planets'

June 14, 2013

On July 4th, 1991, the Replacements capped off their set at Chicago's Grant Park with a winking, typically iconoclastic stunt: The members exited the stage one by one, leaving their roadies to pick up their instruments and finish the gig. "I remember...

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Maxwell's to Close at the End of July

June 4, 2013

Maxwell's, the beloved rock club, restaurant and longtime anchor of the rock scene in Hoboken, New Jersey, will close when its lease is up at the end of July. Co-owner Todd Abramson told The Star-Ledger of Newark that changes over the years in Hoboken...

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Q&A: Paul Westerberg on the Replacements Reunion

October 9, 2012

When Paul Westerberg called Rolling Stone last week from his home in Minneapolis, the plan was to discuss "My Road Now" (right-click to download), a slippery piano ballad he recently released. But Westerberg also had some joyous news – he'd reformed...

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Replacements Members Consider Reuniting

August 22, 2011

Ever since the Replacements broke up in the summer of 1991, fans have been praying for some kind of reunion. In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg admits that he has mixed feelings about the possibility of...

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The Hold Steady Talk Live Disc "A Positive Rage"

March 24, 2009

When the Brooklyn-via-Minnesota rockers the Hold Steady hit the the stage at Club DeVille at SXSW last Friday afternoon, they were not dressed like Mexican gangsters. They were, however, dolled up as "banditos," as frontman Craig Finn puts it, Halloween...

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The Best St. Patrick's Day Song of All Time

March 17, 2014

The Irish have put up with a lot of bullshit over the years. There's England. The Troubles. The kittening of the Celtic Tiger. Enya. It's not been an easy history. And black people, those living in mostly white countries anyway, they've put up with a...

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Vote for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

October 16, 2013

The nominees for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are in, and for the second consecutive year, the public gets to vote alongside the artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 10th, fans can...

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Replacements Return to Chicago for Riot Fest

September 16, 2013

The last time the Replacements played Chicago, they followed up with a 22-year hiatus. Yesterday, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were back to close out the Chicago incarnation of Riot Fest – their first U.S. gig since that show on July 4th, 1991. With...

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Replacements Play First Show in 22 Years

August 26, 2013

"Sorry we took so long," Paul Westerberg quipped during the Replacements' headline set yesterday at Riot Fest in Toronto, where the band played live for the first time in 22 years. "We've been having a wardrobe debate – it was unresolved." Nearly...

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Summer's Must-See Documentaries

June 25, 2013

Sometimes the free-flowing beer and searing summer sun need to be counteracted with a little brain food and air-conditioning. Fortunately, a smattering of strong documentary films marks this year's solstice, with topics ranging from fracking to public...

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The Replacements Reunite for Festival Shows

June 13, 2013

The Replacements will reunite this summer after a decades-long absence from the stage to headline Riot Fest 2013 in Toronto, Chicago and Denver.  Although the influential Minneapolis punk rockers haven't performed together in concert since 1991,...

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Song Premiere: Husker Du Rerelease Lost 'Statues'

January 21, 2013

Back in 1980, Hüsker Dü booked time at Minneapolis' Blackberry Way Studio, laying down tracks while eyeing a deal with Twin/Tone. However, the label signed the Replacements instead, and Hüsker Dü turned their attention to a self-released,...

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The Replacements Reunite for Covers EP

October 3, 2012

For the first time since 2006, the Replacements have recorded new songs. In late September, singer Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson spent a day in a Minneapolis studio and cut four cover songs that will be released later this year as a limited...

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Indie Rockers Honored at 'Our Band Could Be Your Life' Concert

March 8, 2011

Music critic Michael Azerrad will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of his book Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 with a special concert at Manhattan's Bowery Ballroom on May 22nd. The bill will feature...

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