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  • Purple Reign: Prince's Biggest Eighties Hits

    April 22, 2014 9:15 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    It came from Minneapolis: A short-statured, dirty-minded, monstrously talented funk-rocker named Prince. Throughout the 1980s, he'd wink and strut his way to worldwide fame, thanks to a string of outrageous party anthems and searing slow-jams. Here are the most memorable early tunes from Prince's controversy-prone early years.  | More »

  • Thomas Mars Picks Five Favorite Songs

    October 21, 2013 1:55 PM ET
     |  Simon Vozick-Levinson

    Phoenix singer Thomas Mars called during a break from the band's world tour to tell us about five songs he loves. "I didn't really prepare anything," he admitted, "but I'll improvise." The French crew's excellent fifth LP, Bankrupt!, is in stores now. Check out Mars' picks and listen to his playlist below: Prince, "Raspberry Beret""To me, this sounds like it could be the genesis of all dance music today. Right from the start, it's one of my favorite openings. W...  | More »

  • Jon Wurster: The Funniest Drummer in Indie Rock

    August 27, 2013 12:00 PM ET
     |  Simon Vozick-Levinson

    As the drummer for both Superchunk and the Mountain Goats, Jon Wurster has spent a lot of time getting to know America's interstate highway system. "I'm on the road, like, 250 days a year," says Wurster (who is also a very funny comedian). "You're always doing these rest stops in the middle of these long drives, and 80 percent of the time, there's some weird song from your past playing in the convenience store. " Before hitting the road with Superchunk to promote their gr...  | More »

  • Eleanor Friedberger Picks Eight Favorite Songs

    June 24, 2013 2:05 PM ET
     |  Simon Vozick-Levinson

    Eleanor Friedberger is full of stories. Ask her what she's been listening to lately, and the Fiery Furnaces singer – who's currently touring her excellent new solo album, Personal Record – will share a series of frequently hilarious anecdotes about the people and places she associates with her favorite songs. Here's what Friedberger had to say about eight tunes sh's loving right now, from old English folk to new Bowie to a reggae cover of the Everly Brothers: ...  | More »

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