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Soul Asylum/Matthew Sweet

It’s possible that in future years the debauching of Soul Asylum will become one of rock’s great cautionary tales. In the 1980s the band was a live powerhouse whose winsome, bashy albums certainly deserved wider attention. The Minneapolis foursome agreeably went the major-label route, eventually scored themselves a platinum record (Grave Dancers Union), and became […]

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Ramones

It’s possible that no band so beloved has been so taken for granted. After a full 20 years of commercial-flop albums, unrelenting touring, and, oh, yes, having forever changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll, the Ramones are threatening to hang it up: leader Joey Ramone says he’s exhausted, and to make the point plain, […]

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Foo Fighters

The expected thing to do when confronted with the debut record from Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters is to marvel at the pop smarts and hooky tricks conjured up by the former Nirvana drummer, who built the thing from scratch in the studio, playing everything himself but one guitar track; these are smarts and hooks that […]