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35 Years Ago: Journey's 'Faithfully' Arrives in a Dream

With their eighth studio album, 1983’s Frontiers, Journey’s transition from prog-influenced rock to radio-friendly, arena-ready fare was all but complete — an evolution that included one of the decade’s quintessential ballads in the Top 20 hit “Faithfully.” Written by keyboardist Jonathan Cain, “Faithfully” followed lead-off Frontiers single “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” which had scored Journey

Study claims that attending a concert once every two weeks can add nine years to your life

Concerts can be daunting as you get older, what with late start times, a slew of opening acts, and the prospect of standing next to tall, sweaty people for several hours. A new study, however, claims that the effort’s worth it. Conducted by O2 and behavioral science expert Patrick Fagan and reported by NME, the study

35 Years Ago: The Beach Boys Face Surprising July 4 Ban

Politician James G. Watt had already carved himself a reputation for being controversial and outspoken by the time he outdid himself by taking on the Beach Boys in 1983. President Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Interior had been in office for two years and was known as an anti-environmentalist who once  vowed to “mine more,

10 Years Ago: R.E.M. Careens Into the Future With 'Accelerate'

On March 31, 2008, R.E.M. released its 14th studio album, Accelerate, in Europe. As the title implies, the record, which was released April 1 in North America, possesses great urgency. Songs such as “Living Well Is the Best Revenge” and “Horse to Water” careen and lurch forward on the strength of buzzing guitars, lithe bass

This Year’s Model Is Still Elvis Costello at His Angry Best

“I’m sorry ladies and gentlemen. There’s no reason to do this song here.” The words are arguably as famous as any performer has ever uttered on Saturday Night Live. Elvis Costello didn’t get so much as two verses off of “Less Than Zero” before he abruptly waved the song off, instead directing his backing band,

The Cranberries’ Stunning Debut Does More Than Just Linger 25 Years Later

The death of Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan on January 15, 2018, plunged Ireland into a state of national mourning. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called O’Riordan “the voice of a generation,” radio stations across the country organized a simultaneous broadcast of the band’s 1996 hit “When You’re Gone” in lieu of a moment of silence, and

25 Years Ago: Radiohead Imitate Their Heroes on 'Pablo Honey'

A band that would earn a reputation as one of the brainiest, most fiercely creative acts of a generation named their first album after a Jerky Boys reference. In 1993, Radiohead released their debut full-length Pablo Honey, its title inspired by a prank call from one of the Boys’ infamous comedy CDs. Their sophomoric sense