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Tom Petty Starter Kit: Stand Me Up At the Gates Of Hell

Tom Petty is an Elvis freak with a punk soul, a Dylanesque sneer and a sunny sarcasm that crosses generations and genre boundaries. He’s also an unrepentant badass with no respect for authority and a recorded catalogue unblemished by compromise. Though

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Gorillaz Starter Kit: Tomorrow Comes Today

2001 was a dark time indeed. Terror lurked in our skies. War rippled through the Middle East. Linkin Park had the biggest selling album of the year. It was a time of conflict, fear and trailer rock. You might have

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Bruce Springsteen Starter Kit: Pulling Out of Here To Win

The warm weather always puts me in a mood for the Boss. I go way back with Springsteen. I lived in Jersey for 15 years so it just got into my blood. He was the second most popular Bruce in

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A Rare Find: Nick Drake Starter Kit

I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic when I say that you simply won’t find an artist capable of more heartbreaking beauty than Nick Drake. In fact, the only thing more tragic than the music is the story of Drake himself.

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Destruction Breeds Creation: Red Hot Chili Peppers Starter Kit

There are three periods in The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ long, illustrious and often illicit history: their Heroin/Slovak years, their Post-Smack artistic peak and their decade-plus, multi-platinum, mega-stadium victory lap. The foremost purveyors of a punk rock and funk-rap hybrid that prefigures much

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Post In the Machine: The Police Starter Kit

Together, they were among the most innovative pop bands of their time. Today, these guys can’t stand to be around each other. In 2007, after a long period of bickering and estrangement, The Police reunited for a too-profitable-to-refuse world tour.

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Funkadelic Starter Kit: On the Verge of Getting It On

Let’s clear up some confusion right away. There was once a Parliament. There was once a Funkadelic. They were different. George Clinton was in both of them. At a certain point, it become much easier to just call it Parliament-Funkadelic,

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Pixies Starter Kit: Here is Your Mind

When the Pixies sailed into the sunset in 1993, it felt a little bit like Michael Jordan retiring while everybody else was finally learning how to slam dunk. The quintessential alternative group, the perfect merging of pop sweetness and punk

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R.E.M. Starter Kit

I never would have guessed that this band would go so quietly into retirement. When they disbanded in 2011, it was a hushed end to a 31-year run that produced some of the quirkiest and most genre-defining work of both the New

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Beck Starter Kit

If you remember the mid-90s, you know that there was a time when Beck Hansen was one of the most exciting artists in the world. Before he went and got religion Xenu-style, Beck made music that was emblematic of a

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Bob Dylan Starter Kit

You’ve almost certainly heard the hoary cliché that Dylan is a great songwriter but not much of a singer.   Bull plop. The truth is, excepting perhaps Jimi Hendix’s “All Along the Watchtower,” nobody sang Dylan’s songs better than he

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