Recklessly Everything: A Track-By-Track Breakdown of Bryan Adams' 1984 Masterpiece

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By Jeremy Essig

Over 30 years ago, Bryan Adams released the musical equivalent to a relationship Swiss Army knife.

Reckless, Adams' multi-platinum 1984 release, contains all the tools necessary to navigate whatever place one finds oneself through the course of a relationship -- a blade to stab an ex-lover or a ruler to measure the depth of commitment. Clocking in at fewer than 40 minutes, Adams manages to hits all the relationship fence posts within the album, from the unplanned bar hookup to finally regaining your confidence after a nasty breakup.

Or, in other words, Reckless is the one album to have on a deserted island if you happen to fall in love and break up with someone on that island (while also cheating with a third person on said island).

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Why Isn't Iron Sheik Roasting Justin Bieber's Tiny Balls on Comedy Central?

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Comedy Central
You're about to get bashed, boyfriend.
Most of us (over the age of seventeen) have been talking shit for years about Justin Bieber, thanks to his over-publicized bad choices, frequent run-ins with the law and rebellious lifestyle -- all of which combine to supply stories that ultimately write themselves. And while we could personally do without hearing so much about the Biebs, Comedy Central had a much different idea.

On March 30 some of the best in the biz will rip this asshole a second one for the whole world to see on the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber. At first glance, the list of guest speakers on the dais looks promising -- Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, Natasha Leggero, Pete Davidson, Jeffrey Ross, Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart, Ludacris and Shaquille O'Neal. However, we noticed one glaring omission...

See also: Crotching Whiskey at the Justin Bieber Concert and Getting Thrown Out: A Review

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New Music Circle Offers "Struggling Music Lover" Prices for Upcoming Concerts

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Okkyung Lee and Lotte Anker performing at a New Music Circle event in February 2015

St. Louis' premier presenter of high-end musical weirdness, New Music Circle, is offering some pretty great deals on its upcoming shows at the Stage at KDHX.

New Music Circle is an organization that is "dedicated to the creation and performance of improvisational and experimental music" and it's been supplying St. Louis with cool, artistic, adventurous, creative, innovative, weird, touching, intellectual, off-the-map and joyfully WTF events since 1959.


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Music Hasn't Gotten Crappy These Days, You Have

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Theo Welling
The kids are all right.
By Gina Tron

"This music is garbage. They aren't even using real instruments," my mom said. It was 1994, and I was happy that my favorite song at the time -- "The Sign" by Ace of Base -- was on the radio. She would try to expose me to the music that she liked, which was all good music: Stevie Wonder, the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd. All that music I love today, but I wasn't open to it then, because I already resented her for hating on my music. I felt stupid, and so I vowed to never hate on the music of the younger generation, even if I didn't understand it.

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Banjo Unceremoniously Fired By Mumford & Sons

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By Kandace Lytle

Mumford & Sons has officially left the West London folk-scene sound and entered into mainstream music with its newest single, "Believe."

This week, members of the Mumford & Sons fan club received an email encouraging them to download the band's newest hit (or to stream it on YouTube or Spotify), but to many fans' dismay, it would seem as though founding member Banjo has left the band.

See also: Half of the Village People Banned From Ballpark Village By Dress Code

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Why the "Blurred Lines" Ruling Sets an Extremely Dangerous Precedent

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On Tuesday a Los Angeles jury awarded $7.3 million to the family of Marvin Gaye owing to the similarity between Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." In the courtroom, Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams both defended their song's originality and acknowledged the reference to Gaye's track.

A jury of their peers found in favor of Gaye's family, and that decision is, for lack of a more eloquent term, complete and utter bullshit.

See also: Thicke on Thicke: Alan Thicke Talks About His Son Robin Thicke

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Elvis Costello Is Not Your Regular Renaissance Man

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Elvis Costello will perform at the Pageant Monday night.
Ever since Elvis Costello burst on to the scene with his 1977 album My Aim Is True, the British new-waver has dabbled in a wide range of activities that have nothing to do with strumming a guitar or shouting "Pump it Up" into a microphone.

There's something about this man, born Declan MacManus, that has allowed him to both excel for forty years at his not-so-easy day job as a rock star and also explore some pretty impressive side perks denied his peers. Would David Byrne get his own cable television talk show? Would Paul Weller be invited on to Sesame Street and Treme? Would Chrissie Hynde be granted a handful of honorary doctorates from respected academic institutions?

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Six Degrees of Tommy Stinson: From Jonathan Richman to Steve Aoki

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Tommy Stinson, music's Kevin Bacon.
By Jeremy Essig

All crossroads of modern music pass through Tommy Stinson.

Best known as either "That fourteen-year-old who played bass in the Replacements" or "That guy in the suspenders Axl replaced Duff with in Guns 'N Roses," Stinson has one other claim to fame: He's music's version of Kevin Bacon.

Like how any actor can be traced back to Bacon in six steps, any post-Beatles artist can be connected to Stinson through performance, production or writing credits in the same amount of links.

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Say Goodbye to CDs at Starbucks

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No more CDs here, pal.
By Reed Fischer

Starbucks is getting out of the CD game. Starting in March, the Seattle coffee behemoth's 21,000 stores worldwide will begin dismantling a twenty-year attack on the brick-and-mortar CD market -- one that mostly targeted the most indifferent of music buyers.

Sure, people bought the CDs at Starbucks, which typically consisted of a milquetoast blend of holiday jazz compilations, world music and the safest singer-songwriters. Just like that Waylon Jennings Super Hits disc you bought at a truck stop, it's easy to see these as purchases of the "Oh, what the hell," variety.

When those register endcaps featuring Norah Jones, John Legend and Diana Krall disappear, it'll be difficult to feel bad about it, and here's why.

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Are "Surprise Albums" the New Normal?

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Kendrick Lamar has also been the subject of recent surprise-album rumors.
By Alyssa Dupree

If you're reading this and are just now finding out about Drake's new album, you're a little late.

In your defense, the Canada-based rapper just dropped his new mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, via Twitter in the late hours of February 12, creating a bit of a shock to fans who had been anxiously awaiting his purported album Views from the Six.

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