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Dec 03, 2019 at 08:13. 3 comments

Pearl Jam is putting its holiday singles on streaming services

Pearl Jam is putting its holiday singles on streaming services

Pearl Jam has been strangely quiet this year, having not played any live shows or offered any real updates on a new album (they haven’t put one out since Target aggressively pushed Lightning Bolt in 2013), but the band can still offer up a holiday gift for all the good little grunge fans (and grunge fans at heart) out there. As reported by Rolling Stone, Pearl Jam is going to be gradually...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Aug 13, 2018. 14 comments

Pearl Jam pays tribute to Tom Petty and Chris Cornell during Seattle homecoming shows 

Pearl Jam pays tribute to Tom Petty and Chris Cornell during Seattle homecoming shows 

As reported by Consequence Of Sound, Pearl Jam took a moment during its homecoming shows at Seattle’s Safeco Field to honor some loved ones and influential artists who have recently died. First was a cover of Chris Cornell’s “Missing,” a track from Cornell’s 1992 EP Poncier that Consequence considers an “ultra-deep cut.” You can see a fan-recorded version of it below:

Cornell was a...

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David Anthony David Anthony Nov 03, 2016. 20 comments

Chicago Cubs release updated video for Eddie Vedder’s rally song, “All The Way”

Chicago Cubs release updated video for Eddie Vedder’s rally song, “All The Way”

It’s no secret that Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is a massive fan of the Chicago Cubs. During the Cubs’ triumphant playoff run he’s been present at a bulk of the games, sung “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” and celebrated with fellow Cubs superfan Bill Murray. But Vedder’s fandom goes back way farther than just this past week, as evinced by the song he wrote for the team, allegedly at the behest...

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Sean O'Neal Sean O'Neal Aug 24, 2016. 24 comments

The Judgment Night soundtrack foretold the rap-rock apocalypse

The Judgment Night soundtrack foretold the rap-rock apocalypse
Soundtracks Of Our LivesIn Soundtracks Of Our Lives, The A.V. Club looks at the dying art of the movie companion album, those “various artists” compilations made to complement films on screen but that often end up taking on lives of their own.  

Rap-rock, nu-metal, rap-metal, shit-metal, douche-rock. Whatever variably damning epithet you wanted to call it (just don’t call it late for its shift...

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Sean O'Neal Sean O'Neal Aug 23, 2016. 23 comments

Why go see Pearl Jam? A diehard and a lapsed fan find out

Why go see Pearl Jam? A diehard and a lapsed fan find out

Josh Modell: So Sean, as I think I told you once or twice—maybe by saying “really?!”—I was surprised when you asked if you could be my date to one of the Pearl Jam shows at Wrigley Field. I feel like I know your current musical tastes fairly well, and that it consists of ambient instrumentals, not mega-’90s alt-rock gods who’ve gone on to become the nation’s youngest stadium-filling...

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Joe Blevins Joe Blevins Aug 05, 2016. 17 comments

This baby neither needs nor wants help playing a mobile game

This baby neither needs nor wants help playing a mobile game

Playing a game on one’s phone, be it Candy Crush or Angry Birds, has become a classic method for disengaging from society even when surrounded by other people, those irksome pests. It’s visual shorthand for “Please leave me alone. I am doing something of vital importance, and you simply cannot be a part of that.” This is an unspoken social contract so basic yet so vital that even the smallest...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jan 20, 2016. 24 comments

Pearl Jam announces 2016 North American tour dates

Pearl Jam announces 2016 North American tour dates

Somewhere, Cameron Crowe’s ears perked up and his nose wrinkled, because Pearl Jam just announced a slew of North American tour dates for 2016. If Crowe wants to again turn the “hagiography” setting on his camera to maximum force, he’ll have plenty of time, because the band’s live shows don’t kick off until April. The group will begin in Fort Lauderdale on the 8th of that month, then continue...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jan 15, 2016. 24 comments

What piece of media inspired you to actually do something?

What piece of media inspired you to actually do something?
AVQ&AWelcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences.  

This week’s question is from Senior Editor Marah Eakin:

Like everyone, I watched Making A Murderer over my holiday break. And, like everyone, I was fairly incensed...

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Sep 24, 2015. 24 comments

Pearl Jam and Stephen Colbert perform together, making Colbert’s day

Pearl Jam and Stephen Colbert perform together, making Colbert’s day

Stephen Colbert got an unexpected treat last night, when Pearl Jam appeared on the show to perform together live for the first time this year. The band was there to promote its upcoming headliner appearance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York this weekend. After a brief chat, the band took to the stage and played “Mind Your Manners,” off the group’s recent Lightning Bolt album....

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Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Sep 04, 2015. 23 comments

Ethiopian kids are using Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” to learn English

Ethiopian kids are using Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” to learn English

Despite the fact that the band literally has a song about a kid who spoke in class today, it seems there’s a different Pearl Jam track being used in the classroom to help young people learn English. Matt Westerberg, a Peace Corps volunteer in Northern Ethiopia, has been using the band’s song “Even Flow” to help his students learn to speak the language, despite the obvious implication this...

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Jason Heller Jason Heller Jun 09, 2015. 24 comments

1995 marked the end of the major-label explosion of weird

1995 marked the end of the major-label explosion of weird

History is written by the victors—one of them being, oddly enough, Steve Albini. In 1993, his infamous article “The Problem With Music” ran in The Baffler, and it was disseminated further in 1994 when it was reprinted in Maximum Rocknroll. Written from Albini’s perspective as a staunchly independent frontman of Shellac who also happened to have produced Nirvana’s In Utero, the essay laid out...

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Jesse Hassenger Jesse Hassenger Jun 08, 2015. 24 comments

Windows ’95, part 1: 20 pop-culture windows into the world of 1995

Windows ’95, part 1: 20 pop-culture windows into the world of 1995

Two decades later, 1995 looks like peak ’90s: the O.J. trial, Microsoft ’95, Alanis Morissette, Mr. Show, Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, and a distant world where the idea of Adam Sandler making a movie didn’t cause immediate dread. What were the pop-culture hallmarks of this time when the music industry was basically printing money and Sony had the balls to go up against Sega and Nintendo?...

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