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David Bowie | Storytellers
Bowie was particularly relaxed and reflective when he took his star turn on VH1's Storytellers program 10 years ago next month.
| July 07, 2009
Elvis Costello | Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
Hear Music (2009)
There are few genres into which Elvis Costello hasn't delved over the years, but he's always seemed particularly comfortable within the traditional back-porch country that occupies this latest session.
| June 08, 2009
Green Day | 21st Century Breakdown
If anyone had suggested, circa Dookie 15 years ago, that Green Day would one day carry the torch for the classic rock opera . . . well, no one would have.
| June 01, 2009
Vieux Farka Touré | Fondo
Six Degrees (2009)
On his extraordinary homonymous 2007 debut, Vieux Farka Touré both paid tribute to his late, legendary father, Malian guitar icon Ali Farka Touré, and began to distance himself from that heritage.
| May 12, 2009
Steve Earle | Townes
New West (2009)
In case it wasn't clear already, Steve Earle idolizes Townes Van Zandt, the Texas singer-songwriter who died in 1997 after decades of soul-shaking music and life-obliterating demons.
| May 06, 2009
New York Dolls | 'Cause I Sez So
The big news regarding the New York Dolls’ second album since their reactivation five years ago is the return of Todd Rundgren as producer.
| April 28, 2009
Chick Corea and John McLaughlin | Five Peace Band Live
Chick Corea and John McLaughlin first encountered each other in Miles Davis's group in the late '60s before taking his electric-jazz lessons and going on to invent fusion with Return to Forever (Corea) and the Mahavishnu Orchestra (McLaughlin).
| April 21, 2009
Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber | Making Love to the Dark Ages
Listening to Burnt Sugar audio isn't unlike watching TV minus the picture — you get most of what's going on, but you know something's missing.
| March 17, 2009
Review: The Bad Plus's For All I Care
Heads Up (2009)
On each of their previous albums, the Bad Plus let it be known they owed as much to classic rock and pop as to prog jazz.
| January 27, 2009
Review: The Hot Club of San Francisco's Bohemian Maestro
No genre is as closely associated with a single artist as Gypsy jazz is with Django Reinhardt.
| January 20, 2009
Review: Appetite for Self-Destruction
How the record industry killed itself
Like any good murder mystery, Steve Knopper's Appetite for Self-Destruction keeps the tension high and the action swift as the search for a culprit drags on.
| January 13, 2009
Review: Jim Hall and Bill Frisell, Hemispheres
Artist Share (2009)
What makes Hemispheres such a successful collaboration is not that Jim Hall and Bill Frisell meet in the middle but that they start there and extend outward.
| January 12, 2009
Review: Let Freedom Sing! Music of the Civil Rights Movement
In any given Black History Month, the three-disc Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement would be a powerful anthology.
| January 06, 2009
Tom Jones | 24 Hours
At 68, Tom Jones has decided it's about time he became a songwriter.
| December 02, 2008
Various Artists | Love Train: The Sound Of Philadelphia
Philadelphia International/Legacy (2008)
It took Detroit’s Motown and Memphis’s Stax to pave the way for the Philadelphia International Records of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
| November 24, 2008
Howlin’ Wolf | Rockin’ the Blues: Live In Germany, 1964
The fidelity of the recording is far from state-of-the-art, but its historical value - and sheer musicality - more than make up for any qualities that might peeve audiophiles.
| November 20, 2008
Silver Jew | Drag City DVD
Drag City (2008)
Michael Tully’s 52-minute home movie/documentary follows the band as they schlep around Israel touring, shopping, and playing a handful of gigs.
| October 08, 2008
I Got the Feelin': James Brown in the '60s
By 1968, James Brown wasn’t merely “Soul Brother No. 1”; he was an African-American icon with the power to stop riots.
| August 04, 2008
Love Story | Start
Love were one of rock’s first interracial bands, and Lee’s genius as their chief songwriter, musician, and bandleader is reinforced here by former band members, label associates, and others.
| July 22, 2008
All You Need is Love
Never less than fascinating and informative, although the narration tends toward the droll (it’s British, remember).
| July 01, 2008
I, Flathead | Nonesuch/Perro Verde
Ry Cooder once again navigates a Southern California of strange realities and real strangers.
| June 24, 2008
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| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
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| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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