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1 Jun 2011 // 9:08 AM

Bob Dylan never stops experimenting

We may never get a precise explanation about why Dylan still suits up to play absurdly packed clubs and minor-league ballparks. The "how" he goes about it is a different story, and a reason to care about him still.

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19 May 2011 // 10:00 PM

The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait

Bob Dylan lurched toward his place onstage wearing a steel harmonica holder around his neck that made him look like a wild creature in harness, blinking at the floodlights, hunching his shoulders to adjust the guitar strap that held the Gibson Special acoustic high on his slender body.

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Atmosphere: The Family Sign

With Atmosphere, it’s what we’ve grown accustomed to: riding the highs and lows of emotion like a solitary alcohol binge.

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Umphrey’s McGee: 20 April 2011 - Austin, TX

With relentless touring over the past decade, Umphrey's McGee have staked out a spot near the top of the jam rock mountain.

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Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan in Concert: Brandeis University 1963

Without context, the latest Bob Dylan release falls well short of high marks.

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3 Apr 2011 // 10:00 PM

Ray Davies: See My Friends

Ray Davies' latest album is part tribute compilation, part vanity project. Mark my words, no one will be discussing this a year from now.

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Thelonious Monk: The Definitive Thelonious Monk on Prestige & Riverside

A fine overview, but given the breadth of the artist's Riverside and Prestige catalogs, it's hard to shake the sense that this collection conceals at least as much as it reveals

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Counterbalance No. 23: Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’

The Man from Hibbing makes his third appearance on the Acclaimed Music list with his 1975 album Blood on the Tracks. Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn are planting their stories in the press.

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Celebrating 68 years of George Harrison

Dubbed “the quiet one”, George Harrison contributed some of the Beatles best work and continued on to an impressive solo career. He died far too soon, but the world still has a lifetime of his work to admire and enjoy.

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14 Feb 2011 // 7:00 AM

Rewinding the 53rd Annual Grammys

Performance-filled show often gave excellent tributes to music greats, but barely passed out any awards. This is going to be a long post!

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Top Five Tunes That Should Be Covered by Alison Krauss and Union Station

Each of these songs, in my mind, would fit Alison Krauss and Union Station’s unique blend of bluegrass traditionalism and progressionist spirit.

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Wilco Starts New Record Label, Not Called “Wilco (The Label)”

As Wilco guitarist Nels Cline hinted at last summer, Wilco has announced the launch its own record label, dBpm (decibels per minute) Records. The label

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Christopher Hitchens’ Taste in Music

Hitchens on Verdi and Dylan, not God or Iraq . . .

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21 Jan 2011 // 8:00 AM

The Year in Music: May 2010

May 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a hodgepodge of notable cover versions, new releases, TV events, and more.

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22 Dec 2010 // 4:30 AM

The Year in Music: March 2010

Records were broken and notable songs were released in March 2010, which is the latest focus of our look at the year’s biggest events in

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Counterbalance No. 11: Bob Dylan’s ‘Highway 61 Revisited’

Counterbalance needs a dump truck, baby, to unload its head as it revisits Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan's 1965 game-changer.

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Top Ten Tracks for Your Holiday Playlist

Weary of Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” for the 567th time? Here's an alternate selection of songs to consider spinning during the holiday season.

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Counterbalance No. 7: Bob Dylan’s ‘Blonde on Blonde’

Number seven on the Big List marks the first appearance of a fellow we’ll be seeing a lot of, one Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known as Blind Boy Grunt Bob Dylan. He’s a poor fool in his prime on the 1966 opus Blonde on Blonde—Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn have a listen.

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“Like a Rolling Stone” Revisited

“Like a Rolling Stone” perfectly embodies the heads-is-tails uncertainty of modern life, now and in long-ago 1965. More than just lyrically articulating the rock and roll mindset of liberation and risk, it contains the multitudes, distilling the collective experience of millions of lives caught, then and now, in the crossfire hurricane of modern life.

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“Becoming Who We Are”: The Horrors of Survival in ‘The Walking Dead Vol. 12: Life Among Them’

Thomas Harris' Francis Dolarhyde once commented that his victims were privy to a great becoming. As The Walking Dead continues, Robert Kirkman gives us front row center seats to the greatest undoing of all.

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