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Artful Conversation in ‘The Return of Rubén Blades’

Like the man himself, The Return of Rubén Blades is proof that art is important, but only a part of living a rich, thoughtful life.

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12 Sep 2016 // 1:10 AM

Butch Walker: Stay Gold

Butch Walker gives his greatest performance to date on heart-filled album.

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Terra Lightfoot: Every Time My Mind Runs Wild

Catchy, soulful, and genuine, Lightfoot’s latest efforts soar just as much as her soulful vocals.

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At Last, a Sober and Punk Rendering of Bruce Springsteen’s Life and Work

Boss is a solid book because the firm, understated power of Gillian Gaar’s gutter feminist voice cuts through all that glitters around Springsteen.

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Tower Records in a Nutshell: ‘All Things Must Pass’

A nostalgic and warm look at a defunct record chain that brings the real substance and heart of the rise and fall.

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Out of the Ashes and Making Smashes: Welcoming Whitney

Born from the ashes of Chicago's beloved rock stalwarts Smith Westerns comes Whitney: a sly pop duo whose sharp changes in direction and sound may very well change your life.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 10 - “The Load Out”

In the season finale, we bid good-bye to larger-than-life uber-roadie Phil Valentine and wrap up the other, somewhat lacking, plot lines.

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Eric Clapton and Guests: Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals

Careful selection and sequencing have made this compilation particularly strong.

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How Mature Can You Get? ‘Wild in the Streets’

Barry Shear's film is a jaundiced look at politics, youth culture, and everything in the air of 1968.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 9 - “The Corporate Gig”

In the episode before the finale, several non-sexual climaxes are reach vis-a-vis relationships, love, the state of the tour, and the fate of The Staton-House Band itself.

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The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

Becoming the Beach Boys offers a comprehensive glimpse into the embryonic stages of one of America’s finest pop groups.

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Terra Lightfoot - ‘Every Time My Mind Runs Wild’ (album stream) (premiere)

Terra Lightfoot could be your new rock 'n' roll hero.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 9 - “The All Night Bus Ride”

Diving into Phil's past leads to an episode that's nearly perfect, until we're brought back to the present and the actual setting of the show.

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25 Aug 2016 // 1:00 AM

In the Dark: An Interview With Carl Broemel

It took him six years to make, but My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel drew from surprising personal places to craft his latest solo effort.

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Hope Against Hope: The Soul Politics of Obama’s Summer Playlists

Words may speak the promise of transcending divisions and borders, but it’s music that delivers.

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23 Aug 2016 // 8:32 AM

Eric Krasno - “Jezebel” (premiere)

On his latest single, "Jezebel", Soulive and Lettuce co-founder Eric Krasno lays out a mellow soul/blues vibe with some slinky, masterful guitar playing and a tale of love gone wrong.

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Guns N’ Roses Knock It Out of the Park in San Francisco

The success of this tour is testament to the timeless power of these classic songs and the unique musical chemistry that coalesces when Axl, Slash and Duff share the stage.

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‘Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ All-Time Greatest Hits’ Is a Fun, But at Times Frustrating Read

Binelli has his finger on the pulse of pop culture in this era, but Jay himself, as presented here, lacks a pulse.

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Picture Atlantic - “Billy Banker” (audio) (premiere)

"Billy Banker" is a loud cry against sucking out artistic vision and extracting pure profit, and its frenetic instrumental banking gives that cry nice heft.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 7 - “Carpet Season”

The episode starts with a literal car crash that tries to convey all order will dissolve into chaos; despite a lot of complementary illustrations, the show continues to waffle about its true point.

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'Fire Emblem Heroes' Is a Bad Crossover

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"Fire Emblem Heroes desperately and shamelessly wants to monetize our love for these characters, yet it has no idea why we came to love them in the first place.

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