Wednesday, February 13 2013
Divorced from the energy of the room, the careening tidal wave of dancing heads surrounding you while the band plunged into another extended jam, the visual experience of the band onstage is remarkably flat.
Tuesday, January 1 2013
What happens when a legendary band reheats itself for a 20-year cycle of touring with new members who aren't gritty enough to get the grit? No, I ask you.
Wednesday, December 26 2012
The jazz guitarist, filmed performing with his peculiar and wondrous "Orchestrion", a kind of player piano orchestra of bottles and guitar-bots, and marimbas and more. Shimmering.
Thursday, December 13 2012
By the time they got to Texas, in 1975, The Who had nothing to prove except the undeniable impact they could still make, any place, any time.
Wednesday, December 12 2012
Queen was never a shy band. This makes them a perfect candidate for this double DVD package of music videos.
Tuesday, November 27 2012
Gruen and Beck's film functions as a revisionist look at this legendary duo's stormy relationship.
Here was a sound that was far removed from anything remotely popular. Yet the still new Mudhoney got an all-expenses-paid trip to Berlin, to represent Sub Pop records at the Independence Days '88 showcase. And someone thought to film it.
Monday, November 26 2012
Peter Gabriel's commercial breakthrough gets the Classic Albums treatment, to excellent effect.
Friday, November 16 2012
For Stones obsessives, this series yields few surprises but plenty of intelligent discourse on this beloved band.
Tuesday, November 13 2012
Nothing says "New York" quite like Stephen Sondheim's Company, and the 2011 concert performance captures all that is best about the show.
Wednesday, November 7 2012
Magical Mystery Tour is an occasionally awesome mess full of odds and sods and in some regards an appropriate artistic hangover from the Summer of Love.
Wednesday, October 24 2012
Gary Moore was a singular talent who pays tribute to another: Jimi Hendrix on a new, posthumously released audio/visual package.
Thursday, October 4 2012
“Suddenly it seemed like there were no more folk musicians.”
Thursday, September 20 2012
Tellingly, the Beat's debut US Festival appearance occurred on the cusp of the New British Invasion.
Monday, September 17 2012
Jimi Plays Berkeley is yet another opportunity to hear and see our guitar savior.
Thursday, September 13 2012
Ringing out 1978 with the Grateful Dead in a brokedown palace, 'The Closing of Winterland' is a fun reminder of the Dead's shabby appeal.
Thursday, August 16 2012
Kiko is at once a typical Los Lobos album -- full of hard-luck tales and hopes for a better future -- but it's also the only Los Lobos album that might be a little "touched" (as some of our grandmothers might have put it).
Wednesday, August 1 2012
Ozzy's vocals vocals sound suspiciously as though they were recorded in a studio and stuck into the mix.
Tuesday, July 31 2012
A voyage to India doubles as a Sublime Frequencies CD. It just happens to come in a different format.
Monday, July 30 2012
Circulating in bootleg for decades, this digital restoration is a must buy for rock and blue fans, as well as anyone in need of a surfeit of cool.