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Elliott Smith’s Story Gets Due Respect in ‘Heaven Adores You’

Rejecting the narrative of tragedy so often imposed on the life of Elliott Smith, Heaven Adores You celebrates the life and art of one of modern music's most revered figures.

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‘Queen: Live at the Rainbow ‘74’: Still Killer Queen, After All These Years

Live at the Rainbow '74 doesn't contain all of Queen's biggest commercial hits, but features some of their heaviest rock from their amazing early days.

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‘Devo: The Men Who Make the Music/Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig’: Punk and Progressive

If you've never been a Devo fan, this DVD will give you all the reason you need to remedy the situation.

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Twenty Years, Too Fast: ‘The Past Is a Grotesque Animal: A Film About Of Montreal’

The Past Is a Grotesque Animal takes a compelling, 20-year long story, and zips far too quickly through it.

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The Crazy Diamond Shines On in ‘The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story’

This re-release is a complete and balanced documentary about a rock genius whose contributions proved to be short-lived, yet resonate.

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The Fall of The Clash Minus the Rise

For a telling of "the only band that mattered", there's something of a lack of yeast in the brew, here.

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‘Sensation: The Story of the Who’s Tommy’ Lives Up to Its Name

What more is there to say about the rock opera, Tommy? Quite a lot.

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17 Jan 2014 // 3:04 AM

Mastodon: Live at Brixton

This is a well-made concert film of Mastodon at their best. And the 23-song setlist covers their whole catalog.

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Bold, Colorful and Bracing: ‘Stan Getz Quartet, Live at Montreux 1972’

The great band featuring Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Tony Williams, at its best.

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‘Springsteen and I’ Really Is About the Fans More than the Man Himself

The heart is in the right place even if the head isn't for Springsteen and I, a "fan-made" homage to the Boss for... who, exactly?

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It’s Love, Love, Love All Around in ‘Springsteen & I’

I felt ridiculous, but I found myself choking back tears throughout this film.

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Dream Theater Is Reinvigorated, Revitalized, and Ready

Dream Theater, now in its third decade, suffered what could have been a crippling blow, the loss of drummer Mike Portnoy. The band found a replacement and got (to everyone's surprise) better. This new DVD is proof.

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‘Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian’ Deliver Impressive Prog and Fusion

Four titans of progressive rock demonstrate their individual and collective genius. The virtuosity is dizzying but no one gets hurt.

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19 Sep 2013 // 7:10 AM

Anathema: Universal

Universal is not just a document of a stellar live show; it’s the culmination of everything Anathema has worked for up to this point.

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‘Song of the South’ Celebrates Duane Allman’s Genius

This unauthorized documentary traces Duane Allman's passage from apprentice to master with authority and fine examples.

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‘Graham Parker & The Rumour: This is Live’ Gains Momentum, But Does Not Sustain

Graham Parker reunited with the Rumour and played their first live show together in 31 years for Judd Apatow's This is 40. The band is heavy on the skill, but not quite as heavy on the passion for their classic songs.

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A Little Shire Within Themselves: ‘We Are Modeselektor’

Far from a basic VH1 “behind-the-scenes look”, We Are Modeselektor gives a human face to the cool digital glitches of Modeselektor’s sound.

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Like The Dude, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Abides

What we get with Jethro Tull Around the World Live, is visual and sonic documentation of a legend aging (mostly with grace) before our eyes.

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The Dead in Fine Form: ‘Grateful Dead View from the Vault Vol. III and IV’

Fans of the Grateful Dead all have their favorite era, but in 1987 and 1990, the San Francisco outfit was playing some of the best shows of its career. These two volumes are proof positive of that.

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Paul McCartney & Wings Soar in ‘Rockshow’

That Paul McCartney was having a fantastic 1976 is plain to see in the concert film Rockshow, featuring performances from the North American leg of his Wings Over the World tour, and recently released on DVD and Blu-ray.

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