Tuesday, September 28 2010
Gorgeous cinematography, resonant audio quality and reverent intimacy combine with stunning live concert performances and candid off-stage sequences to show Cohen at the peak of his popularity and the top of his game.
Like so many artists who came into their own in the '70s (Bruce Cockburn, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young), Browne couldn’t figure out the post-new wave Reagan years.
Sunday, September 12 2010
More than 'just' the Beatles, it’s worth sitting through every second of every show to pretend you were there when it really happened, to see what entertainment and advertising were like in a bygone era and why a band singing about holding hands hit the country like an A-bomb.
Tuesday, July 13 2010
Black Sabbath's classic second album is given a throrough dissection on one of the best releases in the Classic Albums series.
Thursday, June 17 2010
This utterly abominable hatchet job makes an unforgivable hash of one of the great bands of the British Invasion.
Wednesday, June 2 2010
Featuring a performance of their first album, Clutch's latest live DVD is a guaranteed fan pleaser.
Tuesday, May 25 2010
Celebrating Death Row Records’ heyday of success and hedonism rather than the performance talents of Tupac Shakur, Tupac: Live at the House of Blues is a concert film that leaves a lot to be desired.
Thursday, May 6 2010
If there is any artist worthy of celebration in our contemporary American Idol Apocalypse, John Coltrane should serve as both antidote and inspiration.
Wednesday, April 28 2010
Director Phil Grabsky has skillfully interwoven Beethoven’s personal life with his musical life to create an illuminating study of a genius.
Thursday, April 15 2010
With his circling hi-def cameras, colored lighting, and dramatic angles, Daniel K. Berman has given some great jazz the royal treatment.
Sunday, April 4 2010
The pop acts are united by boundless energy, overenthusiastic talent, a wicked back-beat, and the overly polished performance style one gets from an entertainment industry predicated on social Darwinism.
Monday, March 1 2010
Twenty-five years is a lot to put into context, but someone should have at least tried.
Thursday, February 25 2010
In March of 2008, the four surviving original members of The Zombies reunited to perform their masterpiece four decades after disbanding. The result is this breathtaking show.
Tuesday, February 23 2010
I am... Somebody, chants the crowd in one of Rev Jesse Jackson’s favourite call-and-response lines, a summary of the basic themes of the Pan-African program. I am... Somebody! Thrilling stuff.
Sunday, February 21 2010
Sorry Guided By Voices fans, but there's no nice way to put it: this tedious, bewildering, and often unwatchable collage of rare home video footage of Dayton's favorite indie rock heroes is just flat out terrible.
Monday, February 15 2010
Thin Lizzy: Are You Ready features the 110 minute, 1981 live performance originally recorded for the German television program Rockpalast.
Thursday, February 11 2010
A combination of the powerful and the avant-garde, Meshuggah is as visceral and imposing an act as you'll ever see and hear.
Sunday, January 24 2010
A solid document of a 2007 performance from the Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen-fronted band. But with only two albums out, a live CD/DVD seems a bit superfluous.
Tuesday, January 19 2010
This two-disc set is a decent attempt at encapsulating the group's early career -- a formidable task given the complexities of both the band and the era.
Monday, January 11 2010
Out of time and possibly out of touch, Jethro Tull was a band for people who craved intelligent and occasionally challenging music, played convincingly by exceptional musicians. How quaint.