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.
Wednesday, January 6 2010
Guggenheim’s portraits of the three guitarists are meant to emphasize and reemphasize the guitar’s limitless possibilities.
Tuesday, December 15 2009
This is the rare rock documentary made for real rock fans. Its in-depth look into such a specific period clearly marks the intended audience as beyond the casual fan.
Sunday, November 22 2009
This Blu-ray release of 2005 concert depicts a burnt out Shady in a transitional state before his Relapse.
Wednesday, November 11 2009
It pains me to suggest that watching The Secret Policeman Rocks! is akin to swallowing a tablespoon of humanist medicine...
Monday, November 2 2009
This more often than not pays proper attention to the artistic prowess on display, which saves it from playing too laboriously like someone else's vacation slideshow.
Sunday, October 25 2009
This DVD enthusiastically shows a collaborative collective at the peak of its prowess, melding many musical traditions with swift, deft fingers into its own interwoven representation of Irish culture.