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Jethro Tull: Live At Madison Square Garden 1978

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.

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6 Jan 2010 // 10:00 PM

It Might Get Loud

Guggenheim’s portraits of the three guitarists are meant to emphasize and reemphasize the guitar’s limitless possibilities.

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Composing Outside the Beatles: Lennon and McCartney, 1967-1972

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.

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Eminem: Live from New York City

This Blu-ray release of 2005 concert depicts a burnt out Shady in a transitional state before his Relapse.

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The Secret Policeman Rocks!

It pains me to suggest that watching The Secret Policeman Rocks! is akin to swallowing a tablespoon of humanist medicine...

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2 Nov 2009 // 9:00 PM

All Tomorrow’s Parties

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.

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The Chieftains - Live at Montreux 1997

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.

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Gogol Bordello: Live from Axis Mundi

Gogol Bordello's live DVD/CD might not win new converts, but it's wild enough to be one hell of a show.

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Ringo Starr and the Roundheads: Live

Ringo Starr knows how to give his audience what they want, even when he's not giving them everything. This 2005 performance is a perfect example of showmanship, even if it's all too brief.

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Neil Hamburger: Western Music and Variety with Neil Hamburger

Neil Hamburger wants to annoy you; it works a little too well. If we laugh, it's out of relief – bad as we might feel, at least we’re not him.

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Punk in London / Punk in England

Punk in London and Punk in England provide an addlebrained and occasionally droning but nevertheless vital window onto a revolt while it's in progress.

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21 Sep 2009 // 9:59 PM

Unwigged and Unplugged

These veteran comedians are first-class nitpickers. They spent six weeks rehearsing the songs, the banter and other elements of the two-hour-15-minute concert.

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Billie Holiday: The Life and Artistry of Lady Day

Almost 50 years later, Holiday's sad and partly triumphant story is still ours to trivialize, as exemplified here. Sad.

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Return to Forever: Returns, Live at Montreux 2008

The music mostly as fusion fans will remember it: bombastic and amazing, mechanical and fleet, leaden and eventually freshly swinging.

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Deep Purple: History, Hits and Highlights 1968-1976

A 20-minute live version of “Mandrake Root” would be enough to convince me to sniff glue, put a safety pin through my cheek, and forget how to play guitar, too.

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Trevor Horn and Friends: Slaves to Rhythm

Trevor Horn possesses a signature pop savvy and excellence that links disparate musical worlds.

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Miles Davis: That’s What Happened, Live in Germany 1987

A bleak 1987 concert by Miles Davis, reminding us that the '80s (and certain legends) are best forgotten.

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John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band: Live in Toronto ‘69

This was the moment that the Beatles broke up. It's tough to watch footage from that night as anything other than the beginning of the long denouement to an epic story.

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18 Jun 2009 // 10:00 PM

Iron Maiden: Flight 666

Only Iron Maiden could pull a world tour like this off. The ecstatic reactions from India, to Australia, to Japan, to Central and South America, to Canada are all essentially the same the world over.

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Bruce Springsteen Road Trip: 40 Years of the Boss

The second disc is a keeper; the first, flick it out an open window and watch it fly.

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