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.
Sunday, October 18 2009
Gogol Bordello's live DVD/CD might not win new converts, but it's wild enough to be one hell of a show.
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.
Wednesday, October 7 2009
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.
Thursday, September 24 2009
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.
Monday, September 21 2009
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.
Monday, September 7 2009
Almost 50 years later, Holiday's sad and partly triumphant story is still ours to trivialize, as exemplified here. Sad.
Sunday, August 2 2009
The music mostly as fusion fans will remember it: bombastic and amazing, mechanical and fleet, leaden and eventually freshly swinging.
Sunday, July 26 2009
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.
Thursday, July 23 2009
Trevor Horn possesses a signature pop savvy and excellence that links disparate musical worlds.
Wednesday, July 22 2009
A bleak 1987 concert by Miles Davis, reminding us that the '80s (and certain legends) are best forgotten.
Sunday, July 5 2009
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.
Thursday, June 18 2009
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.
Tuesday, June 9 2009
The second disc is a keeper; the first, flick it out an open window and watch it fly.
Sunday, May 31 2009
A reverent and academic investigation of the band’s music, their rise to fame, and their lasting influence on the music world.