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Sunday, October 18 2009

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.


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.


Wednesday, October 7 2009

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.


Thursday, September 24 2009

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.


Monday, September 21 2009

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.


Monday, September 7 2009

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.


Sunday, August 2 2009

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.


Sunday, July 26 2009

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.


Thursday, July 23 2009

Trevor Horn and Friends: Slaves to Rhythm

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


Wednesday, July 22 2009

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.


Sunday, July 5 2009

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.


Thursday, June 18 2009

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.


Tuesday, June 9 2009

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.


Sunday, May 31 2009

Depeche Mode: The Dark Progression Unauthorized

A reverent and academic investigation of the band’s music, their rise to fame, and their lasting influence on the music world.


Monday, May 18 2009

Charles Mingus: Epitaph

If you enjoy great composition, then this is for you.


Wednesday, April 22 2009

Morrissey: From Where He Came to Where He Went

Unfortunately, this set is an unauthorized account of Morrissey’s career and it shows.


Sunday, April 19 2009

NOFX: Backstage Passport

The eight installments offer childish mayhem but reveal surprising heart amid the chaos.


Thursday, April 9 2009

Soundstage: Foreigner - Live

Many longtime Foreigner fans may have fretted that the group gave up the ghost, but judging by their recent appearance on this showcase, such concerns are for naught.


Wednesday, April 8 2009

Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson: Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center New York City

The video record of the January 2007 concerts combining Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson is simply beautiful.


Tuesday, April 7 2009

Jazz Icons: Sonny Rollins Live in ‘65 & ‘68

In his mid and late-30s, Sony Rollins was playing with the intelligence of age but the still blazing heat of youth.


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