Sunday, October 18 2009
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.
Monday, May 18 2009
If you enjoy great composition, then this is for you.
Wednesday, April 22 2009
Unfortunately, this set is an unauthorized account of Morrissey’s career and it shows.
Sunday, April 19 2009
The eight installments offer childish mayhem but reveal surprising heart amid the chaos.
Thursday, April 9 2009
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
The video record of the January 2007 concerts combining Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson is simply beautiful.
Tuesday, April 7 2009
In his mid and late-30s, Sony Rollins was playing with the intelligence of age but the still blazing heat of youth.
Monday, April 6 2009
If, as Kris Kristofferson said of Bob Dylan, "The guy's got so many sides he's round", this new DVD release shows what it's like to be in Dylan's orbit.