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Tuesday, April 12 2011

‘Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm’ Doesn’t Swing, It Blasts!

A super-informative look at a great jazz bandleader, arranger, composer and educator. I was surprised by how ferocious and dynamic Stan Kenton's music is, both in the sense of a dynamo and in its rhythmic structure.

Wednesday, March 30 2011

‘Steve Reich: Phase to Face’ Suffers from Restraint

Do you hear that? It's the sound of the surface barely being scratched over Steve Reich's career.

Monday, March 21 2011

‘Heart: Night At Sky Church’: Praise the Rock ‘n’ Roll Goddesses

I love it when a famous band kicks into a famous song live. No matter how many times I’ve heard the song before, when that first familiar beat, note or riff rings out, I feel an indescribable sense of elation.

Tuesday, March 15 2011

Depeche Mode Rewind: 30 Years at the Edge’ Succeeds Only in Misleading

A documentary about one of the most compelling bands of the '80s is unworthy of its purported subject.

Sunday, February 20 2011

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session

While blues fans will rejoice at the prospect of being owning legitimate CD quality versions of the In Session tracks, actually laying eyes on the two masters as they trade licks is an even more compelling proposition

Tuesday, February 8 2011

The Real McCoy of Rock: ‘Graham Parker & The Figgs Live at the FTC’

Graham Parker & The Figgs Live at the FTC may not be an essential performance, but Parker himself is one of the indispensable performers of the rock era.

Monday, February 7 2011


Michael Epstein's moving documentary offers fresh insights into the lives of John Lennon.

Sunday, January 23 2011

‘INXS: Mystify’: A Last Gasp of the ‘80s Oz Invasion

INXS' sound has always straddled a line between grungy arena bombastic Eurotrash disco slinkiness.

Sunday, January 9 2011

‘Michael Jackson’s Vision’ Into the Future

The Moonwalker's short films are brought together here in a single collection. Are you still down with Michael? Are you down? Are you bad?!

Wednesday, December 15 2010

‘Michael Nyman: Composer in Progress and Michael Nyman in Concert’ Might Make You Po-go

Interviews with Michael Nyman and his band members reflect a passion for constantly pushing the limits of composition and performance.

Sunday, December 5 2010

‘R.E.M.: Live from Austin, TX’ May Not Be History in the Making, but It’s Certainly Entertaining

R.E.M. made their Austin City Limits debut less than a month before the release of Accelerate. It's clear that they were excited about the album.

Monday, November 29 2010

‘Ladies and Gentlemen… The Rolling Stones’: If I Had Panties, I’d Toss Them at the TV

In 1972 the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world released the greatest rock 'n' roll record the world has ever known and then went on tour to prove it. Some of the results are here.

Thursday, November 18 2010

‘Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection’ The Master at Work, Captured Here

These live performances demonstrate Frank Sinatra's constant transformation; from the Jersey wiseguy monologues to singing that lays bare his soul, as though he’s shining a spotlight down a well.

‘The Pixies: Acoustic & Electric Live’: Having the Time of Their Lives

Starting in the mid-’80s, the Pixies laid the foundation for indie/alternative/Britpop/grunge music for decades to come. See two incredible live performances on one Blu-ray with this set.

Thursday, November 11 2010

Laugh While You Weep with ‘Bill Hicks: The Essential Collection’

If Hicks succeeded at anything, his special gift was in delineating the prurience —and profit-seeking— that has always hidden in plain view beneath the puritanical façade our politicians, priests and TV producers obligingly maintain.

Thursday, November 4 2010

The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts

The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts documents two nights of star-studded shows at Madison Square Garden celebrated the silver anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a three-disc DVD set.

Wednesday, November 3 2010

‘Until the Light Takes Us’ is Grim and Frostbitten

As much as the filmmakers should be credited for accessing the most relevant players and revealing their impulses, the approach to storytelling is out of balance and prone to tangents of association and rationalization.

Sunday, October 24 2010

‘Rush: 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums’: The Album Rush was Meant to Make (Both of Them)

Rush finally found their sound on 2112 at the same time disco, punk and new wave were ascendant; to the band's considerable credit, they were not only aware of these new developments, but eager to incorporate them into their ever-evolving repertoire.

Monday, October 18 2010

‘Electric Light Orchestra Live: The Early Years’ My Dad Was There, and I’m Jealous

Despite their early successes, it would be a few years before the band was a true pop juggernaut, touring the globe in a spaceship.

Tuesday, October 12 2010

In ‘Jane’s Addiction: Live Voodoo’, the Air Is Charged with an Electricity that’s Felt Even on DVD

On Halloween, 2009, a reunited Jane’s Addiction cast a spell over the crowd at the Voodoo Experience music and arts festival in New Orleans, a ritual exquisitely documented on Jane's Addiction: Live Voodoo.

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