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The Redemption of Elton John's 'Blue Moves'

Once reviled as bloated and pretentious, Elton John's 1976 album Blue Moves, is one of his masterpieces, argues author Matthew Restall in the latest installment of the 33 1/3 series.

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'Smithsonian Rock and Roll' Welcomes the Amateur Concert Photographer

This new book featuring concert photos taken by fans is a stylish, interesting, and absorbing, yet somewhat incomplete look at the history of popular music.

Music

Elton John: Wonderful Crazy Night

Elton John’s upbeat new album Wonderful Crazy Night brings a much-needed injection of good cheer and sunny optimism.

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For Elton John It's a 'Wonderful Crazy Night'

In addition to his myriad accomplishments as an artist, Elton John has long maintained a reputation as a tastemaker.

Randy Lewis
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'McSweeney's Internet Tendency' Takes on the Bathroom Reading Format

The beloved McSweeney's is stripped of its Internet cloak and laid before us on the bare, naked pages of print.

Music

Counterbalance No. 132: Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'

We bet that the 132nd most acclaimed album of all time will shoot down your plane, and it’ll take a couple vodka and limes to set you on your feet again. Counterbalance hunts the horny-backed toad with Sir Elton’s 1973 blockbuster.

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The 2013 Grammys: Rating the Performances (video collection)

See all the night’s performances in order from best to worst.

Music

John Lennon’s Biggest Solo Hits in the US

In celebration of what would have been his 72nd birthday, we take a look at the Lennon singles that American audiences sent up the charts.

Film

An Open Letter to Tom Cruise: How to Make a Movie Rock

Dear Tom Cruise: We know you are hurting from the failure of Rock of Ages. However, if you learn the lessons from the best rock-themed movies, you can still make a rock film for the ages.

Music

Celebrating Paul McCartney’s 70th Birthday With His Most Influential Songs

Taking a look at the Paul McCartney songs that have changed music history.

Music

The Top 10 Overplayed Songs You Hate by Artists You Love

Individually, they've each amassed a musical legacy worthy of several daily spins. Yet according to radio, these terrific musicians are only worth one -- or on the outside chance, two -- songs each. As a result, they've become pigeonholed, and these 10 tracks have become (almost) insufferable.

Music

Aretha Franklin: Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980 - 1998

Despite too many duets and a lack of variation, Aretha's voice still shines on her '80s hits.

Sports

Super Bowl XLVI: Battle of the Commercials

Which Superbowl commercials did we love? What was just a waste of our time?

Sports

Super Bowl XLVI: Did This Year’s Show Live Up to the Hype?

Arguably the biggest sporting event of the year (sorry, Olympics!), the Super Bowl telecast is usually the highest-rated program of the year. Did this year’s show live up to the hype?

Music

Billy Joel: Piano Man (The Legacy Edition)

Columbia reissues the album that launched Billy Joel's career into the stratosphere 38 years ago, along with an intimate live radio set that fills in some of the blanks.

Music

Leon Russell: Live in Japan

In the wake of the biggest comeback of 2010, we get a previously-unreleased pair of concert recordings from Russell featuring rarities, covers, medleys, and lots of honking, howling energy.

Music

Celebrating John Lennon’s 71st Birthday With Seven Underrated Songs

Though we instantly identify him with such hits as “Help!”, “I Am the Walrus”, “Imagine”, “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)”, and more, let’s look at seven of his lesser-known songs.

Music

Michael Chapman: Fully Qualified Survivor

Chapman released this record in 1970. It's been out of print on vinyl for years. It's never been issued on CD in the States. Oh, and it's also one of the best psych-folk records recorded. Ever.

Television

The Year in TV: April 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in April 2010.

Music

Potential Grammy Nominees for Song of the Year?

This is a look at likely contenders for the Song of the Year, which is a composer/songwriter’s award.

Music

Strictly Global: A Source for Music Videos on Broadcast TV

The kind of show you wished MTV would make.

Music

10 Years Later: Robbie Williams' The Ego Has Landed

A decade after landing on our shores, this gem still hasn't gotten its due.

Music

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... - Episode 1

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... - 9pm EST/PST - Sundance Channel

Music

Timbaland: Shock Value

The man who calls himself Thomas Crown steps into the spotlight for an above-average pop album that could have been so much more.

Music

Elton John: Rocket Man: Number Ones

Without a doubt, Elton John is a rocket man who is still in ship shape.

Dan MacIntosh
Music

Elton John: The Captain & The Kid

In seeking to replicate the effect of their classic 1975 album Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy, John and Taupin have only succeeded in shining a spotlight on their own inadequacies.

Music

The Decline and Fall of Elton John's 'Captain Fantastic'

The obstacles Elton John and Bernie Taupin faced on the road to fame are recorded here.

Tim O'Neil
Music

Elton John: Peachtree Road

This all might be formulaic schlock, but it's expertly played and produced schlock by a master of the form, and he should be awarded some points for that.

Michael Pucci

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