Ep. 26: Stop the clocks
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U2 marches back to consciousness with 'Invisible'

How Oasis crossed oceans with 'Definitely Maybe'

Mark Lanegan's solo career receives a fitting retrospective

Bruce Springsteen finds new life in older songs on 'High Hopes'

Lee Ranaldo's guitars speak for themselves in Allston

Llyewin Davis and the gravity of folk music

Stephen Malkmus keeps it weird on 'Wig Out at Jagbags'

Neil Young took an important step on 'Live at the Cellar Door'

Ringing in the new year with The Band

Queens of the Stone Age burn through Boston's Agganis Arena

Glen Hansard brings his voice to Springsteen's 'Drive All Night'

Elcodrive celebrates the long way home at the Narrows

Paul McCartney marries the experimental and familiar on 'New'

R.E.M. bent the laws of rock radio with 'E-Bow the Letter'

Remembering Lou Reed

Mark Lanegan's deafening roar takes center stage in Boston

Pearl Jam crafts 'Lightning Bolt' as a bold, intricate statement

Late night blues and the Black Keys

Nirvana's stark brilliance is laid bare on 'In Utero' box set

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Keith Richards reveled in old favorites on 'Stone Alone'
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Beck returns to a distant sound on 'Morning Phase'
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Band of Horses strips down and steps out on 'Acoustic at the Ryman'
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Chasing the Sun: How Oasis crossed oceans with 'Definitely Maybe'
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Mark Lanegan's haunting career receives a fitting retrospective
Running from his first solo recordings on, Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011 sums up the brilliance of Lanegan's work in three thrilling albums.


Band of Horses continue their acoustic experiments in Somerville
The setting waas perfect for Band of Horses to continue mining the territory on the recent Acoustic at the Ryman, recasting their back catalog in an intimate setting.

Lee Ranaldo's guitars speak for themselves in Boston
Supported by his band The Dust, Ranaldo channeled his vision of the pop song through clouds of guitar bursts and sonic noice in Allston's Brighton Music Hall.

Queens of the Stone Age burn through Boston's Agganis Arena
Holding the crowd in the palm of one hand and puffing through a cigarette with the other, Josh Homme and company mauled their way through an arena show. It was beautiful.

Music and message share center stage with Pearl Jam in Hartford
In the process of playing another marathon concert in Connecticut, Pearl Jam wasn't afraid to step up and let music convey the gravity and joy of real life.


Turning discomfort into art, via 'Blonde on Blonde'
Bob Dylan has no interest in conforming to expectations, and that spirit fueled some of his greatest work, from Blonde on Blonde to his Never Ending Tour today.

Joe Cocker and friends provide a rainy day soundtrack
Scouring the bargain bins on a rainy weekend resulted in finding Joe Cocker, Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood and an absolute treasure of an album.

Remembering Scott Asheton, drummer of The Stooges
Scott Asheton will be remembered by many people for many reasons. Nick will remember him for every ridiculous thing he heard The Stooges play, live and on record.

Digital overload and Ryan Adams' 'Crossed Out Name'
A typical late night doing nothing in particular became a little more memorable after iTunes decided things needed to be heavy and pulled up this Ryan Adams song.

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