Another late night with Tom Petty's Highway Companion

The Stones let it loose in swirling repetition

'One Night' and the casual command of Elvis Presley

Bad luck, blue eyes and goodbye to another year

There are no obvious answers, and the song remains the same

Robert Pollard takes Boston on a 50-song Guided by Voices tour

Mark Lanegan quietly commands the crowd in Allston

Black Pistol Fire turns the Sinclair into a sweaty blues mecca

Eagles of Death Metal hold a rock and roll revival in Boston

Rich Robinson gets a second shot at his debut Paper

Pearl Jam sprints through a marathon at Madison Square Garden

You and I offers another glimpse into Jeff Buckley's brilliance

Mac Sabbath's demented metal vision comes to Cambridge

The Who step up in Boston on pure determination

The never-ending grind of life, as illustrated by The Who By Numbers




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Cutting through the noise, live at A&R studios
In the middle of so much bad news, an uplifting exercise is to just dive headfirst into some music. The Allman Brothers Band took care of that more than 40 years ago in New York City.

Gregg Allman, the soul of the Allman Brothers Band
Gregg Allman died at the age of 69, and leaves an impact as deep as the soulful voice that carried his band for so long.

Remembering Chris Cornell, forever
Chris Cornell is gone at 52 years old.

Nothing As It Seems' and the story of Pearl Jam
Before Pearl Jam is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a simple case that "Nothing As It Seems" might be one of the more important songs in their catalog.


Ryan Adams explores the space of the studio on Prisoner
Taking his time to explore his thoughts, Ryan Adams crafts a mature record that works as a whole and demands to stay on the turntable.

Darker and lighter reflections: Music in 2016
This year was obviously a mess. But we kept getting a lot of good music, and it helped keep everything afloat a little while longer.

25 years later, Temple of the Dog looks back on tragedy and triumph
Via alternate mixes, demos and outtakes, the deluxe edition of Temple of the Dog paints a fuller picture of the process that created one of the singular moments of the 1990s.

Neil Young crafts his inorganic view of the planet on Earth
Blending live recordings from his 2015 tour with Promise of the Real with field recordings of wild animals and traffic was a risk Young was all too happy to take.


Bruce Springsteen's journey, through four hours and one song
Closing out a nine-month tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band put on a tireless show at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium and revealed more than just a varied setlist.

Community and the unexpected, framed through Pearl Jam's Wrigley Field
Making up for a weather-interrupted first run, Pearl Jam burned through two marathon shows in Chicago and reinforced a sense of belonging in the process.

Pearl Jam steps up in their first trip to Fenway
After years of rumors, Pearl Jam finally headlined Boston's famous ballpark and put on two shows to remember.

Rich Robinson explores the space of his new songs in Allston
Rich Robinson walked into Brighton Music Hall armed with yet another new record and a couple of funny observations on crowd behavior..

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