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Diving back into the enveloping world of Grateful Dead bootlegs

Searching for answers, 20 years after Kurt Cobain

The Hold Steady put the parties in perspective on 'Teeth Dreams'

Digital overload and Ryan Adams' 'Crossed Out Name'

Beck returns to a distant sound on 'Morning Phase'

Band of Horses strips down on 'Acoustic at the Ryman'

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

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UPDATED: Nov. 16, 2014

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The Faces finally received their due on 'Five Guys Walk into a Bar'
After years of having their music lost in the shuffle, the Faces' 2004 box set Five Guys Walk Into a Bar pulled the best of the band's music together in one spot, and it's a ridiculous listen.

Led Zeppelin's early fury captured at the Fillmore West
In his edition of Bootlegging, a recording from April, 1969, shows Led Zeppelin introducing audiences to their ridiculously heavy blend of rock and blues on an early American tour.

Robert Plant continues his search for the sound on 'Lullaby'
On Lullaby and ... The Ceaseless Roar, Robert Plant comes as close as he ever has to his ideal sound — a futuristic combination of his oldest musical influences.

Ryan Adams sounds relaxed and recharged on his new album
Three years removed from his last album, Ryan Adams sounds recharged on this self-titled return, tackling sounds he hasn't attempted in more than a decade.

Ty Segall's 'Manipulator' is a roaring, massive masterpiece
Frantically jumping from one song to the next with the same bursts of psychedelic punk energy, Ty Segall throws together a brilliant double album with Manipulator.

Spoon returns with a funkier edge on 'They Want My Soul'
Rather than returning to the template after four years away, Spoon boiled down their strengths to the skeleton and messed with the rest for a dance-heavy record.


Pearl Jam drives small town Moline to maddness with 'No Code'
Drawing up a setlist crazy even for them, Pearl Jam pulled out all the stops in their first visit to Moline, Ill., playing their 1996 album No Code in full and going from there.

Jeff Tweedy embraces the hurdles at Berklee
Jeff and Spencer Tweedy are on the road, and the elder Tweedy is finding new spaces and opportunities in his live Sukierae sets, as he did at the Berklee Performing Arts Center.

Tom Petty embraces a fighting spirit at Fenway
In the Red Sox' historic ballpark, Petty and the Heartbreakers blended tough rhythms and new songs with old hits, keeping the crowd enthralled and the music vital.

Ryan Adams skips formality in keeping Newport's spirit alive
Ryan Adams didn't strip down to an acoustic set for the annual Newport Folk Festival. Instead, he plugged in, turned up and let the music keep the day alive.


Saying goodbye to the Allman Brothers Band
News of the Allman Brothers Band playing their final show sparked plenty of memories, both those experienced and those learned from 40-year-old records.

Two nights detailed by Paul Westerberg
The recent Replacements reunion spurred memories of a Paul Westerberg solo show from nearly a decade ago, featuring a funny moment during a not-so-funny song.

Robin Williams, and living with imperfections
Robin Williams took his own life. Before that, he used his uncanny ability to convey his humanness to make living a little better and little more fun for the rest of us.

Powering through all phases with Pearl Jam's 'Grievance'
"Grievance" is a song that winds its way through punk, protest and progressive modes, with thrashing guitars, lots of moving parts and lots of room to think about how it all works.

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