Ep. 29: Bootlegging
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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

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

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

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Restless Souls: How Pearl Jam fought back with 'Vitalogy'
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The Black Keys settle in for the slow burn on 'Turn Blue'
Side-stepping arena rock, The Black Keysand Danger Mouse soften their approach and slide headlong into a record full of R&B grooves for their ninth album.

Neil Young etches old favorites into wax for 'A Letter Home'
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The Hold Steady puts the parties in perspective on 'Teeth Dreams'
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Beck returns to a distant sound on 'Morning Phase'
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Ryan Adams skips formality in keeping Newport's spirit alive
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Revelation and rediscovery with Phish after a decade away
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The Hold Steady and Deer Tick turn Boston into a scream
Two bands differing in sound but linked in spirit helped turn the House of Blues in Boston into the rowdiest bar in town. And yes, it was very, very loud.

Band of Horses continue their acoustic experiments in Somerville
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Powering through all phases with Pearl Jam's 'Grievance'
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A lesson in punk, optimism and history with the Minutemen
The Minutemen's classic Double Nickels on the Dime is an album that practically plays like it's on shuffle as is, so getting a random flash of inspiration from it wasn't so strange.

Slipping back into George Harrison's material world
Stumbling onto Martin Scorsese's George Harrison: Living in the Material World reinvigorated a passion for the man's music and the way he carried his career.

Tom Petty, repressed memories and occasionally cow turds
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