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Ty Segall's 'Manipulator' is a roaring, massive masterpiece

Spoon returns with a funkier edge on 'They Want My Soul'

Robin Williams, and living with imperfections

Ryan Adams skips the formality in keeping the Newport spirit alive

A lesson in punk, optimism and history with the Minutemen

Tom Petty, repressed memories and occasionally cow turds

How Pearl Jam fought back and saved themselves on 'Vitalogy'

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

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UPDATED: April 15, 2015

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The Sonics make an unexpected return on 'This Is the Sonics'
The idea that the Sonics, 40 years after their last album, could come back together and match that ridiculus fury on a new album seemed like a stretch. But here we are, and they did it.

North Mississippi Allstars put a new spin on the ghosts of the blues
Taking their roots and pulling it through a twisted, modern filter, North Mississippi Allstars took underground blues to a new height on World Boogie Is Coming.

Pearl Jam worked out the bugs on 'Mt. Baker Theatre 5/10/00'
Pearl Jam's latest Vault release finds the band on the cusp of what would be a long, difficult tour in support of Binaural and eager to start playing again.

A special Dead show was first captured on 'Rockin' the Rhein'
Wading through more than 100 official live albums is no small task, but Rockin' the Rhein documents an excellent night on the Grateful Dead's 1972 European tour.

Sleater-Kinney returns with a fury on 'No Cities to Love'
Sleater-Kinney broke-up at the height of their career in 2006. After nearly a decade away, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss have reunited and resumed their groundbreaking work.

Elvis Presley was reborn on 'From Elvis in Memphis'
Hot on the heels of the fantastic '68 Comeback Special, Elvis went back home to record songs he could be proud of, and it became a career masterpiece.


Ryan Adams tunes in and plows through the noise in Boston
With his new band the Shining now operating at full speed, there was nothing stopping Ryan Adams from another great show in Boston's Wang Theatre.

Pearl Jam drives small town Moline to madness 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.


The moon, the stars, the unseasonable cold and 'Let it Be'
It's spring in Boston, but it's still freezing. So while the conditions aren't cooperating, it's time to think of warmer times and wait for the season to turn over.

The Black Crowes' complex recipe for surviving the cold
With temperatures hitting 10 degrees on a good day, there's been plenty of time to hole up in front of the turntable, ready and able to break down some of the Black Crowes' best work.

A million miles into Rory Gallagher's blues
Taking a deeper look into Rory Gallagher's vision of the blues, which was born in Ireland, inspired by Chicago and Cork and channeled as directly as possible.

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.

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