Pearl Jam sprints through a marathon at Madison Square Garden

Mac Sabbath's demented metal vision comes to Cambridge

The Who step up in Boston on pure determination

Luther Dickinson turns the Brighton Music Hall into home

Chris Cornell shows all his roads traveled in Boston

Wilco goes for weird on Star Wars

Ride reintroduces its massive sound to Boston

Chris Cornell stretched into the unknown on Euphoria Mourning

Strangers Almanac and listening to the Whiskeytown that might have been

Rich Robinson delivers a stripped-down set in Rockport

Neil Young pours everything into the message in Mansfield

The Heartbreakers' first album finds Tom Petty on a mission

Mudhoney continues to defy physics in Allston

Spoon gets down to business at the House of Blues




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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. STORY


Robert Pollard takes Boston on a 50-song tour of Guided By Voices
Robert Pollard packed a suitcase full of songs from throughout his career, and Guided By Voices plowed through them all at the Paradise.

Mark Lanegan quietly commands the crowd in Allston
With just a guitarist and hardly a spare movement, Lanegan rolled through his set and kept the Brighton Music Hall completely captivated.

Black Pistol Fire turns the Sinclair into a sweaty blues mecca
Kevin McKeown and Eric Owen wasted no time in making sure the otherwise friendly Cambridge crowd was jumping, screaming and moshing to their music.

Eagles of Death Metal work a rock and roll revival in Boston
Boots Electric worked the stage like a rock and roll preacher while Eagles of Death Metal tore through the House of Blues.


Rich Robinson gets a second shot at his debut Paper
Just starting to reach a new peak as a solo artist, Rich Robinson got a chance to upgrade his first album, thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

You and I offers another glimpse into Jeff Buckley's brilliance
Early tapes of Jeff Buckley's first trip through a recording studio give listeners an opportunity to hear the singer as he was coming into his own.

Keith Richards is loose and in the groove on Crosseyed Heart
The Stones' guitarist explores all the facets of his sound on his third solo album.

Pete Townshend poured his frustration with life in the Who into Who Are You
In 1978, Pete Townshend was so fried that he channeled nearly an entire album into detailing the surreal life of being one of the Who. And it worked.


The never-ending grind of life, as illustrated by The Who By Numbers
Stuck at a crossroads in 1975, Pete Townshend and the Who took their frustrations out on an album that became one of the most human pieces in their catalog.

Extended excursions into Neil Young and 'Change Your Mind'
In between seemingly vague lyrics and verses, there's truth and mystery in Crazy Horse's long guitar passages.

David Bowie's sound and vision
David Bowie left an impact that will never be duplicated.

Breaking through the surface of Astral Weeks
In 1968, Van Morrison wrote a masterpiece that seems to grow even more gripping and confusing as the years pile on.

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