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Appreciating the mystery in Gram Parsons' 'She'

The Sonics make an unexpected return with This Is the Sonics

The moon, the stars, the unreasonable cold and Let It Be

North Mississippi All-Stars put a new spin on the ghost of the blues

Pearl Jam worked out the bugs on Mt. Baker Theatre 5/10/00

A great night with the Dead captured on Rockin the Rhein

Sleater-Kinney returns with a fury on No Cities to Love

Elvis Presley was reborn on From Elvis in Memphis

The Black Crowes' complex recipe to survive the cold

Ty Segall topped the musical journey of 2014

A million miles into Rory Gallagher's blues

Ryan Adams tunes in and plows through the noise in Boston

Foo Fighters push boundries on Sonic Highways

Saying goodbye to the Allman Brothers Band

Pearl Jam drives small-town Moline to madness with No Code

The Faces got their due on Five Guys Walk Into a Bar...

Jeff Tweedy embraces the hurdles at Berklee

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



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Rich Robinson delivers a stripped-down set in Rockport
With a backdrop of the beach peeking through the Shalin Liu Performance Center's window, Rich Robinson got to work at reinterpreting his solo catalog, recast with just his voice and guitar.

Neil Young pours everything into the message in Mansfield
Backed by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Neil Young went on an electric guitar rampage at Great Woods.

Mudhoney continues to defy physics in Allston
Being this loud and this brash and this good for this long seems like it should be impossible.

Spoon gets down to business at the House of Blues
With minimal frills and a business-like demeanor, Brit Daniel and Spoon settled in and delivered a powerhouse set that spanned their long career in Boston.


The Heartbreakers' first record finds Tom Petty on a mission
Before stadiums and miles of hit records were a reality, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was just another hungry young band intent on making an impression.

The Rolling Stones are at their peak on 'Sticky Fingers'
Emerging from the tumultuous end of the 1960s, the Rolling Stones crafted a masterpiece so blinding that it just may eclipse everything else in the band's cannon.

Ryan Adams lays his quirks bare on 'Live at Carnegie Hall'
Stepping out without his backing band The Shining, Ryan Adams walked into two nights at Carnegie Hall with just a sprawling setlist and a cutting sense of humor.

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.


Strangers Almanac and listening to the Whiskeytown that might have been
Kicking back with the double LP reissue of Whiskeytown's second album and imagining of what it was like making music and trying not to break up.

Neil Young sings for the Stringman, and everyone
When a subject appears to be off limits or unsympathetic, that's usually when Neil Young will sweep in with a dramatic, soulful interpretation of an underdog's story.

Saying goodbye to the ritual of David Letterman
It's an end of an era that's been long approaching — the art of tuning in at 11:30 and getting in a few weird, perfect laughs before hearing some great music.

The difficulties of aging and listening to stuff other than Hendrix
A 33rd birthday and listening to nothing but old reliables, like Jimi Hendrix and Ryan Adams, coincided nicely with a new study that says people stop listening to new music after 33.

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