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Robert Pollard takes Boston on a 50-song Guided by Voices tour

Mark Lanegan quietly commands the crowd in Allston

Black Pistol Fire turns the Sinclair into a sweaty blues mecca

Eagles of Death Metal hold a rock and roll revival in Boston

Pearl Jam sprints through a marathon at Madison Square Garden

You and I offers another glimpse into Jeff Buckley's brilliance

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

David Bowie's sound and vision

Chris Cornell shows all his roads traveled in Boston

Breaking through the surface of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks

Wilco goes for weird on Star Wars

Ride reintroduces its massive sound to Boston

Strangers Almanac and listening to the Whiskeytown that might have been


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'One Night' and the casual command of Elvis

After years in the wilderness of Hollywood, Elvis Presley came back and showed he could still level an audience with just his voice and an occasionally unplugged guitar. STORY


REVIEWS

Darker and lighter reflections: Music in 2016
This year was obviously a mess. But we kept getting a lot of good music, and it helped keep everything afloat a little while longer.
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25 years later, Temple of the Dog looks back on tragedy and triumph
Via alternate mixes, demos and outtakes, the deluxe edition of Temple of the Dog paints a fuller picture of the process that created one of the singular moments of the 1990s.
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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.
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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.
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CONCERT REPORTS

Bruce Springsteen's journey, through four hours and one song
Closing out a nine-month tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band put on a tireless show at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium and revealed more than just a varied setlist.
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Community and the unexpected, framed through Pearl Jam's Wrigley Field
Making up for a weather-interrupted first run, Pearl Jam burned through two marathon shows in Chicago and reinforced a sense of belonging in the process.
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Pearl Jam steps up in their first trip to Fenway
After years of rumors, Pearl Jam finally headlined Boston's famous ballpark and put on two shows to remember.
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Rich Robinson explores the space of his new songs in Allston
Rich Robinson walked into Brighton Music Hall armed with yet another new record and a couple of funny observations on crowd behavior..
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VOICES

Bad luck, blue eyes and goodbye to another year
It's 2017, so clearly it's time to call up a 25-year-old album and go for a long walk.
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There are no obvious answers, and the song remains the same
In lieu of rosy predictions about the state of the world, please enjoy this recounting of Led Zeppelin's tortured live album and how sometimes things can be made right.
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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.
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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.
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