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. STORY
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.
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.
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..
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.
Pearl Jam sprints through a marathon at Madison Square Garden
Doing whatever they could to wear down the crowd, Pearl Jam burned through 35 songs in three hours in New York City's most famous arena.
Mac Sabbath's demented metal vision comes to Cambridge
Fusing elements from classic McDonald's ads and twisting them with the lore and sound of Black Sabbath leads to one of the most ridiculous and entertaining bands on the planet.
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.
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
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.
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.
By 1994, Pearl Jam had been backed into a corner. They responded with a dark album that was both catchy and anti-commercial.
Twenty years after Oasis' debut, we trace the highs, lows and lasting impact of Definitely Maybe.
Ryan Adams suffered heartbreak and frustration at the start of his solo career, and he channeled it all into his 2005 masterpiece, Cold Roses.
This special e-zine tackles all aspects of Petty's masterful Wildflowers, from the details to the personal.
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.
Chris Cornell stretched into the unknown on Euphoria Mourning
The re-release of Chris Cornell's first solo album gives listeners another chance at decoding his first statement post-Soundgarden.
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.
North Mississippi Allstars put a new spin on the ghosts of the blues
Taking their roots and pulling it through a modern filter, North Mississippi Allstars took underground blues to a new height on 2013's World Boogie Is Coming.
Led Zeppelin's early fury captured at the Fillmore West
In this edition of Bootlegging, a recording from April, 1969, shows Led Zeppelin introducing audiences to their ridiculously heavy blend of rock and blues on an early American tour.
Keith Richards reveled in old favorites on 'Stone Alone'
Free of his famous band and even his most famous instrument, Keith Richards found solace on some old standards in these rare solo sessions, all captured on a bootleg.
Technical difficulties can't stop a blazing set from the Who
Tape issues kept the Who from presenting their epic Quadrophenia album the way they wanted in 1973. So instead, they did everything short of setting their guitars on fire in this flawed, brilliant show.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse kept it beautifully ugly in 1976
On a major and memorable tour with Crazy Horse in 1976, Neil Young pulled out new songs, kept audiences on their toes and let the Horse make a mess of the electric sets, and it was all close to perfection.
Ty Segall topped the musical journey of 2014
In addition to Ty Segall's stunning Manipulator, 2014 saw the return of Sleater-Kinney and great albums from Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Stephen Malkmus and more.
Queens of the Stone Age marched to the top of 2013
Incredible records and blazing live shows helped Queens of the Stone Age, the Strokes, David Bowie, Pearl Jam and more lay claim to our favorite moments of 2013.
Sitting down with the mind behind Mercy Choir
For all intents and purposes, low-fi songsmith Paul Belbusti is Mercy Choir, and he was nice enough to take us behind the making of his latest record, Waabaayo.
Best of 2012: Lee Ranaldo steps out to the head of the class
Lee Ranaldo's solo rock debut led an impressive group of veterans and newcomers in 2012, including Bob Mould, Bruce Springsteen, Dinosaur Jr. and Japandroids.