The Magpie Salute - High Water I The Magpie Salute
High Water I
Gord Downie - Introduce Yerself Gord Downie
Introduce Yerself
Radiohead - OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 Radiohead
OK Computer
OKNOTOK 1997 2017
Ryan Adams - Prisoner Ryan Adams
Temple of the Dog - 25th Anniversary Edition Temple of the Dog
Temple of the Dog [25th Anniversary Edition]
Neil Young - Earth Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Rich Robinson - Paper Rich Robinson
Paper [2016 Expanded Edition]
Jeff Buckley - You and I Jeff Buckley
You and I
Keith Richards - Crosseyed Heart Keith Richards
Crosseyed Heart
Wilco - Star Wars Wilco
Star Wars
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers [2015 Edition]
Ryan Adams - Live at Carnegie Hall Ryan Adams
Live at Carnegie Hall
The Sonics - This Is the Sonics The Sonics
This Is the Sonics
Pearl Jam - Mt. Baker Theatre 5/10/00 Pearl Jam
Mt. Baker Theatre Bellingham, WA 05/10/00
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways Foo Fighters
Sonic Highways
Robert Plant - Lullaby and ... The Ceaseless Roar Robert Plant
Lullaby and ... The Ceaseless Roar
Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
Ty Segall - Manipulator Ty Segall
Spoon - They Want My Soul Spoon
They Want My Soul
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Hypnotic Eye
The Black Keys - True Blue The Black Keys
Turn Blue
Neil Young - A Letter Home Neil Young
A Letter Home
The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams The Hold Steady
Teeth Dreams
Beck - Morning Phase Beck
Morning Phase
Band of Horses - Acoustic at the Ryman Band of Horses
Acoustic at the Ryman
Mark Lanegan - Has God Seen My Shadow? Mark Lanegan
Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011
Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes Bruce Springsteen
High Hopes
Stephen Malkmus - Wig Out at Jagbags Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Wig Out at Jagbags
Neil Young - Live at the Cellar Door Neil Young
Live at the Cellar Door
Glen Hansard - Drive All Night Glen Hansard
Drive All Night
Paul McCartney - New Paul McCartney
Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt Pearl Jam
Lightning Bolt
Nirvana - In Utero Nirvana
In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition
Mark Lanegan - Imitations Mark Lanegan
Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks Nine Inch Nails
Hesitation Marks
Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys
Bob Dylan - Another Self Portrait Bob Dylan
Another Self Portrait
The Bootleg Series,
Vol. 10
Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork
Paul McCartney - Wings Over America Wings
Wings Over America
The Flaming Lips - The Terror The Flaming Lips
The Terror
Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me Big Star
Nothing Can Hurt Me
Mudhoney - Vanishing Point Mudhoney
Vanishing Point
Mad Season - Above Deluxe Mad Season
Above - Deluxe
The Strokes - Comedown Machine The Strokes
Comedown Machine
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Specter at the Feast Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Specter at the Feast
David Bowie - The Next Day David Bowie
The Next Day

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Stripped down, the Magpie Salute carries on in New England

As an electric six-piece or an acoustic trio, the Magpie Salute dazzled crowds in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. STORY


Nothing's not my fault: Pearl Jam returns to Fenway Park
Back in Boston for a second tour through Fenway, Pearl Jam keeps the surprises flowing and the music meaningful.

Pearl Jam teams with Seattle to bring its music home
Playing their first shows in Seattle in five years, Pearl Jam brought their fans and city together with style and purpose.

Twisted words and singalongs: Capping four nights and 25 years with Radiohead in New York
Radiohead is not a band that revs up a crowd and urges people to get on their feet. They just do what only they can do, and the rest happens naturally.

Red Rocks, Ryan Adams and the magic of unexpected occurances
Getting to Red Rocks was a little bit of an ordeal. Everything else was above and beyond, including Adams' set.

Robert Plant's fire carries on in Boston
Still not satisfied to churn out the hits within any realm of expectation, Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters are blending every sound they can find into one unique brew.

The Magpie Salute bring their high-flying revival to New England
Still just a few months into their life as a band, the Magpie Salute fearlessly tackled a range of material in Boston and Hampton Beach, and seemed to have a blast doing so.

After 40 years, no excuses and no shortcuts for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Anniversary celebrations are nice, but thankfully Tom Petty and his band didn't use the occasion to just scribble through their set at Boston's TD Garden.

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.

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.

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.


The Magpie Salute establishes its own roots on High Water I
Stretching out on their first album of original material, the Magpie Salute steps out of all its collective shadows and into a new world.

Gord Downie turns his swan song, Introduce Yerself, into a series of love letters
The man who made his mark as the lead singer of the Tragically Hip took some of his ticking time to create a personal album that's deeply affecting.

No chance of escape: 20 years of wrestling with OK Computer
Two decades have done relatively little to dull the impression or confounding power of Radiohead's third album. The deluxe OKNOTOK 1997 2017 version somehow adds to the mystique.

Ryan Adams explores the space of the studio on Prisoner
Taking his time to explore his thoughts, Ryan Adams crafts a mature record that works as a whole and demands to stay on the turntable.

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.


Restless Souls

How Pearl Jam fought back and saved themselves with Vitalogy

By 1994, Pearl Jam had been backed into a corner. They responded with a dark album that was both catchy and anti-commercial.

Chasing the Sun

How Oasis crossed oceans with Definitely Maybe

Twenty years after Oasis' debut, we trace the highs, lows and lasting impact of Definitely Maybe.

Let it Ride

Ryan Adams' long, prolific road to Cold Roses

Ryan Adams suffered heartbreak and frustration at the start of his solo career, and he channeled it all into his 2005 masterpiece, Cold Roses.

Crawling Back to You

A critical and personal breakdown of Tom Petty's masterpiece, Wildflowers

This special e-zine tackles all aspects of Petty's masterful Wildflowers, from the details to the personal.


The Faces were flying immediately on First Step
It might not technically be their best work, but the Faces laid the foundation for their greatness with their debut First Step.

The Rolling Stones bring a heavy touch to Blue and Lonesome
It's not just that the Stones sound comfortable or pleasantly surprising on Blue and Lonesome, it's that they sound like no other band could while playing the blues.

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.


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.


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.

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.