SEARCHING WITH MY GOOD EYE CLOSED


TELL ME A STORY

Completing the experiment: Looking back at Pearl Jam’s massive Mansfield show, 20 years later

Council Skies is Noel Gallagher at his retrospective best

All the lightness and everlasting weight of Alice in Chains, unplugged

Marching through time with Led Zeppelin

Hitting a new peak with the Allman Brothers Band on Hittin' the Note

David Crosby, you intractable titan

Crossing borders and making connections with Pearl Jam in Québec

Sonic Youth moves from noise to atmospheric jams and back on In/Out/In

At Fenway Park, Paul McCartney proves he remains without peer

Collapsing, rebuilding and reigniting with Pearl Jam in Arizona

The Stones' Love You Live is a ramshackle time capsule of a wild band

The lingering road to King Curtis and "Soul Serenade"

Dinosaur Jr. and the great indoors

All the phases, stages and winding roads to Let It Be

Fifty years later, new sounds collide with classic vibes on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass

Charlie Watts played with the band


WRITING A NOVEL

     


RECORD REVIEWS

Ty Segall - Three Bells

Ty Segall
Three Bells

The Smile - Wall of Eyes

The Smile
Wall of Eyes

Queens of the Stone Age - In Times New Roman...

Queens of the Stone Age
In Times New Roman...

Noel Gallagher - Council Skies

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Council Skies

Sonic Youth - In/Out/In

Sonic Youth
In/Out/In

Neil Young - Barn

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Barn

The Beatles - Let It Be The Beatles
Let It Be — Special Edition
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary George Harrison
All Things Must Pass — 50th Anniversary
Paul McCartney - McCartney III Paul McCartney
McCartney III
Tom Petty - Wildflowers & All The Rest Tom Petty
Wildflowers & All The Rest
The Flaming Lips - American Head The Flaming Lips
American Head
Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways Bob Dylan
Rough and Rowdy Ways
Pearl Jam - Gigaton Pearl Jam
Gigaton
Wilco - Ode to Joy Wilco
Ode to Joy
Radiohead - Minidiscs [Hacked] Radiohead
Minidiscs [Hacked]

UPDATED: Feb. 13, 2024

Band on the Run, an early favorite stripped to its rough essence

Paul McCartney - Band on the Run

Paul McCartney returns to his breakout Wings album and strips off its overdubs, revealing a new side to a classic record.


REVIEWS

Ty Segall’s Three Bells puts freedom ahead of genres and styles
Segall returns with another twisted set of sounds and songs, merging into one glorious freak-out..

The journey’s in the detours and the details with The Smile’s Wall of Eyes
The second album from The Smile is at once relaxed and urgent, resulting in just a delightful dost of twisted reality, and the perfect introduction to this still-new year of 2024.

The effortless greatness of the Rolling Stones at the El Mocambo
It might be heresy to suggest as much, but this might be the finest live moment of the Rolling Stones ever committed to tape.

Queens of the Stone Age step out of the darkness with In Times New Roman...
Josh Homme and company have emerged from these troubled times with an absolute masterpiece of an album.


VOICES

Dave Grohl - StorytellerDave Grohl: Drummer, guitarist, storyteller, survivor
Reading through his life and all the challenges he encountered along the way, I kept thinking about how many times I would’ve quit along his path.

Searching for the good stuff
Maybe this is normal. Maybe this is aging. But I’m listening to a lot of the same stuff lately.

“Now and Then,” and on and on again
By the grace of patience and modern technology, we have one last glimpse of the Beatles.

Pearl Jam Mansfield 2003 illustrationBack at the shack with Robbie and the Band
I can never overstate how much Robbie Robertson and the Band meant to all of us, just as we were trying to find our own voices.


CONCERT REPORTS

Pearl Jam in St Paul Traveling to Minnesota with Pearl Jam and everyone along the way
Another year, another Pearl Jam road trip, with the band and the surroundings delivering once again.

Don't Give Up Springsteen and the E Street Band play for those here and gone at Gillette Stadium
Bruce Springsteen was his revelatory self in Foxboro, Mass., paying tribute to all those who have helped him take part in this journey through the years.

Don't Give Up Robert Plant and Alison Krauss cement their unique musical path at Thompson’s Point
Plant and Krauss capped the U.S. leg of the Raise the Roof tour in the scenic surroundings of Portland's peninsula.

Don't Give Up Reentering My Morning Jacket’s orbit in Boston
After too many years away, it was great to be blasted by a My Morning Jacket live show again.