NICK TAVARES: Positively Blake St.

Frampton Comes Alive! is still a winner
March 17, 2024

A light finally shines on the Yardbirds
March 10, 2024

Band on the Run, an early favorite stripped to its rough essence
Feb. 13, 2024

Dave Grohl: Drummer, guitarist, storyteller, survivor
Jan. 26, 2024

Searching for the good stuff
Jan. 7, 2024

"Now and Then," and on and on again
Nov. 2, 2023

Back at the shack with Robbie and the Band
Aug. 14, 2023

Completing the experiment: Looking back at Pearl Jam’s massive Mansfield show, 20 years later
July 11, 2023

All the lightness and everlasting weight of Alice in Chains, unplugged
March 23, 2023

Marching through time with Led Zeppelin
Feb. 16, 2023

David Crosby, you intractable titan
Jan. 23, 2023

R.E.M.'s ceaseless support, remixed
Jan. 4, 2023

The lingering road to King Curtis and “Soul Serenade”
Jan. 19, 2022

Charlie Watts played with the band
Aug. 25, 2021

The fervent, furious sounds of Bloomfield and Butterfield
May 7, 2021

Revelations and repeated listens with Layla
Feb. 3, 2021

Tiny Music and Stone Temple Pilots' long-overdue reconsideration
Jan. 19, 2021

Salvation, bootlegs and mid-morning revelations
Dec. 23, 2020

Navigating those solitary moments with Bob Dylan's solitary triumph
Dec. 1, 2020

Late nights on Abbey Road
Oct. 25, 2020

The Kinks' Kronikles stands as their greatest collection
Sept. 9, 2020

Walking, waiting and hoping on the rest of Tom Petty's Wildflowers
Aug. 19, 2020

Through the years with “Wharf Rat” and the Grateful Dead
July 25, 2020

One year later, another night with the Rolling Stones
July 13, 2020

Locked in with Day For Night and the Tragically Hip
March 15, 2020

Night 43: A scorching introduction to Pearl Jam's bootlegs
Jan. 28, 2020

Led Zeppelin's cottage revival and the birth of III
Jan. 13, 2020

Ginger Baker, a life ummatched
Oct. 7, 2019

Winding through the astral plane with the Velvet Underground
July 31, 2019

The blinding, belated brilliance of Bob Dylan's Street-Legal
Feb. 22, 2019

Weird, real, emotional: traveling the years with Stephen Malkmus and Pig Lib
Jan. 27, 2019

Led Zeppelin's first contact, 50 years later
Jan. 12, 2019

R.E.M., rediscovery and collapsing into 2019
Jan. 7, 2019

Balance, "Beware of Darkness" and George Harrison
Nov. 7, 2018

Another ride through Neil Young's "Music Arcade"
Oct. 11, 2018

Retrorockets fired and burned on the Black Crowes' Lions
Sept. 23, 2018

Chris Cornell as a Sunday morning accompaniment
Feb. 19, 2018

The minimal backing and misheard confessions of Radiohead’s ‘Present Tense’
Nov. 10, 2017

Remembering Tom Petty, a virtual friend
Oct. 3, 2017

Cutting through the noise, live at A&R studios
May 31, 2017

Gregg Allman, the soul of the Allman Brothers Band
May 29, 2017

Remembering Chris Cornell, forever
May 18, 2017

'Nothing As It Seems' and the story of Pearl Jam
April 4, 2017

Another late night with Tom Petty's Highway Companion
Feb. 22, 2017

The Stones let it loose in swirling repetition
Jan. 24, 2017

'One Night' and the casual command of Elvis
Jan. 9, 2017

Bad luck, blue eyes and goodbye to 2016
Jan. 1, 2017

There are no obvious answers, and the song remains the same
Nov. 12, 2016

The never-ending grind of life, as illustrated by The Who By Numbers
March 16, 2016

Extended excursions into Neil Young and 'Change Your Mind'
March 2, 2016

David Bowie's sound and vision
Jan. 11, 2016

Breaking through the surface of Astral Weeks
Sept. 11, 2015

Strangers Almanac and listening to the Whiskeytown that might have been
Aug. 30, 2015

Neil Young sings for the Stringman, and everyone
July 29, 2015

Saying goodbye to the ritual of The Late Show with David Letterman
May 20, 2015

The difficulties of aging and listening to someone other than Jimi Hendrix
April 30, 2015

Appreciating the mystery in Gram Parsons' 'She'
April 15, 2015

The moon, the stars, the unseasonable cold and 'Let It Be'
March 25, 2015

The Black Crowes complex recipe for surviving the cold
Jan. 11, 2015

A million miles into Rory Gallagher's blues
Dec. 2, 2014

Saying goodbye to the Allman Brothers Band
Nov. 4, 2014

Two nights detailed by Paul Westerberg
Sept. 14, 2014

Robin Williams, and living with imperfections
Aug. 12, 2014

Powering through all phases with Pearl Jam's 'Grievance'
Aug. 7, 2014

A lesson in punk, optimism and history with the Minutemen
July 22, 2014

Slipping back into George Harrison's material world
June 29, 2014

Tom Petty, repressed memories and occasionally cow turds
June 4, 2014

Running full circle with Pete Townshend's 'Drowned'
May 28, 2014

Diving back into the enveloping world of Grateful Dead bootlegs
April 27, 2014

Searching for answers, 20 years after Kurt Cobain
April 8, 2014

Turning discomfort into art, via 'Blonde on Blonde'
April 6, 2014

Joe Cocker and friends provide a rainy day soundtrack
March 31, 2014

Remembering Scott Asheton
March 17, 2014

Digital overload and Ryan Adams' 'Crossed Out Name'
March 14, 2014

U2 marches back to consciousness with 'Invisible'
Feb. 10, 2014

Llewyn Davis and the gravity of folk
Jan. 9, 2014

Ringing in the new year with the Band
Jan. 4, 2014

Elcodrive celebrates the long way home at the Narrows
Dec. 1, 2013

Even the Who at their worst were worth repeated listens
Nov. 20, 2013

R.E.M. bent the laws of rock radio with 'E-Bow the Letter'
Nov. 5, 2013

Remembering Lou Reed
Oct. 27, 2013

Late night blues and the Black Keys
Oct. 6, 2013

Walt, Jesse and Neil in the desert
Sept. 8, 2013

Nothing lasts and nothing can hurt me
July 30, 2013

Ten years of Pearl Jam concerts, documented and charted
July 2, 2013

'Prodigal Son' and the rebirth of the Rolling Stones
June 29, 2013

Keith Richards helped illustrate the vulnerability of Tony Soprano
June 22, 2013

'You can't fire me because I quit'
May 26, 2013

Revisiting the Allman Brothers Band on a not-so-stormy Monday
May 6, 2013

Accidental soundtracks and the sounds of home
May 2, 2013

Reconstructing Jimi Hendrix's final album
March 17, 2013

George Harrison's lesson on cynicism
Feb. 25, 2013

Searching for Richard Manuel
Jan. 18, 2013

'Before the Frost' and the makings of a wintertime album
Jan. 12, 2013

'Tonight's the Night' and the power of suggestion
Jan. 5, 2013

Months of frustration manifest as a three-record set
Dec. 30, 2012

Coping with the senseless
Dec. 14, 2012

Rescuing Led Zeppelin's 'Presence' from the bargain bins
Nov. 12, 2012

'Call Me On Your Way Back Home' another song that delivers a blow
Oct. 22, 2012

The Rolling Stones restart the cycle with 'Doom and Gloom'
Oct. 16, 2012

'Hard Promises' and the myth of the greatest hits set
Sept. 9, 2012

Joe Strummer's unwritten future at 60
Aug. 21, 2012

The Who are touring, but what does 'The Who' mean?
July 19, 2012

Is Radiohead rock and roll's first concept band?
June 5, 2012

Adam Yauch led a life well lived
May 7, 2012

To Levon Helm, goodbye and thanks
April 17, 2012

The Black Keys grow up without selling out
March 6, 2012

Tracing the path of Neil Young's "Helpless"
Jan. 24, 2012

Ticket stub memories: sorted, filed and treasured
Dec. 26, 2011

Revisiting the mechanical world of cassettes
Nov. 9, 2011

The perfect couple are no more?
Oct. 17, 2011

Pearl Jam's "Olé" another sign of descent
Sept. 10, 2011

Uncovering the horror of 'Midnight Rambler'
Aug. 25, 2011

The parallel universe of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Aug. 16, 2011

Radiohead's lyrics as tools of guidance
March 1, 2011

Goodbye to the White Stripes
Feb. 2, 2011

Is Cake topping the charts such a bad thing?
Jan. 21, 2011

In a good mood? What to do?
Oct. 17, 2010

Love and passion on the Backstreets
Sept. 11, 2010

Keith Richards, captured in a moment of calm
Aug. 26, 2010

Nothing saves the season like 'Waterloo Sunset'
Aug. 22, 2010

The Dead Weather arrive in time to save the summer
Aug. 14, 2010

Total immersion: Delving into Jimi Hendrix's home recordings
Jan. 23, 2010

2009: My year in music
Dec. 29, 2009

How I was freed from the shackles of classic rock by 'Gold'
Nov. 14, 2009

33 ways to a better listening experience
Oct. 22, 2009

What would another Beatles album have looked like?
Sept. 30, 2009

'Quadrophenia' lets the tide in
July 20, 2009

Random Notes: Where the bootlegs invade iTunes
July 8, 2009

Art inspiring art, a tribute to Cameron Crowe's masterpiece
Jan. 17, 2009

Three albums can cure a bad day's hangover
Nov. 24, 2008

CDs? Do they still make those?
Nov. 8, 2008

Random Notes: Pay respect to Queens and Kinks through the magic of iTunes
Sept. 27, 2008

Living a Pearl Jam Show 3,000 miles away
July 5, 2008

Ryan Adams is holding me hostage
May 27, 2008

Am I a musician? No. No. Probably not.
May 7, 2008

Ryan Adams' life a true work of art
April 17, 2008

Why do so many Black Keys fans act like complete tools?
April 9, 2008

Not for me: Pearl Jam tickets too rich for my blood
March 31, 2008

Random Notes: Where else can Mr. Mojo Risin' and the Gallaghers coexist peacefully?
October 23, 2007

From the abyss: Rediscovering the mighty Zeppelin
August 17, 2007

Random Notes: A journey into the world at random
July 3, 2007

R.E.M. receive their due from the rock n' roll hall of fame
March 17, 2007

Greetings from the road!
Jan. 11, 2007

A cassette classic makes a comeback
Dec. 17, 2006

Congratulations, Hinder! You're the worst band in the world!
Nov. 7, 2006

Discovering an exiled jam from Ryan Adams
Oct. 3, 2006

How the Black Crowes made my night
Sept. 13, 2006

How the Black Crowes ruined my morning
Sept. 8, 2006

It's official: I finally get Bruce Springsteen
July 14, 2006

Sad songs and the fits they cause
June 11, 2006

"So long, this time I'm gone"
May 2, 2006

The quest for the great, lost single
March 28, 2006

Discover the magic of the Faces — in a box
Feb. 1, 2006

Looking ahead to (and back from) 2006
Jan. 3, 2006

John Lennon's death, 25 years later
Dec. 8, 2005

Moving a time to dive into old and new favorites
Oct. 14, 2005

Sometimes, mistakes can be sold off
Sept. 14, 2005

News Flash: Stones tickets are expensive
August 27, 2005

A musical revelation — The Who changed everything
Aug. 17, 2005

It's time to pay debt to the forefather of the MP3
Aug. 3, 2005

MATT BERRY: Almost Relevant

Splintered live sides and revamped classics pop up at random
April 12, 2010

Alice in WTF are you serious?
March 2010

Random Entirely Programmed Notes: 'Backspacer' isn't a revelation, but all things considered, it's solid
Sept. 20, 2009

Random Notes: The many sides of the blues and plenty of live tunes
Nov. 10, 2008

Random Notes: The Keys, the Cat and a raspy Dylan
August 19, 2007

Great albums revisited: Are they really that good?
March 8, 2007

RACHEL TAVARES: The Chest in the Attic

An education in what to listen to
Sept. 26, 2008

Of pranksters and Pulitzers
Sept. 25, 2008

The Who redefine bittersweet
July 17, 2008

Proof that aging gracefully is possible: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Echo
Jan. 29, 2008

An old, familiar road: AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Jan. 28, 2008