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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
The Black Crowes - Shake Your Moneymaker The Black Crowes
Shake Your Money Maker: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
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]
Tom Petty - An American Treasure Tom Petty
An American Treasure
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
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
Earth
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]
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
Ty Segall - Manipulator Ty Segall
Manipulator
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
New
Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt Pearl Jam
Lightning Bolt
Nirvana - In Utero Nirvana
In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition
Mark Lanegan - Imitations Mark Lanegan
Imitations
Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks Nine Inch Nails
Hesitation Marks
Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys
AM
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

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The journey’s in the detours and the details with The Smile’s Wall of Eyes

The Smile - 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.


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.

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.

Council Skies is Noel Gallagher at his retrospective best
As if on cue, Gallagher looks back and delivers an album that shines a light on the path beyond all this.

Sonic Youth moves from noise to atmospheric jams and back on In/Out/In
It's been too long without new music from Sonic Youth. And even if everything here is more than a decade old, it's still a thrilling listen.

Front cover of Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Barn Neil and the Horse swing in and out of time on Barn
Neil Young and Crazy Horse emerge with an album that exists for this moment and should last beyond it.

All the phases, stages and winding roads to Let It Be
The last Beatles album to be released gets the deluxe treatment that the music always deserved.

Fifty years later, new sounds collide with classic vibes on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass
A new mix and a wealth of alternate material provide new chapters to the story of Harrison's defiant first album.

Shake Your Money Maker will always tell the story of a band
Revisionist history will paint the Black Crowes as the story of two brothers, but the truth lies in the music.

Lockdown becomes a boon on McCartney III
Left to his own devices and devoid a modern producer, Paul McCartney followed his own beat and made a record worthy of this moment.

An overdue dream come true: Tom Petty’s complete vision of Wildflowers arrives
A quarter century in the making, Wildflowers & All the Rest —the total vision of Petty's masterpiece —is a welcome addition to the artist's cannon.


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.

Pearl Jam Crossing borders and making connections with Pearl Jam in Québec
A spur-of-the-moment decision to venture north lead to a memorable night of music in Canada français.

Roger Waters Roger Waters’ apocalyptic prophecies are drilled with precision in Boston
Roger Waters has something to say, and he's not subtle about how he says it. And we're all the better for it.

Don't Give Up At Fenway Park, Paul McCartney proves he remains without peer
Not to be dramatic about it, but over two nights in Boston, McCartney was an inspirational force of nature.

Don't Give Up Collapsing, rebuilding and reigniting with Pearl Jam in Arizona
Pearl Jam went back to basics and put on a show that elevated beyond just another concert.

Dinosaur Jr Dinosaur Jr. and the great indoors
Club shows have returned, and Dinosaur Jr. took the opportunity to level an appreciative crowd.

Phish shares jokes, jams and overall weirdness with Providence
At the risk of sounding like I don't know what I'm talking about, Phish turned in a weird show. It was still a blast.

Mudhoney keeps fighting creeps everywhere, one show at a time
Mudhoney's fuzz keeps marching through the years, fighting the good fight and keeping audiences enthralled.

Gov’t Mule plies their trade with brilliance in Boston
They couldn't have known it, but Warren Haynes and company were the perfect band at the perfect time on this night at the waterfront.


LONG FORM

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.


NEW CLASSICS

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.

Hitting a new peak with the Allman Brothers Band on Hittin’ the Note
In 2003, Gregg Allman and company went into the studio and pulled another classic record out of the air.

The Stones’ Love You Live is a ramshackle time capsule of a wild band
Are there better live albums by the Rolling Stones? Probably. But there are hardly any as fun or riotously messy as this one.

Dylan, the Band and capturing the flood in 1974
Bob Dylan and the Band set out on a tour that resulted in a series of raucous shows that captured America's imagination, and resulted in the double-live Before the Flood.

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.


BOOTLEGGING

Capturing the Rolling Stones in a moment of revolution, via Live’r Than You’ll Ever Be
Nearly 50 years later, one of the key nights in the transformation of the Rolling Stones lives on.

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.


FEATURES

This is the place: Delving into Radiohead’s hacked minidiscs
Through questionable means but ultimately positive results, hours and hours of Radiohead's demos and outtakes from OK Computer have been unleashed, and they're a revelation.

10 for the 10s: Telling the story of the past decade in 10 albums
Matt and Nick each run through 10 albums that defined their past 10 years, from country to hip hop, singer-songwriters to rockers.

Looking back through Jimi Hendrix's trains
Tracking the many versions of "Hear My Train a Comin'" that Jimi Hendrix recorded, with words and images.

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.