Remembering Chris Cornell, forever

'Nothing As It Seems' and the story of Pearl Jam

Another late night with Tom Petty's Highway Companion

Ryan Adams explores the space of the studio on Prisoner

The Stones let it loose in swirling repetition

'One Night' and the casual command of Elvis Presley

Bad luck, blue eyes and goodbye to another year

There are no obvious answers, and the song remains the same

25 years later, Temple of the Dog looks back on tragedy and triumph

Rich Robinson explores the space of his new songs in Allston

Pearl Jam steps up in its first trip to Fenway

Robert Pollard takes Boston on a 50-song Guided by Voices tour

Mark Lanegan quietly commands the crowd in Allston

Black Pistol Fire turns the Sinclair into a sweaty blues mecca

Eagles of Death Metal hold a rock and roll revival in Boston




UPDATED: Feb. 17, 2018

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. STORY


The minimal backing and misheard confessions of Radiohead’s ‘Present Tense’
Radiohead's ability to turn the sparest parts into a devastating story is unmatched — even when that story is misunderstood.

Remembering Tom Petty, a virtual friend
There was only one Tom Petty, and he was there for so many of us so often.

Cutting through the noise, live at A&R studios
In the middle of so much bad news, an uplifting exercise is to just dive headfirst into some music. The Allman Brothers Band took care of that more than 40 years ago in New York City.

Gregg Allman, the soul of the Allman Brothers Band
Gregg Allman died at the age of 69, and leaves an impact as deep as the soulful voice that carried his band for so long.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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