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Led Zeppelin's first contact, 50 years later

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

Looking back through Jimi Hendrix's trains

Balance, "Beware of Darkness" and George Harrison

Another ride through Neil Young's "Music Arcade"

An American Treasure highlights the pure power of Tom Petty's music

Stripped down, the Magpie Salute carries on in New England

Retrorockets fired and burned on the Black Crowes' Lions

Nothing's not my fault: Pearl Jam returns to Fenway Park

Pearl Jam teams with Seattle to bring its music home

The Magpie Salute establishes its own roots on High Water I

Twisted words and singalongs: Capping four nights and 25 years with Radiohead in New York

Red Rocks, Ryan Adams and the magic of unexpected occurances

Chris Cornell as a Sunday morning accompaniment

Robert Plant's fire carries on in Boston

Gord Downie turns his swan song, Introduce Yerself, into a series of love letters

The minimal backings and misheard confessions of Radiohead's "Present Tense"

Remembering Tom Petty, a virtual friend


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UPDATED: Dec. 4, 2019

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.


REVIEWS

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.

Wilco arrives at a new, familiar destination on Ode to Joy
It's been a long time getting here, but Wilco keeps refining their approach and delivering music that's at once foreign and recognizable.

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.

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.


VOICES

Ginger Baker, a life umatched
Ginger Baker was not an easy man to get along with. He spoke best behind a drum kit.

Winding through the astral plane with the Velvet Underground
A history lesson through Boston and Cambridge via 1968 leads to the Velvet Underground, and an excuse to hear the band in its element.

The blinding, belated brilliance of Bob Dylan’s Street-Legal
Within the overall arc of Bob Dylan's career, Street-Legal is regarded as an experimental flop. This is an argument that it might be one of his best records.

Weird, real, emotional: traveling the years with Stephen Malkmus and Pig Lib
It's bizarrely comforting to know that Malkmus still confuses and thrills all these years later.


CONCERT REPORTS

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.

Mark Lanegan works within the moment at the Sinclair
Stepping up on a Monday night in Cambridge, Mark Lanegan channeled greatness and played without compromise.

Climbing hills and breaking down walls with the Magpie Salute in Paris
The Magpie Salute stepped into one of Paris' historic venues and proceeded to knock down any barriers.