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RECORD REVIEWS

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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Lockdown becomes a boon on McCartney III

Tom Petty - Wildflowers & All the Rest

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


REVIEWS

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.

The Flaming Lips tackle ghosts on American Head
A look back at old friends sees the Flaming Lips turn to some retro sounds on their latest album..

Murder, mystery and melancholy weave together on Bob Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy Ways
Without direct references and sounding as though it came from another time, Bob Dylan offers up appropriate art for our current, confused time.

Pearl Jam offers up surprising twists and turns on Gigaton
The band's 11th album was seven years in the making, and it reflects all the varied paths traveled in that time.

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.

An American Treasure highlights the pure power of Tom Petty’s music
Built to highlight Tom Petty's songwriting prowess, the box set plays as a moving tribute to the artist through a trove of unreleased tracks.


CONCERT REPORTS

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.

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.

Stripped down, the Magpie Salute carries on in New England
As an electric six-piece or an acoustic trio, the Magpie Salute dazzled crowds in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Nothing's not my fault: Pearl Jam returns to Fenway Park
Back in Boston for a second tour through Fenway, Pearl Jam keeps the surprises flowing and the music meaningful.

Pearl Jam teams with Seattle to bring its music home
Playing their first shows in Seattle in five years, Pearl Jam brought their fans and city together with style and purpose.

Twisted words and singalongs: Capping four nights and 25 years with Radiohead in New York
Radiohead is not a band that revs up a crowd and urges people to get on their feet. They just do what only they can do, and the rest happens naturally.


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

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.

Pete Townshend poured his frustration with life in the Who into Who Are You
In 1978, Pete Townshend was so fried that he channeled nearly an entire album into detailing the surreal life of being one of the Who. And it worked.

Chris Cornell stretched into the unknown on Euphoria Mourning
The re-release of Chris Cornell's first solo album gives listeners another chance at decoding his first statement post-Soundgarden.

The Heartbreakers' first record finds Tom Petty on a mission
Before stadiums and miles of hit records were a reality, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was just another hungry young band intent on making an impression.


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

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.

Ty Segall topped the musical journey of 2014
In addition to Ty Segall's stunning Manipulator, 2014 saw the return of Sleater-Kinney and great albums from Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Stephen Malkmus and more.