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  • Life Journey

    Life Journey | ALBUM REVIEW

    After 50 years as a session player, producer, songwriter, label owner, rock star and – on 2010's The Union – as Elton John's duet partner, Leon Russell could tell tales strong enough to...

    April 1, 2014 12:25 AM ET
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Box Set

    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Box Set | ALBUM REVIEW

    On his milestone seventh album, Elton John left behind his sepia-toned singer-songwriter reality for a far brighter Hollywood-inspired rock & roll fantasy. At times, the diverse but filler-free 1973 double album's vivid Technicolor tunes –...

    March 25, 2014 12:45 AM ET
  • Your Arsenal

    Your Arsenal | ALBUM REVIEW

    In his recent Autobiography, Morrissey rails against just about any criticism of his work – except those lobbed at 1991's atypically reserved Kill Uncle, which shocked him into making the next year's far more...

    February 25, 2014 12:20 AM ET
  • Workbook 25

    Workbook 25 | ALBUM REVIEW

    When a band splits as acrimoniously as Hüsker Dü did in 1987, the first fruits of their rupture are bound to yield bitter seeds. Bob Mould's 1989 solo debut has its share (see "Poison Years"), but...

    February 25, 2014 12:15 AM ET
  • Inspiration Information/Wings of Love

    Inspiration Information/Wings of Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Known mostly via the Brothers Johnson's smash version of his psychedelic-soul fantasia "Strawberry Letter 23," R&B renegade Shuggie Otis recorded with heavyweights like Frank Zappa as a teen but fell out of favor with the music industry...

    May 8, 2013 10:15 AM ET
  • Q&A: Wire's Colin Newman on 'Change Becomes Us' and Ignoring Nostalgia

    Q&A: Wire's Colin Newman on 'Change Becomes Us' and Ignoring Nostalgia | ARTICLE

    Arguably more than any other English act that emerged in response to punk, Wire have always been as much of an art project as a band. Originating in a unit at singer Colin Newman's art school,...

    March 25, 2013 11:00 AM ET
  • Q&A: Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes on Releasing His Long-Lost Side Project

    Q&A: Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes on Releasing His Long-Lost Side Project | ARTICLE

    The history of rock is littered with legends of albums never quite completed. In the case of TV Mania: Bored With Prozac and the Internet?, longtime Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes and Warren Cuccurullo, guitarist for...

    March 11, 2013 11:15 AM ET
  • Rufus and Martha Wainwright Host 'Christmas 101' in Oakland

    Rufus and Martha Wainwright Host 'Christmas 101' in Oakland | ARTICLE

    Billed as "Rufus and Martha Wainwright's Christmas 101," the first of three shows held this year in Oakland and Los Angeles featuring the son and daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and the late Kate McGarrigle was like...

    December 20, 2012 11:15 AM ET
  • Q&A: Jason Lytle on Going Solo and Going Native

    Q&A: Jason Lytle on Going Solo and Going Native | ARTICLE

    Jason Lytle is smaller than you might expect under his baggy flannels and janitor slacks, and strikingly deer-like. Beneath his trucker cap, he hides big Bambi eyes that project a vulnerability that may account for him getting...

    October 22, 2012 2:00 PM ET
  • New Order Sweep Through Favorites in Oakland Tour Opener

    New Order Sweep Through Favorites in Oakland Tour Opener | ARTICLE

    To the rousing bravado of a vintage Ennio Morricone spaghetti western theme and a battery of flashing white lights, New Order took the stage at Oakland's Fox Theatre Friday night for the initial show on their first...

    October 8, 2012 8:54 AM ET
  • DVD Review: Mumford & Sons' 'The Big Easy Express'

    DVD Review: Mumford & Sons' 'The Big Easy Express' | ARTICLE

    DVDS The Big Easy ExpressS2BN Films * * * 1/2 Last year, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show toured from Oakland to New Orleans, riding only...

    August 2, 2012 12:00 PM ET
  • The Best of Kylie Minogue

    The Best of Kylie Minogue | ALBUM REVIEW

    With electronic grooves dominating Top 40 radio, Australia's Kylie Minogue and her euphoric dance pop are more relevant than ever. This 21-track set plays like a crash course in the history of international club style – from...

    June 19, 2012 12:10 AM ET
  • Can's Irmin Schmidt Sheds Light on His Band's Intensity and Turmoil

    Can's Irmin Schmidt Sheds Light on His Band's Intensity and Turmoil | ARTICLE

    A month shy of his 75th birthday, German keyboardist Irmin Schmidt is old enough to have lived through World War II. But the spirit of his music with Can – one of Krautrock's key groups and an influence...

    May 2, 2012 11:30 AM ET
  • Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Now Available on DVD

    Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Now Available on DVD | ARTICLE

    With nearly as many costume changes, dance routines and self-empowerment speeches as songs, everything about this New York gig from last February pushes the...

    January 19, 2012 10:50 AM ET
  • Filling the Void

    Filling the Void | ALBUM REVIEW

    While drumming in British bands Free and Bad Company, Simon Kirke racked up songwriting credits on several smash albums, but few have heard him sing his own songs. Having undergone rehab, Kirke turns his recovery into...

    September 27, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Artist to Watch: Army Navy Spin Power-pop from the L.A. Highlife

    Artist to Watch: Army Navy Spin Power-pop from the L.A. Highlife | ARTICLE

    Click here to listen to Army Navy's "The Long Goodbye" Who: Power-pop traditionalists as lively as as they are lovelorn — which is quite a...

    August 19, 2011 4:40 PM ET
  • Songs in A Minor (Reissue)

    Songs in A Minor (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    When the braided shorty burst out of the gate in 2001, boy bands were still boomin' and Destiny's Child defined bootyliciousness. With her classically trained voice and keyboard chops, Keys reintroduced the idea of a self-reliant...

    July 18, 2011 1:20 PM ET
  • Drums Between the Bells

    Drums Between the Bells | ALBUM REVIEW

    An album of poetry set to music might not be what the world wants from Brian Eno: Collaborator on some of the most-loved albums by U2, David Bowie, and Talking Heads, the veteran...

    July 5, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • Britney Spears Proves She's Still Got It at 'Femme Fatale' Tour Kickoff

    Britney Spears Proves She's Still Got It at 'Femme Fatale' Tour Kickoff | ARTICLE

    Britney Spears is a dozen years into her career, and yet the kickoff of her Femme Fatale tour at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento last night managed to propel her forward. She's wisely focusing on the present –...

    June 17, 2011 8:10 AM ET
  • Queen (Reissue)

    Queen (Reissue) | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Queen debuted in 1973, their mix of hammering jams and folksy asides was closer to Zeppelin than to the stadium-killing theatricality they would later perfect. This revelatory reissue — one of five...

    May 24, 2011 12:00 AM ET
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