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  • Tom Petty Works New 'Mojo' in Oakland

    Tom Petty Works New 'Mojo' in Oakland | ARTICLE

    In a two-hour show that combined hits, covers and an uninterrupted chunk of their upcoming Mojo album, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers once again justified nearly 34 years of popular rock classicism in Oakland on Saturday night....

    June 7, 2010 9:31 AM ET
  • Fearless Love

    Fearless Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Fearless Love, Melissa Etheridge's feistiest disc since her 1988 debut, blurs the difference between hard-earned personal experience and social commentary. In "Miss California," she voices her frustration with California's recent anti-gay-marriage amendment by addressing...

    April 27, 2010 12:40 AM ET
  • Raw Power: Deluxe Edition

    Raw Power: Deluxe Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    To even hear the rhythm section on co-producer David Bowie's 1973 mix of Raw Power, you need to crank the volume until it feels like James Williamson's reckless guitar leads are piercing your skull. That's the vicious...

    April 26, 2010 12:30 PM ET
  • Faith No More Return to the U.S. With Powerhouse San Fran Show

    Faith No More Return to the U.S. With Powerhouse San Fran Show | ARTICLE

    Conventional reunited bands give fans what's expected. The often heavy but always mischievous Bay Area quintet Faith No More launched their first local show in 12 years at the Warfield Theatre last night with an accurate rendering...

    April 13, 2010 1:43 PM ET
  • David Bowie: Deluxe Edition

    David Bowie: Deluxe Edition | ALBUM REVIEW

    Released on the same day as Sgt. Pepper, David Bowie's 1967 debut was an odd start for the man who'd soon turn his strangeness into stardom. He mixes the English music hall of the Beatles' "Penny...

    April 5, 2010 12:00 PM ET
  • B In The Mix, The Remixes [Deluxe Version]

    B In The Mix, The Remixes [Deluxe Version] | ALBUM REVIEW

    Britney Spears isn't our trashiest blonde, our worst lip-syncher or even our most dysfunctional teen-pop artist anymore (Paris Hilton, Ashlee Simpson and Lindsay Lohan, respectively, have taken those crowns). But even as haters and clear-thinking fans...

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Live Review: Devo Rip Through "Q: Are We Not Men?" and "Freedom of Choice" on Full-Album Tour

    Live Review: Devo Rip Through "Q: Are We Not Men?" and "Freedom of Choice" on Full-Album Tour | ARTICLE

    During their late-'70s and early '80s heyday, Devo managed to be both extreme and mainstream: The Akron, Ohio quintet's 1978 debut LP Q: Are We Not Men? We Are Devo remains one of the most lyrically and...

    November 9, 2009 12:06 PM ET
  • Kylie Minogue's Spacey Spectacle Lands at First-Ever U.S. Gig

    Kylie Minogue's Spacey Spectacle Lands at First-Ever U.S. Gig | ARTICLE

    "You're everything I've dreamt of for 20 years," said Australian dance-pop princess Kylie Minogue to the lucky crowd that witnessed the Oakland opening-night performance on her first-ever North American tour. As a platform for a singer who...

    October 1, 2009 3:57 PM ET
  • Green Day's "American Idiot" Musical Debuts at Berkeley Rep

    Green Day's "American Idiot" Musical Debuts at Berkeley Rep | ARTICLE

    Minutes before the official opening of Berkeley Repertory Theatre's staged rendition of American Idiot, the members of Green Day were their usual affable selves. "I had no concerns," Billie Joe Armstrong said to sum up his...

    September 17, 2009 3:34 PM ET
  • Hello World - The Motown Solo Collection

    Hello World - The Motown Solo Collection | ALBUM REVIEW

    As a 10-year-old, Michael Jackson mimicked adult emotions, like most child performers. As a teenager, he was able to reach places most mature singers can't touch. Jackson's first four solo albums — released from 1972 to 1975,...

    August 5, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Grace Jones, Of Montreal Get Gloriously Theatrical at Unique Gig

    Grace Jones, Of Montreal Get Gloriously Theatrical at Unique Gig | ARTICLE

    So many performers are said to be larger than life, but the showbiz cliché has never been truer than it is for Grace Jones. As she proved last night at her Hollywood Bowl extravaganza, this Jamaica-born model/singer-actress/Studio...

    July 27, 2009 2:23 PM ET
  • The Who Sell Out (Deluxe Edition)

    The Who Sell Out (Deluxe Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Designed to replicate England's teen-targeted pirate radio stations, this 1967 masterpiece is the rock equivalent of Andy Warhol's soup cans. Kitschy jingles and the Who's fake commercials for real products mix with pop tunes about the anxieties...

    June 1, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • A Cabinet of Curiosities

    A Cabinet of Curiosities | ALBUM REVIEW

    Succinctness has rarely been a strong suit of Jane's Addiction, a pioneering alt-rock quartet well-steeped in the L.A. tradition of being fearlessly larger than life. This is true of this elaborately packaged but bloated box set: Amid...

    April 13, 2009 11:33 PM ET
  • Human After All

    Human After All | ALBUM REVIEW

    In Daft Punk's 2003 animated movie Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, the French electronic twosome turned its 2001 album Discovery into a retro-futurist parable about an outer-space rock band exploited by evil record-company...

    April 8, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Memorial Collection

    Memorial Collection | ALBUM REVIEW

    Commemorating the 50th anniversary of 22-year-old Buddy Holly's death in a plane crash, this 60-track anthology offers monster hits and raw early versions from rock's hiccup-voiced auteur. Holly's "That'll Be the Day" offers DIY Elvis swagger, and...

    February 5, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Odessa [Expanded Version]

    Odessa [Expanded Version] | ALBUM REVIEW

    During 1967 and 1968, the Bee Gees became an international phenomenon with three albums and many more singles of folky balladry, most of them smashes. That stopped when their lavish 1969 double LP, Odessa, produced zero hits;...

    February 5, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Labelle Reunite - "Lady Marmalade" and All - For First Tour in Three Decades

    Labelle Reunite - "Lady Marmalade" and All - For First Tour in Three Decades | ARTICLE

    Unpredictability reigned at the Oakland stop on Labelle's first tour since its three soul queens split in 1976. After a surprise introduction from actor Danny Glover, a six-member band and three background vocalists joined the trio onstage...

    February 2, 2009 12:50 PM ET
  • Oasis' Noel Gallagher Has One Christmas Wish

    Oasis' Noel Gallagher Has One Christmas Wish | ARTICLE

    When Rock Daily was chatting with Noel Gallagher recently regarding Oasis' new tour, the guitarist shared his holiday wishes: "I'd like an iPhone, a laptop, a new haircut and a Christmas card that didn't say fucking...

    December 24, 2008 10:15 AM ET
  • The Killers Kick Off "Day & Age" Tour That's One Part Spectacle, One Part Heart

    The Killers Kick Off "Day & Age" Tour That's One Part Spectacle, One Part Heart | ARTICLE

    From the Springsteen-like bluster of 2006's Sam's Town to the fist-pumping restlessness of leader Brandon Flowers, the Killers exude arena-rock excess like no other post-punk revivalists. So it was thrilling to see them squeeze their...

    December 15, 2008 10:39 AM ET
  • Something About Airplanes (Deluxe Edition)

    Something About Airplanes (Deluxe Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    A strange and beautiful thing happens on this reissue's bonus live disc. During the first song of their maiden Seattle show, in 1998, Death Cab play "Your Bruise" with the melancholy precision that later became their hallmark....

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM ET
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