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  • Live At The Olympia

    Live At The Olympia | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 2007, R.E.M. spent five nights with fans in a Dublin theater, test-driving songs for last year's Accelerate. This two-CD/one-DVD document captures intimate, occasionally great performances; if Michael Stipe sometimes sounds like he's reading lyrics...

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • There Is No Enemy

    There Is No Enemy | ALBUM REVIEW

    Built to Spill CEO Doug Martsch is alt-rock's Thomas Pynchon, holed up in a remote studio (Boise, Idaho) and issuing immaculate artworks when he damnwell pleases. His latest is classic latter-day BTS, a crystal palace ofrefracting guitar...

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Between My Head and the Sky

    Between My Head and the Sky | ALBUM REVIEW

    With the Beatles newly digitized, the time is right to revisit the avant-garde icon still best known as John Lennon's widow. Ono's latest remakes the band she and Lennon led in the Seventies, this time with experimental...

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Joy

    Joy | ALBUM REVIEW

    Phish turned 25 last November quietly; after all, they'd been defunct for over four years. So considertheir reunion LP, the self-released Joy, a belated birthday party."Happy happy, oh my friend/Blow out candles once again" sings TreyAnastasio on...

    September 8, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • My Dusty Road

    My Dusty Road | ALBUM REVIEW

    There are umpteen collections of the music of legendary folkie storyteller, agitator and Dylan role model Woody Guthrie, and almost all of them sound like they were recorded in a refrigerator box. But this one qualifies as...

    August 24, 2009 2:13 PM ET
  • Silver Trembling Hands

    Silver Trembling Hands | SONG REVIEW

    A classic Lips freakout with nods to Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd: screams, harp arpeggios and a bass line that bears down like...

    August 20, 2009 12:00 PM ET
  • Walking On A Wire: 1968-2009

    Walking On A Wire: 1968-2009 | ALBUM REVIEW

    A perennial dark-horse contender for the title of Greatest Living Rock Guitarist, Thompson has been boxed before — 1993's triple-disc Watching the Dark and the five-disc 2006 rarities set, RT. While fanatics will debate omissions ("The End...

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Wait for Me

    Wait for Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    For a guy who made his name driving party people to ecstasy, Moby has always had a thing for the blues. His unlikely 1999 megahit, Play, used them literally, grafting ancient samples into inviting electronic grooves. His...

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • No. 1 Record/Radio City

    No. 1 Record/Radio City | ALBUM REVIEW

    This long-available twofer — the debut and follow-up by one of rock's seminal also-rans — ain't news, two (non-essential) bonus tracks and remastering notwithstanding. But classics are classics. #1 Record is a glammy swirl of Beatlesque hooks,...

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Demos

    Demos | ALBUM REVIEW

    The timing of this golden-era demos set is perfect, as CSN's shadow looms large over a new school of harmony-drunk indie rockers. Unfortunately, the song selection of this set of 1968-71 rarities is a mixed bag, and...

    June 1, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Grace Around The World

    Grace Around The World | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jeff Buckley's soaring falsetto was a beautiful freak, and force, of nature, its legacy still echoing in singers from Thom Yorke to Antony. Any addition to his tiny catalog is notable. But this live DVD/CD set is...

    June 1, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Neil Young Archives Volume 1: 1963-1972

    Neil Young Archives Volume 1: 1963-1972 | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Archives"? Dude ain't kidding. A decade-plus in the works, this 10-disc ultra-mega-anthology is like Geraldo's trip to Al Capone's vault if the gangsta had the smarts to retain librarians. Containing days' worth of viewing, listening and reading...

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • The Eternal

    The Eternal | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's amusing to think that the fiercely freaky Sonic Youth were a major-label act for nearly 20 years. The Eternal marks their literal return to indie rock —and that's no big whoop, since they've always done pretty...

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1-5

    American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1-5 | ALBUM REVIEW

    If Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music was the folk revival's bible, these recordings — 139 songs from the Fifties and early Sixties — read like its dictionary, from the obscure (the amusing "My Sweetheart Is...

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Pablo Honey (Collector's Edition)

    Pablo Honey (Collector's Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Some bands are born into greatness, others grow into it. Radiohead fall into the second category, but as these rarity-filled collector's editions show, they grew fast. The grungy, glammy Brit pop of Pablo Honey (1993) was a...

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • The Bends (Collector's Edition)

    The Bends (Collector's Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Some bands are born into greatness, others grow into it. Radiohead fall into the second category, but as these rarity-filled collector's editions show, they grew fast. The grungy, glammy Brit pop of Pablo Honey (1993) was a...

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • Potato Hole

    Potato Hole | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's fitting that Patterson Hood, son of Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood, should record with his dad's Southern-soul peer, 64-year-old Stax-session kingpin Booker T. Jones. Add Neil Young and Hood's bandmates in Drive-By Truckers, and what might've...

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • OK Computer (Collector's Edition)

    OK Computer (Collector's Edition) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Some bands are born into greatness, others grow into it. Radiohead fall into the second category, but as these rarity-filled collector's editions show, they grew fast. The grungy, glammy Brit pop of Pablo Honey (1993) was a...

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • A Positive Rage

    A Positive Rage | ALBUM REVIEW

    When Hold Steady shows are great — like the 2007 Halloween gig documented on A Positive Rage — they're so boozy, sweaty, shout-along, ironic—devil—horn—throwing joyous, they sum up everything life-affirming about rock & roll. Long on songs...

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM ET
  • A Woman a Man Walked By

    A Woman a Man Walked By | ALBUM REVIEW

    On 2007's White Chalk, Polly Harvey made some of the quietest and most riveting music of her career. That record's coiled menace returns on this second set with longtime collaborator John Parish. Her latest also finds her...

    April 2, 2009 12:00 AM ET
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