REVIEWS:

Informed and inquiring rock fans want to know: What’s the read on the latest albums and reissue releases and live performances by classic and newer artists? What biopics, dramatic movies or documentaries are worth seeing in theaters and on home entertainment formats and sources? What books about rock music and the people who make and work with it are worth reading. Our expert and aesthetically discerning crew of reviewers offer their assessments and also take a second look at notable works in our Rewind reviews.

Hendrix ‘Electric Church’ Doc Reveals Yet More of the Master’s Magic

Electric Church captures Jimi Hendrix at his finest in a performance before his largest ever U.S. audience just a few months before his death

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‘Big In Japan’ Rocks Like Real Life

This charming indie film about a rock band making its last stab at success in Tokyo uses the real life group Tennis Pro to make a rock flick that feels true. With its very cool songs, superb performances by its all amateur actors and vivid scenes in the land of the rising son, Big in Japan charms and gets life in a band right.

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How Music Got Free: The End of The Biz

How did the recorded music industry go from raking in big bucks to imploding? How Music Got Free tells the whole sordid tale like a gripping mystery.

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Who’s The Greatest?

Are The Who worth seeing on their Hits 50 tour? BCB Editor Rob Patterson calls it a bargain at any price, the best rock’n’roll concert he’s ever seen – powerful, thrilling and utterly magnificent if not a truly transcendental. Yep, they’re that great and more.

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Hey, Bitch, She’s Madonna

Our writer Jim Sullivan may not be a fan of Madonna’s music. But he knows an entertaining concert when he sees one, and her latest tour is just that.

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J. Geils Band Rocks Hometown Crowd

The J. Geils Band can still deliver the blues-rock goods with power and panache for their loyal Boston fans; plus Q&A with the band’s namesake guitarist who’s no longer in the group.

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U2 Soars to the Rafters in Boston

Jim Sullivan observes how U2 can still summon up greatness & emotional wallop throughout an arena on their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour of America.

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Steely Dan, Elvis Costello Shine in the Rain

A downpour & mists didn’t dampen spirits at the Red Rocks tour debut of Steely Dan & Elvis Costello. And the odd bill works well, says reviewer Mark Brown, with both acts delivering superb sets to delight the crowd.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO: A Triumphant Night Out

A new DVD, Jeff Lynne’s ELO Live In Hyde Park, is a great precursor to a worldwide tour thanks to Lynne’s recent announcement that he’s resurrecting the Electric Light Orchestra

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Color Keith’s Influences Blue

Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville captures the essence of Rolling Stone Keith Richards in the masterful documentary, Under The Influence.

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