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.

Juliana Hatfield Three Matures on Latest Album

The Boston-based alt-rock artist & her original bandmates ease from the ’90s into 2015 to work in this era yet bring along their original sound.

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Resurrected Blues Magoos Mix Old & New

One of the great bands of the psychedelic music and garage rock eras have reunited and issued a new LP with old favorites and new tunes

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Jon Spencer Explodes Big City Neo-Blues

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 (Mom + Pop) In a word: Clattering The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion packs more damn ideas – words, careening melodies, jarring rhythms – into the shortest of spaces.

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Brian Wilson’s Newest Solo Disc

Brian Wilson’s 11th solo album is ” as cheery as [its] punny title suggests, but also deeply moving and life-affirming.”

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Newcomer Courtney Barnett Rocks

The “impressively assured debut album by the 27-year-old Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett grabs you by the lapels and insists you hear what she has to say.”

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Pink Floyd’s Final Notes

Pink Floyd goes out “with more a whisper than a bang for a last album” that is “not quite for fans only and not quite an album.”

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Worthy Kinks Kollection

“Rather than another half-baked rehash, this five-CD, 140-track collection is the authoritative retrospective that the Kinks’ watershed years have long deserved.”

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Van Makes Duets Sing Wonderfully

“Duets is a worthy addition to his estimable catalog, and underscores how Van’s pipes and how he uses them are a true gift from God.”

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Dylan Continues to Reign Supreme

The pop standards album Shadows in the Night, the release of The Basement Tapes Complete & the T-Bone Burnett-helmed New Basement Tapes add new wrinkles to the Dylan legacy.

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Holiday Gift Guide Part 2

More classic rock recommendations from our staff for the procrastinator in all of us

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