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.

Paul Simon Live: ‘A Gem of a Concert’

The veteran classic rock singer + songwriter and his excellent band gave an exquisite show that spanned the range of his career.

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Mudcrutch ‘2:’ A Real Fine Rock Album

Mudcrutch is an American rock band, Southern division, from the ’70s, from which Tom Petty emerged. Now back and damn fine for the second time.

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Tedeschi Trucks Shine at Rainy Jazz Fest

Biblical rains severely impacted Jazz Fest 2016’s second weekend but our reviewer was still able to enjoy Neil Young, NOLA supergroup Raw Oyster Cult, too. Many classic rock legends were washed out

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Van Morrison Wows at Jazz Fest

Van the Man shone at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Pearl Jam + Chili Peppers rocked. Steely Dan + Michael McDonald evoked yawns.

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Reunited Original Santana Brings the Past Into the Future

Back together again with Journey’s Gregg Rolie + Neal Schon as well as Michael Shrieve, Carlos Santana revives + updates his classic sound.

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Cheap Trick’s Newest Album is Something to Savor

On their first album in seven years Cheap Trick rock like the deserving Hall of Famers that they are.

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Graham Parker Displays His Tender Side

GP brought his Duo tour with longtime bandmate Brinsley Schwarz to NYC and performed a career retrospective of his songs including several overlooked gems

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Bryan Adams Concert Wins Fans’ Hearts and Voices

The onetime hitmaker and ’80s MTV favorite delivered the rock plus meaning and emotion to an enthusiastic crowd of fans

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Raitt’s Latest LP Glows with Mature Confidence

Bonnie makes an album that shows all her talents in spades: emotive singing, strong songwriting, cool way with covers and hot slide guitar.

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Steve Miller Explores His Roots in Special NYC Show

In a concert at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, Steve Miller reached back to his blues, jazz and classic pop influences.

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