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.

’60s Cult Legends Sonics Return

Tacoma’s 1960s cult legends are back with their first full new album in nearly 50 years. Ken Barnes: “A powerful new boom to a classic sonic canon”

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Vanilla Fudge Returns With Songs From 1967

On Spirit of ’67, three members of the original band return with great versions of some of the biggest songs from that year like “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “Whiter Shade of Pale”

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Kate Pierson Echoes B-52’s on Solo Debut

Guitars and Microphones is a slightly smoothed over version of the B-52’s kitschy mix of surf, girl group and dance party sounds

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John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers Live in 1967

A recording was discovered of the influential blues revivalist with future Fleetwood Mac stalwarts Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood + John McVie, and cuts loose

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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 Blues Explosion: City Tales

Freedom Tower is kind of the JSBX version of Lou Reed’s New York – tales and jams loosely around the city singer-guitarist Spencer

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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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