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.

Wilco Brings Back (Some of) the Fun

Rather than making an album with the implied stature of “masterpiece” etched into its grooves, Wilco keeps it short, snappy and fun on its ninth studio LP, yet without forsaking the experinentalism that has been the band’s hallmark since Yankee Foxtrot Hotel.

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Neil Young Rocks The Message

Making music the message and being a bit less polemical on The Monsanto Years might have yielded Neil Young & POTR one of his finest albums in years

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Jorma Kaukonen Offers Old School Acoustic

50 years since he blazed a psychedelic trail with the Airplane + decades since he + Jack Cassidy formed Hot Tuna, he’s happy to kick back and pick + sing

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Nellie McKay Revisits 1960s Songs

Do you fondly recall the 1960s? Nellie McKay, who was yet to be born, gleans a variety of gems from that decade and renders them with imagination & panache.

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Daltrey & Wilko Johnson Make ‘Riveting’ Album

Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey Going Back Home (Deluxe Edition) (Chess/Universal) In A Word: Death-defying Until he made headlines in 2013 with a seemingly terminal cancer diagnosis after landing his first acting role in Game of Thrones, Wilko Johnson was best known

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’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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