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.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Alone In The Studio

The new album credited to Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Alone In The Universe, is really more of a solo effort, writes our reviewer. It’s great to have the old maestro back

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Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll? Sam Phillips

Esteemed music scribe Peter Guralnick delivers a biography of the Sun Records/Studio proprietor that’s major history and a great read

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‘Cutting Edge’ Best Dylan Bootleg Yet

A fascinating in-depth look into the creative process as one of rock music’s monumental artists was recording world-changing music

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Rod the Mod Kinda Comes Back

Fans of Stewart’s golden years of too-long-ago will appreciate his return to writing songs on an album that is a mixed bag, but not without moments of merit.

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Don Henley ‘Cass County’: A Sure and Sincere Touch

His solo country album is the sort of mainstream country album Nashville rarely makes anymore, and certainly a paradigm shift away from The Eagles.

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Tower Records All Things Must Pass: Rise, Sad Fall

Tower grew from a one store in Sacramento, CA to a global chain at the core of the record business. Colin Hanks’ documentary captures its experience.

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Keith Richards’ Masterful Solo Album

His third solo album finds a master comfortably showing us how his rock ‘n’ roll soul can create a disc that’s damned hard to resist

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Los Lobos Get a ‘Dream’ of a Book

Los Angeles music writer Chris Morris authored a musical biography of the Mexican-American rock group, “Dream In Blue,” that honors their notable stature.

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Gary Clark Jr. Second Album Review

Our reviewer is duly impressed by Gary Clark Jr.’s skill as a guitar player and the range of styles on his second studio album. But maybe some better songs?

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Procol Harum Reissues Shine On Brightly

These reissues of the first four LPs are loaded with bonus material and make the case for the band’s sophisticated rock music’s significance

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