REVIEWS:

What’s the read on the latest reissue releases and live performances by classic rock artists? What biopics, movies or documentaries are worth seeing in theaters and at home? What books about rock music and the people who make and work with it are worth reading. Our team also takes a fresh look at notable works in our Album Rewind series

The Who Hits 50 Right on the Bullseye

They perform in concert like a great band should: Playing their music in a way that’s still alive and musically anew, showing their staying power

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Hey, Bitch, She’s Madonna: Review

Our reviewer may not be a fan of her music. But he knows an entertaining concert when he sees one, and her latest tour is just that

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U2 Soars to the Rafters in Boston

Jim Sullivan observes how U2 can still summon up greatness & emotional wallop throughout an arena on their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour of America.

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Steely Dan, Elvis Costello Shine in the Rain

A downpour & mists didn’t dampen spirits at the Red Rocks tour debut of Steely Dan & Elvis Costello. And the odd bill works well, says reviewer Mark Brown, with both acts delivering superb sets to delight the crowd.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO: A Triumphant Night Out

A new DVD, Jeff Lynne’s ELO Live In Hyde Park, is a great precursor to a worldwide tour thanks to Lynne’s recent announcement that he’s resurrecting the Electric Light Orchestra

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Color Keith’s Influences Blue

Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville captures the essence of Rolling Stone Keith Richards in the masterful documentary, Under The Influence.

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How Have The Mekons Survived?

Against most odds and the worst vagaries of the music business, former punks turned roots music collective The Mekons have become beloved by enough fans. The 2013 documentary, Revenge Of The Mekons, is now out on DVD.

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Does Ricki Rock?

Can Meryl Streep rock the silver screen in Ricki and The Flash? Her all-too-rare in the movies real live band certainly does in this pleasant enough flick.

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Listless Andy Summers Doc

Subtitled “Surviving The Police,” one has to wonder just what guitarist Andy Summers had to overcome when superstardom ended – other than just that.

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Love & Mercy: Best Rock Star Biopic Ever?

The seemingly risky move of having two actors play Brian Wilson – Paul Dano as the young Beach Boy and John Cusack as the older Wilson – succeeds admirably in this emotionally compelling film that tells the legendary artist’s story with the ring of truth and uncanny accuracy.

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