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.

When Zappa Was ‘Only In It for the Money’

The third album from the genius and his motley band lampooned society and the hippies escaping it. We look back at a ’60s masterpiece.

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Anderson Rabin Wakeman Deliver Yes Songs in NYC

The trio, all longtime members of Yes, have combined for “An Evening of Yes Music and more,” delivering a soaring showcase for many unexpected gems

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Ian Anderson Celebrates The Real Jethro Tull

We review Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera, a multi-media presentation featuring Ian Anderson performing his old band’s music while honoring its namesake

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The Band’s 2nd Album: A Rustic Masterpiece

Following up their debut Music From Big Pink, Dylan’s former backup band made a transcendent, self-titled masterpiece in 1969. Here’s the story.

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40 Years Ago: Stevie Wonder Releases Songs in the Key of Life

Do you have a bucket list of artists you must catch in concert? Our reviewer does and reports on the “fulfillngness” of finally seeing Stevie Wonder.

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Roger Waters Brings Rare Pink Floyd to Desert Trip

To close out the festival weekend, the mastermind behind the great British band digs deep into the catalog and makes his political preferences clear

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The Who: Loud as Ever at Solid Coachella Show

On the final night of Desert Trip 2016’s first weekend, The Who gave a career-spanning performance and can still play as feverishly and loudly as ever

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Paul McCartney Plays Desert Trip Set

Following Neil Young on night two of the much-heralded three-day classic rock festival in California, the former Beatle mixed the hits and a few surprises.

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Neil Young Spans Folk to Heavy in Desert Trip Set

Young and his fabulous current backing band Promise of the Real treated fans on day two to his early hits. Then things started cookin’

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Rolling Stones Put on a Spectacle in Desert Trip Set

At the Stones’ 20-song opening night headlining set, Mick Jagger shimmied and slid his way around the stage as the band offered plenty of surprises. Our review, with videos and setlist

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