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.

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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Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl Album Review

Producer Giles Martin has vastly improved what his father, George, called the fans’ “eternal shriek” to deliver a more dynamic and definitely more powerful album than the original

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Dean Torrence Book Reveals Wild Ride of Surf Duo

For a while they were second only to the Beach Boys among ’60s surf bands. Now the surviving half of Jan and Dean tells their story.

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Bob Dylan in Total Command in Desert Trip Set

The bard let his music do the talking with a career-spanning set – including a tweaked version of “Tangled Up in Blue” – at the eagerly anticipated festival’s opening night

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The Guess Who Go Hard With ‘American Woman’

The Canadian band had been scoring with ballads like “These Eyes” and “Laughing.” Now they wanted to rock. American Woman introduced a new Guess Who.

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Tom Jones Live: Still a Sex Bomb at 76

At 76, the Welsh vocalist extraordinaire no longer looks like the Adonis who had women swooning and screaming. But the voice is still a thing of wonder.

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