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.

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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Rolling Stones Ya-Ya’s Still Unrivaled

In 1970, legendary critic Lester Bangs said, “I have no doubt that it’s the best rock concert ever put on record.” 46 years later, Rob Patterson feels that still holds true, and likely will forever.

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Cat Stevens Returns to New York After 40 Years

The acclaimed singer-songwriter returned to New York City in September 2016 after a 40-year absence to perform a stunning career retrospective. Our review…

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Radio City Music Hall

Lynne’s gift is his ability to build complex arrangements into the simplest, most hummable of tunes. The concert was a taste of classic rock at its finest

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Peter Asher + Albert Lee: Like Seeing Old Friends

Asher and Lee channeled the Everly Brothers in their well-chosen set during a performance on their tour as Asher shared some great Beatles anecdotes

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Jeff Beck Live: Around the World in 80 Licks

The Hollywood Bowl crowd was treated to a jaw-dropping display of deep blues, hot licks and dive-bombing Stratocaster forays into the ionosphere of rock with special guests Billy Gibbons and Steven Tyler

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Van Morrison Grooves With the Street Choir

Morrison’s third official solo album in 1970 is largely about the spirit of soul/R&B, the feel and his singing. It features his biggest U.S. hit, “Domino.”

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