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.

Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie Album Review

What you’ve got here is Mac-to-the basics. It’s at once familiar and sparkly-new. You’re going to want to come back to it often, for a long time.

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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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Badfinger Straight Up: A Power Pop Masterpiece

They began as proteges of the Beatles, then became power pop heroes. The story behind one of the classic Apple Records albums.

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Kinks’ Masterful ‘Show-Biz’ LP Gets a 2nd Act

The Kinks returned to America in 1972 after a ban to become the arena rock band they deserved to be. This expanded reissue catches them at that juncture

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Steely Dan’s Aja: A Digestible, Dazzling Listen

Previously a collective yet to realize its most effective means of transforming ideas into finished art, Becker and Fagen coalesced on this 1977 classic

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Grateful Dead ‘Long Strange Trip’ Documentary

A sprawling collection of transcendent highs and the occasional free-falling low, much like a Dead concert. We review the new 4-hour film.

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The Doors Strange Days: We Want the World…

On their second album, Jim Morrison and the band moved into uncharted territory lyrically and instrumentally. When the music’s over, turn out the lights…

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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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‘1971’ Book Makes a Strong Case for Best Rock Year

Was 1971 a peak year in rock? Maybe the peak year in rock? A new book makes the case for that thesis quite vigorously and well

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Billy Joel Packs the Garden Yet Again

In the Piano Man’s monthly sold-out concerts at the Garden, the Billy Joel MSG residency keeps fans cheering with a set list full of hits

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