• Roomful of Blues: Hook, Line & Sinker

    Roomful of Blues: Hook, Line & Sinker

    For 35 years, this Rhode Island-based band has delivered a tasty gumbo of high-octane jump blues, moving through a series of personnel changes while spawning red-hot blues guitarists (Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl) and staying ...
  • Wanda Jackson: The Party Ain't Over

    Wanda Jackson: The Party Ain't Over

    Jack White of the White Stripes (and the Raconteurs and Dead Weather) produced this showcase for rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, a 73-year-old singer who once dated Elvis Presley. Jackson—best known for the rockabilly hits “Fujiyama ...
  • Bruce Springsteen: The Promise

    Bruce Springsteen: The Promise

    This two-CD, 21-track collection (plus a hidden track) gathers songs cast aside during the marathon recording sessions that spawned Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band’s epic 1978 album ...
  • The Stooges

    The Stooges

    The Stooges—vocalist Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton, bassist Dave Alexander, and drummer Scott Asheton—unleashed their feral proto-punk on the world in 1969 and it landed like a boot to the head. The rock world was ...
  • Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge

    Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge

    Singer, songwriter, banjo player, and storyteller Abigail Washburn bridges East and West on a collection of enigmatic songs that evoke wandering spirits and restless souls. This isn’t the first time that Washburn, who studied law ...
  • Bob Dylan: Brandeis University

    Bob Dylan: Brandeis University

    It’s a Saturday night on the campus of Brandeis University, and the folk and protest movements are in full swing. On stage, the Prince of Protest is holding court through two sets for an appreciative ...
  • Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What

    Paul Simon has been criticized for sounding on his new album like, well, Paul Simon, most notably Graceland-era Paul Simon. But so what? Sure, Simon has prided himself since the release of that 1986 masterwork ...
  • The Cars: Move Like This

    The Cars: Move Like This

    You know the 80s revival is revved up when The Cars cruise back onto the pop-music scene. It’s been 25 years since the hit band’s career stalled with the sputtering Door to Door. This high-octane ...
  • David Bromberg: Use Me

    David Bromberg: Use Me

    The follow-up to 2007’s excellent acoustic folk and blues album Try Me One More Time finds singer and guitarist David Bromberg strapping on his vintage Telecaster and plugging into a pack of big-name buddies who ...
  • Superheavy

    Superheavy

    Super groups are a stock-in-trade in the rock world but seldom live up to their billing. That’s the case with Superheavy. Producer and ex-Eurhythmic Dave Stewart built this East meets West band in 2009 around ...
  • Greg Brown: Freak Flag

    Greg Brown: Freak Flag

    “I Don’t Know Anybody in This Town,” with its loping country beat and slinky lead guitar line, may be the sexiest song you’ll ever hear about homelessness, the need for human contact, and the U.S. ...

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