Anderson .Paak | Oxnard

You know the old saying: You can't go home again. That's totally wrong, of course; people do it all the time. The trick is to go back in triumph,...

Jimi Hendrix Experience | Electric Ladyland Deluxe Edition 50th Anniversary Box Set

Another week, another legendary album celebrating its 50th anniversary. Hot on the heels of The Beatles' White Album, The Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society, The Band's Music From Big...

Mark Knopfler | Down The Road Wherever

Life in the fast lane it is not. Dire Straits singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler is clearly in no hurry to get where he's going on his ninth solo album Down...

Mumford & Sons | Delta

If the third time is the charm, what is the fourth time? Well, in the case of Mumford & Sons, it's the time when you try to reconnect with...

Smashing Pumpkins | Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past....

You almost have to feel sorry for Smashing Pumpkins. If only because they're in a no-win situation. For those who haven't been paying attention, three-quarters of the band's original...

Back Stories | My Album Reviews from Nov. 13, 1998

Two decades ago, new albums from various Beatles, U2, The Rolling Stones and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I had to say about...

J Mascis | Elastic Days

J Mascis has obviously dished up plenty of lead guitar heroism in his longtime day job with veteran indie-rock power trio Dinosaur Jr. And on some of his previous...

Jon Spencer | Spencer Sings the Hits

Hits? Jon Spencer ain't got no hits! Jon Spencer don't need no hits! Jon Spencer don't need to sing you any stinkin' hits! That's because Jon Spencer has something...

Larkin Poe | Venom & Faith

Buddy Guy sounded a little worried when I spoke to him a few years ago. What had him concerned? Nothing less than the future of the blues: The veteran...

Charles Bradley | Black Velvet

"The world I live in, it’s painful. It hurts. In a word: It’s bittersweet." Charles Bradley admitted that to me about 15 months before he died of cancer in...

Swizz Beatz | Poison

When you only make one album every decade, you have plenty of time to make it great. So you'd better. And to his credit, Swizz Beatz certainly does on...

Imagine Dragons | Origins

Evolution isn't necessarily everything it's cracked up to be. Case in point: Origins, the Charles Darwin-titled fourth studio release from Las Vegas pop-rockers Imagine Dragons and (fittingly enough) the...

Rodney Crowell | Christmas Everywhere

"Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas out the waz. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, Christmas up the shnoz." If that line from the title track to Rodney Crowell’s first holiday album...

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra | The Capitol Studios Sessions

There are some things in this world that can't be explained. Not by science. Not by religion, Not by logic. Not by any source of knowledge known to modern...

Muse | Simulation Theory

Can not having a concept be a concept? It can if you're Muse. Or at least you can pretend it is. After painstakingly crafting a trio of grandly ambitious...

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