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The Rolling Stones: Live at the Wiltern Blu-ray Review: 20 Licks Up Close and I Like It

To commemorate the band's 40th anniversary in 2002, the Rolling Stones released Forty Licks, notable among the many Stones compilations ...
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Tupac: Live at the House of Blues (2010) Blu-ray Review: Tupac and Snoop Back in ‘96

Tupac: Live at the House of Blues was recorded in 1996 just months before Tupac was fatally shot and killed. ...
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Anti-Nowhere League: We Are the League DVD Review: Rude and Crude…They Are the League

Anti-Nowhere League did this and they did that. Animal did it with a shiny axe. So what? Winston shoved a ...
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Moonage Daydream Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Phantasmagoric Journey Through the Art and Mind of David Bowie

Taking its title from a David Bowie song of the same name originally recorded by his band Arnold Corns then ...
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R.E.M. – Up (25th Anniversary) Deluxe Edition Album Review: And Then There Were Three

R.E.M. Up is being re-released in a deluxe edition to commemorate its 25th anniversary. It's the band's 11th album, but ...
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Robot Monster: 70th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review: A Dream Release for 3-D Fans

Bayview Entertainment celebrates the 70th anniversary of Robot Monster with an impressive release that features a quality restoration by 3-D ...
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Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis) Movie Review: Album Art Gods

Chances are, Hipgnosis—the working name of a pair of English lads, Storm Thorgerson & Audrey ‘Po’ Powell, who revolutionized the ...
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A Night at the Family Dog / Go Ride the Music / West Pole DVD Review: Celebrating San Francisco’s Psychedelic Rock Scene

Mercury Studio repackages A Night at the Family Dog / Go Ride the Music / West Pole into a 2-DVD ...
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Marvin Gaye: Greatest Hits Live In ‘76 Album Review: A Night of Marvin Medleys

Originally released on DVD in 2007, Marvin Gaye: Greatest Hits Live In ‘76 is now available on vinyl and CD ...
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Book Review: Tonechaser – Understanding Edward: My 26-Year Journey with Edward Van Halen by Steve Rosen

While there have been many books chronicling Eddie Van Halen’s life and music, Steve Rosen’s Tonechaser is by the far ...
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Darryl Jones: In the Blood DVD Review: The Man in the Stones’ Shadow

While not a well-known name, Darryl Jones is an integral component of the “Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band in the ...
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Let There Be Drums! DVD Review: And There Was Drums and Drummers!

Promotional materials for director Justin Kreutzmann's Let There Be Drums! state “The world’s greatest drummers reflect on the art of ...
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Mercury Studios Presents Marvin Gaye Greatest Hits Live in ‘76 on January 27, 2023

The music of Marvin Gaye transcends time in ways that can’t be described. From relatable songs about romance and heartbreak ...
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Phil Lynott Songs For While I’m Away + Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back In Town: Live at the Sydney Opera House October 1978 DVD Review

Mercury Studios has paired the 2020 documentary Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away, which aired on BBC Two,with the ...
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Tribeca 2022 Review: The DOC

In the rap and hip hop world, it's one thing to have confidence and ego about being one of the ...
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The Beatles and India: An Enduring Love Affair Blu-ray Review

This new feature-length documentary directed by Ajoy Bose was released June 21, 2022 by MVD Visual on DVD and Blu-ray. ...
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The Police: Around the World (Restored & Expanded) Review: An Entertaining Scrapbook from the Band’s Early Days

Originally available on VHS and Laserdisc, The Police: Around The World (Restored & Expanded) is now available on DVD and ...
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How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and the Road to Rock & Roll DVD Review

Rock & roll’s roots draw from numerous genres—blues, country, and rhythm and blues, to name a few.  However, gospel remains ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: In the Court of the Crimson King

I've seen King Crimson once in concert. It was at the Greek in Los Angeles in 2017, and I went ...
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SXSW 2022 Review: This Much I Know to Be True

Months ahead of its cinematic release in theaters, the SXSW audience had the opportunity to view the new music documentary ...
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The Legend of the Stardust Brothers DVD Review: ’80s Japanese Manic Musical

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers is overlong, amateurishly acted, and schizophrenically directed. It has several scenes that make no ...
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Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché Movie Review: Her Trailblazing Music Career Is Only Part of the Story

“I wasn’t ready to be the caretaker of Poly Styrene’s legacy. I just lost my Mum,” Celeste Bell says at ...
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ABBA Forever: The Winner Takes It All DVD Review: This New Documentary Is Unsatisfying

The TV movie/documentary which hit U.S. television in August of 2019, and now DVD, chronicles the History of ABBA, currently ...
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David Byrne’s American Utopia Movie Review: Beautifully Filmed but Imperfect Concert

David Byrne is one of those typical outsider becoming insider American stories. He set out to make oddball music, and ...
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The Soul of The Midnight Special 10-DVD Set Review: As Chic Says, ‘Good Times’

The Midnight Special ran a bit before my time, but through Time Life’s The Soul Of The Midnight Special I ...
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From the Couch Hole: Come and Join the Living

Previously on FTCH, we doubled up on Vaughn and King, and we went lime, chocolate, strawberry, blueberry, and frosted sugar ...
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Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Capitol Session ’73 Review: A Glimpse at the Legend on the Cusp of Fame

Bob Marley and The Wailers’ The Capitol Session ’73 was lost to history until researcher Martin Disney unearthed a three-minute clip ...
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Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Capitol Session ’73 Album Review

Tuff Gong and Mercury Studios present Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Capitol Session ‘73 (although known as The Wailers ...
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Punk the Capital Blu-ray Review: Building a Sound Movement

If you are a punk or a fan of punk and hardcore, you know the importance of Washington DC in the ...
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From the Couch Hole: Fell in Love by the Soda Machine

Season One, Episode One was well received. We're moving on to Episode Two and I'm starting to get more into ...
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From the Couch Hole: Maybe We Can Stay in Touch

There was once a blog named "Sunday Morning Tuneage".  From 2006 - 2013 on MySpace, I wrote a weekly dispatch ...
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Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at Knebworth ’76 DVD Review: A Day the Giants of Southern Rock Held Their Own Against the Stones

On August 21, 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd were part of a star-studded lineup at the third annual Knebworth Festival in England. ...
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Austin City Limits: Country (10-Disc Set) Review: A Vital Historical Document of Country Music

Austin City Limits: Country is a music fan's dream. This two-volume set comprised of 10 discs contains 164 live uncut ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

During the summer of 1969, a remarkable music festival was held in New York that featured some of the world's ...
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The Go-Go’s Movie Review: Girls Rock. Duh.

The Go-Go's documentary, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and won two awards, “Best Music Documentary” and “Most Compelling ...
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Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour was in support of his album Desire, released January 5, 1976 between the two ...
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Greendale Movie Review: Neil Young’s Uplifting Musical Novel

In 2003, Neil Young released Greendale, a concept album, or what he called a "musical novel" that found him backed by ...
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Zappa Movie Review: A Compelling Look at One of History’s Most Intriguing Musicians

From director Alex Winter of Bill and Ted fame comes Zappa, a deep dive into the life and career of ...
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Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan Movie Review

Do you listen to the Pogues? If your answer is "no" or "I'm not sure", as the holidays are upon ...
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Dolly: The Ultimate Collection 19-Disc DVD Review: The Queen of Country Conquers TV

The first four volumes of Dolly: The Ultimate Collection from Time Life contains a massive amount of TV appearances across 19 discs ...
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Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind DVD Review: Something Very Special

Named after Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot's 1970 breakout hit in the United States, Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni's biographical documentary ...
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Burt Sugarman’s The Soul of The Midnight Special: Volume 1 (1973-1976) DVD Review: A Soulful Nostalgia Trip

Long before MTV, if you wanted to see your favorite artist perform their latest hits, you had limited choices: see ...
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The Rolling Stones: Steel Wheels Live (Atlantic City, NJ, 1989) DVD Review: Sucking in the ’80s

In 1989, the Rolling Stones returned to the stage from a seven-year touring hiatus. They needn't have bothered. Ok, so ...
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The B-52’s: Live at US Festival DVD Review: Will Make You Feel a Whole Lot Better

In 1982, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, with the help of concert impresario Bill Graham, spearheaded the US Festival, a three-day ...
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Suzi Q Movie Review: Looks at the Groundbreaking Career of Rocker Suzi Quatro

Australian director Liam Firmager spent four years working on Suzi Q, the definitive documentary of Detroit-born rock star Suzi Quatro, who rocketed ...
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When We Were Kings Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Marvelous Time Capsule of Muhammad Ali in 1974

Leon Gast's When We Were Kings documents the "Rumble in the Jungle," the legendary boxing match between undefeated heavyweight champion George Foreman ...
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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band Movie Review

Even before learning that the film was based on Robbie Robertson's memoir Testimony, his name separate from “The Band” in ...
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The Vinyl Revival DVD Review: A Loving Look at the Resurgence of Vinyl Records

In 2011, director Pip Piper read Last Shop Standing (Whatever Happened to Record Shops) by Graham Jones and it struck a nerve. ...
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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice DVD Review: A Fantastic Appreciation

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice is a biographical documentary that Ronstadt was involved with as she introduces the ...
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Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets: Live at the Roundhouse Movie Review

Pink Floyd was formed in 1965 by Syd Barrett (guitar, lead vocals), Nick Mason (drums), Roger Waters (bass guitar, vocals), ...
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ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas Blu-ray Review: The Rise of ZZ Top

ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas is a documentary that tells the story of the band, from their ...
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Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll Blu-ray Review: It’s Good to Be the King

Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll pays tribute to the man many consider the King of Rock 'n' Roll, through ...
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I’ll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours of Lynyrd Skynyrd DVD Review

I'll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours Of Lynyrd Skynyrd is the second recent documentary about Southern rock band Lynyrd ...
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Concert Review: Art Alexakis – The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa, CA – 11/15/19

I've been an Everclear fan since the beginning. I have all the albums, a ton of rare singles, and even ...
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The Cure: 40 Live – Curætion-25 + Anniversary Blu-ray Review: A Black Ruby Jubilee

The Cure: 40 Live collects two outstanding concerts performed in the summer of 2018 as founder Robert Smith, bassist Simon Gallup ...
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Mountaintop Movie Review: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Reunite in ‘Colorado’

At Studio in the Clouds, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, 8750 feet above sea level, Neil Young reassembled his backing band Crazy ...
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Blade: Original Motion Picture Score Review: Hauntingly Unclear

Written by Michael Frank Blade is a cult classic for a reason. It features a jacked-up Wesley Snipes, loads of vampires, ...
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TV Review: Country Music: Episode Eight ‘Don’t Get Above Your Raisin”

Ken Burns's latest examination of the fabric of the United States sees him focus on another musical genre, Country Music, in ...
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TV Review: Country Music: Episode Seven ‘Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way’

Ken Burns's latest examination of the fabric of the United States sees him focus on another musical genre, Country Music, in ...
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TV Review: Country Music: Episode Six ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken?’

Ken Burns's latest examination of the fabric of the United States sees him focus on another musical genre, Country Music, in ...
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TV Review: Country Music: Episode Five ‘The Sons and Daughters of America’

Ken Burns's latest examination of the fabric of the United States sees him focus on another musical genre, Country Music, in ...
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Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison Movie Review: A Collective Concert of Shared Heritage

Written by Michael Frank Though norteño music will be new to many who stumble across Netflix's new documentary, Los Tigres del ...
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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: In Concert DVD Review: Tell Tchaikovsky the News

Written by Glen Boyd With the passings of Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek this past week, aging music fans received ...
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The Beatles: Made on Merseyside DVD Review: Offers Little New Information

In 1964, Americans viewed the Beatles as seemingly coming out of nowhere, rapidly scoring hits and inciting Beatlemania. In reality, ...
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TV Review: Country Music: Episodes One and Two

Ken Burns's latest examination of the fabric of the United States sees him focus on another musical genre, Country Music, in ...
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Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019 Movie Review: They Will Choose Farewell

In 2014, Rush (guitarist Alex Lifeson, vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee, and druumer Neil Peart) released R40, a collector's box set that ...
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Pretenders with Friends Blu-ray Review: A Hits-Heavy, Star-Studded Concert

Decades Rock Live! was a VH1 Classic television series that gathered bands and guests to play a concert at Trump Taj ...
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The Quiet One Movie Review: Explores Ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s Life Through His Media Archives

It's been 26 years since Bill Wyman quit the Rolling Stones for civilian life in 1993, and the documentary The Quiet ...
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Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home Blu-ray Review: A Look at the Love Affair Between the Singer and the City

Frank Sinatra was born in New Jersey and synonymous with New York City. He also defined what a Las Vegas ...
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Foreigner: Live at the Rainbow ’78 Blu-ray Review: On Their Way to Becoming Juke Box Heroes

Foreigner began as vocalist Lou Gramm, guitarist Mick Jones, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboardist Al Greenwood and bassist ...
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Yessongs: 40th Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray Review: For Fans Only

Originally released on Blu-ray in the UK for the actual 40th anniversary in 2012, Yessongs, also the name of a ...
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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World Movie Review: Revealing a Lesser-Known Story of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Just when it seems like books and documentaries have thoroughly covered the history of rock 'n' roll, along comes a ...
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Best of 2018 Assorted Lists

From 2005 through 2012, I pretty consistently wrote my Sunday Morning Tuneage blog. It continued inconsistently through 2013 before being ...
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The Public Image Is Rotten Movie Review: Traces the 40-year History of John Lydon and Public Image, Ltd.

Near the beginning of The Public Image is Rotten, a young John Lydon is asked how long he'll live. “I'm ...
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Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis Blu-ray Review: Friendship in the Face of Evil

Until the Paris Terrorist attack on November 13, 2015 where their concert at the Bataclan was targeted leaving 89 dead, ...
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Concert for George Movie Review: A Deeply Moving Tribute to a Multifaceted Artist

George Harrison's life and career may seem impossible to capture in just an hour and a half. Yet his friends ...
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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (Remastered) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Previously released from Criterion in 2009, The Complete Monterey Pop Festival collects three D.A. Pennebaker film's: Monterey Pop, Jimi Plays ...
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The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration Blu-ray Review: Armed with Will and Determination and Grace, Too

As I wrote in my review of the documentary The Tragically Hip: Long Time Running, "On May 24, 2016, it ...
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Free to Rock DVD Review: Documentary Explores Music’s Role in Toppling Communism

“Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose,” Janis Joplin sang in “Me and Bobby McGee.” For teens living ...
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The Tragically Hip: Long Time Running Blu-ray Review: Beating the Inevitability of Death Just a Little Bit

On May 24, 2016, it was announced that The Tragically Hip's lead singer Gord Downie had incurable brain cancer.  In ...
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Black Sabbath: The End Blu-ray Review: A Fitting Swan Song

On February 4, 2017 at Genting Arena in their hometown of Birmingham, England, Black Sabbath (sans founding drummer Bill Ward) ...
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Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago DVD Review: New Documentary Paints an Incomplete Picture of the Band

When asked to define Chicago's sound, saxophonist Walter Parazaider provides this simple summary: “a good rock and roll band with ...
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Festival (1967) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Better Than Woodstock

In the early part of the 20th Century, various folklorists, including John Lomax, wandered about the country documenting the songs ...
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Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare Special Edition DVD Review: Highly Recommended

Vincent Furnier was the lead singer of the band of Alice Cooper and also went by the name Alice Cooper. ...
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Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland DVD Review: Singer’s Final Years Explored

Filming a biopic is fraught with difficulty. How can a writer and director accurately portray an international icon onscreen? Few ...
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The Bottom Line Archive Series: Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson: In Their Own Words with Vin Scelsa Album Review 

The Bottom Line, a rock and folk club in Greenwich Village from 1974 to 2004, featured performances by Bruce Springsteen, ...
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Hype! Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: The Rise and Fall of Grunge

New to the Shout Select line, Hype! offers viewers an inside look at the Seattle music scene of late '80 ...
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Jane’s Addiction: Ritual De Lo Habitual – Alive at Twenty-Five Blu-ray Review: Thank You, Boys

After a brief introduction through separate interviews of band members Perry Farrell (singer), Dave Navarro (guitar), Stephen Perkins (drums), and ...
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Eagles of Death Metal: I Love You All the Time: Live at the Olympia in Paris DVD Review

On the back cover and at the start of the video, Eagles of Death Metal presents a reminder of the ...
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Grateful Dead 2017 Meet-Up at the Movies: RFK Stadium, Wash. D.C. – 07/12/89 Review

Hosted by Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment at theaters across the country, the seventh annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the ...
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Gospel According to Al Green DVD Review: A Career at a Crossroads

In 1977, R&B legend Al Green signaled to fans that he was undergoing a life—and career—transformation. “Belle,” a track off ...
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ELP: Once Upon a Time in South America (4-CD Set) Album Review

Written by Glen Boyd Emerson Lake & Palmer (or ELP as they've also been often billed - including on this ...
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Fathom Events Presents the 2017 DCI Tour Premiere

Drum Corps International (or DCI as they are commonly called) was formed in 1972 as the non-profit governing body for ...
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John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection Album Review

Arguably the greatest pairing of composer and director in cinema history, John Williams' scores from Steven Spielberg's films are the ...
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Long Strange Trip Movie Review: All a Dream They Dreamed One Afternoon Long Ago

Like America itself, the Grateful Dead were a great melting pot of cultures, genres, and styles. Take a close look ...
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Buena Vista Social Club Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Cuban Musicians Get the Recognition They Deserve

When it comes to music, there are many styles and cultures: Mexican, Spanish, Portugese, etc. However, Cuban music seems to ...
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Neil Young Journeys Blu-ray Review: A Welcome Addition to Young’s Concert Filmography

Neil Young Journeys is director Jonathan Demme's third film starring the musician, the previous two being Neil Young: Heart of ...
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Def Leppard: And There Will Be a Next Time…Live from Detroit Review: Sounding As Good As Ever, but Could Stand to Show a Little More Energy

I've been very fortunate to see Def Leppard several times over the years since their monumentally explosive Hysteria album took ...
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Gimme Danger DVD Review: Jim Jarmusch Pays Loving Tribute to Iggy and the Stooges, but Misses Some Opportunities

Written by Glen Boyd From the first few minutes of Gimme Danger, Jim Jarmusch's loving tribute to Iggy and the ...
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Fathom Events Presents Rush: Time Stand Still

When Rush was preparing and touring for R40, their 40th anniversary tour, it was frequently suggested in the press that ...
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Book Review: The Complete David Bowie (Revised and Updated 2016 Edition) by Nicholas Pegg

"Complete" is an accurate description of this astoundingly thorough encyclopedia of Bowie's work. The book naturally opens with "The Songs ...
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New Orleans Music in Exile Blu-ray Review: After the Hurricane

Unless you live in New Orleans or know someone who does, you might not have paid much attention to its ...
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Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again DVD Review: An Interesting Glimpse into Life on the Road

In 2012, Jennifer Lopez set off on her first ever world tour. For six months, she traveled across five continents ...
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Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression: Live at the Royal Albert Hall Review: An Impressive, Raucous Affair

In March of 2016, Iggy Pop and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age revealed they had secretly collaborated ...
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Last of the Mississippi Jukes DVD Review: Blues History Revisited

Actor Morgan Freeman, who co-owns Mississippi juke joint Ground Zero, describes Delta Blues as “American classical music.” The documentary Last ...
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Can’t Stop the Show: The Return of KIX Review: The Band Is Back Sounding As Good As They Always Have

Formed in 1977, the hard rock band from Hagerstown, Maryland broke into the mainstream music scene with their fourth album, ...
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Pete Townshend’s Deep End: Face the Face Reveals the Soul of a Rock Legend

As the title of a 1994 box set declared, the Who proved themselves as masters of “maximum R&B.” That phrase ...
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Classic Albums: The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds Blu-ray Review

When the discussion of the greatest album of all times breaks out a party, many people will chime in, some ...
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Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Six-DVD Set Review: A Happy Anniversary

Airing on May 16, 1983, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever is remembered for being the television special where Michael Jackson ...
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The Everly Brothers: Harmonies from Heaven DVD Review: An Appreciation of the Duo’s Impact on Early Rock ‘n’ Roll

Early rock pioneers the Everly Brothers set the standard for impeccable harmonies, and wowed audiences with their special blend of ...
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Styx: Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas Blu-ray Review: A Quality Performance Even Without the Band’s Biggest Songs

Filmed while on tour in July of 2014, the Blu-ray shows off some of the band's well-known hits. Interspersed between ...
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Toto: Live at Montreux 1991 DVD Review: Shows a Band in Transition

By 1991, Toto was at a crossroads. Only four original members remained: guitarist/lead vocalist Steve Lukather, keyboardist/lead vocalist David Paich, ...
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The Claypool Lennon Delirium: Monolith of Phobos Album Review

Thank the fates Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger opened for Les Claypool's Primus last summer because it ...
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Concert Review: Sting & Peter Gabriel, Hollywood Bowl, 07/18/16

In the same vein as his 2014 co-headlining tour with Paul Simon, Sting teamed up with his former Amnesty International ...
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The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped Review: Totally Enjoyable

During 1994/1995, the Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood) toured the world behind Voodoo Lounge, ...
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Louder Than Love – The Grande Ballroom Story DVD Review: It Was Quite a Place to Be

Written by Scott Blitstein When most people think of live music in the late '60s, they probably think of Haight-Ashbury, ...
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Mudcrutch: 2 Album Review: Tom Petty Returns to His pre-Heartbreakers Band with Great Results

In 2007, Tom Petty decided to reform Mudcrutch, his pre-Heartbreakers band, to record their long-overdue self-titled debut. Mudcrutch of course ...
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Bad Company: Live in Concert 1977 & 1979 Album Review

Written by Scott Blitstein In 1979, an 11-year-old me took a major step in my musical appreciation evolution. It was ...
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The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead Movie Review: Behind the Punk Music

Written by The Vern When you hear the words "punk music," the first names that pop up are usually The ...
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KISS Rocks Vegas Cinema Event Review: Exactly What You’d Expect from a KISS Concert

Fathom Events is known for bringing one-time events into movie theaters throughout the country. These presentations can range from plays ...
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Rainbow: Monsters of Rock – Live at Donington 1980 DVD/CD Review

Written by Scott Blitstein Rainbow: Monsters of Rock is a DVD / CD combo that will be accepted differently based ...
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Grateful Dead 2016 Meet-Up at the Movies: Sullivan Stadium, MA – 07/02/89 Review

Hosted by Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment at theaters across the country, the sixth annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the ...
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Turn It Up! Movie Review: A Celebration of the Electric Guitar

Written by Scott Blitstein I was sixteen years old, standing in a pawn / jewelry shop owned by family friends. ...
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TV Review: American Masters: Carole King: Natural Woman

Over the last few years, singer/songwriter Carole King has enjoyed a career resurgence. Her bestselling memoir, A Natural Woman, bowed ...
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TV Review: American Masters: B.B. King: The Life of Riley

The latest installment of the PBS series, American Masters, documents the life and music of blues maestro Riley “B.B.” King. ...
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About the Young Idea DVD Review: A Revealing, Reminiscent Look Back at the Jam’s Rise

The late John Weller, Paul Weller's father and perhaps the Jam's biggest fan, would ring in shows by shouting, “Put ...
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The Rolling Stones: From the Vault: Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990 Blu-ray Review

The Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle stadium tour ran for nearly a year. The North American leg started in Philadelphia on Aug ...
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Jaco DVD Review: Tribute to a Jazz Legend

“It's not about bass playing, it's about being a storyteller.” The documentary Jaco traces the life of iconic jazz bassist ...
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David Bowie: Station to Station (Special Edition) Album Review: A Great Piece of Work

Station to Station is Bowie's tenth album. Considered a transitional album as its title indicates, it blends his musical past ...
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David Bowie, The Heart’s Filthy Lesson, Se7en, and Me

David Fincher led me to David Bowie. I doubt that was a typical path to the Thin White Duke, but ...
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Remembering David Bowie and “Under Pressure”

Being an only child, but having some hip uncles who were more like older brothers, I got exposed to a ...
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David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” Signified the Arrival of an Innovator

Against a blindingly white background, a man stands alone. Clad in a sky-blue suit and sporting technicolor makeup, the figure ...
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Rage Against the Machine: Live at Finsbury Park Blu-ray Review: Christmas in June

No matter what one may think of the music spawned from reality TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, ...
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The Who: Live in Hyde Park DVD Review: The 50-Year Anniversary Show

Written by Scott Blitstein What else can be written about The Who that hasn't already been written over the course ...
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JACO DVD Review: Portrait of a Tortured Genius

In 1976, an album was released that would revolutionize not only how the jazz bass is played, but the very ...
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Sinatra: All or Nothing at All Blu-ray Review: That’s His Life

Frank Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling singers ...
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Amy Blu-ray Review: The Permeability of Private and Public Footage

The narrative beats of Asif Kapadia's documentary on Amy Winehouse are eminently familiar, tracing a musician's rise to fame and ...
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Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Glimpses into the Heart of the Artist

By the time Bob Dylan toured England in the Spring of 1965, he’d released five albums (two of which went ...
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Black Stone Cherry: Thank You: Livin’ Live, Birmingham, UK Review: An Enjoyable Performance in Spite of the Low Vocals

Recorded October 30, 2014 on their Magic Mountain tour, the four-man band from Kentucky brought their brand of hard southern ...
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Phil Collins: Live at Montreux 2004 Blu-ray Review: Nice Overview of His Long Solo Career

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The B-52’s: With the Wild Crowd!: Live in Athens, GA Blu-ray Review: The Emphasis is on Fun

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SXSW 2012 Review: Paul Williams Still Alive

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The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Making of L.A. Woman DVD Review: The Story of a Truly Great Album and Band

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Public Image Limited: Live at Rockpalast DVD Review: A Must for PiL Fans

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Santana: Greatest Hits Live At Montreux 2011 DVD Review: An Artist Still on Top of His Game

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Talking Heads: Chronology DVD Review: More Videos About Buildings and Food

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The Richard Thompson Band: Live At Celtic Connections Blu-ray Review: Something for Everyone

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The Rolling Stones: Some Girls: Live In Texas ’78 Blu-ray Review: It’s Live Rock ‘n’ Roll and I Like It

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Queen: Days of Our Lives Blu-ray Review: A Definitive Look at the Legendary Band

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Queen: Days of Our Lives DVD Review: They Made the Rockin’ World Go Round

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The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman DVD Review: A Look at One of Their Most Enduring Works

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From Straight to Bizarre: Zappa, Beefheart, Alice Cooper, and LA’s Lunatic Fringe DVD Review: A Must for Zappa-philes

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Glee: The Concert Blu-ray Review: Fun Performances, Lame Interludes

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Some Kind of Monster DVD Review: A Fearless Portrait of Metallica

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Deep Purple with Orchestra: Live In Montreux 2011 DVD Review: They All Came out to Montreux Again

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Book Review: Music on Film: A Hard Day’s Night by Ray Morton

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Electric Daisy Carnival Experience Movie Review: Experience It…If You Can Find It

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U2 3D Movie Review: Almost Better Than the Real Thing

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Elvis on Tour DVD Review: Presley Goes out on a High Note in his Final Film

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The Jayhawks: Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass (Legacy Edition) Albums Review

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Sucker Punch Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Review

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