Bob Dylan: Dylan

Let’s begin by establishing the fact that the music on this three CD set is essential. There can be no argument on that point. What can be discussed is whether this particular collection is required. After all,...

The National: Boxer

The release of the 2005 album Alligator made the The National one of the most buzzworthy bands in the country. They became the darlings of critics and bloggers, and the album ended up on a number of “best of th...
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Levon Helm @ Midnight Ramble

WOODSTOCK, NY—Try to remember the last time you went to a see a band at Giants Stadium. Remember all the people? Remember how far you had to walk from the parking lot and how far your expensive seats were from ...

Bright Eyes: Cassadaga

Cassadaga is a community for spiritualists in central Florida, with over 100 psychics in residence. It is one stop on the rambling journey through America that Conor Oberst recounts on this sprawling album. He ...
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Sufjan Stevens @ Town Hall

At the first of three sold-out shows at The Town Hall, Sufjan Stevens demonstrated that a large band performing in a mid-sized hall can still provide the type of intimate performance usually reserved for small ...
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Steely Dan @ PNC Bank Arts Center

This intriguing double bill, bringing together former bandmates, promised to be one of the highlights of the summer concert season. Michael McDonald had a stint as a member of Steely Dan prior to his rise to fa...
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Radiohead @ Theater at MSG

Radiohead bass player Colin Greenwood told Rolling Stone that last Christmas the band decided to go on tour to try out their new songs “because otherwise we feared we would just go mad in Oxford.” Thankfully, t...