Music Reviews: Dion’s Blues with Friends, Plus the Harmed Brothers, Nate Lee, and Darlin’ Brando

If you’re surprised to see a blues album from Dion, you haven’t been paying attention. Yes, he is primarily known for his wonderful early-rock-era records with and without the Belmonts, but even in those days he delivered a smattering of blues...

Music Reviews: Teddy Thompson, Bessie Jones, Joe Ely, G.F. Patrick, Gravel & Grace…and an Elliott Murphy Film

Teddy Thompson comes back strong, plus a gem from Alan Lomax's archives, new folk and R&B acts, and a film starring Elliott Murphy.

Music Reviews: Steve Forbert, Doc Watson, Nine Seas, Scott Ellison, Hawk, Holy Hive

Steve Forbert serves up an album of covers. Plus, early music from Doc Watson and CDs from Nine Seas, Scott Ellison, Hawk, and Holy Hive.

Album Reviews: The Choir's Unexpected Second Act, Plus Laura Cortese, Crystal Shawanda, Siren Songs

A garage rock outfit resurfaces after half a century. Also: a contender for best-of-2020 lists and two more noteworthy new CDs.

Album Reviews: Lucinda Williams, Mark Olson & Ingunn Ringvold, and a World Music Anthology

When Lucinda Williams began her career four decades ago with a pair of albums on the Smithsonian Folkways label, it didn’t take long to conclude that she was a major talent. Still, few could have guessed back then just how...

Album Reviews: Special Consensus, John Stewart, the Nighthawks

Special Consensus, Chicago Barn Dance. Chicago probably isn’t the first city you’d associate with bluegrass, but a fairly strong connection exists, perhaps most notably via the WLS National Barn Dance, a Grand Ole Opry-style radio program that lasted more than four decades. In...

Album Reviews: Whitney Rose Triumphs, Plus Willie Nile, Pharis & Jason Romero, America

Whitney Rose displays a rock and roll sensibility on her latest album. Plus releases from Willie Nile, Pharis and Jason Romero, and America.

Album Reviews: The Animals’ Second Act, Plus New Gordon Lightfoot

A five-CD set covers the Animals’ psychedelic period. Plus, a solo outing from Gordon Lightfoot.

Album Reviews: Rod Stewart, Ben Bostick, & a Psychedelic Anthology

Classical Treatment for Rod Stewart’s ClassicsRod Stewart now has something in common with Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Carpenters, Elvis Presley, and the Beach Boys: like those other artists, he has had the vocals from his early hits melded to new symphonic arrangements by...

Album Reviews: Steve Goodman, David Bromberg, Western Centuries, Rory Block

An early concert from Steve Goodman, new material from David Bromberg, and noteworthy releases from Western Centuries and Rory Block.

Album Reviews: A Final Word from Game Theory, Plus Matt Wilson, David Nail, Eliza Gilkyson, Lisa Mills

Unexpected material from Game Theory confirms the group’s excellence. Plus, more noteworthy releases.

Movie/Album Reviews: Bob Dylan's Masked and Anonymous, Plus Carla Olson

Bob Dylan’s 2003 film, which has just been reissued in high definition, is a mess, but you might nevertheless want to see it at least once. Also: an album of harmonious duets featuring Carla Olson.

Album Reviews: Sam Cooke - The Complete Keen Years, Plus Michael Doucet, Michel Petrucciani, Chris Maxwell

A box set collects Sam Cooke’s early pop hits and album tracks. Plus, Cajun artist Michael Doucet, jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani, and pop/rocker Chris Maxwell.

Album Reviews: Various Artists - Echo in the Canyon, Plus Claudettes, David Childers, Hot Club of Los Angeles

Jakob Dylan and friends cover late 60s music from Southern California. Plus more new releases.

Gadget Review: Globe Electric smart home products

Globe Electric makes smart home setup simple with its app- and voice-controllable products

Album Reviews: Bruce Springsteen & Friends - Peace, Love & Understanding, Plus the Mastersons, Will Sexton

A three-and-a-half-hour holiday concert from Bruce Springsteen features great music and luminous guest artists. Plus, Will Sexton and the Mastersons.

Album Reviews: Marty Stuart - The Pilgrim, Plus Sweet Lizzy Project, Phast Phreddie, Grant Peeples

Marty Stuart’s ‘The Pilgrim,’ a turning point in his career, reappears with bonus tracks and a book. Plus, Sweet Lizzy Project, Phast Phreddie, and Grant Peeples.

Album Reviews: Hank Williams - Pictures from Life's Other Side, Plus Mick Kolassa & Letitia Van Sant

Hank Williams's so-called "Mother's Best" recordings offer essential music. Plus, fine new releases from Mick Kolassa and Letitia VanSant.

Album Reviews: Honeycombs - Have I the Right: The Complete 60s Albums & Singles, Plus Wild Rabbit Salad, Lil Smokies, Bobby Hatfield

A three-CD anthology showcases the Honeycombs, a British Invasion group. Plus, Wild Rabbit Salad, the Lil Smokies, and previously unheard work from the Righteous Brothers’ Bobby Hatfield.

Album Reviews: Pink Floyd - The Later Years, Plus Seamus Egan & Big Mike

A massive box set explores Pink Floyd’s post-1985 work. Plus, CDs from Seamus Egan and Big Mike.

Blu-ray Review: The Kitchen (2019)
Not sure went wrong here. Oscar-nominated screenwriter making her directorial debut. Cult fave comic miniseries as source material. Three great stars - Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss - headlining. Blu-ray Review: 10 Minutes Gone
A heist thriller with two marquee names but not enough thrills. Bruce Willis is really a supporting player here to Michael Chiklis. Should've been more interesting. Holiday Gift Alert! Now on DVD: Barry: The Complete First Season
Double Emmy winner (for star/writer/director/creator Bill Hader and co-star Henry Winkler) this HBO Original Series is funny and quirky. Available Now on Blu-ray: Strike Back: The Complete Fifth Season
Ten episodes that look and sound great on HBO Home Entertainment's new three-disc Blu-ray set. Now on Blu-ray: Peter Pan - The Signature Collection Anniversary Edition
The 1953 beloved Disney animated classic is back in print - outfitted with some new bonus materials too. 100 Percent 'Fresh' on Rotten Tomatoes: Paddington 2 - On Blu-ray April 24, Own Early on Digital March 27
The sequel to the 2015 hit family film has been met with universal acclaim. If you missed it in theaters, here comes your chance to get caught up at home. Justice League Arrives On Blu-ray March 13
Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, and the DC Extended Universe gang arrive on a variety of physical home media formats on March 13. 'Justice League,' the fall 2017 blockbuster sequel to 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,' is also currently available as a Digital HD download. The Who to Release Tommy: Live at the Royal Albert Hall - October 13, 2017
The upcoming release boasts a complete performance of the entire 'Tommy' album, with a set of additional Who classics plus bonus features. Also available on CD and vinyl. Now on Blu-ray: Crashing: The Complete First Season
Pete Holmes created this funny HBO series about a struggling comedian. Holmes stars as a version of himself, and the new Blu-ray release includes one of his hour-long stand-up specials. Now on Blu-ray: Girls: The Complete Sixth Season - aka The Final Season
Lena Dunham's iconic HBO series winds up on a strong note with its sixth season, which is nominated for four Emmy Awards. Coming Soon: Jeff Beck - Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Legendary guitarist's 2016 concert featuring special guests including Steven Tyler and Buddy Guy will be available October 6, 2017 on multiple formats. Coming Soon: The Rolling Stones - From the Vault: Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015
The Stones acclaimed 'From the Vault' series rolls on with this 2015 concert, available in a variety of formats. Coming Soon: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - 35th Anniversary Gift Set
On September 12, 2017, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment reissues Steven Spielberg's classic.

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