Springsteen’s 19th Album Ranks with His Best; Plus Cat Stevens, Chris Stamey, Savoy Brown

By Jeff Burger On first listen, Western Stars sounds like nothing Bruce Springsteen has ever done before. On second listen, though, you start to hear connections to the catalog. And by the third listen, you’re probably in love. Springsteen’s 19th album—his first studio release since 2014 and his first record of all-new original material since […]

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Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Review, Take Two; plus Chip & Tony Kinman, Willard Gayheart, Meghan Hayes

By Jeff Burger “Wait a minute,” you might think, after hearing about The Rolling Thunder Review: The 1975 Live Recordings. “Didn’t Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series already devote a volume to that concert tour?” Yup, and the very first paragraph of the liner notes for this new package concedes that the earlier one collected “what we […]

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A Must-Hear Album from Southside Johnny and Little Steven; Plus The Schramms, RJ Cowdery, Carlo Ditta, Greg Jacobs and Ellis Mano Band

Back in 1993, Bruce Springsteen guitarist Little Steven—who cofounded Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes in the mid 70s—teamed up with Southside to perform an acoustic benefit concert that aired on New York radio. The show, which embraced several of their best-known originals as well as a long menu of well-chosen covers, featured Asbury Jukes guitarist Bobby […]

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Miss the 60s? This Anthology Will Take You Back, plus Kora Feder and Bill Evans

 By Jeff Burger Think time machines are the stuff of science fiction? Then you probably haven’t heard the new 60-track Losing Touch with My Mind: Psychedelia in Britain 1986–1990. Like its companion, last year’s 64-track Another Splash of Colour: New Psychedelia in Britain 1980–1985, this collection will speedily carry you back to the late 1960s. The bands on the three-CD anthology—one of […]

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