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Rolling Stone Pages Through 50 Years

The 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone is being marked a number of ways, from a biography that publisher Jann Wenner has already disavowed (and is being well-reviewed) to this two part documentary from Alex Gibney and Blair Foster, “Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge” (HBO, 9 p.m.) that takes a swing from its heyday. While [...]

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Finding the Voice of John Coltrane

“Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) kicks off its 16th season with what would be a perfect “American Masters.” The absorbing and uplifting biography of jazz giant John Coltrane by director John Scheinfeld could fit as any well-done public television biography. But this one has the advantage of Coltrane’s sublime and groundbreaking saxophone [...]

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Lucinda Williams’ New ‘Sweet Old World’

The increasingly popular ploy of celebrating a classic album on its anniversary came a little differently to Lucinda Williams. Instead of performing the original work top to bottom in front of a backdrop of the cover, her show at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington Monday was preceded by a completely re-recorded version of the sublime, [...]

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Yep Roc 20′s Rockin’ Anniversary

Sometimes, a record label anniversary concert can be a pretty disparate affair, if only because of the breadth of the rosters. Motown 25 was probably a pinnacle of its type in 1983, even though it also included Adam Ant and DeBarge as well as Michael Jackson. Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary fete in 1988 featured both [...]

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Secret Sisters Harmonize at The Hamilton

The Secret Sisters come off like a classic duo from the golden age of country music, or maybe before that: the string band era of the Depression days. Existing in the 21st century is a whole lot harder, they have found. But survival seems certain based on their reliance on the kind of sibling harmonies [...]

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A Stop on Daniel Johnston’s Final Tour

To the devoted fans of Daniel Johnston, the troubled outsider songwriter behind “Speeding Motorcycle” and other indie favorites, an  introduction would certainly not be necessary. But what’s being billed at Johnston’s final tour begins with a lengthy intro: The whole of Jeff Feuerzeig’s remarkable 2005 documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” which chronicles the fascinating [...]

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‘Take Me to the River,’ the Concert Version

Since Martin Shore released his 2014 documentary “Take Me to the River,” telling the story of Memphis soul while trying to introduce a hip hop generation, a number of its featured artists have died, including Bobby “Blue” Bland, Hubert Sumlin and Teenie Hodges. But three other of its featured participants went on to win their [...]

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Randy Newman at the Birchmere

At 73, Randy Newman is still writing sharp and funny political songs, elaborate and cynical set pieces about the state of the world and, in between, the kind of stark songs that unexpectedly rip your heart out. At a wide-ranging, two-set, 33 song panorama of his work of the past half century, fans responded to [...]

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Screams at the Yoko Tribute Concert

Aside from her considerable career as a conceptual artist, Yoko Ono may also be the most polarizing figure in rock. She still carries a lot of unfair blame for being a convenient target as the Beatles were breaking up, and may have showed up on too many Lennon solo albums for purists. At the same [...]

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Arcade Fire Adapts Well to Arena

Playing in the round isn’t always the best way to take in an arena concert. By definition, a band’s presentation is fractured in different directions, lacking a central, unified focus. Every time a band member is facing you means that another is facing the other way. If it’s a spinning stage, it can all be [...]

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