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Boston, ‘Life, Love & Hope’ – Album Review

Boston's sixth album, 'Life, Love & Hope,' is a rather frustrating, confusing affair.

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Neil Young, ‘Live at the Cellar Door’ – Album Review

Unlike Bob Dylan's similarly themed 'Bootleg Series,' the various volumes in Neil Young's 'Archives' haven't stretched out much. Aside from 2009's massive early-career box set and a couple of later concert documents, the albums in Young's ongoing series mostly have been live shows from the first few years of his solo period.

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Bruce Springsteen, ‘High Hopes’ – Song Review

For Bruce Springsteen, what's past is prologue.

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience, ‘Miami Pop Festival’ – Album Review

At this point, is there anything really worth hearing in Jimi Hendrix's vaults that hasn't been heard before? Forty-three years after his death, and dozens of posthumous albums later, "Previously Unreleased Jimi Hendrix Recordings" doesn't stir as much excitement as it once did.

And when these "new" albums are culled from one of the guit

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Elton John, ‘The Diving Board’ – Album Review

What's left for Elton John to prove? The guy is a knight of the round table. He's sold approximately six gajillion records. He's got a live residency in Las Vegas. Hell, he's even paid tribute to Liberace on the Emmys!

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Sting, ‘The Last Ship’ – Album Review

Sting has never hid his pretensions. In fact, he's gone out of his way to flaunt them, going all the way back to the Police, when he casually referenced Vladimir Nabokov in the band's first Top 10 U.S. hit and then explored Jungian philosophies on the band's biggest-selling album. Things only got worse with his solo career.

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Elvis Costello and the Roots, ‘Wise Up Ghost’ – Album Review

Elvis Costello has been down this path before. New collaborators. New sounds. Old songs approached in new directions. On 'Wise Up Ghost,' an album recorded with hip-hop crew the Roots, he slips into a new groove, for him at least, that adds some fresh texture to his old style.

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Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus Rocks Los Angeles

Peter Frampton's summer concert caravan, Frampton's Guitar Circus, has proven to be one of the most successful concepts of the season. Taking a page from Ringo's All-Stars and even a bit of Bob Dylan's mid-'70s Rolling Thunder Review, the tour features a rotating roster of legendary players that join Frampton and his reliable band onstage each night.

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Paul McCartney Rocks Milwaukee’s Miller Park

Paul McCartney's performance of 'Hey Jude' at last summer's Olympics caused some people on social-networking sites to wonder if it was time for him to finally retire that chestnut. But his sold-out concert at Milwaukee's Miller Park on July 16 proved why he shouldn't: Nothing can unite a massive crowd like that famous coda.

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Pacific Rim Review
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‘Pacific Rim’ Review

As basically a three-word genre mash-up -- monsters vs. robots -- the announcement that Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures were making 'Pacific Rim' didn't really need to offer much more than just that siren-song simple idea. But it did, promising a big canvas for a big talent, the director Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro isn't a household name -- unless you live in Austin -- but he's the outsized outsider genius behind movies like 'Hellboy' and 'Blade 2' as well as films like 'Pan's Labyrinth' and 'The Devil's Backbone.' And while counting down to 'Pacific Rim,' I had the feeling that while it was nice to have someone spending $200 million to make what my inner 12-year-old would no doubt consider the perfect summer movie, my adult self couldn't help but be suspicious of anyone who'd spend that much money on a pre-teen's idea of the perfect summer movie.

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Dennis DeYoung Brings the Music of Styx to Nashville

Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung brought his solo show titled 'The Music of Styx' to Nashville's historic War Memorial Auditorium on Friday night (June 28). The show is billed as a Styx greatest hits show, and that's exactly what DeYoung delivered, turning back the clock for two hours of pure Stygian magic.

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World War Z Review
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‘World War Z’ Review

The title is 'World War Z,' but I can think up two other letters: "O" and "K."

'World War Z' is okay because it zips along with the fury of a computer-generated cascade of fast zombies. 'World War Z' is okay because Brad Pitt is a great leading man, even if his character has no depth. 'World War Z' is okay because there is always a fatalistic draw to see our social order tumble and great cities reduced to cinders.

It is also, unfortunately, merely okay because there's nothing in this movie you haven't seen before.

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