Pick Of The Day: Remembering Elvis’ Final Concert In Madison
2015 / Music

Pick Of The Day: Remembering Elvis’ Final Concert In Madison

Elvis Presley would have turned 80 years old on Thursday. Amid the remembrances and reflections on Presley’s transformational impact on stardom and his unquestionable role in popularizing rock music, few might know that Wisconsin was the setting of two remarkable incidents that occurred as Elvis’ life neared its end. Continue reading

Soundbytes: Top Albums Of 2014
2014 / Music / Top 10

Soundbytes: Top Albums Of 2014

When, during the dying days of December, it comes time to review what happened in pop music during the year that was, it seems inevitable that any list of achievements usually includes far too many records that never registered on the general public’s radar. The questions might be asked: Why didn’t we hear more about these albums earlier? And more consistently? Continue reading

Dylan’s New ‘Basement Tapes’ Box Set Documents Rock’s Most Important Recordings
Music

Dylan’s New ‘Basement Tapes’ Box Set Documents Rock’s Most Important Recordings

Nearly 50 years after a batch of rogue home recordings transformed the pop-music world, Bob Dylan has finally released a box set of the legendary “Basement Tapes,” including nearly all of the songs set on tape with the Band in Woodstock, N.Y. area. After all this time, the only real surprise here might be taking in how important these recordings wound up being. Continue reading