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In the six years following 1998’s HELLO NASTY, the Beastie Boys watched their hometown of New York City endure dramatic changes, most of them direct repercussions of the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The trio’s response is TO THE 5 BOROUGHS, an album that prominently features the WTC on its cover

In the three years-plus interim between this and his last studio album, Ben Harper traversed the world, and the already introspective singer/songwriter has clearly done even more soul-searching and emerged with his most earnest (and that’s no mean feat), focused set to date. DIAMONDS ON THE INSIDE flows organically with that transcendent feeling exemplfied by

Check Your Head brought the Beastie Boys crashing back into the charts and into public consciousness, but that was only partially due to the album itself — much of its initial success was due to the cult audience that Paul’s Boutique cultivated in the years since its initial flop release, a group of fans whose

The Ramones provided the blueprint and Leave Home duplicated it with lesser results, but the Ramones’ third album, Rocket to Russia, perfected it. Rocket to Russia boasts a cleaner production than its predecessors, which only gives the Ramones’ music more force. It helps that the group wrote its finest set of songs for the album.

Snow Patrol are known for songs so swooningly sensitive they can make Coldplay sound like the Sex Pistols. Now, perhaps inspired by the U.K.’s dubstep craze, they’ve added a few dance beats to their beige guitar anthems. It’s a strange move but done tastefully; the title track’s terse, frantic pulse is a welcome change of

In the late ’80s, fans were thirsting for a live spectacle from Pink Floyd, where they could hear the old tunes and see all the old stunts. That’s what they got on the 1987/1988 Pink Floyd world tour, which is documented on the double-disc set Delicate Sound of Thunder. David Gilmour’s reunited Floyd (minus Roger

Between 1970 and 1972, Stephen Stills was busy playing with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and working on a series of solo albums. In addition to all this activity he led the supergroup that appears on this stunning release. Originally a double album of four distinct sides, MANASSAS finds Stills and company (which includes friends

Though he would eventually succumb to cancer in 2003, on this 2000 release life hadn’t killed Warren Zevon just yet, though scrapes with doom inform LIFE’LL KILL YA’s sensibility, and Zevon responds with his trademark gallows humor as well as a surprisingly lighter touch. Here, the excitable, piano-pounding artist surrounds himself with acoustic guitars, harmonicas,

Released in 2006, THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION is a handsome repackaging of 16 of Steely Dan’s finest moments. Featuring a cover design that perfectly captures both the sophistication and the off-kilter seediness of group masterminds Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the collection goes heavy on the hits, including such wry pop gems as “Reelin’ In the

From their early recipe of country harmony, funk, guitar grit, and gospel power to their morphing into a first-rate adult contemporary R&B band, the Doobie Brothers’ arc in the ’70s and early ’80s mirrors that of early FM radio itself. The band has already documented this period on several greatest-hits collections, all of varying degrees

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