Paradise Outlaw

New Music for a New Year

As usual, the holiday season has delivered a blizzard of important new releases and reissues from major acts, leaving me little time to cover albums by the lesser-known artists who might someday be major acts themselves. Here’s a brief look at a few of the ones I’ve heard lately: Paradise Outlaw by Pieta Brown. This…

Live in Dublin

Leonard Cohen: Live in Dublin

Leonard Cohen has previously released five live albums and three concert DVDs, and much of that material preserves performances from the past few years, so do we really need this new video? I’d say yes. For one thing, this is the only high-definition recording of a recent show. Live in London, from 2009, while expansive,…

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Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection, Vol. 1: 1973–1984

Few rock acts—perhaps only Bob Dylan and the Beatles—traveled as far and as fast as Bruce Springsteen from a debut record to album number seven. Consider this dazzling body of work: Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey (1973). While clearly the product of a fledgling performer, this album introduces some memorable songs (“Blinded by the…