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Neil Young: Heart of Gold Premieres at Sundance Film Festival

Last week, the concert movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The consensus thus far is that it is "a lasting, sensational film". Read More »

Top 10 Albums of 2005

As 2005 draws to close, it's time for that insufferable ritual -- Top 10's. Why do we do it? To justify re-reviewing our insufferable reviews? Or to see whose list contains the most obscure albums? Read More »

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy Most Essential Live Albums

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy compiles his list of essential live albums and puts Neil Young’s “Live Rust” as #1 in the December issue of HARP Magazine. Tweedy says of Neil Young’s “Live Rust”: “There’s not that much Neil Young that I’m not into. But “Powderfinger” on this — he’s on fire. The film was pretty miserable, but, man, the music is ... Read More »

The Neil Young Nation is Here

It’s always extremely gratifying whenever someone follows their heart, dreams and visions. Author Kevin Chong’s new book Neil Young Nation is a dream come true of a Neil Young fan’s personal journey . Specifically the book’s sub-title: “A Quest, an Obsession (and a True Story)” captures Chong’s adventure to discover what it really means to be a Neil Young fan. ... Read More »

Neil Young Turns 60 Today: Long May You Run

As hard as it might be to believe, the guy who sang “you can’t be 20 on Sugar Mountain“, will turn 60 this Saturday, November 12. And what a year for Neil. There were some definite highs and frightening lows. Most importantly, Neil is still here and making music. During 2005, Neil had quite a few memorable moments: – Neil ... Read More »

Neil Young’s “Prairie Wind”: A Gentle Breeze Deceptively Lulls The Howls Of Loss

With all that has happened to Neil over the past year or so, it is no wonder that critics are zeroing on these incidents as way of explaining the motivations and intentions of "Prairie Wind". Read More »

Review: Son Volt’s Okemah and the Melody of Riot – Jay Farrar Channels Woody Guthrie

Jay Farrar seems to be channeling Woody Guthrie's spirit on Son Volt's latest CD Okemah and the Melody of Riot. Read More »

Concert Review: Wilco & My Morning Jacket at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA

A beautiful summer evening on the historic Philadelphia waterfront, with two great bands - Wilco and My Morning Jacket and a bunch of music loving friends. It doesn't get much better. Read More »

Four Dead in Ohio

Thirty five years ago, on May 4, 1970, an anti-war student demonstration at Kent State University, Ohio left four students dead, one paralyzed, and eight others wounded. Read More »

Winnipeg Rocks! A Juno Awards Update

So why is the music scene in Winnipeg hot? How have artists connected to Manitoba, Canada sold more than 100 million records world-wide? Read More »