Jason M. Rubin

Album Review: Minx’s “The Cloistered Order” — A Captivating Blend of Tempos and Dynamics

June 1, 2023
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Like Thin Lizzy, Minx marries metallic thunder with melodic structures and lyrics worth listening to.

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TV Review: “Barry” — An Inevitable Season Four

May 30, 2023
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What made Barry such a hit was that it was deliciously funny; the laughs were a balm for the uneasiness viewers felt as the body count rose from episode to episode.

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Album Review: Paul Simon’s “Seven Psalms” — A Prophet’s Message to Us All

May 25, 2023
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This album may be too mellow, too grim, too serious for the average listener but hear me: This is an amazing and important work of art, quite possibly the legendary songwriter’s own elegy.

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Album Review: “Stephen Stills, Live at Berkeley 1971” — A Welcome Blast From the Past

May 24, 2023
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Among its many virtues, this archival live release from Stephen Stills reminds us of an era when great music was human-generated — written and performed with love.

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Rock Album Review: Ian Hunter’s “Defiance Part I” — Miles To Go Before He Sleeps

May 22, 2023
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Now an octogenarian, Ian Hunter remains a gifted songwriter, a distinctive vocalist, and a man who truly has a rock and roll heart.

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Concert Review: A Fireball Performance from Styx at the MGM Music Hall

May 16, 2023
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I am happy to report that Styx 2023 is a powerhouse outfit, wielding the most exciting aspects of progressive rock with radio-friendly hooks, riffs, and rhythms that set it apart from many of its peers.

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Television Review: “History of the World, Part II” — D Grade “History”

March 10, 2023
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Hulu’s History of the World, Part II — the damn thing isn’t funny.

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Arts Remembrance: David Crosby — An Appreciation

January 20, 2023
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For people who grew up on his music in the ’60s and ’70s, David Crosby’s passing, especially on the heels of Jeff Beck’s death last week, is tough to take.

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Country Album Review: Robin Lane’s Current and Cathartic “Dirt Road to Heaven”

October 26, 2022
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Channeling equal parts Lucinda Williams and Levon Helm, the album features Robin Lane’s rich, earthy voice supported by sparse instrumentation.

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Comedy Review — Paul Reiser at the Cabot

October 26, 2022
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Like a magic show where you know you’re being duped and enjoy it all the same, Reiser’s act was something you just settled back and enjoyed without analyzing it too much.

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