On The Run: Beyoncé & Jay-Z Take Chicago by Storm

Dynamic duo brings down the house at Soldier Field.

Flawless - while it may sound cliché, it's really the only word that will do justice to describe the show-stopping, explosive performances given by Beyoncé and Jay-Z during their "On The Run" concert at Soldier Field last Thursday. Over 60,000 eager, screaming fans anxiously waited for the power couple to take the stage, and boy, do they know how to make an entrance.

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The Ravonettes Rave On

Dynamic Danish duo deliver the goods on their seventh album.

Whenever a band gets compared to the Velvet Underground (which the Raveonettes do, constantly), it's never entirely clear what that comparison is supposed to mean. Does it mean they write noisy rave-ups like "Sister Ray" and "White Light/White Heat?" Does it mean they churn out timeless ballads like "Lisa Says," "Pale Blue Eyes," and "Jesus"? Do they write jangly pop or feedback-laden dirges?

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CSNY Pave Over Four Way Street

3-disc/1DVD live set features unreleased material.

The bringing together of a folky band of rock castoffs (Stephen Stills from Buffalo Springfield, David Crosby formerly of The Byrds, and Graham Nash from The Hollies) with Neil Young (also from Buffalo Springfield) was a brilliant idea that came from Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun.

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The James Brown Story Gets Told

New biopic aims to introduce the Godfather of Soul to new generations.

Biopics are pretty much all terrible. At their best they give a basic biography of a well-known life, usually omitting the more interesting details, especially those that might put their subjects in a less-than-perfect light. At their worst they are terrible soap-opera-level melodramas that could just as easily be about anybody else who did something that got them famous.

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How the Ramones Saved Rock 'n' Roll

Never mind the Sex Pistols, this is the band that made punk.

The four founding members of the Ramones — Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone), John Cummings (Johnny Ramone), Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone), and Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) — have all passed away (Tommy died on July 11, 2014), but in their time they created a sound that became the clarion call for a new kind of youth rebellion.

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Brian Eno & Karl Hyde in the Bush of Ghosts

Pair's second collaboration is a darker journey.

Although they weren't conceived as such, the two albums released this year by Brian Eno & Karl Hyde (their previous collaboration, Someday World, just came out in May) almost seem like solo albums. Someday World is very pop-oriented, while the mostly instrumental High Life has a heavy dub influence, making the former seem more Underworld-y, while this new album seems much more up Eno's alley.

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