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Justin Kantor is a music journalist with a passion for in-depth artist interviews and reviews. Most of his interviews for Blogcritics can be heard on his Blog Talk Radio program, "Rhythmic Talk." Justin's work has been published in Wax Poetics, The All-Music Guide, and SoulMusic.com. A graduate of Berklee College of Music's Music Business and Management program, he honed his writing chops as a teenager—publishing "The Hip Key" magazine from 1992-1996. The publication, which was created out of his childhood home in Virginia Beach, reached a circulation of 10,000 by the time he was 16. At Berklee, Justin continued to perfect his craft with a series of 'Underrated Soul' features for The Groove from 1997-2003. This led to a companion TV show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network in 2002, as well as writing for the national Dance Music Authority (DMA). A self-described "obscure pop, dance, and R&B junkie," Justin also has penned liner notes for reissue labels such as Edsel Records and FunkyTownGrooves. He's excited to be a part of the BlogCritics team and indulge his musical fancies even further. Connect with him at his Facebook page, or via krystolfan@gmail.com.

Music Review: Bananarama – ‘Megarama’ [3-CD Set Reissue]

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The internationally renowned Brit girl group's deep remix catalog is chronicled in a new 3-CD set of dance/club hits and rarities. Read More »

Book Review: ‘First Legends of Disco’ by James Arena

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"First Legends of Disco" holds appeal for both casual fans of disco who are curious about the origins of 1970s and '80s dance floor smashes and more ardent listeners. Read More »

From Bananarama to John Legend – Justin Kantor’s Top 10 Album Picks of 2013

British boy band JLS's 'Goodbye: The Greatest Hits' is among the standout collections of 2013.

From smart and thorough expanded collections of classic '80s material by groups like Bananarama and Exposé, to the latest from soulful vocalists such as John Legend and Raheem DeVaughn, 2013 was a remarkable year. Read More »

Interview: Jason King – Music Scholar, Professor, and Industry Force

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Co-founder of NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Jason King discusses his roles as a professor, academic and popular journalist, bandleader, and industry consultant. Read More »

Music Review: Belinda Carlisle – ‘Live from Metropolis Studios’ [DVD/CD]

Belinda Carlisle Live from Metropolis Studios

The Go-Go's vocalist remains a glowing presence on the touring circuit, as evidenced by this 2012 concert recording. Read More »

Interview: Glenn Lewis – A Truthful Conversation

Soulful singer-songwriter Glenn Lewis is experiencing a 'Moment of Truth' in 2013.

After a decade of industry challenges, soulful singer Glenn Lewis returns to the fold with his sophomore album, 'Moment of Truth.' Read More »

Music Review: Jay Sean – ‘Neon’

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All in all, 'Neon' is proof that persistence can pay off when it comes to testing musical waters in the mainstream pop world. Read More »

Music Review: Darren – ‘Instant Gratification’

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Merging R&B vocals with acoustic pop/rock arrangements, this independent "out" artist delivers reflective compositions of dedication and determination. Read More »

Interview: Cecil Parker – Modernly Classic

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Soul crooner offers real talk on the music business, life as an independent artist, and his new single, "For You." Read More »

Interview: Penny Ford – The Power of Experience

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The Snap! singer-songwriter discusses her musical timeline, including her history with Funkadelic, Chaka Khan, Sharon Redd, and Total Experience. Read More »