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Music Review: Robin Banks – ‘Modern Classic’


Miss Robin Banks' 'Modern Classic' is essentially old school, small ensemble jazz that deserves to expand her audience and deepen her already appreciative critical reception. Read More »

Are You Listening? 2014 in Music [Lenny Kravitz, Kimbra, Shakira, Chris Brown, Kelis, and More]

Hits (Kelis, Suzanne Vega, etc.)

2014 was all about 'Food' (Ninja Tune)―the kind one-time hook girl turned chameleonic chanteuse Kelis was serving. Read More »

Music Review: ‘Get On Up – The James Brown Story’ [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Get On Up

The soundtrack to 'Get On Up' is really a collection of the essential hits of "Mr. Dynamite." Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ‘The Soul of Designer Records’

The Soul of Designer Records

'The Soul of Designer Records' is one of the most fascinating compilations of gospel music ever produced. Read More »

Flurry of New Christmas/Holiday Albums Heralds the Season


From Idina Menzel to Earth, Wind & Fire, the season is busting out all over with new Christmas albums for your holiday-party playlist. Read More »

Interview: Paolo Nutini Hopes to Spark Imaginations with New Album, ‘Caustic Love’


Singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini discusses his new album, 'Caustic Love.' Read More »

Music Review: Dina Regine – ‘Right On, Alright’

dina regine right on alright

Not just a fine songwriter and singer, Dina Regine also has a wide-ranging sensibility infused with the history of the great pop music of the past half century. Read More »

Countdown: My Week with Beyoncé


I would not succumb to conversion. I was a justified aficionado—personally and professionally—of popular music culture and Beyoncé stood in opposition to the music I jammed to. Or did she? Read More »

Interview: Somi on Her Major Label Debut, ‘The Lagos Music Salon’

Somi The Lagos Music Salon

Somi's "New African Jazz" style comes out of her lengthy stays in Lagos, Nigeria. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Releases and Tours from Caleb Johnson, Kris Allen, Ne-Yo, Sinéad O’Connor, Stevie Nicks, Somi and More

caleb johnson

From American Idol winners to Stanley Clarke to Stevie Nicks and Ne-Yo, there's major news from top artists, music icons, and hot up-and-comers this week. Read More »