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Countdown: My Week with Beyoncé

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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

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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 »

Music Review: Ruthie Foster – ‘Promise of a Brand New Day’

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Ruthie Foster artfully walks a line too fine for almost anyone else: the line between the blues, soul and gospel traditions on the one hand, and folk-pop on the other. Read More »

Music Review: Coco Montoya – ‘Songs from the Road’

Coco Montoya - Songs from the Road

Despite some shortcomings, Coco Montoya's live 'Songs from the Road' is an outstanding overview of the bluesman's career for fans and newcomers alike. Read More »

New Music from ‘American Idol’ Favorite Sanjaya Malakar

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The season six 'American Idol' finalist has newly recorded covers and an upcoming performance to benefit Gilda's Club. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ‘Audio with a G: Sounds of a Jersey Boy – The Music of Bob Gaudio’

Audio With A G - Sounds of A Jersey Boy, The Music of Bob Gaudio (2CD)

The 36 tracks of Bob Gaudio's 'Audio with a G' represent over 40 years of songwriting. Read More »

Music Review: Nick Jonas – “Chains”

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“Chains” is by far the greatest, most inspired and powerful track of 2014 – it is pure musical perfection. Read More »

Concert Review: Taylor Hicks at Little Creek Casino – Shelton, WA 6/26/14

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A night of high-octane blues and soul, courtesy of the harmonica-wielding 'American Idol' champ. Read More »

Memories of Prince’s First ‘Hit & Run’ Tour

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It's been a great reflection time for this amazing musician as his new upcoming album, and other new developments bridge back 15 years to when his 1982 hit "1999" anthem rocked the whole year. Read More »