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Music Review: Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers – ‘Live In Seattle’

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Don't even think about calling this latest offering from saxophonist Mindi Abair "smooth jazz." This live set is funky, sweaty blues rock and R&B. Read More »

Music Review: Prince – ‘HITnRUN: Phase One’


Less than a year after 'Art Official Age,' the Purple Yoda is back with another tasty serving of EDM-tinged pop and soulful R&B, all laced with enigmatic and unpredictable touches. Read More »

Bounce, Skate & Rock: An Overview of Janet Jackson


This brief overview takes one into Jackson’s awesome body of work cultivated over 30 years. Before checking out her soon-to-be released new record, get reacquainted with the albums that laid the groundwork for it. Read More »

Music Review: Vintage Trouble – ‘1 Hopeful Rd.’

Vintage Trouble 1 Hopeful Rd.

Vintage Trouble plays blues-rock and old-school R&B yet also sounds fresh. About to go on the road with AC/DC, this four-piece is my musical find of the year so far. Read More »

Music Review: Dan Rodriguez – ‘Come On Home’

Dan Rodriguez Come On Home

When the songwriting and his melodic and vocal talents click, they click securely, and sailing through the whole set is Rodriguez's fine voice, a pleasure to listen to whatever he's singing about. Read More »

Win a Signed Copy of New Biography ‘Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll’ by Fred Goodman

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A veteran music journalist 'tells the full story of how the Beatles broke up, how the Stones achieved the greatest commercial success in rock history, and how the music business became what it is today.' Read More »

Music Review: Miguel – ‘Wildheart’

Miguel Wildheart

Just about every song bears the imprint of a thoughtful survey of pop music styles from the 1960s to today. If they don't all reach the heights to which they aspire, enough do to make the album one of the more creative pop efforts of the year, and the best are hypnotically compelling. Read More »

Music Review: Little Richard – ‘Directly From My Heart: The Best of the Specialty & Vee-Jay Years’

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Most of the rock and roll from Little Richard's early career is collected here on three discs, including all the big hits. Read More »

Music Reviews: Jazz for the Jazz-Shy from John Tropea, Pat Bianchi Trio, and the Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble

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Gary McFarland, the jazz musician, composer and arranger who 'should have been a pop star,' left behind and eclectic discography and a wealth of superb material that deserves just such a tribute as this. Read More »

Music Review: Alabama Shakes – ‘Sound & Color’


If you thought Alabama Shakes had a great debut album, their sophomore release 'Sound & Color' will only make you love this band more. Read More »