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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’

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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 »

I Shall Be Released: Music News from Mariah Carey, Mika, Slayer, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, Martin Gore and More

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Plus Adam Lambert, The Who, Smash Mouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Esperanza Spalding, The Kentucky Headhunters, Nashville Pu$$y and more. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: Music News from Flo Rida, Colbie Caillat, Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Dwight Yoakam, Marilyn Manson and More

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Plus Christina Perri, Rob Thomas, The Plain White T’s, Nate Ruess of fun., The Smashing Pumpkins, David Sanborn, Mavis Staples, Jeff Beck, James Taylor, and More Read More »

Preview of SXSW Music Festival 2015 (Notable Acts Include Best Coast, Scott Weiland, Tove Lo, Bleachers, The Church, and Unlocking the Truth)

SXSW 2014: Phantogram (photo credit: Diego Donamaria)

SXSW Music Festival 2015 takes place March 17-22 in Austin, Texas. Read More »

Music Review: JJ Grey & Mofro – ‘Ol’ Glory’

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A new album of old-timey soul music with a blue-eyed southern twist has a perfect fusion of sound and sensibility and is up there with JJ Grey & Mofro's best. Read More »

I Shall Be Released: New Recordings and Tours from Rihanna, Kid Ink, Chris Brown, Shelby Lynne and More

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Plus Florence + the Machine, Alabama Shakes, The Replacements, Buena Vista Social Club, Larry Coryell, Jorma Kaukonen, Simone Dinnerstein, and The Yardbirds. Read More »

Music Review: Joe Blessett – ‘Excuse Me’

Joe Blessett's 'Excuse Me'

Blessett's experimentations are hit-and-miss. Read More »