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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 »

From Loony to Legit: Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga Surprise with Authentic and Authoritative Performances

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What a shock it'll be if it's shock-performers like Cyrus and Gaga who engineer revivals of classic soul and musical-theater stylings. 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: Paul Kelly – ‘Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions’

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'Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions' is an album I am grateful to have been turned on to, and is definitely recommended. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ‘One-Derful Collection: One-Derful Records’

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New compilations from One-derful! Records are an archive of early Chicago soul, doo-wop, and R&B. Read More »

Music Review: Lovesucker – ‘Lovesucker’ EP

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Crystal Crosby and Zoltan Von Bury have put together an interesting mix of gypsy and rock sounds. Read More »

Music Review: Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls – ‘Soul Brothers’

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The Soul Brothers – Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls – bring back the '60s Memphis sounds with authenticity and heart. Read More »

Music Review: Robin Banks – ‘Modern Classic’

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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 »