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Can’t Turn It Off: The Nu Shooz Interview, Part 2

Between 1982 and 2016, Nu Shooz recorded six LPs and an EP. Their most recent effort, 'Bagtown' (2016, NSO Music), is the culmination of much musical study in understanding the distance and intimacy between pop and R&B. Both Valerie Day and John Smith discuss the birth of Nu Shooz, their biggest hit "I Can't Wait" and more in this exclusive interview with Blogcritics!

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Many Happy Returns: ABC (The Band) in Focus, Part 2

'The Lexicon of Love II' bridges two audiences: those with a flash frozen sound of ABC stuck in their ears and stalwarts who’ve journeyed with ABC along their evolutionary track. The real coup of 'The Lexicon of Love II' is that it wins new listeners due to its self-awareness and ability to avoid stagnation―like previous ABC recordings before it.

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Many Happy Returns: ABC (The Band) in Focus, Part 1

Led by Martin Fry, ABC's 'The Lexicon of Love' (1982) was an instant sensation. To mark ABC’s upcoming release, this overview will give context to 'The Lexicon of Love II,' the arc of their musical canon, and prove that ABC is well beyond mere 1980s nostalgia.

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