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  • 7 years ago

    Caleb Followill's voice emanates pure Allman-longing, even when he sings—literally, I think—about "sex on fire." Over the course of three albums, the Kings of Leon have worn their undigested influences joyfully on their rangy, sleevele...

  • 7 years ago

    Adam Green is huge in Germany. A member of his backing band recalls fans lunging over velvet ropes to paw at the affable Westchester native. He has graced the cover of the German Rolling Stone. And 2003's Friends of Mine, his first album after the...

  • 8 years ago

    Boyz II Men have sold 90 million albums. The only artists with similarly stratospheric sales—Elvis, Bob Marley, the Beatles—are icons, but the Boyz radiate pure banality. In their prime, the Philly quartet (now down to a trio) wore its i...

  • 8 years ago

    Joni's love of jazz and jazz's love of Joni are no secret: Consider occasional collaborator Herbie Hancock's recent tribute record. But Shine, her first record in five years and debut for Starbucks' Hear Music label, has a startling amount of saxo...