Bobby "Blue" Bland

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    February 2, 2010

    Stream Gil Scott-Heron's I'm New Here

    ​By most accounts, the last decade wasn't one of the easiest for Gil Scott-Heron, who spent much of the aughts in and out of New York prisons and drug rehab facilities. But credit to XL for getting him back into the studio--I'm New Here, out next week, is a real, serious record, affecting far ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    The Brief Moment of Dick Davy

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 16, 1965, Vol. XI, No. 9 Whitey at the Apollo By Barbara Long ...The m.c., smooth-talking and confident but less than precise in his choice of words, announced: "The Apollo would like to take great pleasure in presenting a w ... More >>

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    March 6, 2008

    Live: Akron/Family at Maxwell's [03.06.08]

    The gong is out by the third song of the Akron/Family's set and is ka-bonged by their auxiliary drummer, Megafaun's Joe Westerlund. Surprisingly, it doesn't come back. It doesn't need to, though, not with all the other hand percussion, chants (some with onomatopoeic hand gestures), six-dude harmonie ... More >>

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    December 4, 2007

    Dysfunctional Family Affair

    Sly Stone takes the stage! And even sings occasionally!

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    January 17, 2006

    Blood of the Ham

    Our No. 1 Mason-Dixon soul man of the moment likes big women, babies, and neckbones

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    December 13, 2005

    Who Needs Boxes 2005

    That's not counting Johnny Cash, of course, but New Orleans finds are worth seeking out

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    June 29, 2004

    Mop and Glow

    Minnesota janitor cleans up with his sturdy soul comeback

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    November 18, 2003

    Ear, Nose, and Throat

    Ho ho hee hee ha ha to the funny farm where life is beautiful

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    August 7, 2001
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    July 17, 2001
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    June 19, 2001
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    December 29, 1998
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    January 20, 1998