Better Than: A pipe dream come true, and on The Apollo's storied stage, no less.
When Charles Bradley and I met up at Daptone Records to discuss the release of his sophomore album Victim of Love back in April, his headlining show at The Apollo was a promine ... More >>
Nineteen years ago today fans around the world got news Nirvana's Kurt Cobain had taken his own life in his Seattle home. As the years have passed, fans, peers, and friends of the musician and his pioneering grunge band have paid their respects through covering the band's material. Here now, from P ... More >>
Charles Bradley's new album Victim of Love is out today on Brooklyn's Daptone Records, and like we told you in last week's feature about both, it doesn't get much better. The album is sweet, heartfelt, proud, sad, and as soul-stirringly honest as they come. Which makes sense. Because, if you've seen ... More >>
The truest part of a Charles Bradley performance doesn't happen onstage, where he falls to his knees, flings his arms from the microphone, blows kisses to the crowd, and pushes himself past the emotional brink, where words can't follow and a painful howling rises up instead. It's when he's off the s ... More >>
On Friday night, a once-viral YouTube clip beamed down from cyberspace, materializing as a musical band of living, breathing humans who graced New York with an entire hour of genre-warped Nickelback singles. In theory, "A Motown Tribute to Nickelback" seems like the most heinous sacrilege, muddling ... More >>
Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival w/Neko Case, Charles Bradley He's My Brother, She's My Sister
World Financial Center
Thursday, July 12
Better than: Happy hour inside.
Last night Neko Case, singer-songwriter and sometimes New Pornographer, headlined the second night of the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festi ... More >>
One recent trend in pop music has seen a number of old souls producing albums by the young at heart. Gospel goddess Mavis Staples's latest album, 2010's You Are Not Alone, was produced by Wilco wunderkind Jeff Tweedy; rockabilly vet Wanda Jackson's The Party Ain't Over, released in 2011, was oversee ... More >>
Sarah DiGregorioBig Bob Gibson's pulled pork.Anticipation for the eighth-annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Partybegan growing back in February when this year's dates were announced. Now, with less than a month remaining until the blow-out, which takes place June 12-13, the pitmaster line-up is ... More >>
Daptone Soul Revue
Friday, October 23
Greetings from the R-for-Retro wing of Slate's infamous DORF matrix, which chides NPR for only spotlighting black music made by those who are Dead, Old, Retro, or Foreign. Verily, Daptone Records has the R on lock, with multiple backing band ... More >>