Gabe Roth

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Sharon Jones Rebounds After Cancer

    The outdoor crowd of some 6,000 fans in Boise that night in April probably remember a few distinct things about the show they'd come to see. One: It was great. Of course it was. This was Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, after all — the raucous but tight-as-a-drum soul powerhouse fronted by a n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Daptone's Neil Sugarman On The Sweet Return Of The Sugarman 3

    In an industry that rewards greed and egocentrism, tenor saxophonist Neal Sugarman has made a career out of selflessness. On record and onstage, Sugarman plays only what is needed: a big, percussive horn blast here, a raw R&B riff there. And career-wise, he has done much the same: in 2001, when both ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Download: Superhuman Happiness' Gleefully Funky "Human Happiness"

    ​Electric Cowbell is Brooklyn's hardest-working new label, having dropped nearly a dozen 45s in under two years. It's impossible to really pin the label to a scene, since they seem to have dancing shoes in all of them: steamy Barb├ęs global bounce, the Prospect Park afrobeat revival, Williamsb ... More >>

  • Music

    March 4, 2009

    A Beginner's Guide to the Daktaris

    Before the Daptone empire, there was a Nigerian Afrobeat crew that did not exist

  • Music

    September 18, 2007

    The 35-Year Plan for Soul Superstardom

    Sharon Jones, Darondo, and other soul sensations hit it big after decades on the outskirts