The story of Tennessee music is a tale of two cities, really: Nashville and Memphis. But to count out Chattanooga is to ignore the origins of the Impressions, the long-running, socially conscious soul group that launched the careers of Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. On the street corners of mid-t ... More >>
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 >>
via VH1VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul
Sunday, December 18
Better than: Whatever Ryan Seacrest is going to cook up for VH1 Soul.
Last night's VH1 Divas taping existed both as a performance and self-contained, 24-hours-out advertising opportunity for its broadcast. (Tonight at ... More >>
"I want to be the number one soul singer in America. After Michael died, there was an open spot and I want to take it."
Guess which one of these guys is Black Wolf. Photo by Jim NewberryKings Go Forth frontman Black Wolf is not shy about his aspirations. Like Sharon Jones, another 50 -year-o ... More >>
Shorn Jones, where the magic happens. Photo by Christopher FarberIn this week's Village Voice, Michael D. Ayers talks with Brooklyn soul queen Sharon Jones, Tom Hull provides a new installment of his Jazz Consumer Guide, and Tad Hendrickson profiles Ethio-jazz godfather Mulatu Astatke.
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An undergraduate was killed during the making of a student film for NYU's highly-esteemed and well-regarded film program. What could've been done to prevent it? Why isn't anyone talking about it? And just how dodgy has NYU been over this? Village Voice staff writer Steven Thrasher investigate ... More >>
Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings peers into a big pitcher of God-knows-what.
I can't decide whether Dinner with the Band represents the end of reality cooking shows, or the end of indie rock. Or both.