With Motown The Musical jazzing up Broadway with "the sound of young America," let me look back and pick my 10 fave Motown singles of all time. Come on, let's get it on!
(10) What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted," sung by Jimmy Ruffin
Careful in its pace, soulful in its tone, this one is a heart wr ... More >>
Alexz Johnson really loves Brooklyn. It shows on her face with the way she lights up whenever her neck of the woods is mentioned. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter/actress relocated to the borough with one goal for herself as an artist: total scene immersion. It's a pretty good goal when you have to ... More >>
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 >>
Here are a few recent data points from chart bible Billboard and data provider Nielsen Soundscan as we move into the second half of 2012:
• In its midyear music-industry report card, Soundscan reports a return to the dismal album sales climate; year-to-date disc sales are off 3.2% from the sam ... More >>
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Tuesday, April 3
Better than: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in any of the 49 other states.
At 11:06 p.m., seated in the press box at the Izod Center, it's hard not to like Bruce Springsteen. His last three songs have been, in order, "Ou ... More >>
Saturday, January 21
Better than: Sensory deprivation.
Anthropologically it was worth it; logistically a lot less so. Arriving to Lavo, on East 58th Street, at 11:45 on Saturday night is risky enoughit's a high-end bottle-service superclub, the kind dance snobs tend to a ... More >>
"It takes two, baby," as Marvin & Tammi once sang.
So here are my all-time favorite twosomes -- musically, that is.
(13) "Cruisin'," Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, 2000
This cover version of the Smokey Robinson hit came from a rotten movie about karaoke, but it grabbed me, with Gwynnie's creamy ... More >>
"Otis" fever is in full effect, thanks to the Otis Redding-sampling song from Jay-Z and Kanye West's much-ballyhooed Watch The Throne project leaking Wednesday night. The track's production, based around a slick chop of Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness," might be the most impressive thing a ... More >>
DJ Quik is feeling jovial. He's in New York for a pair of shows at the Knitting Factory and an appearance on Jimmy Fallon, all on the back of his masterful 2011 record The Book Of David. David isn't just the rap record of the year; it's one of the most accomplished albums in his far-too-long ... More >>
Joey Ramone would have been 60 years old on May 19. This week, in celebration of the birthday of the Queens-born gone-too-soon punk legend, Sound of the City will run a series of features on his life and his legacy.
Bruce Frankel/courtesy Allan Arkush
Allan Arkush has executive produced a bu ... More >>
Drop the Lime says hello. Pics by Puja.Trouble & Bass
Wednesday, February 3
Better Than: Any sock hop your school threw when you were a child.
Hotel nightlife is something that we're immensely intrigued with here at SOTC -- it's something that we aim to love but often approach wit ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Vince Aletti, backstage at Radio City Music Hall with a 16-year-old MJ in 1975.
In Love With the Jackson Five
'I'm more concerned that I didn't get their autographs than that I can't read any of my notes.'
By Vince Aletti
Mon. Feb. 1 ... More >>