Album Review: Lenny Kravitz ‘Strut’

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of rock n soul god Lenny Kravitz’s debut album, Let Love Rule (Virgin).  Buoyed by sounds evocative of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and the summer of love, and effervescing with themes of […]

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Concert Review: fDeluxe at The Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis

When the Prince-produced outfit The Family debuted in 1985 with their first single “The Screams of Passion,” all signs pointed to a potentially long-term and

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The 2014 Essence Festival: 20 Years of Entertainment & Empowerment

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The 2014 Essence Festival, presented by Coca-Cola, came to a close in the wee hours of

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Recap: ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

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Awards season is, undoubtedly, one of the most exciting times of the year.  From


Q&A: Mathew Knowles

It isn’t everyday that young, aspiring, up and coming artists have the opportunity to engage in face to face mentoring with some of the biggest


Introducing J-EyE

Artist, songwriter, and producer J-EyE is steadily generating buzz thanks to his deft blending of R&B, hip-hop, and soul.  The Brooklyn-born performer has rocked the


Remembering Sister Maya

May 28, 2014.  Day one of my two days off for the week.  Despite having nowhere to go and no appointments until later in the

Peanut Butter Wolf

Artist to Artist: Peanut Butter Wolf

Music is life, and no one better exemplifies this notion than the one and only Peanut Butter Wolf.  Née Chris Manak, PB Wolf grew up

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Concert Review: Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum Bring Princess to San Francisco

They say that imitation is the purest form of flattery, and from the massive proliferation of impersonators and cover bands offering their various interpretations of

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Artist to Artist: WAR’s Lonnie Jordan

Throughout the history of American popular music, hundreds of bands have come and gone.  While a significant number of these outfits have emerged onto the

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