Articles tagged marc broussard, blues, r&b, funk

Raheem DeVaughn: Love Sex Passion

An underrated soul singer offers up one of his strongest sets to date.

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Amy Black - “Bring It On Home to Me” (video) (Premiere)

In taking on a tune by the great Sam Cooke, Amy Black dives into a joyous vocal performance and a goofy character to really "Bring It On Home".

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Country Fried Rock: Year of October

When you dive into Bandcamp to find new music outside of your normal circles, you sometimes hit paydirt. Enter: Year of October.

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Mavis Staples: Your Good Fortune

Though only four songs long, her latest, Your Good Fortune, offers a succinct summation of Staples’ range and ability.

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C. Gibbs - “Unchaperoned” (audio) (Premiere)

"Prince meets Crazy Horse" on the latest tune by C. Gibbs (Lucinda Black Bear), "Unchaperoned".

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Blinddog Smokin’ - “Bayou Lady” (audio) (Premiere)

Who says you can't bring the funk and incisive social commentary at the same time? Such a mix is effortless for Blinddog Smokin' on their New Orleans-centric jam "Bayou Lady".

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Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection

The Centennial Collection serves as a masterful representation of Billie Holiday’s enduring legacy.

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Dave Alvin, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Billy Boy Arnold, Joe Louis Walker: Live in Long Beach 1997

Dave Alvin leaves little doubt about his commitment to the blues.

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18 May 2015 // 8:06 AM

B.B. King Built a Bridge to the Blues for the World

While the white boys went one direction, blues and R&B were experiencing their own revolution through B.B. King and kindred spirits Ike Turner, Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf, who were amplifying and expanding the music.

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Leo Bud Welch: I Don’t Prefer No Blues

On this latest album, Leo Bud Welch makes the blues sound like the future and, at 82 years old, his future is bright.

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Van Hunt Narrows Focus Even As He Explodes Boundaries

Van Hunt's fifth studio album, The Fun Rises, the Fun Sets, narrows the focus slightly, a plunge into layered and trippy funk and soul.

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6 May 2015 // 4:00 AM

Marcus Miller: Afrodeezia

Bassist/composer Marcus Miller delivers a tour de force with his latest, a hybridization of African and Western styles that finds the similarities in the differences of each.

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Melba Moore Honors Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and More at New York Show

In her sold-out return to the Metropolitan Room, Melba Moore honored legendary ladies of song.

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5 May 2015 // 4:30 AM

Tinashe: Amethyst

Tinashe’s meticulously crafted world is too engrossing to leave.

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Seasick Steve: Sonic Soul Surfer

Seasick Steve shows excellence while away from his comfort zone, but re-re-fried blues is a dead end.

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27 Apr 2015 // 1:05 AM

Ava Luna: Infinite House

Ava Luna's latest is as multilayered and pleasantly bewildering as the "infinite house" where it was recorded.

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iLoveMakonnen: Drink More Water 5

There's something about iLoveMakonnen's tone and inflection that turns his wobbly singing and hazy, uncomplicated rapping into reliable ways to deliver hooks. He might not have perfect pitch, but his pop instincts are awfully close.

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Bettye LaVette: Child of the Seventies

This re-release provides evidence that Bettye LaVette should have been famous decades earlier.

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Pimps of Joytime - ‘Jukestone Paradise’ (album stream) (Premiere)

Brooklyn funk and soul outfit Pimps of Joytime create their own "science fiction juke joint" with their riotously fun new LP, Jukestone Paradise. Stream it here exclusively a week before its release.

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Sidewalk Chalk: Shoulder Season

Sidewalk Chalk rise further to the top of the hip-hop scene with their third release, Shoulder Season.

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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