Articles tagged numero group, soul, gospel, cleveland

Counterbalance: Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963

We'll never know just what Sam Cooke would have accomplished if he had lived, but it's painfully clear that we missed out on something incredible.

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17 Dec 2015 // 3:00 AM

The Best R&B of 2015

Modern R&B could very well be in the midst of a new, insanely fruitful Golden Age.

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: It’s a Holiday Soul Party

Soul revivalists Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings bring funk and fun to the holiday album and even give Hannukah the anthem it's been waiting for.

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The Staple Singers: Faith & Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976

History comes vibrantly alive on this comprehensive four-CD set of the influential family group who merged gospel, soul, and blues into a uniquely influential, perpetually uplifting sound.

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Finding Success Before “Fame”: Robin Clark and Carlos Alomar Trace Their Uptown Roots

Robin Clark and Carlos Alomar, who actually lived "Uptown Funk", retrace their uptown roots, their breakthrough at the Apollo Theater, and how they brought funk to Sesame Street.

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Eva Cassidy - “Take Me to the River” (video) (premiere)

The late, great blues singer/guitarist tears through a soul classic recorded in 1996.

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23 Nov 2015 // 2:00 PM

The Nightowls: Fame Sessions

For their latest, Austin’s the Nightowls head straight to the source to create an album worthy of inclusion alongside the many classics to have come out of the legendary Fame studios.

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23 Nov 2015 // 3:10 AM

Son Little: Son Little

He says he’s a loser. But you know he doesn’t mean it. And he knows you know he doesn’t mean it—and that makes it sincere (with an emphasis on the sin!).

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18 Nov 2015 // 3:15 AM

CeeLo Green: Heart Blanche

A decent album of pop-soul is dragged down by its three worst tracks, which also happen to be the record's biggest and boldest.

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17 Nov 2015 // 3:05 AM

Bobby Womack: The Preacher

By collecting the late Bobby Womack’s first five albums in one place, The Preacher follows the soul great’s evolution from influenced to influence.

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16 Nov 2015 // 3:10 AM

John Newman: Revolve

That huge voice -- and those glossy production values -- are in full force on album No. 2.

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Sarah Dashew - “Roll Like a Wheel” (audio) (premiere)

Tejano, gospel, and West Coast pop converge on the title track from Dashew's new album.

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10 Nov 2015 // 3:05 AM

Ruby Amanfu: Standing Still

Standing Still bleeds organic warmth—the kind sorely lacking from today's high-fructose musical fare.

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Brenna Whitaker - “Anyone Who Had a Heart” (audio) (premiere)

The rising jazz/pop singer knocks a Bacharach classic out of the park.

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Dioni - “Shades of Melancholy (George Priniotakis Chillout Remix)” (video) (premiere)

The Australian blends soul and trip-hop on her sultry new single.

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2 Nov 2015 // 2:20 AM

Chic: An Evening With Chic

This works more as a reminder of how great Chic's music is, rather than how integral this live document is to their legacy.

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Singer Leon Bridges Goes From Dishwashing to Soul Mining

“Having all the tags of retro soul, it’s almost made me question myself and what I do,” Leon Bridges says.

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James and the Drifters - “Get the Spirit” (audio) (premiere)

The Indiana band return with a new lineup and a new dedication to classic soul music.

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Rudimental: We the Generation

Rudimental need to have greater ambitions than just performing with important guests. They need to find something to say.

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13 Oct 2015 // 2:05 AM

VV Brown: Glitch

Repeated listening doesn't make things clearer nor catchier, as its obtuseness makes what is indeterminate less than compelling.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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