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Wednesday, August 27 2014

Kindred the Family Soul: A Couple Friends

Soulful duo Kindred the Family Soul retain the refined persona of R&B on latest album A Couple Friends.


Thursday, May 22 2014

Michael Jackson: Xscape

Michael Jackson's Xscape is free of his dated style and is all the better for it.


Friday, April 18 2014

The Souljazz Orchestra: Inner Fire

Eclectic, showing an appealing musical restlessness, Inner Fire is both enjoyable and exceptional.


Tuesday, April 15 2014

Sam Cooke’s “Tennessee Waltz”: A Cultural Geography

With his rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" for his 1964 Copacabana shows, Sam Cooke proceeded to do the impossible: he made the waltz swing.


Tuesday, March 25 2014

Kelis - “Rumble” (video)

The long-awaited new album from Kelis, Food releases April 22nd via Ninja Tune. Here is the soul diva's latest video, featuring some groovy and bluesy guitar licks. 2014 is looking to be an amazing year for soul music.


Friday, February 14 2014

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: 6 February 2014 - Beacon Theatre, New York

Having beaten cancer, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings returned to the stage in NYC for a performance that was as invigorating as it was electrifying.


Monday, October 28 2013

John Newman: Tribute

The best new soul singer in a good long while has emerged from the Yorkshire Dales. Get ready. It's John Newman's world, we just live in it.


Tuesday, October 22 2013

To the Queen, With Love: Donna Summer Revisited, Day 2

Today brings part two of our Donna Summer special. In the clubs and on the airwaves, Summer remains a vital force. PopMatters celebrates the hits that spawned a revolution in dance music.


Thursday, September 26 2013

Sandra Phillips - ‘Too Many People in One Bed’ (album stream) (PopMatters Premiere)

Sandra Phillips is now best known as a Broadway performer and film/TV actor, but once upon a time, she was a budding soul star.


Monday, September 16 2013

Gangster Glam and Voyeurism: Prince and the New Power Generation’s ‘Diamonds and Pearls’

Our latest Between the Grooves series examines Prince's Diamonds and Pearls, which offers further explorations into the mysterious/strange sexual side of Prince and his preachy/pedantic side, and also his relaxed/smooth side.


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