Articles tagged r&b

The Queen and Her Crayons: An Interview With Donna Summer

Donna Summer has sadly passed away at the age of 63 and we offer this fabulous 2008 interview by way of tribute. Stay tuned tomorrow for more.

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James Brown: The Singles Volume 11: 1979-1981

If you're looking for the Godfather singing disco, country, and a jawdropping 11-minute ode to cakes, this is the comp for you.

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13 Nov 2011 // 10:00 PM

The R&B Renaissance

A clutch of new artists are bringing the rhythm, the blues, and, perhaps most importantly, the soul back to R&B. And they're doing it without rehashing sounds of bygones eras.

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Beyoncé Rocks It Slow and ‘90s Style for Her 1+1 Video

When Beyoncé released her fourth solo album, aptly titled 4, many were confused as to which direction she was going. There were moments of psychedelic electro

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My Favorite Aaliyah Things

Ten years after her passing, R&B and popular music fans still love Aaliyah. The continued vitality of her legacy speaks directly to our connection to her style, poise, talent, and potential.

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The Weeknd: House of Balloons

Mysterious R&B mixtape blows up into the stratosphere, sparking controversy and spontaneous house parties in equal measure. What's the line on the hottest record of the summer?

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19 Apr 2011 // 10:00 PM

Jessie J: Who You Are

Who You Are attempts to convincingly combine pure pop and R&B, but ends up as a largely jumbled, bitchy brew of pop tunes hollered with a loutish scowl.

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29 Mar 2011 // 10:00 PM

Mary Mary: Something Big

Mary Mary make state-of-the-art inspirational R&B, have conflicted feelings about losers.

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6 Mar 2011 // 10:00 PM

Donell Jones: Lyrics

This R&B crooner shines when dispensing tales of duplicity but falters when he relies on cliché.

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Various Artists: Dr. Boogie Presents Wasa Wasa: Fabulous Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Shakers, 1952-1968

While it might not be the best place to start your foray into classic R&B, Wasa Wasa is still a respectable collection, not to mention fun as hell.

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Calvin Richardson: America’s Most Wanted

With America's Most Wanted Calvin Richardson shows that, five albums into a very strong career, he is really hitting his stride.

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14 Oct 2010 // 9:56 PM

Bei Maejor: Upside Down

Upside Down is a free mixtape with just enough high-quality music to pique your interest in the budding career of Bei Maejor

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We Don’t Die, We Multiply: R&B Posse Tracks

Take Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You", a steamy tale of a mistress longing for romantic bliss with a married man, and imagine how it might play out with a multi-perspective delivery.

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Pursuit Grooves: Fox Trot Mannerisms

Pursuit Grooves (aka Vanese Smith) attempts to channel Badu-esque soul with after-hours electro. File Under: Music for Muscle Relaxants.

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R&B’s Paterfamilias Johnny Otis:  ‘Black by Persuasion’

Not long after Pete Seeger galvanized American progressives with folk music, and years before Bob Dylan brought social issues to the forefront of rock music, Johnny Otis was a "drum major for justice".

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Joyo Velarde: Love and Understanding

Filipino diva and frequent contributor to Lyrics Born records takes a nostalgic, R&B stab at her own LP.

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Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Part Two: Return of the Ankh

You may not want to fall in love with this 21st century siren, but chances are good that you will. That is, if you know what's good for ya.

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12 Jan 2010 // 10:00 PM

The 411 on R&B

A new decade promises to bring fresh sounds and renewed vigor to R&B. Let's hope it keeps its promise.

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30 Oct 2009 // 10:00 AM

Three years ago, rhythm and blues singer Sugar Pie DeSanto, best known for the '60s hit "I Want to Know," lost everything.

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The '90s R&B video went to some weird places and Jodeci embody both the weirdness, both on the sensitive and the thug sides.

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Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why

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"As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.

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