Articles tagged race, rock, and elvis

26 Apr 2017 // 2:20 AM

Charly Bliss: Guppy

Guppy is a special release, proving that all you need is 30 minutes of hooks and riffs sung by a voice familiar the first time you hear it.

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24 Apr 2017 // 9:20 AM

Sheryl Crow: Be Myself

The singer-songwriter reunites with producer Jeff Trott to deliver a strong return to rock and her earliest albums.

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Where the Heart Is: An Interview With Multi-Grammy Winner Kim Carnes, Part One

In this career-spanning interview with Kim Carnes, PopMatters goes beyond "Bette Davis Eyes" to explore the multi-Grammy winner's journey from LA to Nashville.

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‘Fences’ Finds the Beauty in Family Tragedy

Despite plodding direction, the resonant themes and rich performances of Denzel Washington and Viola Davis turn this stage play into a powerhouse melodrama.

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Remembering Prince’s Greatest Epic: 30 Years of  “Sign ‘O’ The Times”

One year after Prince's shocking death, we celebrate his greatest musical achievement as it passes its 30-year anniversary: Sign ☮ the Times

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14 Apr 2017 // 10:01 AM

J. Geils: 1946-2017

Hard Drivin’ Man: J. Geils brought blues, jazz, soul -- and his name -- to one of rock’s great bands

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14 Apr 2017 // 8:56 AM

Tamikrest: Kidal

Desert struggles make for purposeful rock and roll on Tamikrest's latest album of Saharan desert blues.

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Culture Wars - “Money (Gimmie, Gimmie)” (video) (premiere)

Austin's Culture Wars come blazing out of the gate with an addictive electrorock sound and swagger.

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Flying Microtonal Banana

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's experiments with microtones are ambitious, strange and dense.

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The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Album to Get Deluxe 50th-Anniversary Edition

The most ambitious reissue yet of an individual album from the Beatles' catalog is coming May 26.

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Umphrey’s McGee Treads Where Eagles Dare in Oakland

There's a fine line between just enough and too much, and Umphrey’s McGee aren’t shy about going over the edge just for the hell of it. But the band is at their best when they can rock just up to the edge.

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Heath Green and the Makeshifters: Heath Green and the Makeshifters

God Bless Alabama, its clay, or whatever the hell else it may be that incites these grooves.

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Animal Liberation Orchestra and Twiddle Join Together for Bay Area Harmonic Convergence

It’s always a treat when bands jam together on this stage and the pairing leads to some great twin riffage from ALO's Lebo and Twiddle’s Savoulidis.

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29 Mar 2017 // 12:00 PM

Honoring Jimi Hendrix, One Solo at a Time

Jimi Hendrix was only 27 when he died in 1970, but his stratospheric impact still reverberates throughout the rock ranks.

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‘No Quarter’ Neither Galvanises Nor Destroys Jimmy Page’s Mythic Persona

Jimmy Page's mythic reputation is preserved with grace and pathos in Martin Power's biography.

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Caitlyn Jenner, Rachel Dolezal, and the Shifting Boundaries of Identity

Transracialism may and may not be as legitimate as transgenderism in the modern push for fluidity of identity categories.

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Aimee Mann: Mental Illness

Happily, all is not melancholy here. The songs’ characters may be unloved and disturbed, but aren’t we all?

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Left Lane Cruiser - “Claw Machine Wizard” (audio) (premiere)

Blues-based Indiana duo Left Lane Cruiser offers up title track from latest LP.

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Craig Brown Band: The Lucky Ones Forget

If good songwriting and twangy songs are your wheelhouse and you don’t mind some off-kilter singing, Craig Brown Band might be worth your time.

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The Old Dominion in Song: Clipse and the Virginia Schism

Though the trappings may be different, the rhetoric layered beneath Lord Willin’ is a borrowed form of dubious justification that reeks of the Virginia slave system.

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