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Features

Thursday, December 23 2010

The 70 Best Albums of 2010

The year's best albums are highlighted by the emergence of a future superstar, two veteran and virtuoso rappers, and a Dream Team of indie bands releasing career peaks.


Wednesday, December 8 2010

The Best Female Artists of 2010

While the men were showing us their dark and beautiful fantasies, or pulling us into their high brooding violet, the women were absolutely taking over 2010.


Wednesday, December 12 2007

The Best R&B 2007

On this year's "Best R&B Albums" list, you will find albums that merit attention for the unique artistry each possesses, not because they sold half a million out of the gate.


Tuesday, April 24 2007

Sounding the Call for Equality: An Interview with Mavis Staples

Staples: "What has really changed? I'm 67 years old, and I was here the first time around and it's still not fixed. We can't let Dr. King shed his blood and die for us trying to get justice and live in a world like this."


Columns

Wednesday, April 17 2013

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning: Gospel Music in a Secular World

Critically, commercially and historically, gospel is the great overlooked American music, maybe because few genres of music force you to confront your beliefs so immediately.


Reviews

Monday, March 24 2014

Mavis Staples and Her Pops Helped Get Us There

I'll Take You There is really the biography of a musical family, centering on not one but two life stories: Mavis Staples’, and that of her biggest influence, dear ol' dad.


Wednesday, June 26 2013

Mavis Staples: One True Vine

Mavis Staples will turn 74 this year, but her throaty contralto remains a marvel; she imbues everything she touches with commitment and deep soul.


Sunday, January 8 2012

Art of Always: Wilco: 12 December 2011 - Chicago

At the largest show in a five-night run, it is easy to believe a smaller crowd won’t roar like this opera house audience did when the house lights dimmed.


Wednesday, September 22 2010

Mavis Staples: You Are Not Alone

A decent arrangement of a Mavis Staples song still towers over most any "next best thing" out there.


Tuesday, August 18 2009

Vancouver Folk Music Festival: 19 July 2009 - Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC

With equal emphasis on exposing an array of artists and maintaining Vancouver’s status as a socially-driven and socially responsible place to be, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival was out of this world.


News

Wednesday, September 15 2010

Mavis Staples Visits Her Folk-Gospel Past with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy

"I really believe that the best stuff in Mavis' career has been the stuff where it's not necessarily just her voice but the voice of her and her family and her father," Jeff Tweedy said. "You don't need much else."


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