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After a 25-plus-year hiatus, Anqdré Cymone has begun speaking his mind. In so doing, he's providing a much-needed missive about the state of the world.
20 Apr 2017
A collection of kids, pushed by parents or teachers or by their own dreams of pop stardom, aspire to follow in the path of the Jacksons.
28 Sep 2016
Stay tuned to the @PopMatters Twitter tomorrow at 4.00 pm EST as we do a live Twitter session about James Brown and the new biopic celebrating his career, Get on Up. We will be handing out prizes, including $100 iTunes cards.
30 Jul 2014
There’s a lot of noise at the average sporting event. Study this list to learn when to break out the earplugs.
20 Nov 2013
For many, "The Crunge" commences a three-song sequence that makes Houses of the Holy a scattershot mess. We think it's right about when the fun kicks in.
28 Jan 2013
James Brown – an untrained musician, mind you, operating on not much more than feel, instinct and desire – revolutionized black pop music, setting off depth charges that would still be exploding a decade hence.
18 Apr 2012
In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.
09 Sep 2011
Counterbalance tackles the Hardest Working Man in Show Business as James Brown's Live at the Apollo clocks in at number 40 on the list of the most acclaimed albums of all time. As it turns out he’s freakishly strong and slightly slippery. It’s Star Time!
01 Jul 2011
The story of dozens of artists great and small, and the record label that helped define both R&B and country music in the '40s, '50s and '60s.
14 Jan 2010
Artists continually suffer for refusing to bow to the morality police. Yet, like this Kentuckian, we are all Unbridled Spirits, refusing to conceit to itty bitty morality pity. It’s a shame that one has to chant louder, write faster, read quicker, exercise harder, know more and listen with more compassion, isn’t it? Naw, that’s just old skewl.
31 Mar 2009
When change is upon us and we need media most, more and more traditional media outlets will simply pick up and disseminate what fewer and fewer folks have placed on the corporate-filtered news wire. Luckily, my new White House friend is as funky as you wanna be.
18 Mar 2009
The humanity of the man -- with its funky and messy flaws and frailties -- could never sustain the myth, so much so that the image of the man who gave Black Power its soundtrack became a harsh reminder of its fractured legacy.
Mark Anthony Neal
01 Jan 2007
Live at the Apollo finds James Brown growing into his future mantle as the Godfather of Soul and ably joined by his inimitable backing band the Flames to create a 40-minute sonic hallelujah.
08 Jun 2004
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