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The 60 Best Albums of 2007

From tech house to Radiohead and Americana to indie and everything in between, the 60 best albums of 2007 included many of the 2000s' best albums.

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Anticipating the Highwomen and collaborations at Newport Folk

For its 60th anniversary, the Newport Folk Festival has not one but two mysterious headlining slots and will welcome a new supergroup and may even have more up its sleeve.

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Mavis Staples Reminds Us That 'We Get By'

Mavis Staples has witnessed the great transformations that have been made in terms of race relations in American life. But she is not satisfied on We Get By.

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Grandoozy in Eight Hours on Orange Sunday: St. Vincent, Denver Broncos Play to Win

With the inaugural Grandoozy music festival brought to the Mile High City by the co-creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, the expectations — and temperatures — continued to soar. Guess who beat the odds?

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Newport Folk Fest: Jon Batiste Leads Superb Finale

Another weekend at the Newport Folk Festival provides some amazing musical memories, especially the Jon Batiste-led star-studded finale.

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'It's All Gone Haywire': Mavis Staples on Her 'Angry' New Album

When Mavis Staples says she's uniquely troubled by the current climate in this country — by the guns and the police violence and the president she blames for reviving old enmities — there's good reason to listen.

Mikael Wood
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Galactic: Into the Deep

When Galactic explores the deep, it's the places we all found before, explored, had a little fun with, left, and sort of forgot about for a while.

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2015 Nelsonville Music Festival - 28-31 May, 2015 (Photos)

Merle Haggard, St. Vincent, and the Flaming Lips headed up another eclectic year at Ohio's Nelsonville Music Festival.

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Mavis Staples: Your Good Fortune

Though only four songs long, her latest, Your Good Fortune, offers a succinct summation of Staples’ range and ability.

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Van Morrison: Duets: Re-Working The Back Catalogue

Forgoing the obvious hits and contemporary pop star collaborators, iconoclast Van Morrison raises the bar for what duet albums can and should be.

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Mavis Staples: New York - 4 November 2014

Age has slowed her a bit, but at 75, the gospel great delivers

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Mavis Staples and Her Pops Helped Get Us There

Greg Kot's 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.

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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.

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The 2013 Grammys: Rating the Performances (video collection)

See all the night’s performances in order from best to worst.

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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.

Michael Ritchie
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Desitively Bonnaroo: Reporting from the Land of Dust and Music (Part 2)

You are at Bonnaroo. You do not sleep. You are not a wimp.

Tomas Hachard
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Mavis Staples: Mavis Staples Live: Hope at the Hideout

When a legend comes home, it has to be great, even if (or especially if), there's little of the superstar aura.

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Mavis Staples - 23 June 2008: Chicago, The Hideout

Pictures by Sarah Zupko / Words by Karen Zarker.

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The Staple Singers: The 25th Day of December

A decade before "I'll Take You There", the Chicago soul family released this spiritual gem.

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Mavis Staples: Well Never Turn Back

An icon frees her voice by revisiting the past she could never escape.

Lester Feder
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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."

Greg Kot

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