In the sordid and tangled history of popular music, Andre Williams is a larger than life figure, a prolific - to the point of incalculable - songwriter and a living and breathing Stagger Lee of R&B if ever there was one. In the '50s and '60s he wrote, produced and recorded for scores of labels big a ... More >>
Andrew ZaehJanelle Monae has the voice of an R&B diva, the dancin' feet of a young James Brown and style so unique she puts Lady Gaga to shame. Originally hailing from Kansas City, Kansas -- an article in our sister paper, the Pitch, explains more -- Monae travelled to Atlanta by way of New ... More >>
Todd OwyoungThose Darlins at Off Broadway, 11/12/09The local American music festival Twangfest is now in its fourteenth year. Long past its adolescence and its awkward phase, the booking for the four-night showcase shows that its teenage years are both classically minded and musically adventu ... More >>
Jennifer Hudson nails it as a well-worn tale struggles to transcend the Ray model.
Rags-to-riches flick declares: Money does indeed buy happi(y)ness.
Recent compilations unearth a secret history of the United States of Funk
Lionel Richie / Dancing on the Ceiling / Can't Slow Down, 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Universal)
The spotlight finally replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers
Looking for influence, significance, development and perpetuation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame