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Bettye LaVette, Oscars Preview, Gabriel Kahane

Monday, December 03, 2012

Iconic R&B singer Bettye LaVette tells all in her dramatic new memoir. Melena Ryzik of the New York Times' Carpetbagger column on this year's Oscars season. And Gabriel Kahane performs in the studio.

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Jazz In The White House, Martha Redbone, iTunes Inheritance

Monday, November 19, 2012

Saxophonist Paul Winter joins us to talk about how, 50 years ago today, his sextet brought jazz to the White House for the very first time, at the request of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Plus, the R&B singer Martha Redbone has set the poems of William Blake to the sounds of Appalachian folk music. And where does your digital music go when you die?

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Check Ahead: Kendra Morris, "Banshee"

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Kendra Morris is a New York singer with a penchant for retro soul and the supernatural. Stream her entire album - out next Tuesday, August 28 - exclusively on our site.

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Pick Three: Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Nas

Monday, July 30, 2012

We get a taste of three new releases from hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar and R&B singers Frank Ocean and Nas, hand-selected by writer, blogger and co-host of the MTV show “Hip Hop POV” Sowmya Krishnamurthy.

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Frank Ocean Comes Out; D'Angelo Comes Back

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Music and culture writer Dream Hampton joins us to talk about two R&B stars making headlines: Odd Future member Frank Ocean, who last week publicly detailed his former relationship with a man, and the singer, pianist and guitarist D'Angelo, who is in the midst of a comeback from a 12 year hiatus. 

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What's Going On Under There?

Friday, July 06, 2012

In this new series, Soundcheck stops headphone-wearing strangers on the street and gets between their ears. This week, we talk with O’Neil – a hip hop and soca-loving deliveryman who introduces us to his latest downloads and R-rated playlists.

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Etta James: The Singer Who Raged to Survive

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

R&B singer Etta James passed away last week at the age of 73. While she's best remembered for her heartwrenching ballads like “At Last” and “I’d Rather Go Blind,” the diva's life also contained struggles with addiction and abuse. Joining us to remember the late singer is writer David Ritz, who co-wrote her 1995 autobiography, "Rage to Survive: The Etta James Story." And, Etta's longtime guitarist, Bobby Murray, joins us from Detroit to talk about working with the rhythm and blues legend toward the end of her career.

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Gig Alert: Dessa

Friday, November 11, 2011

Minneapolis indie rapper-singer Dessa performs at Joe's Pub on Saturday. Download her blues-inflected tune "Dixon's Girl" here. 

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Gig Alerts: Nneka

Monday, August 02, 2010

The Nigerian-German R&B songstress plays the Highline Ballroom tonight. Download her soulful track "The Uncomfortable Truth."

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Gig Alerts: J*DaVeY

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

This L.A. duo create an eclectic brand of soulful pop, and they perform at S.O.B.'s tonight. Download their cool track "Lazy Daze."

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Gig Alerts: Alice Smith

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Alice Smith
"Love Endeavor"
Playing at: Blue Note
(131 W. 3rd St., Greenwich Village)
Get: Tickets (2 shows) | Directions

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Gig Alerts: Rebirth Brass Band

Thursday, April 01, 2010

This legendary New Orleans brass band will be gracing the stage at the Highline Ballroom tonight. Download their celebratory track "Do Whatcha Wanna."

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Willie Mitchell's Final Soul Serenade

Friday, January 08, 2010

Willie Mitchell – trumpeter, arranger and producer for Hi Records – who launched the careers of such great soul singers as Al Green, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 5 at a hospital in Memphis. Gabriel Roth, owner of Daptone Records, discusses Willie's great career.

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Gig Alerts: Dâm-Funk

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dâm-Funk
"The Sky Is Ours"
Playing at: Brooklyn Bowl
(61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg)
Get: Tickets ($40 at door) | Directions

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