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I’ll Take You There Book Review

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I’ll Take You There Greg Kot There are few artists more beloved by the entire music community than gospel legend Mavis Staples. Mavis was celebrated a few months back in Chicago with a tribute concert for her 75th birthday at Auditorium Theatre with the likes of Arcade Fire, Greg Allman, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, and more showing up to celebrate her birthday and legacy. There is also a documentary debuting at SXSW this year titled Mavis!, celebrating the

Mark Ronson Review: Uptown Special

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Mark Ronson Uptown Special   2014 was a big year for producers and artists switching roles with a lot of success. Ryan Adams and Beck both produced parts of Jenny Lewis’s wonderful The Voyager. The Black Keys continued to each produce plenty of work, with Auerbach almost single-handedly saving the Lana Del Rey record, and Patrick Carney making the Black Lips latest album bluesy and dirty. On the other hand, Pharrell, one half of legendary hip hop production team the

Get On Up Review

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Music biopics are cat nip for Oscar voters. Biopics like Ray, Dreamgirls and Walk the Line have been showered with love from the Academy, but for whatever reason, Get On Up, Tate Taylor’s (The Help, Winter’s Bone) James Brown biopic, is getting very little Oscar buzz, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it got completely snubbed. Why is this the case? Well I have three reasons I think Get On Up isn’t getting the attention it deserves. 1. Get On

D’Angelo and the Vanguard Review: Black Messiah

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D’Angelo and the Vanguard Black Messiah After reading Questlove’s phenomenal memoir Mo Meta Blues, my biggest surprise coming away from the book was the way Questlove talked about his work with R&B vagabond D’Angelo (he produced his first two albums). Questlove sounds like a father talking about his first born son. When we saw D’Angelo’s first live performance in a number of years at the 2012 Bonnaroo Superjam, Questlove went as far as calling his favorite R&B singer. You could

Everybody Gets Sump’n with Sump’n Claus

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Since this is the season, I figured I would spread some Christmas cheer. Saturday Night Live has been having a sneaky good season this year that may lack the super star like Kristen Wiig or Will Ferrell, but is one of the most consistently funny casts in a while. In the post Digital Short age of the Lonely Island, Saturday Night Live has continued to put out on a bunch of funny, catchy songs mostly penned by Jay Pharoah and the female

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