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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

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Book Review

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Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Jeff Chang Hip hop culture is often depicted as violent, greedy, and misogynistic, but by understanding its roots and the perspective of those delivering the material; you’ll find a very different story. Jeff Chang, a writer for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice, and Vibe, paints an extensive history from the late 60’s to the start of the new millennium on what were the circumstances that birthed hip hop, and how did it evolve and

The Rest is Noise Book Review

The Rest Is Noise Book Review

The Rest is Noise Of the three major musical categories (classical, jazz, and popular music), classical is easily my biggest musical blind spot. While I know your major works like Beethoven’s 5th and Copland’s Appalachian Spring, I am pretty lacking understanding classical music history beyond a couple classes I took in college. The Rest is Noise offers what appears to be a fairly comprehensive look at 20th century classical music, in a way that binds various artists, movements, and pieces

Mo’ Meta Blues Review

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Mo’ Meta Blues Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Ben Greenman One of the most admirable acts of the last 20 years has to be the Roots, a hip hop band that is really the last of its kind remaining, that sticks true to its convictions even though they now have a cushy gig on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Arguably the brains behind the operation, drummer and producer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, not only has piloted the group to gradual greater and

Shakey Book Review

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Shakey Jimmy McDonough Maybe more than any artist, over our near two year span, we have heaped piles upon piles of praise on Neil Young, landing on ten of our top ten lists, including the top spot for best fall albums (Harvest), best memorial song (“Needle and the Damage Done”), and even best solo career. We even dedicated a week to top ten Neil Young albums. So it’s probably no surprise, I spent the last four months reading the goliath

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