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Bill Withers | The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums

Bill Withers has always been the down-to-earth, odd-man-out of the '70s soul brothers: he's the one who came bearing a lunch box on the cover of his relaxed 1971 debut, Just as I Am .
Columbia/Legacy (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 02, 2012
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Interview: John Legend

Despite being one of the most successful R&B singers of the decade — with six Grammys and three top-selling albums — John Legend is something of an oddball.
A different kind of R&B star
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  August 07, 2009
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Review: Soul Power

Concert flicks are quite different from deliberately political documentaries. In the latter, the perception that filmmakers are too intimate with their subjects can reek of propaganda.
Leftover footage from When We Were Kings yields a doc that's anything but trash
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 17, 2009
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Review: Anthony Hamilton | The Point of it All

Anthony Hamilton is like a latter-day Bill Withers, with a gruff, straight-talkin' voice that can holler at you from across the room and then downshift to a gentler, fatherly tone once you draw close.
Zomba
By ZETH LUNDY  |  December 16, 2008
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Nights out

Five shows in eight days (not counting an early-music side trip with Jordi Savall’s Hespèrion XXI at Sanders Theatre), so let’s get cracking.
Björkestra, Jarrett, Kelly, and the Cohens
By JON GARELICK  |  November 03, 2008

Then and now

It’s not exactly a stroll down Memory Lane, but pretty close to it.
Listening to A State of Blue
By BOB GULLA  |  February 06, 2008


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Okay. Period.

Portugal. The Man. As if this Alaska-via-Oregon band’s moniker weren’t confusing enough.
Portugal. The Man, Middle East upstairs, August 12, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  August 13, 2007
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Mint Julep and the Masters

DJ nights aren’t all for wylin’ out, sweaty dance floors, and scandal. The Masters, "Wednesday Night Live featuring Talib Kewli" (mp3)
French pop, hip-hop, and Ryan Durkin
By DAVID DAY  |  July 10, 2007

Crossword: 'Go, Blockhead'


You think I'm playing around?
By MATT JONES  |  March 14, 2007
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Short and self-titled

People might debate the artistic and moral value of American Idol as the final rounds approach, but is there anyone on earth who can’t get with the opening round tryouts?
Debut EPs from Katrina Abramo and Zach Romanoff
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 26, 2007
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Football soundtrack

What do a pair of jazzy Germans, a duo of metalhead Mexicans, and one really tall DJ from Brooklyn have in common?
Music to sub in for American World Cup commentary
By CHRIS NELSON  |  June 27, 2006


Boston music news - January 27, 2006

ELI “PAPERBOY” REED and his eight-piece soul band the TRUE LOVES play their swan song January 28 at the Central Square VFW Hall.
Notes on Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Ryan Lee and the Mindless, and the organizers of the 2005 New England Punk, Goth, and Metal Festival
By SARAH TOMLINSON  |  January 27, 2006