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The soft touch of Jessie Ware

Fashioning a personal sound is a mysterious and difficult process. In Jessie Ware's case, the end result, her glistening and stirring 2012 debut, Devotion (Universal), shows just how magical this kind of alchemy can be when done right.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 11, 2013

Dr. Dog is the drug

On their current trek, promoting their playful and raw seventh album, Be the Void (Anti-), Dr. Dog have reached headliner status, playing the biggest, most tightly packed rooms of their career.
Psychedelic prescription
By RYAN REED  |  March 16, 2012
Off the record: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour | Out of Frequency

Getting a boost with songs from their 2009 debut, Fruit , featured in iPod and Heineken ads, and getting handpicked as concert openers by a then-still-functioning Amy Winehouse in their native Copenhagen, the Asteroids Galaxy Tour rode a lucky streak o
BMG Rights (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 03, 2012
Album review: Be the Void

Dr. Dog | Be the Void

With Be the Void , their sonically raw sixth album, these Philly psych-pop oddballs have pulled a fussy, self-conscious about-face, indulging in their weirdest ideas in years.
Anti- (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  February 03, 2012
Review: A Dangerous Method

Review: A Dangerous Method(1)

Perhaps the three characters in David Cronenberg's handsome, eloquent dramatization of the birth and near demise of psychoanalysis represent the parts of the psyche that the movement would eventually hypothesize.
Cronenberg's dramatization of the rise of psychoanalysis
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011
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Review: Brighton Rock

For Graham Greene, the Catholic Church served more as a scourge than a comfort, but in Rowan Joffe's dreary, incoherent adaptation of Greene's 1939 novel, it merely offers an excuse to add choirs to the soundtrack.
Rowan Joffe's adaptation of Graham Greene's 1939 novel
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2011

Various Artists - True Soul: Deep Sounds

Various Artists | True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax

Soul hounds love deep, obscure shit — the deeper it is, the more obscure it is, the funkier it is, the more Southern it is, the better.
Now-Again (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 15, 2011
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Plainville, James Farm, and the Infrared Band

When Antoine Batiste is looking for a guitarist, the one thing he doesn't want to hear is "white boys with bad hair playin' them cowboy keys."  
Old and new dreams
By JON GARELICK  |  May 27, 2011

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears | Scandalous

The soul revival has been going on long enough now that maybe it's a not a bad idea to stop calling it a revival at all.
Lost Highway (2011)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 11, 2011

Dennis Taylor | Steppin' Up

The set-up is familiar and unpretentious: a saxophone-fronted organ trio playing blues 'n' roots.
Kizybosh (2011)
By JON GARELICK  |  February 25, 2011

Review: George Michael | Faith: Remastered

Long before he was driving into storefronts and gladhanding undercover police officers in public restrooms, George Michael was in the closet and struggling to break free from having been in the short-shorts-wearing duo Wham! Faith did the trick, despite
Legacy (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 28, 2011


Fitz and the Tantrums blow up the soul party

On a recent performance on Daryl's House , a monthly webcast starring Daryl Hall and his featured musical friends, new Los Angeles soul combo Fitz and the Tantrums got to kick it old school with the '80s master of rock and soul.
With a rebel yell
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  January 21, 2011

More soul from Adam and the Waxmen

Adam and the Waxmen deliver this weekend (shows Friday and Saturday at the Big Easy) their sophomore release, Universal Soldiers, a stronger disc than their debut, Just Play from 2008.
Soldiering on
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 22, 2010

Eli ''Paperboy'' Reed | Come and Get It!

Local boy Eli "Paperboy" Reed isn't so local anymore.
Capitol Records (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 13, 2010

Photos: Janelle Monáe at the Orpheum Theatre

Janelle Monáe, live at the Orpheum Theatre, on June 2, 2010 .
Janelle Monáe at the Orpheum Theatre | June 2, 2010
By LINDSEY PAYSON  |  June 11, 2010

Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics | Inspiration Information 3

The idea behind the Strut label's Inspiration Information series is simple: pair "modern artists and producers with their musical heroes"
Strut  (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 01, 2009

Mp3 of the Week: Eli "Paperboy" Reed

Mp3 of the Week: Eli "Paperboy" Reed

Eli Reed: Soul Brother Number One DOWNLOAD: Eli "Paperboy" Reed, "The Satisfier" [mp3]Even after tou...
By webteam  |  December 06, 2007
Photos: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at the Middle East

Photos: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at the Middle East

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Friday night @ the Middle East Downstairs. All photos by Caitlin E. ...
By Caitlin E. Curran  |  November 12, 2007