R.I.P.: A Tribute To Those We Lost In 2016

Through the early months of 2016, it sometimes seemed that every time you turned on your computer, looked at your social feeds or picked up a newspaper, another musician had died — including a few who had changed pop music forever. Their obituaries rightly reverberated around the world, as did more…

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10 Best Country Albums of 2016

Country music in 2016 experienced a bit of a personality crisis — on the Nashville side, opening its borders to collaborations with pop stars like Pink, Demi Lovato, Elle King, Gwen Stefani and Pitbull; on the Americana side, expanding on a long-tailed business plan that often meant out-selling the Nashville hits…

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Who Are Unlocking The Truth?

Unlocking The Truth’s back story is so compelling and unprecedented, it’d be a shame not to let it out of the bag right away: Three African American 14- and 15-year-old friends from Flatbush and Crown Heights, Brooklyn, they’ve been a thrash band for four years — initially a…

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12 Country Albums You Need to Hear

Country music is in the midst of an intriguing season right now — it seems like it’s mostly outgrown its bikini-stalking, beer-chugging, bro-bonding phase, and now the genre’s trying to branch out big time, exploring dance beats like it hasn’t since the early ‘80s post-disco era. It’s…

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William Bell and Andre Williams Make More Black History

Veteran rhythm & blues vocalists William Bell and Andre Williams each released new albums as they respectively close in on their 77th and 80th birthdays; they have some things in common but in other ways, they’ve always been poles apart.   They each started recording as members of vocal groups…

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