10 Reasons to Listen To Dierks Bentley’s ‘Black’

It’s a romantically obsessive album — and who hasn’t been in that boat? The title track kicks off Black way more brazen than the male country norm as Dierks Bentley traces fingertips to her lips, his hands know just where to go, he says he’ll “flip that switch,…

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Gregory Porter: Grammy-winner Straddles Jazz, Blues & Soul

Three years ago, on his third album *Liquid Spirit*, the California-born, Brooklyn-based jazz baritone [Gregory Porter](http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/gregory-porter) made a promise: “I will not commit, nor will I submit, to musical genocide.” He pledged allegiance to blues, gospel and soul music, assuring fans he won’t…

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Japanese Rock: No Longer Under the Radar

X Japan, the subject of the documentary “We Are X,” live at Madison Square Garden, October 2014.It’s an interesting time to be in a Japanese punk or metal band — especially, but not only, if there are three women in your group, you’ve been championed by some of…

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Margo Price Turns Broken Hearts to Stone

Margo Price arrives in the country music spotlight with a powerful back story, and it’s right there in the title of her first solo album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. Margo Price delivers one of the year’s best albums.There are shades, as many have already pointed out, of…

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March Metal Madness: 2016's 12 Best Albums (So Far)

Forget about the Final Four, March is really the Month of Metal Madness. It’s well known March comes in roaring like a lion, and this particular March saw a clenched-fist of new albums: There’s Incarnate from Massachusetts metalcore mooks Killswitch Engage, The Black by likewise screamo-inclined Brits Asking…

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Austin, Texas: What to Do and Where

Austin and its suburbs have been the fastest-growing million-person-plus metropolitan area in the country every year this decade and shows no signs of letting up. Because of that before running down the city’s highlights, a couple caveats might be in order. First, new things to do and places to…

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