The Budos Band

Brotherhood of Men: The Budos Band Keeps Pushing On “I think there’s a sense of optimism and triumph because we made a record together despite the fact that we’re split between the coasts and it’s hard for us to get together,” says The Budos Band saxophone player Jared Tankel. “When we do get together and… Continue reading The Budos Band

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ Covers Collected

NEW YORK, NY - February 10, 2015 - "Huang Yi & Kuka" presented at 3-Legged Dog. Choreographer Huang Yi and robot 'Kuka' in rehearsal.

Soul- and funk-ified cover songs are almost always a blast, because of the level of passion and energy pumped into the interpretations – think Stevie Wonder’s take on “We Can Work It Out,” or Otis Redding’s supercharged run-through of “Satisfaction,” or Aretha’s definitive version of Otis’ own “Respect,” for that matter. Sharon Jones & the… Continue reading Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ Covers Collected

Lightning Orchestra – Source and Deliver

Gunshot! Gunshot! Nanoo, Nanoo. What it is? Hip and Heavy, the number one contender for Best Boogie 2020: Jump back and dig this scene man. This here’s the skinny, the lowdown. I was beatin’ the drag down Cheshire Bridge, you know, the row with all the honeys on it? WHORES man, Ho Stroll ‘76. Now don’t… Continue reading Lightning Orchestra – Source and Deliver

Maceo Parker – Soul Food: Cooking with Maceo

Maceo Parker is a towering figure in the soul/jazz/funk universe. He would be important if only for his work with James Brown, documented on many live and studio releases from the middle 1960s through the late ’80s. But he’s done so much more: as a key member of Parliament-Funkadelic, Parker applied his talents in ever-widening… Continue reading Maceo Parker – Soul Food: Cooking with Maceo

Prince’s Sign Expands for the Times

Prince’s 1987 album Sign O’ the Times endured a convoluted path to fruition. The year prior, he initially had two albums in the works: a full collaboration with his band The Revolution titled Dream Factory, and a solo album called Camille, the latter intended to be promoted as being by a new singer named Camille,… Continue reading Prince’s Sign Expands for the Times

Status of the Greatest of and Latest of The Ladies Of…

The Ladies Of… could’ve named themselves Alabama Georgia Line, but we’re glad they didn’t. The truth is, even though Atlanta’s James Hall boasts the most name recognition of anyone in their lineup, they’ve included numerous members and collaborators among their ranks over the years and as it stands now there are more Alabamans involved than… Continue reading Status of the Greatest of and Latest of The Ladies Of…

Mathis Hunter Sets the Mood Lighting

Atlanta musician Mathis Hunter, alumnus of local groups Noot d’Noot and the Selmanaires, has been issuing noteworthy solo work along the way as well. His trippy debut LP, Soft Opening, came out back in 2010, but he’s been on a tear more recently, releasing the comparatively straightforward hard/classic rock fare of Countryman in 2017 and… Continue reading Mathis Hunter Sets the Mood Lighting

Newnan Groove Machine Hamilton Bohannon Dies

Hamilton Bohannon, the influential Newnan, Georgia-born funk/disco singer, drummer, bandleader and producer responsible for assorted R&B/dance hits in the 1970s and ‘80s, died on Friday, April 24 at age 78. Although neither his name nor his songs are widely known among modern-day pop music listeners, Bohannon’s music continues to be heard via the widespread practice… Continue reading Newnan Groove Machine Hamilton Bohannon Dies

Iggy Deluxe: All Aboard for Funtime

Two of Iggy Pop’s earliest, best and most enduring solo albums are being reissued in deluxe CD editions on May 29, in addition to being included as part of a more extensive box set. Although the term “solo” is a bit misleading with these as they were both written and recorded in major collaboration with… Continue reading Iggy Deluxe: All Aboard for Funtime

Moses Mo: Drive-In ‘n’ Amplifyin’

Mother’s Finest have made a now-50-year career out of marrying funk music with hard/heavy rock ‘n’ roll. It was a formula that was super-fresh in the 1970s, but ever since coming back in the late ‘80s after a brief hiatus, everything they’ve done has sounded like misguided attempts to fit in with something trendier or… Continue reading Moses Mo: Drive-In ‘n’ Amplifyin’

James Hall & the Steady Wicked – All Horns and Halos!

James Hall and his band (one of several), the Steady Wicked, marked the release of their new album All Horns and Halos! with a lively show at the EARL on Nov. 22. If you didn’t make it, or forgot to pick up a copy, or spent all your money on beer, the 14-song collection is… Continue reading James Hall & the Steady Wicked – All Horns and Halos!

Beck Makes the Jump to Hyperspace

With a November 22 release date, Beck’s 14th album Hyperspace is also being touted as his most collaborative. Pharrell Williams’ participation, co-writing and co-producing seven of the album’s 11 tracks, might warrant that claim on its own, but beyond that Chris Martin (Coldplay) sings back-up on one song, Sky Ferreira does likewise on another and… Continue reading Beck Makes the Jump to Hyperspace

Prince’s 1999 Gets Supersized

With the release of his fifth album 1999 in October 1982, Prince made the leap from a ribald R&B sensation into a massive crossover pop star. Now 37 years later, his estate is partnering with Warner Bros. Records to release a 5-CD/10-LP/DVD jumbo edition packed with rare and previously issued studio and live tracks. Making… Continue reading Prince’s 1999 Gets Supersized

Atlanta Drummer Yonrico Scott, 1955-2019

Consummate musician Yonrico Scott, a multifaceted talent whose remarkable percussion skills were acknowledged and respected throughout the music industry, died Thursday night, September 19 at 63 years of age. Born in Detroit, Scott began playing drums at age 7 with local gospel/church groups, studied under professional drummer George Hamilton Jr. as a teen, and majored… Continue reading Atlanta Drummer Yonrico Scott, 1955-2019

State of Georgia, Public Records Division

Intending to dive into the Record Store Day shenanigans on April 13 in hopes of getting your paws on one of those Sheena Easton “Sugar Walls” picture discs? Well, while you’re feverishly digging through the crates, you might wanna also keep an eye out for these special releases from some Georgia old-timers. Bingo Hand Job… Continue reading State of Georgia, Public Records Division

A Certain Ratio Gathers the Strays

Post-punk/pop-funk outfit A Certain Ratio have announced the release of acr:set, a career-spanning compilation coming Oct. 12 on Mute Records. The collection includes rare 7” and 12” mixes of many of the songs. Two new songs are included: “Make It Happen” and “Dirty Boy,” the latter of which featuring vocals from Barry Adamson (ex-Magazine/Bad Seeds)… Continue reading A Certain Ratio Gathers the Strays

Soul Train Saga to Film in Atlanta

Based on the early years of television music/dance program Soul Train and its impresario, Don Cornelius, the 10-episode BET series American Soul will be filming now through December in Atlanta. Sinqua Walls (pictured, The Breaks) will portray Cornelius, with Jason Dirden (Greenleaf), Iantha Richardson (NBC’s This Is Us), Christopher Jefferson (UMC’s 5th Ward) Jelani Winston and… Continue reading Soul Train Saga to Film in Atlanta

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Music, fashion and acting highlight the Grace Jones we know on the world stage, but director Sophie Fiennes’ documentary forgoes the usual pitfalls of celebrity interviews for personal conversations with her Jamaican family and backstage chatter to reveal the androgynous, hedonic Warhol luminary and disco diva as mother, daughter and sister both public and private.… Continue reading Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

Janelle Monae Hacks a Dirty Computer

As an actress, singer, songwriter, producer, fashion designer, and model, Janelle Monae has got to be the most globally visible creative force based out of Atlanta. Her reach is so vast that pretty much everyone has encountered her work. Don’t dig modern, funky soul and R&B? Then you at least enjoyed Hidden Figures. Haven’t seen it? Well, maybe she stuck out to you in that one Pepsi ad. You get the… Continue reading Janelle Monae Hacks a Dirty Computer

Obnox – Murder Radio

Lamont Thomas squeezed out two more albums in 2017 than his hometown Cleveland Browns did wins. He’s got the Brownies beat over a three-year horizon, too. Recording as Obnox, Thomas is a one-man lo-fi cottage industry, ricocheting between damaged rock and reimagined basement hip hop, inciting an occasional collision between the two. Last May’s more… Continue reading Obnox – Murder Radio

Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics Funk It All Up

Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics’ second album State of All Things officially arrives on April 27th. As fans in tune with its lead single “Broken Woman” might suspect, it flavors the expected Stax-era soul and R&B influences with a smattering of other time-tested influences. “Broken Woman” premiered recently via the Bluegrass Situation, teasing fans with… Continue reading Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics Funk It All Up

Jack White in Our Faces Again

Supposed creative genius Jack White has announced the release of his next solo album, Boarding House Reach, for Friday, March 23 via Third Man/Columbia Records. This marks the third full-length solo record and the first new studio album for the 12-time Grammy Award-winner and megalomaniac in nearly four years. Has it really been that long?… Continue reading Jack White in Our Faces Again

Cancer Takes Sharon Jones at Age 60

It is with heavy sadness that we must report the passing of Sharon Jones, who died on Friday, November 18th at age 60 after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded in Cooperstown, New York by her loved ones, including the members of her longtime band the Dap-Kings. Born in Augusta, Georgia, Jones… Continue reading Cancer Takes Sharon Jones at Age 60

Miss Sharon Jones!

A soulful voice comes from the gut even when pancreatic cancer threatens to derail her music career in this documentary on Sharon Jones, who’s been mentioned as a “female James Brown.” Along with Daptone Records (“where musicians make the music, and we stay out of their way”) bandmates the Dap-Kings, the film traces her from a child… Continue reading Miss Sharon Jones!

Samba Toure – Gandadiko

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Guitarist/vocalist Samba Touré, from Mali, born in 1968, achieved regional success early on with Farafina Lolo and Super Lolo, but it was his tutelage under fellow Malian and international blues legend Ali Farka Touré in the late ‘90s that cemented his reputation and gained him entrée to the Western music-consuming world. (He also worked with… Continue reading Samba Toure – Gandadiko

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want

Anyone who’s ever witnessed firsthand the sonic dynamo that is Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings knows what an inspiring, exhilarating experience the show can be, from the pint-sized, clarion-lunged Jones’ strutting, swaggering and moneymaker-shaking to her backing band’s effortless conjuring of vintage revues from the ’60s and ’70s. This ain’t no neo-soul, man; it’s solid… Continue reading Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want

Neneh Cherry and the Thing – The Cherry Thing

Aggro-jazz has always had affinities with punk, from its outsider status and wall-rattling intensity to its gatecrashing aesthetic principles, which aim at expanding sonic possibilities and, to varying degrees, offer some social critique. Neneh Cherry’s career was born at a fusion point between the two, performing with groups like Rip, Rig and Panic in the… Continue reading Neneh Cherry and the Thing – The Cherry Thing