The name Raphael Saadiq still probably isn’t familiar to the average casual music fan, but that shouldn’t discount the fact that the Bay Area native has been perhaps the most consistent R&B singer/songwriter/producer of recent times.
Michael’s family members might have wanted to keep the Jackson 5 a democracy, but Motown Records knew a superstar when they saw one. Furthermore, they noticed what competing label MGM was doing with the Osmonds (whose initial pop success was due to ...
Donnie Iris and the Cruisers: King Cool and His Court
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In The Pogues’ breakthrough 1988 single “Fairytale of New York” (download), songwriter Shane MacGowan and guest vocalist Kirsty MacColl portray a codependent couple. He’s an aging alcoholic, gone beyond repentance, no longer even able to summon up an insincere promise ...
(This guide was originally published in 2005, before Chris Whitley’s passing. It’s been expanded and edited, but may still contain a few vestiges of its original form. Apologies in advance.)
Let’s talk about the blues.