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WHOLE LOTTA SOUL Wednesday, March 18
In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Mavis Staples was a key voice in her family band, The Staple Singers. With their gospel-driven hits like “I’ll Take You There” and civil …
Neo-blues rockers survive legal battles and the rigors of the road to maintain their swagger
ATMOSPHERE DROPS THE TRUTH SERUM Wednesday, March 18
Hip-hop is full of meaningless micro-level 
 subdivisions. "Gangsta" is as dead as Ice 
 Cube's Jheri curl. "Conscious" can now apply to anyone taking up the "Black Lives Matter" mantle. "Alternative" was bastardized by mass media for rap as …
DRUM CIRCLE OF DEATH Wednesday, March 18
I'm going to say it, and it's going to upset a lot of people. Maybe more than anything I have put to page in two decades of writing about music. But here it is: Drum circles suck. I will wait for the Rainbow Gathering set to pick their water …
NEW WAVE LEGENDS Wednesday, March 18
The pride of Athens, Georgia (in your face, R.E.M.!), The B-52s are coming up on 40 years of taking their always-fun, booty-shakin’ synth pop to the masses. The band – featuring founding …
JAZZ HANDS Wednesday, March 18
Acclaimed jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut was born with music in his blood. After spending most of his Baltimore childhood studying at the Peabody Institute, he moved onto Boston’s Berklee College …
YO, MAESTRO! Wednesday, March 18
Virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman first impressed audiences when he was featured at age 13 on The Ed Sullivan Show. In the decades since, Perlman has continued to mesmerize those who embrace all …
PARK IT ON SUNDAY Wednesday, March 11
Soak up some of that sweet Florida spring sunshine (or quite possibly get soaked by springtime showers) at this year’s Natural Life Music Festival, featuring live music by Nashville-based …
SOUND WAVE Wednesday, March 11
The Seattle-based four-piece La Luz (Spanish for “light”) are skilled at combining reverb-drenched, surf-style rock with doo-wop and ’60s girl-group harmonies, driven along by …
A few months ago, Drowning Pool guitarist C.J. Pierce got a major surprise as he 
went through some video tapes of the band while searching for material to include on a deluxe reissue of the group's 2001 debut album, Sinner. Within the stack of …