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Note For Note: A Guide To The Discography Of Earth, Wind & Fire (Part II)

Note For Note: A Guide To The Discography Of Earth, Wind & Fire (Part II)

Part Two of our stroll through EW&F’s discography looks at their post-1980 catalog. Let’s groove!

Note For Note: A Guide To The Discography Of Earth, Wind & Fire (Part One)

Note For Note: A Guide To The Discography Of Earth, Wind & Fire (Part One)

The Note for Note series returns with a funky jaunt through the catalog of Earth, Wind & Fire.

G I R L You Know It's True: Pharrell's New Album Is A Winner

G I R L You Know It’s True: Pharrell’s New Album Is A Winner

Skateboard P graces us with another solo album. Does “G I R L” make us “Happy”? Read the review and find out.

Break Up To Make Up: Toni Braxton & Babyface Deliver Love, Marriage & Divorce

Break Up To Make Up: Toni Braxton & Babyface Deliver Love, Marriage & Divorce

Toni & Face are together again. Is their latest musical reunion worth a listen? Check out our review.

Strong As "Stone": Andre Cymone Returns, Ready To Rock

Strong As “Stone”: Andre Cymone Returns, Ready To Rock

A much-missed legend makes his return. Check out our review of Andre Cymone’s first album in three decades.

A Sequel As Good As The Original: The Robert Glasper Experiment's Black Radio 2

A Sequel As Good As The Original: The Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio 2

Keyboardist Robert Glasper (and his three bandmates who make up the Robert Glasper Experiment) might be the only act remaining who can garner pop attention while offering a sound that has at least a pinky toe in jazz. With 2012’s Black Radio, the Experiment managed to successfully integrate the worlds of jazz and R&B like no one has been able to do in maybe two decades. Featuring a who’s who of soul and hip-hop luminaries, Black Radio deservedly won the […]

Toad The Wet Sprocket's New Constellation: As If They Never Left

Toad The Wet Sprocket’s New Constellation: As If They Never Left

Welcome back, guys. Seriously.

The Singles Bar: "Young Legs" by Anthony Green (Circa Survive)

The Singles Bar: “Young Legs” by Anthony Green (Circa Survive)

Circa Survive’s Anthony Green is back, with young legs. And “Young Legs.”

a.f.i., Burials: Album Review

a.f.i., Burials: Album Review

  On afireinside’s ninth long-player, Burials, the band properly shows us why goth-emo-punk was better in small doses and the rest better off left for dead. It would seem that once a band like a.f.i. got a taste for arenas (much light Twilight vampires get a taste for teenage blood) it became hard to put that cat back in the bag.  The band has chased that cat heavily on 2006’s decemberunderground and 2009’s Crash Love – wearing Joy Division, Duran Duran […]

Monster Magnet, The Last Patrol: Album Review

Monster Magnet, The Last Patrol: Album Review

The space lords from Red Bank, NJ have returned.  They are a band that has survived into the 21st Century, are in their 24th year together and have just released their 10th, and possibly best, studio album to date. The Last Patrol, while not as trippy and psychedelic as earlier works, is every bit the signature stoner-mixed-with-classic-rock sound they’ve created their own niche for.  The standard album is a taut nine songs of pure ‘Power Tripping.’ The album begins on […]

K-Ci & Jojo's My Brother's Keeper: In 300 Words Or Less

K-Ci & Jojo’s My Brother’s Keeper: In 300 Words Or Less

Somebody say “ooh yeah!”

Tired Pony, The Ghost of The Mountain: Album Review

Tired Pony, The Ghost of The Mountain: Album Review

Right place, right time sometimes when it comes to discovering music these days.  So it was late night about a week ago when I discovered Tired Pony – a supergroup of sorts.  The group is made up of Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey (REM), Jacknife Lee (producer), Richard Colburn (Belle & Sebastien), Iain Archer and Troy Stewart.  The Ghost of The Mountain was released two weeks ago and is actually the groups sophomore album. As its pastoral album cover […]