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Peace, Frankie Knuckles

Peace, Frankie Knuckles

A goodbye and thank you to the Godfather of House.

Thanks For The Good Times: A Eulogy For Maxwell's

Thanks For The Good Times: A Eulogy For Maxwell’s

The glory days of a legendary rock club are now gone. Popblerd’s Jim reminisces about Maxwell’s.

Remembering Amy Winehouse: Two Years After Her Death

Remembering Amy Winehouse: Two Years After Her Death

When news broke two years ago today that Amy Winehouse had died at the age of 27 , it was less shocking than it was just sad . After all, Amy was a singer who burst on the scene in 2007 and created an immediate buzz with “ Rehab ,” a song that would later go on to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year (she won four other awards that year as well). That song seemed to tell you everything you needed to know about Amy, a troubled performer who had problems with drugs, drinking, and the law: “They tried to [...]

RIP Ray Manzarek, 1939-2013

RIP Ray Manzarek, 1939-2013

Organist Ray Manzarek has died at the age of 74 following a years-long battle with cancer. Best known for his work with The Doors, Manzarek was a key component in shaping that group’s sound. The Doors are equally embraced and reviled. While certainly overrated in the grand scheme of pop music, they managed to produce a unique aesthetic in their four-year run,  which yielded six studio LPs and one live album (supplemented by numerous studio and stage releases following Jim [...]

Rock the Bells Announces 2013 Line Up: Holograms Abound

Rock the Bells Announces 2013 Line Up: Holograms Abound

Eazy and ODB get resurrected for a hip-hop festival.

Beyonce & Andre 3000 Cover Amy Winehouse; Amy Rolls Over in Her Grave

Beyonce & Andre 3000 Cover Amy Winehouse; Amy Rolls Over in Her Grave

Beyonce and Andre 3000 cover Amy Winehouse. The result? Well, just listen.

A Taste of Heaven: The Story of Raymond Myles (A Story That Needs Your Help To Be Told)

A Taste of Heaven: The Story of Raymond Myles (A Story That Needs Your Help To Be Told)

New Orleans gospel singer Raymond Myles is the subject of a documentary, currently in progress, that needs your help. Read on for details.

Blerd Appreciation: Deke Richards - Thank You, Thank You, Baby

Blerd Appreciation: Deke Richards – Thank You, Thank You, Baby

The name Deke Richards may not strike you immediately if you’re not a Motown fanatic. But if you’ve got any love for the works of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 (and, of course, if you read this site, surely you must), the news of Richards’ passing is indeed a bittersweet note. Richards, born Dennis Lussier, was one-quarter of two of Motown’s most famous songwriting collectives in the post-Holland-Dozier-Holland era. First there was The Clan with Pam Sawyer, Frank Wilson and R. Dean Taylor; together, [...]

The Patlapse Compilation: Celebrating and Remembering a Friend

The Patlapse Compilation: Celebrating and Remembering a Friend

A digital compilation memorializes one of the metal community’s biggest supporters, Relapse Records’ Pat Egan.

Teena Marie's Beautiful Epitaph: Album Review

Teena Marie’s Beautiful Epitaph: Album Review

The late, great Teena Marie was working on an album at the time of her passing. Does “Beautiful” match up to the best work of the soul legend?

Spin Cycle: A Tale Of Two Greatest Hits Albums

Spin Cycle: A Tale Of Two Greatest Hits Albums

New compilations have just been released collecting the hits of divas Kelly Clarkson and Whitney Houston. Is either disc necessary?

The Singles Bar: Whitney Houston, "Never Give Up"

The Singles Bar: Whitney Houston, “Never Give Up”

Honor Whitney-don’t sully her musical legacy. Did the team behind “Never Give Up” complete the mission?