Corinne Bailey Rae, in Concert

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I knew Corinne Bailey Rae was coming to Chicago, but I had no plans to go see her. From what I’d heard, the show was sold out. But because I had blogged about her album, the PR was able to work a last minute miracle. The day before the show, I got a pair of […]

Happy Birthday, Ella

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If she were still alive, Sunday would have been jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald’s 93rd birthday. The First Lady of Song passed on in 1996, but her music will never ever die. I’ve always been attracted to her humble spirit and gentle personality, and of course her amazing capabilities as a singer. Nobody could scat sing […]

Sharon Jones Learned the Hard Way

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If you haven’t seen Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings perform live, now’s the time to make that happen. The amazing soul band just released their fourth full-length album – I Learned the Hard Way. Click here to buy a copy! I absolutely love the title track, and the video is a departure for the […]

Janelle Monae’s New Jam

So this week I found myself having complex reactions to Erykah’s new video — apparently a criminal complaint has been charged against her for it already. Hmmmm. But my feelings about Janelle Monae’s latest video aren’t complex at all. I LOVE it and it makes me wanna dance! Janelle continues to prove to me that […]

Your Thoughts: Erykah Badu’s Window Seat

Like everyone else on Twitter, I was geeked for Erykah Badu (AKA @fatbellybella) ‘s debut of her video for Window Seat as soon as she tweeted the link. Full disclosure: I am a fan. I sincerely appreciate that Erykah Badu has always been about more than just a hot song with a catchy hook. As […]

Happy Birthday, Kurt. RIP

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In my angstiest, angriest teenage days, I was a big Nirvana fan. Huge. Posters on my wall, staying up at night to watch the videos on Alternative Nation. I mostly kept the obsession to myself — not everyone at my school was into rock music. My alternateen existence was mainly shared with a few classmates, […]

Whitney Houston Giveaway Winners

Loved your responses on the Whitney Houston giveaway post! I had to chime in with my own choice for favorite Whitney Houston song — although it isn’t one that appears on her debut album, Whitney Houston. I gotta say, my favorite Whitney song is It’s Not Right, But It’s OK. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J538b-OLRU Why? Because I love […]