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Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

Meklit & Quinn (Porto Franco Records)

On their self-titled debut album, singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero and vocalist-instrumentalist Quinn DeVeaux partner on an accomplished collection of originals and covers. The music melts through genre boundaries...
Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

My Heart, My Song (Behind the Cross Music Group)

Milwaukee singer Ocie Jackson's first release caters to soul-gospel sensibilities. Jackson adds her sweet, emotionally effusive soprano to songs of praise and testimony, most of which would sound as at home in smooth jazz and adult R&B contexts...
Monday, July 16, 2012

Live + In Performance (Shout! Factory)

Donny Hathaway was only 33 when he died in 1979, cutting short a successful career in '70s soul. The singer-keyboardist's pair of live albums, Donny Hathaway Live (1972) and the...
Saturday, May 22, 2010

Live at the Pabst

...Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will be performing at the Pabst on Saturday, May 22 at 8pm...
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

For decades, the Milwaukee label enjoyed the soul-gospel boom

There was a time when African-American men in matching suits and women in diaphanous dresses singing praises to the Lord in impassioned harmony...
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008

Strawberry Cadillac (Hyperdrive Motivator)

  Poetry slams and rap battles: The former led to the latter for Milwaukee's Melissa Czarnik. A listen to her StrawberryCadillac debut makes it clear how that evolution came about. Though alt-soul ladies such as Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott are easy enough to hear as influences, so are Ani DiFranco (complex, feminist folk) and Edith Piaf (torchy cabaret).
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Old-school harmonies

After years of vetting vintage R&B records at his Riverwest store, Lotus Land Records, and spinning rare funk 45s at his monthly "Get Down" event, Andy Noble says he's pinpointed the qualities that make a song stand the test of time. "I'm in touch with how music ages," he explains. "There are certain elements of music that hold up, like rhythms. Good dance rhythms hold up forever.