is called The One, but the title does
not refer to its subject, James Brown. Instead, “the one” is a reference to the
way Brown orchestrated his music with an unyielding emphasis on the first beat
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...
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...
Excel at what you do for long enough in the public eye, and you become a legend. Be generous enough with your accessibility, and those who admire you can also call you a friend.<br /><br />So appears to be the case for Otis Clay. The 70-y...
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
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.