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King Crimson

Posted on Apr 6, 2020 in 70s, Experimental, Prog Rock, ROCK/POP

If there is one group that embodies progressive rock, it is King Crimson. Led by guitar/Mellotron virtuoso Robert Fripp, during its first five years of existence the band stretched both the language and structure of rock into realms of jazz and classical music, all the while avoiding pop and psychedelic sensibilities…

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The Chemical Brothers

Posted on Apr 3, 2020 in 90s, ALTERNATIVE, Dance, Electronic, Trip hop

Electronic music’s ’90s glory days played out differently in the UK and the US, but The Chemical Brothers are one of the few acts of the era whose influence was equally weighty on both sides of the Atlantic. The Manchester duo of Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands came up in the Wild West of rave’s early years, pressing up white-label 12-inches and remixing acts…

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Smiley Lewis

Posted on Mar 31, 2020 in 50s, BLUES, Rhythm & Blues

Dave Bartholomew has often been quoted to the effect that Smiley Lewis was a “bad luck singer,” because he never sold more than 100,000 copies of his Imperial singles. In retrospect, Lewis was a lucky man in many respects — he enjoyed stellar support from New Orleans’ ace sessioneers at Cosimo’s, benefited from top-flight material and production (by Bartholomew), and left behind a legacy of marvelous Crescent City R&B…

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Pete Seeger

Posted on Mar 28, 2020 in Americana, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter, Traditional Folk

Perhaps no single person in the 20th century did more to preserve, broadcast, and redistribute folk music than Pete Seeger, whose passion for politics, the environment, and humanity earned him both ardent fans and vocal enemies ever since he first began performing in the late ’30s. His battle against injustice led to his being blacklisted during the McCarthy era, celebrated during the turbulent ’60s, and welcomed at union rallies throughout his life…

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Guillemots

Posted on Mar 25, 2020 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie

The multinational Guillemots, comprised of English singer and classically trained pianist Fyfe Dangerfield, Brazilian guitarist MC Lord Magrao, Scottish percussionist Greig Stewart and Canadian double bassist Aristazabal Hawkes, use their eclectic influences and personal styles to create a catchy pop sound and an energetic live show that have won them many fans…

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Richmond Fontaine

Posted on Mar 22, 2020 in 90s, Alt-country, Americana, Indie

Playing brittle and evocative alt-country with lyrics that draw powerful and sometimes troubling portraits of life along the margins of the contemporary American West, Richmond Fontaine is the brainchild of singer, guitarist, and songwriter Willy Vlautin, who was born in Reno, Nevada. When Vlautin was in his early teens, his older brother moved to Los Angeles and became interested in the many roots-influenced bands in the city’s punk rock scene…

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Earl King

Posted on Mar 19, 2020 in 50s, Rhythm & Blues

Highly respected around his Crescent City home base as both a performer and a songwriter, guitarist Earl King was a prime New Orleans R&B force for more than four decades…King met his major influence and mentor, Guitar Slim, at the Club Tijuana, one of King’s favorite haunts and the two became fast friends…

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Brian Eno

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in 70s, ALTERNATIVE, Ambient, Electronic, Experimental, Glam Rock

Ambient pioneer, glam rocker, hit producer, multimedia artist, technological innovator, worldbeat proponent, and self-described non-musician — over the course of his long, prolific, and immensely influential career, Brian Eno was all of these things and much, much more…he forever altered the ways in which music is approached, composed, performed, and perceived…

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Peggy Seeger

Posted on Mar 13, 2020 in COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter, Traditional Folk

The half-sister of Pete Seeger and the widow of Ewan MacColl, singer/songwriter Peggy Seeger continued her family’s long history of championing and preserving traditional music, most notably emerging as a seminal figure in the British folk song revival of the 1960s. Born in New York City, her mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, was herself an influential composer and folklorist…while her father, Charles Louis Seeger, was a pioneering ethnomusicologist and the inventor of the melograph, an electronic musical notation instrument…

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Barbara George

Posted on Mar 10, 2020 in 60s, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

With her lone hit “I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More),” singer Barbara George recorded one of New Orleans R&B’s definitive crossover smashes. Born Barbara Ann Smith in the Crescent City’s Ninth Ward on August 16, 1942, she began singing as a teen in her Baptist church choir and writing her own original songs…

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