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The Upper Room

Posted on Aug 9, 2022 in 00s, Indie, ROCK/POP

The Upper Room were a rock band based in Brighton, England. Sony Records were brought to the band’s studio via mutual friends and they were signed in time for their first single, “All Over This Town”, in summer 2004. The band’s only album Other People’s Problems was released in May 2006. It was recorded in Dairy Studios, Brixton, with Paul Schroeder, who previously worked with The Stone Roses…

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Andre Williams

Posted on Aug 1, 2022 in 50s, Doo-wop, Rhythm & Blues

Multi-talented Zephire “Andre” Williams wore many musical hats during his long career: recording artist, songwriter, producer, road manager, and so on. The Father of Rap was born November 1, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois and was raised in a housing project by his mother, who died when Williams was six years old. Thereafter, Williams’ aunts raised the precocious lad, who had already become quite the character. The R&B legend is best known for co-writing and producing “Twine Time” for Alvin Cash & the Crawlers, “Shake a Tail Feather” by the Five Dutones, and a greasy solo recording, “Bacon Fat,” where Williams talked over a funky, crude rhythm…

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Posted on Jul 26, 2022 in 70s, Prog Rock, ROCK/POP

Yes didn’t invent progressive rock, but they helped bring it to mainstream audiences, steering the development and definition of the genre. Once their classic lineup of Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, and Bill Bruford locked into place for 1971’s Fragile, the band crystallized all of the sonic and visual signifiers that eventually became synonymous with prog rock…

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The Velvelettes

Posted on Jul 17, 2022 in 60s, Motown, Northern Soul, SOUL

The Velvelettes were formed by Bertha Barbee at Western Michigan University in the early ’60s, with Cal Gill ending up as the lead singer, although she was only 14 years old when she joined. With encouragement from one of Berry Gordy’s nephews, they auditioned for Motown and released their first single on the label in 1963. Several of Motown’s biggest guns wrote and produced for the group between 1963 and 1967, including Norman Whitfield, Mickey Stevenson…

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Kikagaku Moyo

Posted on Jul 6, 2022 in 10s, ALTERNATIVE, Experimental, Psychedelic

Kikagaku Moyo (Japanese for “geometric patterns”) are a Tokyo-based psychedelic rock band whose sound incorporates elements of Krautrock, Indian ragas, and acid folk. Over the course of a short period of time, they released a series of records — including 2016’s breakout House in the Tall Grass and 2018’s sharply sculpted Masana Temples — that balanced heavy, crushing jams with softer, more contemplative moments…

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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

Posted on Jul 1, 2022 in BLUES, Country, Jump Blues, Rhythm & Blues

Whatever you do, don’t refer to multi-instrumentalist Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown as a bluesman, although his imprimatur on the development of Texas blues is enormous. You’re liable to get him riled. If you must pigeonhole the legend, just call him an eclectic Texas musical master whose interests encompass virtually every roots genre imaginable. Brown learned the value of versatility while growing up in Orange, TX. His dad was a locally popular musician who specialized in country, Cajun, and bluegrass — but not blues. Later, Gate was entranced by the big bands of Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, and Duke Ellington…

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Josh Ritter

Posted on Jun 27, 2022 in 00s, Alt-country, Americana, COUNTRY/FOLK, Singer/Songwriter

An American singer/songwriter with a deep, expressive voice, a keen wit, and an evocative way with words, Josh Ritter has built a loyal following as one of the leading lights on the Americana scene with his incisive songwriting. Emerging in 2000 with his eponymous debut album, Ritter hit his stride in 2007 with the release of The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, which introduced elements of rock, country, and blues into the mix. What followed was a string of acclaimed outings…

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The Blow Monkeys

Posted on Jun 22, 2022 in 80s, ALTERNATIVE, Indie, New Wave

Best known in the U.K. and U.S. for their 1986 Top 20 hit “Digging Your Scene” and for their cover of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” from the multi-platinum soundtrack for 1987’s Dirty Dancing, British sophisti-pop quartet the Blow Monkeys were formed in 1981 with singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Dr. Robert (born Bruce Robert Howard), saxophonist Neville Henry, bassist Mick Anker, and drummer Tony Kiley. On the strength of seductive live performances, the band was signed to RCA for its debut, 1984’s Limping for a Generation, which was followed by the EP Forbidden Fruit in 1985.

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The Go! Team

Posted on Jun 18, 2022 in 00s, ALTERNATIVE, Dance, Indie

The sound whipped up by the Go! Team is an effervescent blend of indie rock guitars, police show themes, hip-hop beats, funky marching bands, and schoolyard chants built on samples and then augmented by live instrumentation. The main architect of the group’s sound is producer and guitarist Ian Parton, who is joined by a rotating cast of singers and musicians, most notably singer/rapper Ninja. The 2004 album Thunder, Lightning, Strike was the band’s grand debut, knocking the blogosphere on its collective ear and setting the group’s template in stone…

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Posted on Jun 14, 2022 in 90s, Britpop, Indie, Post-punk, ROCK/POP

For the first 12 years of their existence, Pulp languished in near total obscurity, releasing a handful of albums and singles in the ’80s to barely any attention. At the turn of the decade, the group began to gain an audience, sparking a remarkable turn of events that made the band one of the most popular British groups of the ’90s. By the time Pulp became famous, the band had gone through numerous different incarnations and changes in style, covering nearly every indie rock touchstone from post-punk to dance…

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