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First Nighter: 'Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story' Works Piecemeal

David Finkle | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps an argument could be made that the songs are so strong they represent emotions at moments of great joy or stress, delight or disappointment. But it's not a very persuasive argument. The more convincing contention is that Berns was a songwriter who wanted to produce as many commercial songs as he could and knew that powerful love songs were the most obvious way to go.

Wayne Brady Hosts Special Apollo Theater Gala In Style

Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices

Last night the Apollo Theater commemorated its 80th anniversary with a special revamped iteration of its prestigious spring gala. Hosted by Emmy Aw...

11 Songs You Won't Believe Are Samples Of James Brown's Music

Posted 06.12.2014 | Black Voices

James Brown’s innovative style, stage presence, and artistry have penetrated through pop culture and influenced legions of fans through the years. ...

Apollo Theater Revamps Annual Event Into Birthday Celebration

Posted 05.02.2014 | Black Voices

As this year marks the 80th anniversary of the prestigious Apollo Theater, the iconic venue has decided to revamp its annual Spring Gala into a star-s...

Billy Valentine's Brit Eyed Soul

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Brit Eyed Soul, Billy Valentine's forthcoming album of songs by British rockers inspired by the American soul music of the '50s and '60s, hearkens bac...

Guitarist Who Performed The 'Theme From Shaft' Dies

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 07.01.2012 | Entertainment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Charles "Skip" Pitts, the longtime Memphis guitar player for Isaac Hayes whose distinctive sound helped define soul and make ...

Dog Ears Music: Songs For The Beach

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we give you a summer soundtrack, featuring music by Beck, Etta James, Dr. Dog, Salt-N-Pepa, Eels and others.

"Freedom Isn't Free": A Loving Playlist for the American Heroes of "South Park"

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

I love that Matt and Trey do not care who they offend in the pursuit of amusing themselves and a watching world. I support them with all my heart & soul right until the point where it puts me in any actual danger.

Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology): A Playlist For Earth Day

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Here's an Earth Day playlist of songs about taking better care of Planet Earth, better care of one another and better care of ourselves.

Marvin Isley DEAD At 56, Youngest Of R&B Powerhouse Isley Brothers Dies In Chicago

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Marvin Isley, the bass player who helped give R&B powerhouse the Isley Brothers their distinctive sound, has died at a Chicago hospita...

"Get A Job": A Playlist To Employ The Mind of Senator Jim Bunning

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Wild

I hear that it's really, really cold in Washington. No, I'm not talking about the temperature outside, but rather inside the soul of Senator Jim Bunning.