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Spotlight: Unsung Hero Jocelyn Brown

When Jocelyn Brown appeared at a recent Manhattan street party in celebration of legendary Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan, thousands of revelers were reminded of her enduring vocal power. Although her name remains mostly unknown outside R&B and club music circles, she has appeared on literally hundreds of records — sometimes under her own name, sometimes in the background, and quite often as[…]

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Spotlight: Ripped-Off Riffs

It’s not news that sometimes two artists write a great song using the same riff. In 1994, Bush and The Offspring had hits with “Little Things” and “Self-Esteem,” respectively, which put the same chords in a different order and treated them like the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sons they are. Sometimes a familiar riff gets cannibalized intentionally — like when Coldplay sought permission from Kraftwerk to repurpose the[…]

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Celebrity Playlist: Nikki Lane

When Nikki Lane left Greenville, S.C., for Nashville, she hoped to find some likeminded folks who shared her appreciation for both real, old-timey country and the awesome clothes the stars wore on the album covers. Lane scoured stores for vintage clothes and cool items from a bygone era, and sold them at a small store in East Nashville called High Class Hillbilly.[…]

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Celebrity Playlist: Afrojack

Nick van de Wall has been one of the world’s biggest DJs for so long that it may come as something of a shock to recall that he has yet to record a solo album. That all changes now, as van de Wall — better known as Afrojack — finally drops his debut album, Forget the World. No figure better personifies the crossover[…]

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Celebrity Playlist: Tori Amos

Tori Amos has never shied away from controversial topics. With her trusty piano by her side, Amos has unflinchingly sung about rape, religion, miscarriage and, most recently, menopause, offering up cleverly written songs that are sometimes sad, often angry, and always come from the heart. After a few years flirting with classical music, Amos, now 50, has returned to the piano-driven[…]

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Artist Spotlight: Nikki Lane

We here at Rhapsody are always on the hunt for exciting, innovative new musicians. So this year we decided to reinstate our Ones to Watch series, where we focus on one emerging artist for an entire month and provide you with exclusive content from the promising up-and-comer. For the month of May, we’ve chosen smoky alt country rocker Nikki Lane as our featured artist.[…]

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Celebrity Playlist: Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith is a singer, songwriter, composer, worship leader and crossover pop star whose career reads like a history of the Christian music genre as a whole. From the post-Jesus music of the early 1980s to the pop push of the ’90s to the worship craze that marked the turn of the century, he’s reinvented himself multiple times. Along the[…]

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Spotlight: Swedish Pop

Swedish pop presents an interesting conundrum — or, more accurately, a series of interesting conundrums — for American music fans. Older Swedish pop stars (like ABBA or Roxette) are often portrayed as kitschy guilty pleasures, but they’re also foundational icons whose influence continues to be felt in contemporary pop. Meanwhile, current Swedish pop stars, from buzzy diva Icona Pop to pop princess Niki & the Dove to pop[…]

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Spotlight: Music from Mad Men

When Mad Men first hit AMC in July 2007, Don Draper and his Sterling Cooper cronies were working the advertising accounts of March 1960. But most of the notable music earmarked for that first season was Tin Pan Alley pop and exotica from the previous decade, still happily oblivious to rock ‘n’ roll and seemingly designed to make the protagonists’ past seem[…]

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New Music This Week: May 13, 2014

We have so much new music this week, it’ll make your head spin! Michael Jackson‘s demos have been given the old-school disco treatment (think Daft Punk) on Xscape, with mixed results. Electro-funk duo Chromeo‘s White Women is yet another flashback to the ’70s (again, Daft Punk!), and we love the effervescent pop of “Jealous (I Ain’t With It).” And it’s officially time to get pumped up[…]

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