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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[…]


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.[…]


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[…]


Artist Spotlight: Sonny Rollins

It’s hard to think of another living musician who can claim as great an influence over their chosen form of music than Sonny Rollins can. He played on Bud Powell‘s first recordings for Blue Note. That’s him playing a pivotal sideman role on Thelonious Monk‘s Brilliant Corners album, too. And Rollins also mixed it up with the likes of John Coltrane, on the title track of the album Tenor[…]


Spotlight: The Brutally Honest Lily Allen

Lily Allen is one of those pop stars where you always know what’s going on with her. On 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You, she cried pretty openly about her lover’s disinterest in reciprocation on “Not Fair”: “You’re supposed to care but you never make me scream.” But on the new Sheezus, she’s found the “L8 Cmmr” of her dreams. Oh, and she[…]