Among the great American capitals of black culture, the Magic City has always been a beacon of music, art, and hope. But you wouldn't necessarily know it by consulting most of the supposed scholars on the subject. They'll talk for hours about Chicago blues, New Orleans jazz, the Harlem Renaissance ... More >>
For over 40 years, Tavares has been one of the best Northern Soul acts in America, smoothest R&B groups in Europe, and most celebrated disco bands in the world. The live show has always impressed, and the five brothers who make up the band continue to harmonize for packed concerts everywhere they ... More >>
Since 2007, every third Saturday in April has been set aside for the observance of Record Store Day, when vinyl lovers and music fans show love and appreciation to the their local shops. In Miami, though brick-and-mortar music retailers like Spec's, Virgin Megastore, and F.Y.E. are certainly a thin ... More >>
In 1975, Willie Clarke won a Grammy for his work on Betty Wright's "Where Is The Love". It's one of many hits he wrote in the '70s for the biggest independent record company in the world, Henry Stone's TK Productions, out of Hialeah. But Clarke's recording career began in the 1960s, when he and a c ... More >>
You bought that 55 gallon drum of personal lubricant off of Amazon, didn't you? Because according to Amazon.com sales data, Miami is the sexiest city in America. Which means we buy more "sexual wellness" products off of Amazon per capita than any other city. That also helps make us the third most ro ... More >>
Back in 2008, it was practically impossible to escape the catchy vocal hook of "Black and Gold," the Grammy-nominated breakthrough single from Sam Sparro's eponymous debut album. The consensus among newly converted fans was that the Australian-born singer-songwriter had it. Namely, soul. It helps ... More >>
The whole process of elections (from PTA to POTUS) is savage, cut-throat, and -- when we're lucky -- incredibly stupid. They will shake the hands of thousands of strangers. They will gorge themselves on local cuisine. They will kiss the stinkiest baby. If votes depended on it, a politician would ... More >>
Jazz in the Gardens 2012 With Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, Sensere, Nicole Henry, Kevin Eubanks, and Kenny G Sun Life Stadium Sunday, March 18, 2012 Better Than:Kenny G doing a saxophone solo while writhing around in a bed of roses. Well, Mr. G was there. But a bed of roses was not included. R ... More >>
Prior to his untimely death last March, "G-Funk's most melodic homie" had several "hoes in different area codes." And on at least one occasion, he and his "Bad Girls" kept it "G-A-N-G-S-T-A" by shooting a homemade porno. According to TMZ, there is a Nate Dogg sex tape that's being "shopped arou ... More >>
The real reason for kissing at midnight on New Years Eve? Whether you're single, married, divorced, or your outlook on monogamy is much like Tiger Woods', everyone is trying to get some. And if anyone is going to help you get laid, it's Robin Thicke. So if you are looking to keep it sexy this ... More >>
This dude sucks.US Weekly is reporting that Team Edward is stabbing music in the heart and draining its blood. Evidently, PG-13 heartthrob and "accomplished blues guitarist" Robert Pattinson is in the midst of recording his first album. But the Twilight star isn't making a record for his teenag ... More >>
Compliments to the chef!Motown and brunch, together, are the perfect elixirs for any Sunday morning hangover or soul sickness. Leonardo Valencia revived a musical brunch this weekend, which he started years back in Brooklyn when he had both money and cooking skills, and his friends didn't. And y ... More >>
Teena Marie died yesterday at her home in Los Angeles.The entire world's tapped its foot to a Teena Marie tune. Some know it, like all those fans with feathered bangs who own a complete audiocassette collection of the Ivory Queen of Soul's thirteen studio releases. But others are clueless, lik ... More >>
photo by Smallz & RaskindHole may be the main attraction at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Friday night, but even Courtney Love's potential antics may be upstaged by openers Foxy Shazam. A gonzo outfit hailing from the somewhat unlikely locale of Cleveland, the six-piece aims to be "the Mi ... More >>
Mary J. fans, this is your year. Not only did she release an excellent studio album, Stronger With Each Tear, but in the next six months, if you're willing to drive across a couple counties, you can catch her twice in South Florida. Over the summer, the queen of hip-hop soul is slated to perform ... More >>
"Don't fight it, we gona feel it tonight, ya understand." And with these words Sam Cooke launched into "Feel It" on what would become his "Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963" album, though it wasn't released until 1985, well after his death. Jerry Wexler, the man who coined the term ... More >>
So thanks to my girl, Afrobella, I was reminded that today is the anniversary of R&B legend Luther Vandross' passing. The soulful singer who turned the entire urban music world on his ear for 20 years was only 54 at the time of his death in 2005, but he left behind a legacy of music that is unparal ... More >>
Marvin Gaye's divorce album tops this week's pop-culture picks.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings January 3rd, 2008 Culture Room Better than: Watching the Dap-Kings back up Amy Winehouse. Last Thursday night, a soul music extravaganza took place inside of the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings played to a sold out crowd and let music ... More >>
Ten of the year's most timeless records
"Back in the Day" Remix (Sony)
Miami's musical past is mined and polished by an archival label
"Never Too Much" (J Records)
Ms. Bernhard, um, like, why are you so cool?
This year's fest tastes a lot like the Eighties
Art Official Intelligence: Bionix (Tommy Boy)
The Final Concert
(The Right Stuff)
Old Fontainebleu fave Sammy Davis, Jr.
Wayne Cochran was one of America's most energetic and exciting entertainers. But the fast life ruined him. Then he swiped a Bible.
Motor City Mitch weathers the long road of rock and roll