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Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Musical Art of M.I.A.

The new M.I.A record Matangi is coming out this fall. Her hard-hitting global club style is packed with the punch of intelligence and creative freedom. MIA’s most effective song so far, 2007’s “Paper Planes” was a sculptural comment on world culture.  MIA asserts her brilliance with samples of the Clash song “Straight to Hell,” aggressive … Continue reading »

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Santigold – Electronic Dance Artist with Soul

Santi White started out in Philadelphia as a music producer and songwriter. She wrote songs for greats like Lilly Allen and Marc Ronson and then in 2005 moved to Brooklyn and landed a gig as a singer in ska-punk band Stiffed. Her first electronic dance album came out in 2008, and her long-awaited second full-length … Continue reading »

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The Soul of Bill Withers

If you don’t know Bill Withers by name, you most likely do know his music. Probably the most famous is “Lean on Me”. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL4ei-RE3Nc] Bill Withers is my personal hero. A man who’s written some of the most sensitive music around, yet when he talks is a pistol. A straight-shooter!  Of all the 200 KEXP … Continue reading »

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Seattle's Own Soul Artist: Allen Stone

The first time I saw Seattle soul singer Allen Stone was on a video for “Last to Speak.” The rock song is very smartly written and political. He creates an unusual amount of tension to keep our ears close to the speaker. Even before he dedicated himself to soul music, Allen Stone was surprisingly magnetic … Continue reading »

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