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The supremes
Vintage Gold: America’s Most Successful Vocal Group in The Supremes

At the height of their rise in the mid-1960s The Supremes had risen to become—and still remain—America’s most successful vocal group, even rivaling The Beatles in terms of international popularity. Although the lineup changed dramatically throughout their run the core group of Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, and Diana Ross are often recognized as the definitive lineup responsible for […]

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Guru of Gang Starr
Vintage Gold: Guru — Jazz/Hip Hop Collaboration Still Sounds Just As Smooth 25 Years Later

Known best for fuzing Jazz and Hip Hop in a revolutionary, yet copacetic way, Keith Elam AKA Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) had a knack for combining different styles of music as well as mastering socially conscious songwriting. Guru, who passed away in 2010, left a discography spanning decades that continues to inspire and entertain […]

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Mike Krol
An Interview with Mike Krol — a man of many hats who ultimately makes some stellar garage rock

There is something about being from Milwaukee. Whether it’s the midwestern work ethic or knowing you are on your own as far as any creative pursuits. When you meet a Milwaukeean in a creative field you can bet they had nothing handed to them. Mike Krol is no exception, except… he is. Krol’s path to […]

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Vintage Gold: The Mother of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe

When people generally think about the origins of rock ‘n’ roll, immediate thoughts go to Elvis’s shaky legs, Chuck Berry’s tumbling and electrifying riffs, or Little Richard’s clunky piano backbeats. However, none of this would have been possible without the legacy of Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Elvis studied her instrumentation carefully. She was the first to […]

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An Interview with Cautious Clay: Tip-toeing to semi-fame and finding his niche there

Joshua Karpeh is inside an apartment building that is both not his own nor houses anyone he actually knows. He’s there to get a meeting with a leasing agent or manager after spending his morning—in a state of ever-evaporating interest—flipping through a stack of business cards and dialing the numbers printed on them—ten—twenty—forty—sixty-times—fishing for calls […]

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Dafuq … 5 Instant Feels About Coachella 2019

Yesterday, as my husband and I were chillin’ on the couch after putting baby to sleep, he started scrolling through is phone and asked me, “Did the Coachella lineup get announced?” I without even a blink, shrugged my shoulders and replied, “I dunno, did it?” As a music blogger (going on 11 years of Grimy […]

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Ulrika Spacek
Hot Band Alert: Ulrika Spacek talks their first North American tour, and the Importance of being Earnest

On the final leg of their first U.S. Tour, Ulrika Spacek rips up the stage at Desert Daze 2018. With their debut LP The Album Paranoia released in 2016 and their sophomore LP Modern English Decoration in 2017, the band has made quite a name for themselves in such a short time; from touring with […]

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Voting Playlist — songs that inspire change and power to the people

If you got a long line at the polls today, pop this voting playlist on for some inspiration; use it to pump that patriotism back up (we know it’s been down since 2016) and blast the shit out of it when you send off your ballot. Featuring 20 songs that inspire change and power to […]

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Steady Holiday
Explore Power and Chaos with Steady Holiday at Their Bootleg Show on November 18th

Like many of us, Dre Babinski has found herself exhausted by the country’s state of affairs, so she unpacked her thoughts via songwriting. The record she wrote, Nobody’s Watching, became the sophomore LP under her moniker Steady Holiday upon its release back in August. Now the local artist is on tour, with a stop at […]

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stains of a sunflower
Grit and Grunge Mark New Single from Stains of a Sunflower — LA Show at the Whisky

Natalie Renée is fed up. Her band, the local rock quartet Stains of a Sunflower, has just put out a new single called “Enough,” which is filled to the brim with disdain. The song is the latest release after their self-titled EP dropped back in February. Browse any of their releases and you’ll find yourself […]

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