Event coverage of Brian Culbertson's August 6, 2014 concert at Chene Park, Detroit, for which Culbertson paid for members of the Detroit Fire Department to attend, after being inspired by a documentary on Detroit's intractable arson problem. I also mull on these and other issues facing the city, and question why exactly it is that I moved there. (And intend to stick around for a while.)
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From the Polyphony/MacHarmony Archives: One-on-one interview with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke!
Their sound explores ranges of jazz, alternative, soul, and trip hop, among countless other subgenres; a brilliant amalgamation. Neither black nor white, the music has settled into an undefined grey matter that endlessly appeals to music lovers of broad taste. “As the music industry transforms... we like the idea of being hard to place. That’s what keeps it exciting,” she explained, describing the atmosphere they create as “epic in sound and scale, full of life and emotion with loads of energy.
What separates Lin “The Soul Trumpeter” Rountree from other smooth jazz hornblowers is that his entire mission in the studio is to achieve the intensity and freedom of a live performance. Rountree’s ten-year mission towards making a radio album capable of busting out of that mold, has resulted in what may be his most spirited effort yet, his fifth studio album Soulfunky.
As the second wind of R&B vocalist Meli'sa Morgan's career begins to swell, the 80s great finds that the winds of Hip-hop are also blowing in her direction.
The Australian band, Mansionair, released their first EP, “Pick Me Up” in late 2015. Categorized as alternative EDM, their music displays sounds of affectionate, calming, laid back vibes. Mansionair lyrics are captivating; combined with their aesthetic sound, you can’t help but to feel enthralled by their exceptional music.
Now he’s come back with another release, sustaining what is slowly becoming a work of art. “Die Trying” is a breathtaking ballad, creating a quality that has not been seen by Michl before. It doesn’t disappoint. Shimmering pulses accompany his falsetto, lilting vocals. The outcome is easily captivating.
Hip-hop and R&B artist Sphynix Roze turned her childhood experience in the foster care system into a drive to provide foster children with life-sustaining good and services: The Sphynix Project.
BravoBRAVO! is a fundraiser to support the Detroit Opera House as a nonprofit cultural gem in the city of Detroit which is the home of Michigan Opera Theatre. A fundraiser led, supported, & produced by the next generation of art enthusiasts.
Distinguished Awards of Achievement were given to ad jingle pioneer Dan Yessian, and the family of founding publicist for Motown Records, Al Abrams, who died in late 2015. Kid Rock, who was to have been presented with a Distinguished Achievement Award, indefinitely postponed his appearance at the show, following the death of Mike Sacha, his personal assistant. Tributes were paid to the lives and works of two recently departed Metro Area greats, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, and founding Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey.
Even if you’re not a fan, you’ve gotta admit there was a sublime genius afoot.
Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016)
The making of Short Stories was a labor of love that took almost the better part of my musical career to record. It's not that I couldn't or didn't want to; it's more a case of life happening, and as a result, Short Stories is a collection of songs that speaks to my life experiences.
The new mysterious Canadian duo, dvsn, has recently signed with OVO Sound and just dropped SEPT. 5TH, their debut album. Vocalist Daniel Daley and the producer responsible for Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Nineteen85 have come together to make dvsn, a combination that might just be the next Bryson Tiller. They definitely have made something worth blowing up over, and becoming the new rage.
Vicktor Taiwò creates a sound unparalleled. The Nigerian-born singer writes of an unnamed girl, of innocence lost, of his view of the world. There’s palpable grief in his euphony. Accompanied with the haunting strings and reverberations in his songs, the end result is, to say the least, impactful.
Schiit Audio's Gungnir DAC is one of the most well-reviewed D/A converters in its price range. So what happens when it teams up with one of the recording industry's most highly-rated interface cards?
The Australian-Swiss songwriter, Anders has found music to be his life’s passion for as long as he can remember, "I’m a musician, a singer, and I’ll be those things whether or not there’s a hype, a paycheck, or a legion of fans."
"Lyrics can come from anywhere, it’s important to use your imagination and use your empathy to imagine what life looks like from other perspectives. It can be very personal and then other times about a friend, or an imaginary person but with bits and pieces you grab from your own life and build out of it. There are no rules..."
This soul singer cannot help but wear his heart on his musical sleeve, whether it is choosing only to represent a brand whose values reflect his own, or in his anthems of self-respect and empowerment, and criticizing the loss of higher ambitions from the hip-hop genre, Mr. Bland aims to use his art to inspire strength and represent greatness.
The East London born, singer-songwriter grew up surrounded by melodies. Inspired by the likes of Sade, Corinne Bailey Rae, Portishead, and the Beatles, soul rings out clear in her music, along with a fusion of electronic, pop, and R&B elements.
At 4-feet-tall, the MMG is the second-shortest, and least expensive planar magnetic speaker Magnepan makes. It's amazing what can be had on a minimum-wage budget, and these mini-monoliths put the band in your living room like nothing else under $600.