Tag Archives: Marvin Gaye

Future Soul Star Jalen N’Gonda Channels the Spirit of Stars Past at Lincoln Center

Source: New York Music Daily

On one hand, there’s absolutely nothing original about what Jalen N’Gonda does. On the other, if this was 1967, he would be a major star in the world of soul music. As his tireless, methodical set at Lincoln Center Thursday night proved, he has an encyclopedic grasp of vintage 60s and 70s Stax/Volt and Motown riffs, he’s an understatedly strong singer, a gifted guitarist, capable pianist and also a hell of a tunesmith. He’ll always have a paying gig somewhere, playing his own material.

Born in Maryland of Zambian heritage and now based in Liverpool, N’Gonda played solo for more ...

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Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett made a playlist of their favorite duets (listen)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett‘s album of duets, Lotta Sea Lice, is out in two weeks (10/13) and in anticipation of that, the pair made a Spotify playlist of some of their all-time favorite duets. Their list includes Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty‘s “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell‘s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”…

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30 essential psychedelic soul songs

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

From Shuggie Otis to War to Solange, here are some of the most essential psychedelic soul songs of the past 50 years.

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classic concert films ‘The T.A.M.I. Show’ & ‘Big T.N.T. Show’ now on Blu-ray; Ronnie Spector playing holiday shows

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Ronnie also plays the “Baby It’s Cold Outside: The Revlon Concert for the Rainforest Fund” benefit at Carnegie Hall with Bruce Springsteen, Sting and more.

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This Day in Music History: Creedence Clearwater Revival release their 3rd album of 1969, The Police release their debut

Source: The Key (WXPN)

This Day in Music History: Creedence Clearwater Revival release their 3rd album of 1969, The Police release their debut

1920 – KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. With consumers unsure about benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.

1963 – The British paper Daily Mirror coins the term “Beatlemania!” in a cover story reviewing The Beatles’ concert the night before in Cheltenham, England.

1963 – Kate Smith gives her first full concert to paying customers.

1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival releases Willy and the Poor Boys ...

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Pitchfork list their 200 best songs of the 1970s

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Back in 2004, Pitchfork published their Top 100 Albums of the 1970s list, and today they’ve returned with the 200 Best Songs of the 1970s. Some of the artists who didn’t make the cut on the albums list are now here, like Black Sabbath, Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith…

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music doc roundup: Justin Timberlake / Jonathan Demme, Rolling Stones, CREEM mag & more

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

The scoop on all sorts of new and upcoming music documentaries.

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A Higher Love: BJ The Chicago Kid Shares his Journey to the Top

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured image via Gotsomethin

When people think of the Music Business, they often remember the various hit singles, overnight sensations, and flashy superstars. However, for many artists and musicians, the road to success is a long and winding path that is discouraging to even the most tenacious individual. Bryan James Sledge, a.k.a BJ the Chicago Kid, is one of these journeyman artists. After years of working in the studio as a songwriter, collaborating with an all star cast of friends, and independently releasing his own records, BJ finally signed to Motown Records to release his first major label backed LP, In ...

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A Higher Love: BJ The Chicago Kid Shares his Journey to the Top

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured image via Gotsomethin

When people think of the Music Business, they often remember the various hit singles, overnight sensations, and flashy superstars. However, for many artists and musicians, the road to success is a long and winding path that is discouraging to even the most tenacious individual. Bryan James Sledge, a.k.a BJ the Chicago Kid, is one of these journeyman artists. After years of working in the studio as a songwriter, collaborating with an all star cast of friends, and independently releasing his own records, BJ finally signed to Motown Records to release his first major label backed LP, In ...

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Baggage From Home: An Interview With Sam Himself

Source: All Things Go

The rising artist talks about the weight of a debut album, his Transatlantic influences, and his approach to live music.

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Monday Playlist: Music for Martin Luther King!

Source: Rock On Philly

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Martin Luther King Day is upon us! Spend this Monday listening to some music worthy of a king. We’ve compiled a nice mix of upbeat new music, sounds of the sixties, and everything in between to celebrate the iconic Civil Rights leader’s belated birthday!

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Music for Good: How Musicians Strive for a Better Tomorrow

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured Image by Eva Rinaldi

The world is not a perfect place, but sometimes good can be found through unexpected means, such as in music. Musicians across have long used their voices and influence to help others across the world. They have largely utilized their publicity and sales to support others during hard times, both in raising awareness and immense funding to offer a hand in any means possible.

In April 1971, George Harrison initiated the concept of of a charity concert to support UNICEF’s efforts in Bangladesh. The Harrison family has since been involved in the organization for over ...

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Meghan Trainor Brings M Train with Charlie Puth to Festival Pier

Source: Rock On Philly

Photography by Stephanie DeFeo

On August 5th, the M Train Tour with Life of Dillon, Charlie Puth, and Meghan Trainor brought thousands of fans to Festival Pier. The lines formed outside hours before the gates opened. Rock On Philly got an exclusive interview with British rockers Life of Dillon before their set and they were amazing, on and off stage.

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New Jersey native Charlie Puth was greeted on stage by a million of screams as he sat down at the piano to play “Some Type of Love.” He had charisma that lit up the stage ...

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Happy Birthday, Marvin Gaye!

Source: Rock On Philly

Rock On Philly would like to take this time to sing “Happy Birthday” to one of the most remarkable and influential performers the world has ever seen: Marvin Gaye.

Though he was tragically taken from us over thirty years ago, his music still lives on, still influencing and touching lives as it was intended.  Let’s open our ears and give him the best would-be 76th birthday he could have with our playlist below!

“Got to Give It Up”

Featuring Tammi Terrell, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

“What’s Going On”

Featured Image by photo by J. Edward Bailey, via Wikimedia ...

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: The Grateful Dead might play more farewell shows, Marvin Gaye’s family may sue Pharrell for “Happy,” and Watch Muse debut new song “Reapers.”

Source: The Key (WXPN)

deadnet.comThe Grateful Dead might be adding 2 CA concerts this summer before their farewell shows in Chicago. Billboard reports that the Dead are considering playing a couple of shows in California the week before the “Fare Thee Well” shows at … Continued

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Monday Playlist: Classic Soul

Source: Rock On Philly

Eagerly anticipating the Philly Pops upcoming concert series, Classic Soul, the team at Rock On Philly has been on a classic soul kick this weekend. We decided to dedicate a whole Monday Playlist to classic soul music of the 60s and 70s, featuring tunes from Ben E. King, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, The Delfonics, and more. No matter what your mood, these songs are sure to warm up your Monday.

The full Spotify playlist is embedded at the bottom of this post for easy listening. Think we should add another song? Let us know in ...

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Step Into The Program: People Under The Stairs Deliver Feel-Good Summer Jams

Source: Rock On Philly

Los AngelesPeople Under The Stairs‘ 12 Step Program is one funky collection of songs about love, redemption, and long nights. The grooves are as smooth as the crisp sound of waves crashing at the beach, and the coolness hitting your toes at the shore on a hot summer day in July. If hip hop had of evolved along the path more akin to artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, and George Clinton, with heavy golden age nineties influence like Fresh Prince (with ample spins reminiscent of Jazzy Jeff), EPMD, and De La Soul ...

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Ed Sheeran Kicks It Up a Notch with x

Source: Rock On Philly

“SING!” Before June 20, this command made the population panic to decide which hit song to start screaming. But after the release of x, Ed Sheeran’s newest album, there is only one response: “Woah-oh-oh-oh!”

Sing” is Sheeran’s first single off of x (pronounced “multiply”), and it sets a fun yet funky vibe for the rest of the album. x retains the standout aspects of +, Sheeran’s debut full-length album, such as raw lyrics and rhythmic acoustic guitar. But with the help of producer Rick Rubin, and Pharrell Williams on songs like “Sing,” Sheeran has found ...

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Nightlife Agenda: ‘Game of Thrones,’ a Cherry blast and oysters al fresco

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide staff highlights the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties.

Tuesday, April 1
The fourth season of “Game of Thrones” is one of the most hyped and anticipated TV events of the year, and bars are trying to capture some of that magic in the buildup to Sunday’s first episode. Fun begins Tuesday night at “Game of Gnomes,” an all-around geekfest on Jack Rose’s rooftop from 6 to 9 p.m. Beer geeks can sample all three of Ommegang’s “Game of Thrones”-inspired beers, including the spicy new Fire & Blood Red Ale, as well as other Belgian and Belgian-style draft beers. Gamer geeks can play Settlers of Catan, Dungeons and Dragons or Heroquest. (Bring your own 20-sided dice.) Either way, anyone wearing a costume gets $2 off beers all night.

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