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‘Funky Drummer' Clyde Stubblefield, whose 1970 solo was widely sampled in hip-hop, dies at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday. He was 73.

His wife, Jody Hannon, told the Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure about noon at a Madison, Wis., hospital . He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years and had been hospitalized for a few days, she said.

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T Bone Burnett's new project is a wild techno-skeptical concept album

T Bone Burnett has produced pretty much any artist you’d want to listen to and even had a prolific solo career in his own right.

But it’s rare to get original songs from him these days. Which is why his new project is so intriguing.

Well, that and the fact that it’s a spoken-word concept album about technology.

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Despite a winning lineup, Soulquarius proves not worth the headaches

Soulquarius had the type of buzz inaugural festivals could only hope for.


The stacked lineup was an ambitious tracing of the last quarter century of R&B, and the daylong Saturday festival at the Observatory grounds in Santa Ana had long been sold out.

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German label Giegling shut out the world for a weekend in L.A.

With all the inherent challenges in maintaining underground club music, perhaps there’s some safety in numbers. 

And not in terms of crowd size.  As the sun came up on the Boyle Heights warehouse housing last weekend’s showcase from the German label Giegling, the dozen-strong crew of DJs, producers and visual artists made it clear that spreading its wealth of music — and the physical labor to make

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Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

The nominations for the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and the early favorite looks to be Keith Urban.

The Australian singer leads the field with seven nominations, including for the major categories of album of the year, entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year.

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HBO acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

HBO has acquired the rights to the forthcoming documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.”

The film, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows the late Bowie through the recording of his final two albums, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and the stage musical “Lazarus.”

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