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Just in time for Valentine's Day, Amazon, the behemoth online retailer and knower of all habits and tastes, has released a list of America's 20 most romantic cities. It's high time. Gandhi might have said the best measure of a society is how it treats...
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R. Kelly had already been onstage for half an hour Friday night at Nokia Theatre when he announced that it was time to say what was on his mind. “I [conceived] three kids listening to my own music,” sang the R&B star in apparent improvisation...
The idea was simple — but groundbreaking: Create a live showcase for black music, modeled on "American Bandstand." Don Cornelius pulled $400 from his own pocket to launch the dance show on a local Chicago TV station in 1970. As host and executive...
Pop & HissAimee Mann's annual holiday shows are most wistful than celebratory, and this year was another blue Christmas showcase, with shots of comedy for good measure....
Rapper and actor Heavy D, who played an influential role in shaping rap music in the late '80s and early '90s with a fusion of New Jack Swing and reggae, has died. He was 44. Heavy D, who was born Dwight Arrington Myers, died Tuesday in the...
Pop & HissKanye West's unaired 'hip-hop muppet show' leaks online...
Pop & HissApproximately 35 years after their creative apogees, names like James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, Barry White and Aretha Franklin exist as almost afterthoughts. Their legendary status is so secure as to be taken for granted. Their...
Show TrackerCharlie Brown may never kick that football or pitch a winning game, but turns out the kid's not a half-bad rapper. ABC is running a beefed-up version of last year's promo of "Charlie B," extolling the virtues, over a hip-hop......
Pop & HissWith an absurdly impressive guest list numbering into the dozens, âQ: Soul Bossa Nostraâ features only two holdovers (LL Cool J and the late Barry White) from âQâs Jook Joint,â Quincy Jonesâ similarly star-studded 1995 disc. That lack of...
Show TrackerMildred Pierce part 3, recapped. Everybody is fighting, fighting....
The new rap language: Recent and notable hip-hop downloads from Fiend, Danny Brown, Killer Mike and morePop & HissThe following records reflect a few of the worthwhile rap releases let loose over the last week. Be forewarned: Most, if not all of these songs contain foul langugage. Fiend -- "Tennis Shoes & Tuxedos" Best known to the masses......
Hot Stuff Disco and the Remaking of American Culture Alice Echols W.W. Norton: 338 pp., $26.95 Recently, I attended a wedding reception during which a 10-year-old boy, to entertain the adults on the dance floor, started making the point-to-the-sky...
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