Funk

Armando Perez, of Esso Afrojam Funkbeat: Something Else! Interview

Armando Perez, of Esso Afrojam Funkbeat: Something Else! Interview

Armando Perez discusses the new project by the Chicago-based funk band Esso Afrojam Funkbeat, and how the issues facing immigrants shape their work.

John ‘Papa’ Gros – River’s On Fire (2016)

John ‘Papa’ Gros – River’s On Fire (2016)

John “Papa” Gros’ ‘River’s On Fire’ is one of those albums you “see,” because the stories are so well told. Mentor Allen Toussaint would be proud.

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

As we reach the half-way mark, Preston Frazier offers an endlessly varied Mid-Year Best of 2016 list that spans genres and generations.

Dr. John’s anger over Katrina powered The City That Care Forgot to greatness

Dr. John’s anger over Katrina powered The City That Care Forgot to greatness

‘The City That Care Forgot’ arrived in June 2008, just as some might questioned yet another Katrina-themed album. But Dr. John’s was different.

DELIRIOUS: Our Ultimate Prince Deep Cut Playlist

DELIRIOUS: Our Ultimate Prince Deep Cut Playlist

Lesser-known Prince songs – including deep cuts, b-sides and sometimes-overlooked singles – give us new perspective on his vast talents.

Prince (1958-2016): An Appreciation

Prince (1958-2016): An Appreciation

Prince always found a way to transcend his own legendary eccentricities. And this music, more than all of that, is what will remain.

Brand New Heavies’ self-titled debut defined a now-lost acid-jazz cool

Brand New Heavies’ self-titled debut defined a now-lost acid-jazz cool

As brilliant as N’Dea Davenport is, I’m drawn more these days to feel-good instrumentals on the Brand New Heavies’ self-titled album from 25 years ago.

Greg Gonzalez of Grupo Fantasma: Something Else! Interview

Greg Gonzalez of Grupo Fantasma: Something Else! Interview

Greg Gonzalez joins Preston Frazier to discuss Grupo Fantasma’s new album, and the origins of their unique blend of Latin, rock and funk sounds.

The Nth Power – Abundance (2015)

The Nth Power – Abundance (2015)

With the release of their inspirational first album ‘Abundance’, the soul-funk-rock jam band the Nth Power has been a triumphant musical story so far.

Grupo Fantasma – Problemas (2015)

Grupo Fantasma – Problemas (2015)

With ‘Problemas,’ Grupo Fantasma continues to seamlessly blend Latin, funk and rock in a manner which is distinctively their own.