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Menahan Street Band

The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band. The title says it all.

The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band. The title says it all. In some ways, the career of legendary soul singer Charles Bradley was like that of a 27 Club member. Although the Screaming Eagle began his professional solo career late at 62, his time in the spotlight was more burn out than fade away....

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JON C. IRESON’S BEST ALBUMS OF THE 2010’S

It’s list season and a particularly abundant one as we near the end of a decade. Plenty of great music to fill many scrolls but I’ve handpicked 50  of the records that spoke to me the most over the last 10 years. With the diversity of musical output increasing exponentially with each decade, it’s become...

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Why Music Fans Are Respecting Their Elders In 2013

Music fans, more and more, are respecting their elders in the search for something a little…truthier. Often, when looking at current music trends, we forget to look at the whole picture, and end up throwing the baby out with the bathwater, opting for a simplistic, negative generalization rather than a comprehensive view. With many popular...

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The Best Live Television Performance of the 2000’s – Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope”

The best live television performance of the 2000’s is Janelle Monae’s tour de force display of “Tightrope” on David Letterman in 2010, in support of her album “The Archandroid”. It’s a bold statement, I know, but let’s not get polarized here. We’re changing formats a bit at the I.M.P blog, and I’m taking time to...

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Honest Music of the Day – Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley is a mysterious, loving force, and his music is a beautiful thing to take in. When he rose to stardom in 2011 with his jaw-dropping debut “No Time For Dreaming” and heavily buzzed-about cover and complete re-imagining of Nirvana’s “Stay Away”, it made me feel deep joy, because not all is as it...

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Puscifer gets my Song of the Year and Album of the Year

In my opinion, Puscifer‘s “Conditions of My Parole” was the best album of 2011, with Tom Waits and Charles Bradley being extremely close. Puscifer gets the edge because of how absolutely profound the release was. Maynard James Keenan’s lyrics, as always, were wise and charged with his own knowingness. The partnership with Carina Round proved...

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Exclusive Interview With Dezyne, One Of Hip Hop’s Best Conscious Rappers

What’s my favourite part of maintaining this blog? More than anything else, it’s being able to promote artists that are truly great and truly deserve it. No, I’m not talking about you posers who play “industry music” and talk about the exact same things every other band of your genre talk about. I’m also not...

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R & B icon Curtis Hairston’s music is remembered and celebrated

It’s always a great loss when a talented musician dies, especially one as gifted as the powerhouse R & B vocalist Curtis Hairston. His voice is pitch perfect and overflowing with soul, and it makes you wonder what he could have achieved had he been able to keep making music. Curtis’s work reminds you of...

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