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Vivien Goldman by Michael Patrick MacDonald
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“Dub was my sound because of postcolonial movements. I grew up in it. I bathed in it. I breathed it. So why shouldn’t it be mine?”

Doug Hream Blunt by Gary Canino
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“When it came to music, I always saw myself playing a punching bag. That’s just what I do on the guitar.”

Terence Gower by Pedro Reyes

Terence Gower’s latest video, New Utopias, is a lecture filmed in the style of a 1950s Walt Disney documentary. 

New Orleans Funk, New Orleans: The Original Sound of Funk, Volume 2: The Second Line Strut by Ben Lasman
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It’s an iffy conceit, packaging a glut of obscure tunes from the same period and place, and then inventing a genre to cohere them. 

Dori Hadar’s Mingering Mike: The Amazing Career of an Imaginary Soul Superstar by Steven Villereal & Steven Villereal
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Mingering Mike is a fantastical recording artist whose “author” crafted dozens of albums in the 1960s and ’70s.

World Psychedelic Classics 3—Love’s A Real Thing: The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa by Peter Margasak
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The superb, carefully calibrated compilations released on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label have effectively introduced vital international traditions to hungry new audiences; many artists from Brazil, Peru, Cuba, and Lusophone Africa have experienced mini-booms after getting the Luaka Bop treatment. 

Macy Gray’s On How Life Is by Rone Shavers
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Singer Macy Gray’s smoky, scratchy, full-bodied voice is paradoxical. Let it be said that she can belt it like Aretha, growl it like Tina, and is as unmistakable as Dinah, Eartha, or Nina in her range, tone, and delivery.

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