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Truth Serum: A Shot of Soul, Groove, and Heart

By: Holly Ramos

Garland Jeffrey is one beautiful New Yorker. The African American Puerto Rican American singer songwriter out of Brooklyn had been making music for close to 50 years. His brand new album Truth Serum on the Luna Park/Thirty Tigers label is gorgeous; it’s got soul, groove, heart, chops, style and songs I care about. What else can I say, oh yeah….the man is 70! This album is cooler than most of what is out there. God bless you, sir.

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Jesse Malin Interview with Bob Gruen

By: Truth Is Cool

Musician Jesse Malin has an in-depth conversation with rock photographer Bob Gruen for Truth Is Cool. They talk about his early career, photographing Ike & Tina Turner, KISS, Chuck Berry, The Clash, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, The Sex Pistols, and many others.

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Troubled Mind

By: Doug Balmain

A recent victim of love-gone-wrong and overwhelmed by the thoughts that filled my head, I was searching for something other than a bottle to ease my mind. In an act of desperation I reached for a pen and paper, hoping that writing my thoughts would provide me with some sort of release…it did. My first song was an accident, I didn’t mean to write it, but once it was written I was hooked. I knew next to nothing about music, recording, performing, or anything as it related to the music industry; all I had was a neglected acoustic guitar, a notepad full of lyrics, and a newfound passion for music that I knew I could not ignore.

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Valerie June Is Pushin’ Against A Stone

By: Holly Ramos

Oh my, the lovely Valerie June has arrived and we are in for a treat. Some are saying that the singer/songwriter/musician’s breakout was overnight, but June says, “it’s been a long night.” The new album, Pushin’ Against A Stone, is her first major release, a studio recording produced by producers Kevin Augunas, Dan Auerbach, and Peter Sabak but Valerie has a bunch of self released work under her belt. She is not new to this lifestyle.

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Jesse Malin Conversation with Bob Gruen

By: Truth Is Cool

Musician Jesse Malin has an in-depth conversation with rock photographer Bob Gruen for Truth Is Cool. They talk about his early career, photographing Ike & Tina Turner, KISS, Chuck Berry, The Clash, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, The Sex Pistols, and many others.

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Truly Cool Music: Juana Molina Music to Pay For

By: Holly Ramos

I LOVE Juana Molina and you should too. Do you already know all about her? I hope so. I just pulled this artist’s 2008 release Un Dia and am reminded why this is one of the coolest cds released last decade and why everyone should own it.

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Truly Cool Music: Brett Dennen Is A Wild Child

By: Holly Ramos

So Brett Dennen is a singer songwriter with a new cd called Smoke and Mirrors coming out on October 22. The first single, Wild Child, is getting airplay and it sounds great. Wild Child has that Steve Miller “The Joker” groove and a catchy verse that will hook you instantly.

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Eddy Arnold meets Cheetah Chrome on You Don’t Know Me

By: Holly Ramos

Man, Eddy Arnold could write a song. He wrote the beautiful “You Don’t Know Me,” (with co-writer Cindy Walker) a classic country number that not only sounds like a Patsy Cline hit, but also evokes the emotion of one.

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Brian McKnight Performs for Charity Event

By: Reyne Hirsch

Los Angeles is about to get a treat when Brian McKnight takes the stage on August 1st at the Music Centers Walt Disney Concert Hall. McKnight will be performing for the Koreatown Youth & Community Centers 12th Annual Benefit Concert.

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Truly cool music: Mary Gauthier is a foxy mountain

By: Holly Ramos

Oh my! Was it seven years ago that I saw Mary Gauthier play a free show in Madison Square Park on 23rd street in NYC. They have cool free shows there every year and I was lucky to be invited by my sister, who was already hip to Mary. It was a cool summer evening and the show was lightly attended but when Mary started singing we were all transfixed. Even the crickets were silent. I have been a fan ever since. Mary charms you like the foxy cool guy in a jean jacket in high school and then delivers her songs with the quiet strength of a mountain, breaking you in to pieces. She is a legend in her time, a simple folk singer, so humble, so wise and so talented. Born in New Orleans to a mother she never met, Mary has lived an amazing life of transformation which fuels her music. It was in her 35th year that she gave up a drug and alcohol habit, got clean and picked up a song writing habit. Only a few years later in 2005 she released the classic Mercy Now, which catapulted her career. It featured the song “I Drink” which was covered by Country star Blake Shelton.

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Truly Cool Music: National Wake

By: Holly Ramos

Ahhh zeitgeist. Music made during a certain period is so identifiable. You can try to recreate the production sounds

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Truly cool music: Har Mar Superstar Gets Heavy

By: Holly Ramos

This is how I was turned on to and tuned into Har Mar: First off, let me say that my life is magical and glorious. My three-year-old daughter has a baby sitter named Lydia who is also a film director because, yes, Los Angeles is a special place.

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Black Sabbath 13

By: Holly Ramos

1970: I was in first grade and I sat in my cool beautiful older cousin’s room, which was painted black

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Queens of the Stone Age reborn…

By: Holly Ramos

Ah Death, the fantastic gift it gives the living, a reminder about how fragile life is, or an invitation to realign our selves with our priorities

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Rickie Lee Jones The Devil You Know

By: Holly Ramos

I was a kid when Rickie Lee Jones made her debut with Chuck E.’s in Love. She was everywhere I looked- all over FM radio, the Grammy’s, the cover of Rolling Stone

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Billboard Music Awards

By: Talia Aroshas

Upon logging in to my AOL homepage Monday morning--yes AOL is still my homepage, I was inundated with a plethora of headlines regarding Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards.

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Graham Parker and the Rumour Warm My Working Class Heart

By: Holly Ramos

When I was a youngster, our working class one bedroom housed a family of four. We did not have surplus. Everything was meager. All I had was precious.

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Why I'm on Kanye West's Side

By: Candace Bryan

I know this won’t be a popular opinion, but I sympathize with Kanye West. Although he generally comes across as angry, self-absorbed, and obnoxious...

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Jim James Sings about God and it is Good

By: Holly Ramos

Jim James, front man of My Morning Jacket has released a solo album called Regions of Light and Sound of God.

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Who Thought A Nazi Opera Was A Good Idea?

By: Candace Bryan

In a story I can only believe because I generally trust the news reported on BBC, a Nazi-themed opera playing in Dusseldorf has officially been cancelled.

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Portugal. The Man are Men

By: Holly Ramos

When I heard Evil Friends, the new Portugal. The Man single, on the radio, I was excitedly trying to place what I was listening to.

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A Better Band starts with a Better Brand

By: Joe Gorelick

I know what you're thinking. With a title like "A Better Band starts with a Better Brand" this is probably an article that’s all marketing gobbledygook...

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It was 37 years ago today... The Ramones

By: Howie Pyro

For “Rock historians” it’s nothing to say that 37 years ago this week The Ramones first album came out...

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The Death of Big Rock 'n Roll

By: Roy Klabin

As someone born in the 80s, I’ve enjoyed the various changing trends in music, but I can’t help notice someone has been missing from the party lately: Big Rock!

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Accidental Racist, Accidental Stupidity

By: Grace Jung

Brad Paisley’s new single, Accidental Racist, has generated a multitude of reactions over the past few weeks for its controversial lyrics and...

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Was Beyonce and Jay-Z's Trip to Cuba Legal?

By: Candace Bryan

This past week there has been a media frenzy over a trip music power-couple Beyonce and Jay-Z took to Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary.

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