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“Runaway” is a runaway hit, even if it’s not a single yet #thebirdandthebee #trackreview   #runaway   #newmusic   #hifimagazine  
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Forgotten R&B empress remembered on the 20th anniversary of her passing #phyllishyman   #randb   #soul   #coverstory   #hifimagazine  
Forgotten R&B empress remembered on the 20th anniversary of her passing. Phyllis Hyman never rose to the place of prominence that she truly deserved. The sultry, sophisticated songstress who used echoes of Nancy Wilson and was a definite precursor to the soulfulness of Anita Baker and Toni ...
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The last of the great bluesmen dies at the age of 89. #bbking   #rip   #news   #headlines   #hifimagazine  
The last of the great bluesmen dies at the age of 89. The world acclaimed king of the blues and the last of the great bluesmen alive — B.B. King has passed away at the age of 89. Word of his passing was provided by his attorney, Brent Bryson. According to the Associated Press, ...
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Check out our album review of Alabama Shakes' new album, Sound & Color. #alabamashakes #soundandcolor   #albumreview   #newmusic   #hifimagazine  
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Burn, baby burn: The fifty greatest albums of the classic disco era assembled into one off the wall countdown #disco   #throwbackthursday   #tbt   #beegees   #saturdaynightfever   #kcandthesunshineband   #chic   #donnasummer   #barrywhite   #cerrone   #giorgiomoroder   #silverconvention   #gloriagaynor   #coverstory   #hifimagazine  
Burn, baby burn: The fifty greatest albums of the classic disco era assembled into one off the wall countdown. Introduction. Disco is back in style! Who expected to hear those words uttered almost thirty-six years since the late-70′s genre — an explosive conglomerate merging the worlds of funk, ...
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With just the lineup announced, inaugural fest in Birmingham, Alabama has a few problems to still work out. #slossfest   #music   #musicfestival   #bham   #ala   #magiccity   #hifimagazine   #musiccriticofthesouth   #jmattspeaks  
With just the lineup announced, inaugural fest in Birmingham, Alabama has a few problems to still work out. My reaction to the Sloss Music & Arts Festival line-up? Not impressed. Almost immediately, I am whipped with social media hickory switch for being on the wrong side of public opinion.
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Out of the abyss of one of the darkest chapters in American racism comes an inspiring song reaching the splendor of “A Change Is Gonna Come” #deltarae   #charleston9   #music   #livemusic   #video   #hifimagazine  
Out of the abyss of one of the darkest chapters in American racism comes an inspiring song reaching the splendor of “A Change Is Gonna Come”. In wake of the tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina where white supremacist Dylann Roof opened fire in Emanuel AME Church killing nine black people in a ...
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A best-selling gospel superstar turns into a falling star over his own string of hypocrisies and troubling remarks about LGBT people #donniemcclurkin   #gospelmusic   #lgbt   #marriageequality   #coverstory   #hifimagazine  
A best-selling gospel superstar turns into a falling star over his own string of hypocrisies and troubling remarks about LGBT people. Everybody loves a good gospel song, every now and then. And Donnie McClurkin, the soaring tenor among gospel all-stars, has penned a great number of them.
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The water in Fox’s talent pool show is expected to dry up in 2016 #americanidol   #news   #headlines   #hifimagazine  
The water in Fox's talent pool show is expected to dry up in 2016. It looks like it is the end of an era for American Idol. The long-running television show — a super-sized talent showcase that once was a ratings' giant for Fox — will be pulling the plug on its 15th season, slated to air in ...
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A bit stormy, Chaka Khan’s rendition of “It’s Raining Men” on Late Show still shows off her super soulful pipes #chakakhan  
A bit stormy, Chaka Khan's rendition of “It's Raining Men” on Late Show still shows off her super soulful pipes. The countdown for David Letterman's last show on late-night TV is now in motion. And he's not going out without throwing the party favors. Last night, Chaka Khan — a ten-time Grammy ...
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A famed Birmingham music venue comes to the end of its journey #bottletree   #bottletreecafe   #bham   #ala   #magiccity   #music  
A famed Birmingham music venue comes to the end of its journey. All photographs courtesy of J Matthew Cobb. Birmingham's music scene doesn't have the pizzazz of Nashville or the historical rumblings of college town Athens, Georgia (where R.E.M. and the B-52s were birthed), but it has proven ...
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Toto bassist dies at the age of 59 #mikeporcaro   #toto   #rip  
Toto bassist dies at the age of 59. Longtime Toto bassist Mike Porcaro, 59, died on early Sunday morning following a very tough battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mike Porcaro came into Toto as the group's bassist after David Hungate left the group.
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