Hidden Treasures: Listen to Amy Winehouse - "Like Smoke (feat. Nas)"

On December 5, producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi will join together to release Amy Winehouse's upcoming posthumous album: Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a 12-track collection featuring unreleased demos, rarities, covers and session tracks recorded while working with the late singer. "Like Smoke"…


Happy Birthday Amy: Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse Perform "Body And Soul"

To honor what would have been Amy Winehouse's 28th birthday today, Columbia Records has released her duet with Tony Bennett: "Body & Soul," Winehouse's final recording. Some proceeds from the the song will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which is in the process of being established by…


Sara Bareilles Plays Central Park (Concert Review)

I’ve been to quite a few concerts this summer and looking back, it’s funny to think about the differences in the crowds. At Britney Spears, there were gay men in glittery eyeshadow and booty shorts all around me. At Jack’s Mannequin and Guster, the audience consisted of suburban white kids with…


Fade to Black: In Remembrance of Amy Winehouse

It's a weird, awful phenomenon when an artist dies. There's the initial news reports, the disbelief, the outcry and sorrow from fans, the pandering by non-fans crawling out from the woodwork, the detractors, the well-intentioned wise words, the mean-spirited off-color jokes and everything else in…


Introduucing...Alex Winston!

There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to Alex Winston. The Detroit native first appeared on my radar in January 2010 when buzz track “Animal Baby” started making the rounds on several blogs I like. Like much of Winston’s work, “Animal Baby” has a summery cheer that masks a…


Sweet Sounds: Lucky Soul Returns With New Album, A Coming of Age (Launch Party Contest)

Three years ago, just at the peak of the neo-soul revival that saw Amy Winehouse and Adele topping the charts, Lucky Soul released their debut album, The Great Unwanted. The album was a fabulous nod to swinging '60's pop, complete with dizzying melodies and razor-sharp hooks. Songs like "Lips Are…


Introduucing...Nikki + Rich!

These two are Nikki + Rich, a newly signed soul pop act from Warner Brothers Records. While I was intrigued from the beginning, it was this slick, stylishly crafted intro video that sealed the deal for me. And now, a brief summation: Nikki & Rich are Nikki Leonti, a California-born pastor’s…


Space Girl: Gabriella Cilmi is "On A Mission"

Move over, Little Boots--there's a new space-age disco diva in town. Gabriella Cilmi, the 18-year old Aussie songstress responsible for last year's "Sweet About Me" has returned to Earth. Well, sort of. "On A Mission" is a hectic, intergalactic neo-disco rave, where Cilmi's raspy vocals (a kind…


Kleerup: The Interview

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking on the phone with Swedish producer Kleerup while on the set of his new film. Instead of the traditional Q&A route, I’ve opted to put together something a bit…classier: A full-length article. Please read on, and I hope you enjoy!


Amy Winehouse Makes Appearance at V Festival, Does Not Suck.

Oh my God! Yesterday, Amy Housewine Winehouse sauntered out of nowhere for a surprise performance along with The Specials at the V Festival yesterday for their song, "You're Wondering Now." And guess what? She actually did the damn thing! No falling asleep at the mic, no mysterious rifling…


Introduucing...The Dolly Rockers!

Thanks to Muuser Jordan, I have officially hopped on board the Dolly Rockers train. You'll have to forgive me for not falling in line sooner--I figured they were some sort of Dolly Parton revivalist committee. They're not. Instead, these girls are the sluttier, drunker version of Girls Aloud if…


Introducing...Polly Scattergood!

Consider this my Find of '09. Polly Scattergood (I'll take a brief moment to dwell upon the surname) is the latest BRIT School graduate poised to debut among the growing panel of distinguished alumni, from Amy Winehouse to Imogen Heap. If you haven't already taken notice above, Scattergood evokes…