Sat January 28, 2012
The Record

For Eager Fans, Small Labels Roll Out All-Access Plans

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:56 pm

Stones Throw is one of a handful of indie labels to make its new releases available to fans on a subscription basis.
Courtesy of Stones Throw Records

This week, Stones Throw Records — the storied L.A. indie label that has put out under-the-radar hip-hop, funk and soul since 1996 — announced a new, one-stop way for fans to get its music. For a $10 monthly fee, every new album, EP and single the label releases will come straight to your inbox in the form of high-quality, DRM-free MP3s.

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Fri January 27, 2012

Weekend Audition: ZZZ...

Please resist dozing off here, zzz.... Zanzibar, Zanes, and Zumanity are some of my favorite "Z" things.... 

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Fri January 27, 2012
World Cafe

Vintage Cafe: Betty Wright

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 3:14 pm

Betty Wright released her 17th studio album, Betty Wright: The Movie, in 2012.
Diana Levine

Betty Wright is best known for her songs "Clean Up Woman" and "Girls Can't Do What the Boys Can Do," which she recorded for TK Records when she was still a teenager in Miami. She later explored engineering and producing, and became a vocal coach for artists like Joss Stone.

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Thu January 26, 2012
World Cafe: Latin Roots

Latin Roots: The Late Resurgence Of Cumbia

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 1:29 pm

Bomba Estereo.
Luis Alvarez

Grammy-winning producer and record-label owner Aaron Levinson is in the studio to introduce us to a corner of Latin roots music called cumbia. Affiliated with a number of professional recording academies and societies, this internationally known musician also owns a recording studio in Ardmore, and has consistently received recognition for his work with Latin music. In the studio today, Levinson and host David Dye talk about the origin and evolution of cumbia, including its late resurgence in popularity in New York.

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Thu January 26, 2012
World Cafe

Alabama Shakes On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 2:11 pm

Alabama Shakes' members infuse rock 'n' roll with soul, blues and country.
Autumn de Wilde

Alabama Shakes, a soulful rock 'n' roll quartet, is riding a well-deserved wave to fame. Since the release of its self-titled debut in 2011, the band has entranced listeners with its diverse and energetic songs. Alabama Shakes' style is marked by lead singer Brittany Howard's powerful voice and the group's irresistible energy. Together, they enthusiastically blend rock with soul, country, blues and roots.

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