Backed up by the East Side Rhythm Band, young blues shouter and piano rocker Al Holliday makes a strong, big-band, old-school R&B debut with "East Side Queen."
Recently, a cab driver asked me what I'd been listening to lately, and when I told him that I'd started playing Fitz and the Tantrums' new release "More Than Just a Dream" he replied that the band had been very popular lately, and his tone was not without a hint of derision.
The Chicago-based neo-soulsters JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound may surprise you with songs from their latest release, "Howl." Synths and glittery guitars help give tracks such as "Before You Die" and "Married For A Week" a pop makeover.
Green Room Rockers hail from the land of the Wabash, another muddy river, so they should have felt right at home as they brought their Midwest brand of reggae, ska and soul to St. Louis.
According to the Northern California duo Myron & E (Myron Glasper and Eric Cooke), the group's mission is to keep the spirit of timeless if little-known soul alive. Along with the Soul Investigators the two have done just that on the silky throwback "If I Gave You My Love."
The impassioned, lo-fi, time-changing soul of "Lady, You Shot Me," the latest from Har Mar Superstar, marks a powerful and persuasive departure for Sean Tillmann and company.
Playing for a sold-out crowd at Chicago's Lincoln Hall, Shuggie Otis put on a captivating performance that reiterated why he is often consider a musical genius.