Tyehimba Jess in New York

The Poetry Center hosts Tyehimba Jess with his ensemble poets and sound artists in curated readings and musical verse translations.  Genre: Talks, Readings, Musical Performances. Venue: Buttenwieser Hall, The 92 Y, New York, NY, USA. Dates: December 10, 2018. Sponsors: Part of the Unterberg Poetry Center series at The 92...

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Mariah Carey: ‘Caution’

In Mariah Carey's latest, each song provides pleasure to the ear, an album worthy of her career and our attention throughout.  Genre: Music, Popular, R&B, Soul. Title: Caution. Date: November 16, 2018. Artists/Distributors: Mariah Carey and Sony Music Entertainment. Description: Mariah Carey, the singer-songwriter of multiple awards and that multi-octave...

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Macy Gray’s ‘Ruby’

In her tenth full-length album, Macy Gray’s voice is as intimate and emotive as we, in 1999, first heard it. Genre: Music, Soul, Popular. Title: Ruby. Date:  September 21, 2018. Artists & Distributors: Macy Gray and Mack Avenue Records. Description: Macy Gray’s Ruby remains authentically contemporary in its use of bass as...

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’

Drake’s unparalleled genius for melding lyric, bass, space, and syncopation is on full display in his most recent LP offering. Genre: Music, Hip-Hop, Rap. Title: Scorpion. Date: June 29, 2018. Artists/Distributors: Drake, Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Republic Records.Preview: In Scorpion, Drake sustains an unmatched pace of creativity,...

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SZA’s debut album surpasses the highest of expectations, by bending and expanding contemporary R&B and soul, sound, lyrics, genres.  Genre: Sound, Music, Albums, R&B, Soul. Venue: United States and Worldwide release. Dates: June 9, 2017. Primary Artist/Distributors: SZA , Top Dawg Entertainment, and RCA Records. Description: SZA surpasses every...

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