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Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, 'Give The People What They Want'

1/16/2014 9:40pm EST
 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
If you were to ask an older generation of listeners, many would likely question the authenticity of R&B music in its current state.  The more youthful, liberal side of me enjoys modern R&B – indulges if you will – even if it sometimes supplants substance with sex, drugs, etc. That said, my more refined, old soul yearns for true, legit soul, recalling the forefathers and veterans of the genre.  With many of the veterans passed on or past their musical primes, the question becomes where does the ‘soul’ come from? The answer is from Daptone Records, specifically artists like Sharon Jones & The...

Sharon Jones To Undergo Surgery To Remove Cancerous Tumor

6/3/2013 7:27pm EDT
Sharon Jones
Sharon Jones is to undergo a major operation to remove a cancerous tumor - but she's sure she's going to be fine.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings canceled several shows citing an "urgent family matter." Jones now admits it was due to her deteriorating health caused by a tumor found in her bile duct. The duct is a tube that connects the liver to the small intestine.

The 57 year-old soul singer writes on her website, "Over the last few weeks I haven't felt good and I didn't know what was going on. We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays. We ...

Soul Singer Sharon Jones Diagnosed With Cancer, Postpones Tour & New Album Release

6/3/2013 2:43pm EDT
Sharon Jones
Soul singer Sharon Jones has suspended plans for an upcoming 2013 tour with her band the Dap-Kings after learning she developed a tumor in her bile duct.

"Over the last few weeks I haven’t felt good and I didn’t know what was going on," Jones said in a statement. "We sadly had to cancel shows while I went through a series of tests and short hospital stays. We just found out that I have a stage-one tumor on my bile duct. Luckily we caught it really early and fast and the doctors say it’s operable and curable!

"I will be having surgery very soon and will have to rest and recover," the 57-ye...

Spotlight on Summer Concerts

5/13/2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.


U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...

Stax Records To Release Soundtrack To 'Soul Men' Nov. 4

10/31/2008 9:48pm EDT
Soul Men
Authentic soul music and superstar musical performances are the consistent theme and backdrop for the side-splitting comedy, Soul Men, starring entertainment icons Bernie Mac, who passed away on August 9, and award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson. The film also includes a cameo appearance by Isaac Hayes who died the day after Mac in unrelated circumstances. Soul Men, directed by Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, Undercover Brother, Roll, Bounce) will be released November 7, 2008 nationwide (Dimension Films/MGM) and the soundtrack will be available November 4th on legendary label Stax Records....

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings: The New Queen And Kings Of Motown

2/4/2008 9:57am EST
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings
While Amy Winehouse's tumultuous personal life certainly qualifies her for the rank of pop star, bouncing in and out of rehab might delay any forthcoming performances and recordings she may have blessed us with.

Fortunately, her studio and touring band the Dap-Kings, who have been performing with soul songstress Sharon Jones for years, are continuing to make the kind of new Motown sound that Winehouse introduced to the mainstream.

The Dap-Kings have been the go-to in house band at Brooklyn's Daptone Records for the better part of a decade. Winehouse recorded her hit album "Back...