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Music, Hear This Jamie Lidell: Show Preview

Jamie Lidell: Show Preview

With Rick James' trek to the great disco in the sky nearly nine years ago, and Prince's increasingly elusive, unpredictable behavior, someone's gotta be in line to carry on the legacy of slinky R&B/funk/pop/lovemaking music perfected by black dudes in…
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Music, All Shook Down The Nine Best Revelations From the New Prince Biography

The Nine Best Revelations From the New Prince Biography

Let me preface this by saying that the new Prince biography isn't especially good, insightful or interesting. Jason Draper pretty much digs through the same scant published interviews that fuel all bios of our Purple Sex Dwarf. Draper appears…
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Music, All Shook Down Rick James' Estate Suing Universal Music Group for "Cheating Artists" out of Royalties

Rick James' Estate Suing Universal Music Group for "Cheating Artists" out of Royalties

Rick James' estate is suing his former record label for allegedly paying far fewer royalties than it says it's owed.In a class-action suit filed in San Francisco, the "Super Freak"'s estate claims Universal Music Group is cheating artists out of…
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News, The Snitch Rick James' Estate Follows Eminem's Lead, Sues UMG Records for "Cheating Artists"

Rick James' Estate Follows Eminem's Lead, Sues UMG Records for "Cheating Artists"

Universal Music Group is back in court after a new class-action lawsuit states that the record-label company is ignoring a court order and refusing to pay its artists royalties as owed.The estate of R&B artist Rick James is suing UMG,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Trading Places

Trading Places

Charles Quinton Murphy (better known as Charlie Murphy) is the older brother of Eddie Murphy. But unlike his sibling, whose stratospheric rise to megacelebrity began as a teenager on Saturday Night Live, he didn’t really come into his own true…
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Music, All Shook Down Richie Rich's Top 5 Collabs: Rick James, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, E-40, Too $hort

Richie Rich's Top 5 Collabs: Rick James, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, E-40, Too $hort

​Richie Rich's credentials as a Bay Area rap pioneer are surpassed by perhaps only Too $hort. When Rich hit the scene back in the late-'80s as a member of the Oakland-based quintet 415, they scored big with the regional classic…
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Music, All Shook Down Are You Ready For A Punk Funk Revolution?

Are You Ready For A Punk Funk Revolution?

The Punk Funk Mob's PR describes their sound as "the Ramones meets Funkadelic with Betty Davis on vocals." If they come close to attaining even a tenth of that in their debut Yoshi's performance June 15, it will be…
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Music, BeatBox The Blow and the Bootie

The Blow and the Bootie

For the past three years running, "Bootie" the monthly party has had the best flyers in town — hilarious composites of wildly different pop stars (like Rick James and Duran Duran's John Taylor), a visual that smartly displays its sonic…
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Film, Dance, Dance, Revolution

Dance, Dance, Revolution

Forget Mad Hot Ballroom. The real dance documentary hit of the summer is more likely to be Rize. After all, which do you think the kids are going to find more appealing: formal steps that require suits, partners, and schoolteachers;…
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Calendar, Performance Family Drama

Family Drama

ONGOING 1/14-2/20 At a typical Sunday dinner with an Italian-American family, you might expect the son to be saying grace and asking, "Mom, can you please pass the pasta?" It would be more unusual for him to be watching Will…
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Boys Will Be Boys

Rock Bottom: Dark Moments in Music Babylon By Pamela Des Barres St. Martin's Press 320 pages, $24.95 Pamela Des Barres, aka Miss Pamela, the semifamous rock groupie of yore, has managed to come out with a third book. Impressive --…
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