Music News & Reviews

Music News & Reviews

Lee Fields is a forward-looking throwback

On the cover of Lee Fields' album "Let's Talk It Over," the soul singer poses in a bell-bottomed, black-and-white leisure suit that is extraordinary even by 1979 standards - the pattern suggests an endless jigsaw puzzle of triangles and rectangles, or H.R. Giger at his most cosmic. "Oh, yeah," he says with a laugh. "My mother made that suit."

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The Lilacs rise above the 'filth' once more

CHICAGO - The Lilacs came and went in the early '90s, a Chicago band that left behind a small but potent legacy of recordings. The four band members went their separate ways - none of them even lives in Chicago anymore. But here they are back again, getting ready to play their first show in 24 years at Metro in Chicago.

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Zeshan Bagewadi has a sonic message of inclusion

When President Donald Trump announced a ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations, singer Zeshan Bagewadi had already prepared a response. Bagewadi - who usually performs as Zeshan B - recently recorded a version of George Perkins' 1970 rhythm and blues hit, "Cryin' in the Streets." Perkins' song addressed civil rights and, 47 years later, Bagewadi delivered his take on its message.

 

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Candidate pop and squirrel gravy

Before the McClurg Jam session recently in southwest Missouri, Larry Shumate talked about growing up near the McClurg Store and getting free soda pop or ice cream treats bought by local political candidates.
Keith Myers The Kansas City Star
Candidate pop and squirrel gravy 2:05

Candidate pop and squirrel gravy

Foot-tapping Ozark fiddle music lives on at the McClurg Jam 3:38

Foot-tapping Ozark fiddle music lives on at the McClurg Jam

Kate Cosentino performs 'Miss January' at Kansas City's Record Bar 2:20

Kate Cosentino performs 'Miss January' at Kansas City's Record Bar

American Girl Tenney Grant behind the scenes teaser 1:38

American Girl Tenney Grant behind the scenes teaser