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Mark Coleman

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  • Rare Bob Dylan Documentary To Get Limited Theater Release

    The 1966 'Eat the Document' film shows another side of the songwriter

    • TV & Movies
  • Q&A: Ray Charles

    The Genius on rap, traveling and his alternate career choice

    • Music
  • Cyberpunk

    A science-fiction trip with Billy Idol? Get real. The guy's saving grace has always been an over-the-top cartoon looniness, coupled with at least one sure-shot single per album. Sadly, outing No. 6 comes up short — on both sly winks and Top 40-bound hooks. On Cyberpunk this strutting video-age stud plugs into the computer-nirvana circuit […]

    • Album Reviews
  • The Healing Game

    Van Morrison is the living embodiment of an old cliché: His voice is so good, you could listen to him singing the phone book. During the course of a 30-year solo career, he has crafted classic albums like Astral Weeks, Moondance and Into the Music. He has also chased his muse down innumerable blind alleys, […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Anthology

    There's a delicious tension in Al Green's music; you can feel this supernaturally gifted singer stretching and straining, pushing to achieve some new peak that lies just beyond his reach. His '70s hits are impeccable examples of Southern soul: smoldering, heart-on-the-sleeve ballads and chesty, up-tempo declarations of passion, stoked by pungent horns and pulsating rhythms. […]

    • Album Reviews
  • New World Order

    In 1990, at an outdoor concert in Brooklyn, N.Y., Curtis Mayfield was hit by a falling lighting rig, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. New World Order is the soul titan's first new studio effort since then, and it is a triumphant return. Produced with a cast of contemporary R&B players, the album doesn't […]

    • Album Reviews
  • It Was Written

    Literary skill is not the prime attribute of most hardcore rappers; these days the main attraction in hip-hop seems to be authenticity, not articulation. So the second album from Nas is frustrating. It Was Written proves that this New York native from the borough of Queens possesses a phenomenal way with words and some savvy […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Insomniac

    The beauty of classic punk rock lies in its utter simplicity: Crude rhythms, rude attitude, pumping adrenaline and a loudly pronounced point of view are key. Once you get sucked in by that formula, any punk band sounds good at first — because the musical rush is so basic, familiar and overwhelming. That's also the […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Dance to the Music

    The reissue of these long-out-of-print late-'60s albums documents the birth of funk — the bastard offspring of gutbucket soul and psychedelic rock. The collected early works of Sylvester Stewart, a.k.a. Sly Stone, provide a musical bridge between James Brown's bedrock grooves and George Clinton's cosmic slop. A former DJ and veteran music-biz hustler, Sly is […]

    • Album Reviews
  • A Whole New Thing

    The reissue of these long-out-of-print late-'60s albums documents the birth of funk — the bastard offspring of gutbucket soul and psychedelic rock. The collected early works of Sylvester Stewart, a.k.a. Sly Stone, provide a musical bridge between James Brown's bedrock grooves and George Clinton's cosmic slop. A former DJ and veteran music-biz hustler, Sly is […]

    • Album Reviews