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The Kid Is Alright

 

According to George Clinton, the chief architect of funk, the definition of funk is "to do the best you can in life and after that, funk it." Considering his reputation, it's ironic that Clinton's first band was a doo-wop-style group modeled after Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.

“The whole doo-wop thing was to make it to Motown Records," Clinton says. "By the time we got a hit record with 'I Wanna...


Stop That Train

 

“Grunge f#@ked it up for everybody. It wasn't fair at all. We were never a grunge band. You have a whole bunch of guys that used to wear plaid shirts because they were warm and now we can't wear them anymore. It screwed everything up,” Dave Pirner says jokingly. “I'm glad you understand that because you're the only person that does. So why don't you print that [laughs]? “

As lead singer of Soul Asylum,...


Godmother of Soul

Sharon Jones was born exactly one month before my mother.
 
That's pretty remarkable these days, in a business increasingly obsessed with youth, where only legendary, once-svelte young women, are still allowed to make music at her age. But, with no offense to my darling ma, the energy and zeal seeping from Jones' every pore and emanating from her every note, belies her age of 55.  
 
Whether cheerfully...


The Big Deep wins opening slot at Maha

* Congratulations to The Big Deep for winning the audience vote at the Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards summer showcase, which took place July 8 and 9 in downtown Benson. The local indie-folk Americana band will open the Maha Music Festival Saturday, August 13 at Aksarben Village.

* The Omaha Girls Rock camp is underway on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The week-long camp is targeted at girls...


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