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Ghetto Brothers: Guitars Over Guns

The group's one and only album, Power Fuerza, provides a snapshot of a pivotal moment in musical and political history in 1970s New York City.

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Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul

Since the singer's first single became a breakout hit in 1971, he's recorded nine albums, and all of them are now available on a new box set.

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Two Attempts To Turn Summer Platinum Into Fall Gold

Carly Rae Jepsen and Kanye West both released albums today that double down on their summer success.

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The Sound Man Behind The Soul Of The Nation's Capital

Producer Robert Williams and his studio Red, Black and Green Productions were behind some of Washington's biggest R&B hits in the 1970s.

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'The Medium Is The Massage': A Kitchen Sink Of Sound

Toronto-based philosopher Marshall McLuhan's 1967 musique-concrete LP gets a second look.

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A 'Giant Anthology' Of Profile Records, Rap's Early Champion

Profile Records never meant to get into the rap game, but the label launched the careers of groups like Run-D.M.C.

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