Christian Schaeffer

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  • 4 years ago | Concerts

    The things that have kept Usher in the firmament of safe, dependable R&B stars are not strictly musical — that smile, those abs, and his slick dance moves are pretty irresistible no matter your persuasion. Although he's never been much for i...

  • 4 years ago | Concerts

    The notion of a white reggae band from the California coast may conjure memories of Sublime, but Santa Barbara's Rebelution plays it far straighter than its genre-blending forebears. The band's brand of reggae has cleaner upstrokes and tighter cor...

  • 5 years ago | Concerts

    Diana Ross was the first modern pop diva, a benchmark of haughty elegance that laid the path for Whitney, Mariah, and Christina. Her front-and-center attitude could be trying; she constantly overshadowed fellow Supremes Flo Ballard and Mary Wilson...

  • 6 years ago | Concerts

    As an ace jazz guitarist with a husky, syncopated voice, George Benson straddled the line between Quiet Storm R&B and adult contemporary during the mid-1970s and early 1980s. His singles from that era sound both of the time and utterly ageless: "T...

  • 7 years ago | Music News

    Some music fans will argue that the art form of the Christmas album achieved perfection with Vince Guaraldi's score to A Charlie Brown Christmas; others will put their money on A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector. Whatever history's verdict...

  • 10 years ago | Music News

    Music fans have come to dread December. Few bands are on tour, all of the year's good records have already been released, and the sounds of the season are inescapable. But fear not, for I bring unto you good tidings of great joy: your guide to thi...