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Watch Sharon Jones, Alexis Krauss, Santigold, Amanda Palmer, & More Cover Talking Heads Songs For David Byrne Tribute Concert

No matter his level of recognition, David Byrne is forever a guy about town. I’ve brushed past him in the East Village, seen him ride a bike by the Williamsburg Bridge, and the night before flying to Austin for SXSW, I ended up eating dinner next to him at an unassuming Caribbean restaurant. It’s fitting,… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 24, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Watch Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Play Fallon

Just like in last week’s video for “Stranger To Happiness,” Sharon Jones, in the wake of beating cancer, delivered a fantastic performance on Fallon last Friday. You can watch her play the previously released single “Retreat,” which also had this animated video. Watch below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 13, 2014 - 10:48 am

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Stranger To My Happiness” Video

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings had to delay the release of their new album Give The People What They Want because Jones was going through cancer treatments, but the album is now set for release next week. The band’s last video, for “Retreat!,” was an animated affair, presumably because Jones herself was unavailable. But now… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 6, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Stream Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings Give The People What They Want

Initially, retro-soul institution Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings planned to release their new album Give The People What They Want back in August. But Jones, a forceful wailer without too many contemporary peers, was diagnosed with cancer, and so the band had to cancel tours so she could get the illness treated. After a successful… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 6, 2014 - 10:15 am

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Goldfinger” (Shirley Bassey Cover)

If you skipped out on your family last night to go see the new Scorsese joint The Wolf Of Wall Street, you may already know this. But the movie’s soundtrack features retro-soul institution Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings covering Shirley Bassey’s classic Bond theme “Goldfinger.” It’s arguably the best theme in the entire Bond-movie history,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 26, 2013 - 10:35 am

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects” Video

If you watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings joined Joan Jett & The Blackhearts as one of the most welcome and unexpected acts to belt out a song from a moving float. Jones’s appearance was a whole lot more impressive, too, when you consider that she’s going through cancer treatment… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 11, 2013 - 11:07 am

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings – “Retreat!” Video

Retro-soul force of nature Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings had planned on releasing their new album Give The People What They Want back in August, but just as things were ramping up, Jones was diagnosed with cancer, and all those plans went on hold. According to a press release, Jones has since undergone a successful… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 9, 2013 - 4:05 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am


Our yuletide ’09 playlist keeps expanding. Yesterday we premiered Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls’ holiday jam. Now we’ve added Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ “Ain’t No Chimneys” and Magnetic Fields’ “Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree” (from Realism). Download ‘em here. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2009 - 11:15 pm

New Indie Rock Christmas MP3s For 2009

Even though there’s something sacred about time-honored traditions, there’s only so many years you and your beloveds can sit beside the Christmas tree and listen to Sufjan or “Last Christmas” or the same old yuletide indie rock. It’s time we spruced up our collective Xmas indie rock playlist with some newness! Even if Christmas isn’tMore »

By: Amrit Singh / December 17, 2009 - 2:44 pm

Dark Was The Night Live @ Radio City Music Hall, NYC 5/3/09

The fear with any supertalent variety show like last night’s Dark Was The Night live event is that the appeal on paper will far outstrip the appeal of having your ass glued to a seat for four hours. And it was a very impressive piece of paper. But like the record that inspired it, last… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 4, 2009 - 9:24 am

David Byrne Ropes Santigold, Tori Amos Into Weird Concept Album

Details are emerging on the Renaissance Man’s Here Lies Love, a concept album about Imelda Marcos, shoe-obsessed widow of the Philippines’ former dictator. Byrne wrote the project with Fatboy Slim and promises every song will have a different vocalist. Among them: Santigold, Roisin Murphy, Sharon Jones, Alice Russell, and Tori Amos. Read more at 6More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 10, 2009 - 3:21 pm

Photos From Philadelphia’s Inaugural Roots Picnic

Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Over the past decade and change, the scene that’s come to define Philadelphia — in media exposure and in most cases, artistic merit — has been spearheaded by the most fabulous Roots crew. Going to middle and high school in the area, word would trickle back to u… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 9, 2008 - 1:41 pm

New Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Video – “Tell Me”

A week after we witnessed Sharon and Bushwick’s Dap-Kings get all sorts of fierce in the Mojave tent at Coachella, we get to revisit the joy of that set only from the much more cozy and infinitely less sweaty comfort of our blogging seat. Adam Elias Buncher, who created the faux-vintage look for Sharon… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 2, 2008 - 2:18 pm

Coachella: Friday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
You know what sucked for every band following Les Savy Fav yesterday? The fact that they had to follow Les Savy Fav yesterday. Under intensely blazing Indio heat, Harrington and his hockey blogging art-punkers set the bar high for hijinx and outright spectacle right from the go,… More »

By: brandon / April 26, 2008 - 2:29 pm

Videos From Coachella Friday

Greetings from Indio. We saw lots of stuff yesterday: Les Savy Fav, The National, Cut Copy, The Verve (!), Aphex Twin (!!), Jack Johnson (!!!). And so far one celebrity (does Whitney Port count?). While we get going cropping beautiful photos for you, enjoy this selection of fan captured vids from the Polo Field. Tega… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 26, 2008 - 12:25 pm

Making Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ “Answer Me”

With the revival already in progress, Sharon Jones’s 100 Days, 100 Nights brought the Dap-Kings vintage brand of rhythm and blues, funk and soul to growing numbers and growing attention, list wankery aside. The album’s closer, the funked up gospel of “Answer Me,” sends the LP out on the good foot, the pleas to Jesu… More »

By: Stereogum / December 10, 2007 - 3:41 pm

New Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings Video – “100 Days, 100 Nights”

In this classic looking and sounding Adam Elias-directed footage — according to notes provided over at YouTube, Elias shot it with a pair of vintage television cameras purchased via eBay for $50 a piece — the Bushwick-based Dap-Kings are back at home behind Sharon Jones after their stint with Wino for her Back To BlackMore »

By: Stereogum / November 1, 2007 - 3:31 pm