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2017 In Review

10 Protest Songs That Defined 2017

Whichever side you’re on in the "art is inherently political" debate, there are certain eras wherein political turmoil overwhelmed artistic output. From the '60s through…
Sophie Israelsohn | December 12, 2017 - 1:13 pm

Sounding Board

9 Times This Decade Mavis Staples Was As Vital As Ever

"Mama Mavis, oh my mama they try my patience. It’s gone, who’s left to save us? I’m praying for my neighbors," raps Pusha T on…
Margaret Farrell | May 5, 2017 - 10:49 am

More Mavis Staples stories

Watch Mavis Staples Perform “Build A Bridge” On Kimmel

Last fall, Mavis Staples released a new album, If All I Was Was Black, which she worked on with Jeff Tweedy, and last night she…
James Rettig | January 16, 2018 - 10:10 am

Mavis Staples – “Ain’t No Doubt About It” (Feat. Jeff Tweedy)

Mavis Staples is releasing a new album, If All I Was Was Black, at the end of the week. She worked on the whole album…
James Rettig | November 14, 2017 - 10:29 am

Watch Mavis Staples Perform With Jeff Tweedy On Colbert

For the past few years, the Chicago soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples has been working with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, and she'll release her…
Tom Breihan | November 8, 2017 - 10:47 am

Mavis Staples – “Build A Bridge”

Mavis Staples is releasing a new album, If All I Was Was Black, next week. She worked on it with Jeff Tweedy, and she's already…
James Rettig | November 7, 2017 - 5:39 pm

Mavis Staples – “Little Bit”

Next month, Mavis Staples is releasing a new album, If All I Was Was Black, that she worked on with Jeff Tweedy. We've already heard…
James Rettig | October 12, 2017 - 10:54 am

Watch Tom Waits’ Surprise Appearance With Mavis Staples Live At Lagunitas

Last night, Mavis Staples performed at the Lagunitas Brewery in California, and she brought out Tom Waits for a rare live performance as a surprise…
James Rettig | September 12, 2017 - 5:15 pm

Mavis Staples – “If All I Was Was Black”

Mavis Staples' most recent album, last year's Livin' On A High Note, saw the legendary singer singing songs written by a cadre of famous songwriters;…
James Rettig | September 11, 2017 - 10:00 am

Watch Gorillaz Play Colbert With Pusha T, Digital Mavis Staples

Today's the day that Damon Albarn's Gorillaz make their long-awaited return with the guest-heavy new album Humanz. And last night, they were the musical guests…
Tom Breihan | April 28, 2017 - 9:45 am

Stream The Official Version Of Mavis Staples & Arcade Fire’s Talking Heads Cover

Three years ago, at a massive 75th-birthday all-star tribute concert in her Chicago hometown, the soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples covered the Talking Heads…
Tom Breihan | April 14, 2017 - 9:47 am

Gorillaz – “Let Me Out” (Feat. Pusha T & Mavis Staples)

There's another new Gorillaz track in the world today: "Let Me Out" featuring Pusha T and Mavis Staples. It's the fifth track we're hearing from…
James Rettig | April 6, 2017 - 12:16 pm

Watch Mavis Staples Cover The Band’s “The Weight” With Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Jeff Tweedy, Others

In Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz, the classic 1978 concert movie documenting what was supposed to be the Band's final concert, Mavis Staples and her…
Tom Breihan | March 28, 2017 - 10:36 am

Benjamin Booker – “Witness” (Feat. Mavis Staples)

The New Orleans-based musician Benjamin Booker will release a new album this year. It's called Witness, and today Booker shared the titular track with along…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 9, 2017 - 12:28 pm

Arcade Fire – “I Give You Power (Broken Speaker Mix)” (Feat. Mavis Staples)

Last week, Arcade Fire released a new song called "I Give You Power" featuring the legendary Mavis Staples, with proceeds going towards the American Civil
James Rettig | January 27, 2017 - 10:01 am
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