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Ugly Beauty

Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – February 2018

This time last year, I read Bob Porter's Soul Jazz, a really interesting book that provided a kind of alternate history of jazz from the…
Phil Freeman | February 23, 2018 - 9:09 am

Sounding Board

In A Tumultuous 2016, Sampled Music Showed History Repeating

The first time I heard "Be Yourself," I couldn't help but laugh because of the haunting sentiment that an older maternal figure was commanding me…
Margaret Farrell | December 19, 2016 - 10:35 am

Gotcha Covered

21 Covers Of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” Rated

There's a paradox with some artists -- the legends who stand apart from so much of pop music history in such a way that would…
Ryan Leas | September 23, 2015 - 12:20 pm

More Nina Simone stories

Watch Yola Cover “To Be Young, Gifted And Black” On Seth Meyers

The talented country-soul singer Yola, who we interviewed last year, went on Late Night With Seth Meyers yesterday to perform an impressive cover of Nina…
James Rettig | September 16, 2020 - 12:23 pm

Zoe Saldana Apologizes For Playing Nina Simone

In 2016, Zoe Saldana portrayed Nina Simone in a biopic titled Nina. The casting of the lighter-skinned Saldana was widely criticized at the time. "My…
James Rettig | August 5, 2020 - 10:31 am

ANOHNI – “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” (Bob Dylan Cover)

ANOHNI hasn't released a full-length album since 2016's Hopelessness, but there's been other music since then: The 2017 EP Paradise, the odd one-off single. And…
Tom Breihan | August 3, 2020 - 10:39 am

Rock Hall 2018: Howard Stern Inducts Bon Jovi, Lauryn Hill Sings Nina Simone, The Killers Cover Tom Petty, & More

Earlier this year, during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the great stand-up comic John Mulaney had a great bit about how ridiculous…
Peter Helman | April 15, 2018 - 1:31 pm

Brandon Flowers, Mary J. Blige, Brittany Howard Among Rock Hall Induction Presenters

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is inducting its 2018 class two weekends from now in Cleveland, and although it's kind of a sham,…
Chris DeVille | March 30, 2018 - 10:01 am

Bon Jovi And Moody Blues Among 2018 Rock Hall Inductees, Not Radiohead

Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four…
Mesfin Fekadu / AP | December 13, 2017 - 7:49 am

Hear Fleet Foxes Cover Nina Simone’s “Do What You Gotta Do”

Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold and Casey Wescott did a BBC Radio 6 Music live session that aired today. As Pitchfork points out, they played two…
James Rettig | November 27, 2017 - 3:49 pm

Radiohead, Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine Lead Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 Nominees

Early next year, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame will induct a new class of honorees -- usually about five bands or artists. And…
Tom Breihan | October 5, 2017 - 8:52 am

Stream JAY-Z 4:44

The hyphen is back, baby, and after a few weeks of teasing, JAY-Z's mysterious new project 4:44 is finally out in the world. It's not…
Peter Helman | June 30, 2017 - 12:06 am

Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Adele Live In New York City, What Happened, Miss Simone? Nomimated For Emmy Awards

The nominations for the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced today. While (obviously) most of the honorees are in the television realm, a few…
James Rettig | July 14, 2016 - 12:14 pm

Watch Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone In First Nina Trailer

There has been controversy surrounding the Nina Simone biopic Nina ever since rumors surfaced about it over six years ago. In 2010, Mary J. Blige…
Collin Robinson | March 2, 2016 - 12:09 pm

Oscars’ Documentary Short List Includes Amy Winehouse, Laurie Anderson, Nina Simone Films

After a preliminary round of voting, The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has revealed a short list of 15 documentaries currently in the…
Peter Helman | December 1, 2015 - 7:54 pm

Chilly Gonzales Explains The Appeal Of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

Chilly Gonzales has just shared the latest in his increasingly prolific Pop Music Masterclass video series. This one sees him deconstructing "Don't Let Me Be…
James Rettig | November 11, 2015 - 12:42 pm
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