Dog Ears Music: Volume Eighty-Two

This week's column features Amber Rubarth, Hank Thompson, Unkle, Doris Duke, The Cloud Room and Three 6 Mafia.
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Amber Rubarth
California-born in the '80s,

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Genre: Pop
Artist: Amber Rubarth
Song: Show Your Weakness
Album: New Green Lines
Tour: Visit

Hank Thompson
Thompson was sent by the Navy to study electrical engineering at several schools, including Princeton University. He was destined never to practice his trade--music swept him away, and by 1946, he released his first side. In the 1950s, Thompson moved out of the honky-tonks and into radio stardom. He cut wax for Capital and Warner Records Get "Yesterday's Girl," from Vintage Collections: Hank Thompson & His Brazo Valley Boys.

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Genre: Country Swing
Artist: Hank Thompson
Song: Yesterday's Girl
Album: Vintage Collections: Hank Thompson & His Brazo Valley Boys

Founded in 1994 in Brighton, by Tim Goldsworthy and Lavelle, the band has also included D.J. Shadow, Richard File, and Masayuki Kudo. Unkle has released four albums plus dozens of singles and remixes to date. Collaborations include Mario Caldato Jr., Richard Ashcroft, Thom York, Tortoise, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Black Mountain Among their c

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Genre: Electro Rock
Artist: Unkle
Song: Reign (Anagram Remix)
Album: Reign (Remixes)
Tour: Visit

Doris Duke
pressed her into session work. Duke became a singing staple for producer legends Gamble and Huff. In 1969, she signed with guitarist Jerry Williams Jr. (a former Atlantic Records honcho) and recorded her critically acclaimed LP I'm a Loser. The album eventually landed on the Canyon label. "To the Other Woman" made it to the top 10 on Billboard's R&B chart. Collaborations include Patti Labelle. This great lady sings from a very deep and profound place. Get her 1970 track "Feet Start Walking," from

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Genre: Soul
Artist: Doris Duke
Song: Feet Start Walking
Album: Doris Duke: Greatest Hits

The Cloud Room
mid-decade. After surviving an avalanche of difficulties, The Cloud Room thrived and has given us three releases to collect. Credits include a global Pepsi spot. Collaborations/tours include New Jersey's Nicole Atkins, Feist, The National, Elbow, Muse. The band is currently in the studio working on their next release, so in the meantime, download "La La Losing," from

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Genre: Rock
Artist: The Cloud Room
Song: La La Losing
Album: Please Don't Almost Kill Me-EP

Three 6 Mafia
Memphis' flinty rap unit Three 6 Mafia was founded in the early '90s as Triple 6 Mafia by production team Juicy J (Jordan Houston) and DJ Paul (Paul Beauregard). Lord Infamous now rounds out the lineup. Past members include Crunchy Black, Gangsta Boo, Koopsta Knicca, Project Pat, and Indo G. Three 6 marked their place in showbiz history when they became rappers to win the albums to date, Three 6's credits include video games, a bevy of film and television tracks, and their own MTV reality show, Adventures in Hollywood. Collaborations include Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.

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Genre: Rap
Artist: Three 6 Mafia
Song: Shake Dat Jelly
Album: Da Unbreakables

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