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REVIEW: Saul Williams — “Volcanic Sunlight” (Columbia)

@saulwilliams If The Inevitable Rise & Liberation Of Niggy Tardust was Saul Williams’ Purple Rain, then Volcanic Sunlight is his Around The World In A Day. Recorded in his new home in Paris, Williams teams with producer Renaud Letang, to create a sprawling, experimental and joyfully tense album. But make no mistake: times may be crazy, but Saul wants you to dance away your heartache and fears. The rhythm is juiced up. A lot....
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The Q&A: Saul Williams

All photos by Andrew Gura First, congrats on Volcanic Sunlight. It’s a fantastic album. Tell us: Who’s this Saul Williams we encounter on this album versus, say, the Saul Williams we saw on Niggy Tardust? This is Saul Williams (it’s me…typing). I confess: it was me who wrote Volcanic Sunlight. I did not use a character, or my anger, to hide behind. I decided that there was no longer anything to prove and/or hide. It’s an age...
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CHORUS: Saul Williams’s Spoken Word Tour

...CA Sep 21 San Diego Woman’s Club San Diego, CA Sep 22 The Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA Sep 23 The Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA Sep 25 Sons of Hermann Hall Dallas, TX Sep 26 Fitzgerald’s Downstairs Houston, TX Sep 28 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA Sep 29 Apache Cafe Atlanta, GA Additional links: Pre-Order CHORUS: A Literary Mixtape from Amazon.ca More Saul Williams coverage on Boldaslove.us Saul Williams official  ...
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VIDEO: Saul Williams — "Explain My Heart"

...first impression: Two thumbs up! What I like is the mature sound I hear. The album is crafted and that’s in no way a bad thing. Lots to like here. This video follows the one for “Dance,” which was released in May. In the meantime, here’s the video which, like the album, was created in Paris, his newfound home: Additional link: Saul Williams’ site  ...
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TOUR DATES: Saul Williams’s “Volcanic Sunlight Tour” 2012

...ue. 13-Mar Seattle, WA Neumo’s Wed. 14-Mar Vancouver, BC Biltmore Fri. 16-Mar Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge Sat. 17-Mar Denver, CO Marquis Mon. 19-Mar Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Tue. 20-Mar Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge Wed. 21-Mar Cleveland, OH Grog Shop Fri. 23-Mar Toronto, ON Great Hall Sat. 24-Mar Montreal, PQ El Cabaret Additional link: Saul Williams official...
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LISTENING POST: Saul Williams — "Dance" (Director’s Cut)

...lliams New music from poet, actor and musician Saul William from his forthcoming album Volcanic Sunlight. I see it’s available digitally in France, but am not clear on the Stateside street date. Maybe next week, if Wikipedia’s to be believed. Anyway, for this track, he channels a New Orleans voodoo, speakeasy kinda vibe. Dope. Can’t wait to hear the full album. “DANCE” Saul Williams Music Video (Director’s...
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Best of 2007: Game Rebellion, Apollo Heights, Skindred, Saul Williams, Kenna, Earl Greyhound + a bunch more!

...iggyTardust!Kenna – Make Sure They See My FaceIndigo Son – Nothing New On The RadioJ*Davey – The Land of the Lost EPSantogold – Creator Res, Santa Monica & Philly/singer, songwriter Fleetwood BlackSaul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! LaRonda Davis, Brooklyn, NY/President, Black Rock Coalition KUDU, Death of the PartyEarl Greyhound, Soft TargetsApollo Heights, White Music for Black...
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Listening Post: Saul Williams–"Raised To Be Lowered"

...be lowered?" What a great question.  Actually, this is one of my favorite tracks from Saul's 2007 album, "The Inevitable Rise & Liberation of Niggy Tardust".  The album was produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, so there's definitely a more industrial vibe.  Anyway, I realized I'd never put this up as a listening post.  So here it is. Additional links: Saul Williams' site Get...
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TOUR DATES: 2009 Afro-Punk Tour–Saul Williams and guests

'Cuz you know you didn't get your fix at the festival. Hat's off to Afro-Punk for putting together a 20-city tour headlining the bombastic wordsmith and performer Saul Williams.  CX Kidtronik will be bringing his Krak Attack to the decks to all the dates. The other acts on the bill constitute a dynamic and changing roster of hard-hitting bands such as: Living Colour (Northampton, MA and DC, this is you!) Rough Francis (NYC on...