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Best of 2007: Otto Fischer, Spitshine, Tay Zonday, Little Dragon, Shrine for the Black Madonna, Wicked Wisdom + so many more!

...Dragons of Zynth, "Coronation Thieves"Apollo Heights, "White Music for Black People"Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, "100 Days, 100 Nights"Noisettes, "What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?"Saul Williams, "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust" Toure, NYC/Author, music critic and personable personality Santogold EP Mike Machado, Brooklyn, NY/drums & vox, D-Xtreme 24-7 Spyz ...
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Can Black Rock Save Black Culture?

...g out of what was readily available.  But we have to begin to ask, “At what cost?”  The question is: How would hip hop have been different if we’d never lost those music programs in the 80s?  The words of poet Saul Williams are appropriate here: The current standard is the equivalent /of an adolescent restricted to the diet of an infant./The rapidly changing body would acquire dysfunctional and deformativesymptoms and could not...
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Best of 2008: Subtle, J*Davey, Q-Tip, Black Kids, Swear On Your Life, The Mars Volta + still more!

...ng Strange Earl Douglas, Executive Director, Black Rock Coalition: TV On The Radio – Dear ScienceSantogold – SantogoldTom Morello – The Fabled CityKing's X – XVGnarls Barkley – The Odd CoupleSaul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation Of Niggy TardustSwear On Your Life – Burn Your CrossesThe Mars Volta – The Bedlam In GoliathThe Dirtbombs – We Have Your Surrounded Samuel Fernandez,...
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WATCH: Pegasus Warning — “Try So Hard” (NSFW)

...ooky, El P, Cochemea Gastelum, Vijay Iyer, King Britt, Jamie Lidell, Arto Lindsay, Spoek Mathambo, William Parker, Vernon Reid, Matthew Shipp, TECLA, The Temper Trap, Twin Shadow, Gordon Voidwell, the late David S. Ware, and Saul Williams, to name a few. Range, right? Makes sense when you consider Guillermo makes soul music for the technology-driven age we live it, but still manages to remain soulful. He’s been influenced by other artists...
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Upcoming: 2009 Afro-punk Festival

...and skating to be had.  So get out and enjoy. From what I understand, Living Colour is no longer part of the lineup.  But the bands that are playing are pretty amazing: Pure Hell (the first all-Black punk band); Saul Williams; Game Rebellion; Earl Greyhound, Tamar-kali; Apollo Heights; Janelle Monae; Chewing Pics; and a bunch more! More detailed info is available on the AP Festival page. Some other bands performing: The Objex The...
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Alternative, compared to what?

...st looking for artists who are defying convention by doing more than just being a little different. And it would've been easy to fill this category with Black artists who really challenged conventions in 2008. Santogold. Saul Williams. Most importantly, where is TV On The Radio, whose album “Dear Science” was just named Album of the Year by both Rolling Stone and SPIN magazines? Ultimately, it's problematic to put traditional artists...
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Best of 2008: Tricky, Kameron Korvet, Ben Kenney, Stew, M.I.A + many more!

...60; J*Davey, Your Mama’s Back – (MySpace exclusive) 18)   Various artists, The Best of Chess Records 19)   The BellRays, Hard, Sweet And Sticky 20)   Santogold, Santogold 21)   Saul Williams, The Invevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust 22) Kenna, Make Sure They See My Face 23) Ben Kenney, Distance and Comfort, 26, Meduro (that’s right, three joints in one year—brother puts in work) Rozz...
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Best of 2007: Reese, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Common, Soma Mestizo, Brig Feltus, Krystle Warren, + still more!

...Soma Mestizo, TelomereImani Coppola, The Black And White Album Blood Sugar, Crack Smack Sugar Shit PopBrig Feltus, Love and Light, vol. 1 SEEED, Music Monks CX Kidtronik, Crooklyn, NY/artist producer Yo Majesty, Yo EP (2006)Saul Williams, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!CX Kidtronik, Krak Attack (2006) Darrell McNeill, Brooklyn/Director of Operations, Black Rock Coalition Kenna, Make Sure They See My FaceMeshell Ndegeocello,...
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Weekend Preview: Dragons of Zynth @ Siren Festival–July 19

...as though they’re all on fire. The result is bombastic, manic, inventive, possibly terrifying, definitely exhilarating. Last time I saw them at BAMCafe, they killed it.  They’ve just gotten off the road with Saul Williams, so they should be incredibly sharp.  If you’re around Coney Island tomorrow, go. The Siren Festival is free.  DOZ hits at 1PM "Dragons of Zynth Open Siren" by Rob Harvilla Dragons of...
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Weekend Preview: Pan-African James Brown tribute; Loud Lovin' + more!

...Pics Free Era Sitali Velestra FORTUNE COOKIE LOUNGE8pm24 First Ave (@ First Street)NYCF Train to Second Ave $10 at the door(Only $7 if you RSVP by email to info@worldeaternyc.com) Other shows: Shelley Nicole’s blakBushé/Maritri Garrett @ Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles, CA SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Benefit @ Williamsburg (BK) Music Hall Saul Williams @ Petco Park, San Diego, CA...