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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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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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Lil Wayne's "Rebirth", black rock, and modern music

...ngly, I tend to think the release would've been far better received even if the content weren't so well put together had there been elements of the movement that Weezy haphazardly stumbled into. There's no nod to Saul Williams here for a duet. Niggy Tardust and Weezy on a track together is a phenomenal idea. How about a reworking of a TV On The Radio track in a manner consistent with some of the remixes The XX has done this year for...
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CX Kidtronik joins Atari Teenage Riot

...8220;i’m on tour now in Europe, and the shows are brutal, and the music very fast and loud- if you didn’t know. This is also by far the most similar music to my old early 90’s Atlanta group K.I.N , of which Saul Williams was a dancer for.” Atari Teenage Riot North American tour dates 09/23: New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater 09/24: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar 09/26: Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel 09/27: Austin, TX @ Red 7 09/28:...
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UPCOMING: Sanford Biggers @ MASS MoCA—February 5

...film Space in the Place. In 1975 George Clinton formed his bands Parliament and Funkadelic, which took Afrofuturism to new often absurdist heights. Today the movement is still strong, encompassing contemporary musicians like Saul Williams, Janelle Monae, OutKast and DJ Spooky along with writers like Paul Beatty, films like The Matrix, Blade and Chronicles of Riddick and visual artists like Sanford Biggers. The Cartographer’s Conundrum will be up...
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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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Analogue Atlanta: A conversation with CufRock

...-Alt music for decades. This episode I speak with Cufrock, formerly of Atlanta-Based Major Label (Virgin/Arista)group El Pus. We talk about the beginnings of his sound, the early 90s Atlanta scene and how his sound graduated into fusion from Hip Hop. We talk about connections to Tony Rock (Atlanta Hip Hop pioneer), Anthony David, Proton, Hollyweerd, The Dolldaze, Heavy Mojo, 100 Monkeys, K.I.N (Sol Messiah, Saul Williams, et al), The Micronauts...
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VIDEO: Nelson George/Diane Paragas — "A Walk Through Fort Greene" (trailer)

...ke you back.  Nelson George and Diane Paragas co-direct.  From the Vimeo page: A feature length documentary of the black arts movement that exploded in Fort Greene from the mid 1980s through the 90s as intimately told by writer, historian and director, Nelson George. The film features Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Rosie Perez, Branford Marsalis, Vernon Reid, Carl Hancock Rux, Saul Williams, Lorna Simpson, Alva Rogers, Kevin Powell, Toure,...
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REVIEW: Bad Rabbits — “American Love”

...re also grown up enough to know that they’ve got to live with any consequences thereof. Every album needs a strong opener, that music equivalent of “Call me Ishmael.” Watch The Throne had “No Church In The Wild.” Saul Williams’ Volcanic Sunlight had “Look To The Sun”. American Love opens with “We Can Roll” and you’re immediately struck with the band’s tightness and power. The song’s vibe almost makes it a rock joint. “Can’t Fool Me”...