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Restoration Rocks 2010 Preview: Q&A with Invincible

...lingshot Hip-Hop), is a huge inspiration. So are the South and Central American hip-hop scenes (highlighted in the film Estilo Hip-Hop). I’ve had the opportunity to work with artists like DAM from Palestine, Kamau from Brazil, and Ana Tijoux from Chile- all who seamlessly intertwine revolutionary content into amazing music. Additional links: Restoration Rocks Tamar-kali Invincible Jean Grae Cubic Zirconia DJ Rimarkable...
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Upcoming: 2009 Afro-punk Festival

...he 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 Echo Jinx The London Souls Joya Bravo John Forte Tamar-Kali Sabatta Funkface Peekaboo Theory...
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REVIEW: Dee Rees’ “Pariah”

...a story about outsiders with a lot of left-of-center music. Great to see longtime fam like Honeychild Coleman and Tamar-Kali have their music placed in a feature film. And this is no spoiler: There’s a houseparty scene where Tamar-Kali and her band perform “Pearl,” and it’s great to see her 20-feet tall on the screen, putting her foot in it with all of her geechee goddess glory. One thing that’s pissing me off has nothing to do with the...
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Best of 2009: Noisettes, Burnt Sugar, Spearhead, Allen Toussaint + more!

...first of hopefully many books by one of our great photographers.  You can go to http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1030911 for find out more information. A couple of reasons to look forward to 2010: New albums from Tamar-kali, Apollo Heights, The Smyrk, Pillow Theory, Swear On Your Life, Earl Greyhound and A.N.M. – a new group featuring Doug Pinnick of King's X; Jimi Hazel and Rick Skatore of 24/7 Spyz, former Fishbone and...
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Great press coverage of the Boldaslove.us compilation

...d more here. . . "There are some amazing tracks on this set, most notably a track by Tamar-Kali whom I love, love love."  Read more here. . . ". . .fiercely worth the time (as it includes MilkPlus, Tamar Kali, California King, and a host of other sonic titans)." Read more here. . . "This compilation album features some pretty dope bands and artists in black rock. With sounds coming from the U.S., UK and...
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Ten Sistas Who Rocked The Decade

...-Kali‘s full-length LP is the most highly anticipated on my 2010 list (in addition to Sade). In the meantime, I keep “Geechee Goddess Hardcore Warrior Soul” EP (2005) on repeat with an occasional tease from Tamar-Kali’s newest single “Pearl” (2009). Santigold – Philly native Santi White’s signature debut “Santigold” (2008) is one of my favorite albums of any genre this past decade. The...
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Jay-Z on indie rock. Yeah, really.

...;s clearly no longer exerts the cultural gravity that it once did.  Glad he's recognized this, but I wish he'd stop name-checking Grizzly Bear, and shout out some bands who could really use a shot, artists like Tamar-Kali, Game Rebellion, or BLK JKS.  But that's just me. And, I know it sounds a little schizo: On one hand, I'm happy when black artists keep themselves open to other sounds and influences.  In that...
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UPCOMING: 12th Annual Allied Media Conference–June 18-20

...olidarity and creating justice. Each conference builds off the previous one and plants the seeds for the next. Ideas and relationships evolve year-round, incorporating new networks of media-makers, technologists and social justice organizers. We draw strength from our converging movements to face the challenges and opportunities of our current moment. We are ready to create, connect and transform. Among the artists performing include Tamar-Kali...
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REVIEW: Janelle Monae — "The ArchAndroid"

...s.  We've been battering at these gates for years, and finally there are some serious cracks in them.  If Janelle does well, then maybe other artists who also carry the flag of the new black imagination–Tamar-Kali, MuthaWit, Game Rebellion, Leila Adu, Shelley Nicole, the list goes on– will have a better chance to succeed.  So we can hope. In the meantime, we have The ArchAndroid, an album that sends a great...