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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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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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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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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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My playlist from the WRFB launch — May 4, 2010

...0;     Wasted (Fill My House With Salt)    5:39    MuthaWit    men & women   Caught    5:27    Tamar-kali    Black Bottom        It was cool, too, to be able to have a world premiere.  Yes, those of you who listened got to hear a new track off the forthcoming...
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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...
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Boldaslove.us Recommended @ SXSW Music

...8217;re going to make a dent in all the killer acts there. However, knowing is half the battle. So, on that note, here’s my list, done in no particular order): Fishbone Bad Brains Ebony Bones Born In Flames Tour (feat. Tamar-Kali, Jean Grae, Invincible + Waajeed) Year of The Dragon The Memorials ELEW Freedom or Death J*Davey Tecla Valerie June Fifth Nation Animals As Leaders Kokayi B L A C K I E all caps no spaces Talib Kweli Toro Y Moi...
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Afropunk, Black Diversity, And What Marketers Need To Know

...ap-Kings (funk); Lianne La Havas and Valerie June (folk); Meshell Ndegeocello (neo-soul); Body Count (thrash metal); punk icons Bad Brains; SZA and Gordon Voidwell (alt R&B); King Britt and Shabazz Palaces (alt hip hop); Tamar-Kali (hard rock); and many more. “The lineups are always of and ahead of their time, and this year might be the strongest yet,” says music journalist Jem Aswad, a former editor at SPIN, Billboard and MTV News. Afropunk...