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Listening Post: Black Kids–"Hurricane Jane"

Photo by Rachel Bess Based on the name, I was hoping there actually were some Black folks in Black Kids.  Thankfully, there’s brother and sister Ali and Reggie Youngblood, who make up two-fifths of this Jacksonville, Florida outfit.  I’m just getting to know them, but here’s what music publication NME has to say about them: […]

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More weekend happenings in NYC: I-Crisis @ Underscore

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 I-CrisisUnderscore1733 1st Ave, btwn 89 & 90th below Bar EastNYC11PM showtimeAdmission: $8 Almost every show I go to, I run into Soul Product and he’s always telling me about his band.  Unfortunately, I often find myself double booked with something else, so I’ve not been able to check out I-Crisis yet.  Although, […]

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Get your calendars out: Black rock for the rest of the week

It’s late, so I’m going to try to make this quick.  There are a lot of shows happening, but here are the three I’m going to do my best to make.  And it all gets started later tonight: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 Jerome Jordan Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction34 Avenue A between 2nd & 3rd Streets8:00PM […]

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Nona Hendryx on NPR

Thanks to the magic of RSS, I came across an interview Farai Chideya did with Nona today.  Much of the focus is on Nona’s musical Skin Diver, which will be presented on October 1 at Joe’s Pub in NYC.  Though the interview is short, Farai does ask Nona to talk about her experience being a […]

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The Family Stand @ BoldasLIVE–September 16, 2007

Hey, People! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support BoldasLIVE and The Family Stand.  It was another afternoon for the history books and memory banks!  There are so many thoughts swirling in my head right now that I have to come back later with a more thoughtful post. In fact, I want […]

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The Family Stand: Fighting "Incestuous Creativity"

  L to R: V. Jeffrey Smith, Sandra St. Victor, Peter Lord Tomorrow marks the start of the three-day countdown to the next BoldasLIVE and The Family Stand.  I realize that I’ve been running under the assumption that everyone knows who they are, but it’s just that: An assumption.  So, here’s a little preview of […]

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Weekend Preview: Restoration Rocks Festival

I sometimes say that Brooklyn is Black rock, and a weekend like this one coming up just proves my point.  Saturday afternoon, the place to be is going to be Restoration Plaza for the Restoration Rocks Festival, a celebration of the community development center’s 40th anniversary.  Organizing the festival is Brian Tate who is, among […]

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A note to Diddy

Sean: Just want to point out a small, yet important detail: Mint Condition. The Family Stand.  The Roots.  Earth, Wind and Fire.  These are all bands.  Why?  Because they play instruments!  Perhaps you should call next season’s show "Making the Group".  See, you can’t have a "band" when no one plays instruments!  These young people […]

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BoldasLIVE: Nona Hendryx performs "Transformation"

One of the highlights, of course, was the performance section.  Here, Nona is joined by guitarist extraordinaire Ronny Drayton and bassist Warren McRae.  This completely shot the energy in the room through the roof.

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Listening Post: The Smyrk–"Dial V for Venom"

  This is one my favorite up-and-coming bands.  The musicians–Ari Sadowitz, Chris Barone and Nick Logan–set up a wall of sound that’s what a young rock band should sound like: attention-getting, urgent, and impossible to ignore.  But the secret sauce is vocalist Doron Flake.  I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating: If John Legend […]

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