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That's right: I'm looking to add more regional coverage.  Someone's already raised their hand to cover the East Bay, but I'm definitely interested in bringing regular coverage of what's happening in the black rock/Afro-Punk/black alternative scenes in some other cities such as: Atlanta The DMV (that's DC, Maryland, Virginia, for those who don't know) Chicago [...]

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UPCOMING: URB Alt's Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute — 11/27


Jimi would've been 67 next week.  Very cool that MuthaWit Orchestra and Leila Adu team up to celebrate his birthday in grand style: Avant, yet fresh-to-death! MuthaWit at Harlem Stage (photo: Ed Marshall) Leila Adu performing @ this year's URB Alt fest (photo: Ed Marshall) URB ALT: Jimi Hendrix Tribute Friday, November 27, 2009 – [...]

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UPCOMING: Divisible at Club Underground @ The Echo (LA)


  Shola and Albert, the duo known as Divisible, will be hitting on November 20th at 9PM (PST), along with another multi-ethnic band, Pollyn (not to be confused with Honeychild Coleman's band, Pollen). The deets: 1822 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026 Showtime: 9pm Cost: $5 For those of you who liked "Don't Say [...]

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TONIGHT: Fire + Fire, the Gypsy & Black experience


See below for discount ticket information. From the press release: Hungarian Gypsy and Black American musicians will share the stage for Fire + Fire, an innovative production exploring the synergies between the Black diaspora and Hungarian Gypsies. Part of the yearlong Extremely Hungary festival, Fire + Fire is a collaborative performance that delves into the [...]

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TONIGHT: Free Range Music Party


Special performance by: 2008 Grammy Award winning jazz artist, Arturo O'Farrillalso, derin young dei 7 with Andre Lassalle, Lewis "Flip" Barnes and special guest performersdoors open at 7:30pm / show starts at 8:00pm Tickets: $20.00 in advance online at:http://www.nonradiomusic.comalso from Ticket Web at:$25.00 at door From the organizers: "Celebrated musicians from every genre will be [...]

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UPCOMING: Tamar-kali's sweet and bawdy "Cabaret Chocolat"–November 21

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Tamar-Kali, our favorite hardcore warrior soul queen, puts a new twist on her excellent Psychochamber Ensemble. From the press release: Tamar-kali Brown curates a night of bawdy, sexy, cabaret-inspired entertainment.  Brown says she developed this show because “artists of color have largely been missing from the revival of cabaret performance” at venues like Spiegeltent and [...]

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UPCOMING: blaKbushe's "Quick & Dirty" EP release party–November 20


Really happy for Shelley and her band, blaKbushe, on the completion of their EP.  Shelley leads an incredibly tight ensemble, whose sound was recently described by Curve Magazine as a "a rock-soul-electronica hybrid, sounding like a feminist version of the Brooklyn Funk Essentials." Check 'em out some the set they performed back in June at [...]

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Give me 5 minutes! Take the black rock audience survey

Thanks.  I'm looking forward to sharing the results of this with everyone.  Remember the more people who respond, the more detailed the results.  And did I mention that you'll get something for free after you finish? Yes, take me to the survey!

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Podcast: My interview on Afronerd Radio–November 1, 2009

Here's my interview with dburt from a week or so ago.  As you'll hear, we talk about a lot of things including The Blakroc Project; the compilation; and the need for more media around black rock.  We also talked a little about Derrion Albert and the need for those of us with platforms to [...]

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LISTENING POST: Rain Machine—“Smiling Black Faces”


Rain Machine's Heidi Ferrell (l) and Kyp Malone Kyp Malone has an unusual voice.  It’s unusual in that most black male singers are going for mellifluousness, and I don’t think anyone would describe Kyp’s voice that way. But that’s not to say his voice isn’t affecting, because it is.  One reviewer described his voice as  [...]

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Fear Of A Black President

Some excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tour de force on Obama, race and the limits of integration.

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A perspective on the Oak Creek, WI shootings from a member of the Sikh community

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In case you missed it, Ms. Badu’s choice words to Mr. Coyne

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown

A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web

So much conversation–and now maybe some justice–for this young man.

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