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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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My upcoming interview on Afronerd Radio–Sunday, 11/1

Thanks to Dburt over at Afronerd for reaching out and inviting me to join him on Sunday for a discussion about the state of black rock.  From the looks of his write-up, I guess I'll have a chance to expand on my comments on The BlakRoc Project. So, the show will be airing live this […]

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"Medicine For Melancholy": Down, but caught out, in San Francisco

  Originally, I wrote this for but the piece fell through the cracks of the regime change.  I've written about Barry's film before.  This was just posted to The Huffington Post and timed to the yesterday's DVD release of the film.  Here's an excerpt: In his assured feature debut Medicine for Melancholy, which was […]

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LISTENING POST: Neon Collars — "Far Away"

I tend not to listen to gospel music.  In my experience–which may be limited–when black folks start singing about their faith, it’s usually grand melismas wrapped around Jesus or GEE-ZAUCE (depending on where you went to church).  And, no, I’m not crackin’ on anybody’s faith.  Just telling it like I’ve heard it. I’m not sure […]

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Another example of the new gangsta

This is the kind of thing that we all need to encourage: Young people being about excellence.  No, he's not doing rock, but he's definitely rockin' this.  I think you'll agree that it's just great to see stuff like this, as well as the efforts by The Bots. Definitely the new gangsta. Bravo, young man!

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LISTENING POST: The Family Stand—“The Last Time We’re Here”

Have you downloaded the compilation yet? If not, you’re missing a brand new track from The Family Stand.  This is off their forthcoming album “Definition”, and I’m honored that they were willing to share this with me. It’s The Family Stand, so I don’t have much else to say about this, except listen here. . […]

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Now on The Huffington Dash's Blakroc disses black rock

  Mos Def (l) and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Yes, it took me a few weeks, but I finally collected my thoughts on project.  The result is my first piece on The Huffington Post.  For me, it comes down to this question: How can you call something “BlakRoc” when the black folks on the […]

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VIDEO: Trailer for "Precious"

I have yet to read Sapphire's novel Push, on which this film is based.  But, if this trailer is any indication, the film looks to be a powerful piece.  With some bold casting choices (Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz), as well as what look to be riveting performances by Mo'Nique and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, it's […]

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TONIGHT: Marque Gilmore & DRUM FM @ Littlefield

One of the founding members of the Black Rock Coalition returns for a performance tonight at Littlefield in BK. I remember back when I was first getting involved in the BRC, it seemed like Marque was in just about everybody's band.  And for good reason: It was clear from the get that he was–and is–a […]

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Black rock conference @ Indiana University–November 13-14

The other event I'll be speaking at within the next few weeks takes place at Indiana University, home of the Archives of African American Music & Culture (AAAMC).  Not familiar with the AAAMC?  It houses one of the significant collections of African American musical idioms starting with the Post World War II era. Last year […]

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