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Listening Post + Weekend preview: Tamar-Kali vs. Jean Grae

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Looks like Santos is the place to be on Saturday night. It'll be good to see these two women: The much slept-on MC Jean Grae and the extraordinary vocal talents of singer/songwriter/bandleader Tamar-kali.  "Extraordinary" is not too strong a word here: She can go from a soft and melodic to a furious roar.  Now, when [...]

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Listening Post: Saul Williams–"Raised To Be Lowered"

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"Was I raised/to be lowered?" What a great question.  Actually, this is one of my favorite tracks from Saul's 2007 album, "The Inevitable Rise & Liberation of Niggy Tardust".  The album was produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, so there's definitely a more industrial vibe.  Anyway, I realized I'd never put this up [...]

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Listening Post: Labelle–"Dear, Rosa"

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I'm excited to see Labelle on Thursday night at the Beacon.  So, I figured it'd be a great idea to share with you some a track from their new album, "Back to Now".  I just really love this song, the group's tribute to Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

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Listening Post: Death–"Politicians In My Eyes"

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From The Fader: In 1975, Death, the trio of Hackney brothers from Detroit, recorded an album. Predating Bad Brains by about half a decade, Death were an all black punk group shredding up north. In the band's lifespan they were able to release one 45, for "Politicians in My Eyes," before breaking up and essentially [...]

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Listening Post: Honeychild Coleman–"Never Goin' Home Again"

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An excellent album kicks off the 2009 year in Black rock. First, an admission: I completely forgot that Carolyn "Honeychild" Coleman sang.  Yep, I forgot she contributed aggressive, guitar-cruncher "Spit At It" on the BRC's 2006 "Rock n Roll Reparations" compilation.  Just didn't connect the name and the person.  Probably because I've most recently seen [...]

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Listening Post: V.V. Brown–"Bottles"

"do[sic] wop indie, whilst traveling on a rocket, all the way up into the deepest part of outer space." That's how UK singer VV Brown describes herself.  You'll definitely hear the throwback-y, doo wop-iness in her songs, particularly the current single "Leave".  But I'm always prefer to check artists out live, so it was a [...]

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LISTENING POST: The Caesarz–"Four4" and "Take Me Away"

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Tomorrow the biopic of slain rapper Biggie Smalls hits the theaters. I’d like to see “Notorious” even though, as my wife points out, you know where it’s all heading. Kind of like “Titanic”: The boat was always going to hit the iceberg and sink. But I understand the love and admiration that people had for [...]

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Looking for music to feature

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Send music! That's right.  If you're an artist who considers themselves to be part of the this Black rock nation, then I want to hear from you.  You may be aware that there's a (fairly) regular item called "Listening Post", where I introduce readers to a track that I'm feeling.  Thing is, there's so much [...]

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LISTENING POST: Roughstars–"The Virus"

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Brooklyn's Roughstars put their best Bump Rock–a brew of rock, soul, new wave and post-punk sensibilities–on you in this hot track from their recently released album, "How to Survive In The Woods' (Home Style Cooking).  Theirs is an evolving sound: On the album, there's definitely a dance feel to a lot of the songs, while [...]

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LISTENING POST: TV on the Radio–"Love Dog"

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My introduction to TV on the Radio was their 2006 album, "Return to Cookie Mountain."  It's a funny thing taking the plunge into a new band.  The real work is to adjust your ears so that you can hear what they're attempting before you pass judgment on whether or not you like the album.  I [...]

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