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VIDEO: Monica Arrington is Nerdkween

Monica Arrington is Nerdkween from Rob Fields on Vimeo. I met Monica at the 2007 URB Alt Festival  She’s interesting to me because she’s an example of how the "rock" attitude doesn’t always mean guitar-driven volume.  In this interview, she talks about how she came to her ethereal and experimental sound despite having a father [...]

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Listening Post: BLK JKS–"Summertime"

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Checking in with the "sound of a new South Africa". The London Guardian wrote: Indeed you’d be hard pushed to find a better example of the post-apartheid nation’s new cultural momentum and boundary-breaking sensibility. Four East Rand boys who defy convention by shunning the indigenous urban soundtrack of kwaito, Blk Jks make sense of their world [...]

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Listening Post: Apollo Heights–"Winter in the Summertime"

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Apollo Heights; photo credit: Ed Marshall I love an album and a band that not only hooks you with the first song, but then backs it up with an album full of great songs.  Not for nothin’, but Apollo Heights is that kind of band.  I finally got to see them a few weeks ago [...]

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Artist Interview: Tenderhead's Shena Verrett

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Tenderhead’s Shena Verrett from Rob Fields on Vimeo. Ohio in the house! Continuing the video interview series, I had a chance to sit down with Shena Verrett, the creative engine behind the band Tenderhead, who you can catch on Saturday at the URB Alt Fest. In addition to hearing about her influences and creative process, [...]

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Listening Post: Game Rebellion–"Mind Playin Tricks" (J. Period remix)

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Okay, so after that rave that I handed out for Game Rebellion, you might be wondering what they sound like.  Here’s one of my favorite tracks from their mixtape, Searching for Rick Rubin, a rework of the Geto Boys’ "My Mind Playing Tricks on Me".  Officially, Game Rebellion’s version is "Mind Playin Tricks" (J. Period [...]

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Listening Post: Pillow Theory–"Four Drinks"

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Pillow Theory’s Kelsey (photo credit: Caitlin Casella) Here’s something on the mellow(er) side.  I like this song a lot, but don’t be fooled: Kelsey and the crew can (and do) bring both intensity and volume to their shows If you’re into Incubus, Soundgarden, Deftones and Seal (whose voice I’m reminded of when I hear Kelsey), [...]

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Listening Post: "Come Down Now" from Passing Strange

Here is some of the music from "Passing Strange".  There are two other songs available on the site for download–"Keys" and "Arlington Hill". Enjoy! MP3 File

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Listening Post: The Exit–"Back to the Rebels"

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The Exit’s Ben Brewer This is one of my favorite tracks from the Black Rock Coalition’s 2006 compilation, Rock ‘n’ Roll Reparations, Vol. 1.  Great energy here, and you can hear several of their influences at play.  I particularly like the thick, dubby bass line in this song. Check them out on MySpace, and look [...]

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Listening Post: Shrine for the Black Madonna–"Mona Lisa"

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One of my new year’s resolutions–and I guess it’s real, since I’m putting it out there–is that I will share more music regularly on this site.  I can talk all day about Black rock, but it’s important to remember that hearing is believing.  More importantly, the blog must further my goal of expanding the audience [...]

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Listening Post: Black Kids–"Hurricane Jane"

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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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