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

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"

p5rn7vb 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 […]

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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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Listening Post: Faith–"Delicate"

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For as long as I’ve been involved with the BRC, Felice Rosser’s band Faith has been a mainstay.  If they come to a venue near you, check them out.  In fact, even if you have to travel out of your way, they’re worth the effort.  I just saw them a few weeks ago at Southpaw […]

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