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LISTENING POST: Kelsey — "Calendar"

This song comes from Kelsey's solo EP, Nylon and Steel Vol. 1.  It's a quiet, beautiful song and it shows another side of Kelsey, who's often found wailing and roaring as the frontman of pILLOW tHEORY. What's appealing about this song is that it captures that special quality of deep, abiding love without being so […]

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LISTENING POST: Sandra St. Victor — "FMAO-city"

While we're waiting for the latest album from The Family Stand to drop (check out some tracks here and here), you can get a taste of what the Mack Diva herself has been cooking up in her lab in the Netherlands.  This song is part of an EP she's done with producer Marc de Clive-Lowe […]

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LISTENING POST: The Soulfolk Experience — "Isaac & Ishmael", "Sometimes", "Older"

@jffrsn3 (L to R): V. Jeffrey Smith, Maritri Garrett, David Pilgrim, Jeff Jeudy (inset) What do artists do in between their main projects? Work with people whose music they respect and, maybe, even love.  That's the case with The Soulfolk Experience.  Here's what their Myspace page says about them: Led by Maritri Garrett, THE SOULFOLK […]

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LISTENING POST: MuthaWit feat. Boston Fielder — "Wasted (Fill My House with Salt)"

@URBAlt @Muthawit Hafta say: I was thrilled and honored to be able to offer MuthaWit's single as an exclusive during the launch of WRFB-Radio Free Brooklyn.  Take a listen, as it will give you a sense of the expansiveness of Boston's forthcoming album, which he's titled Men & Women or la Revenge de Uncle Baldy. […]

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LISTENING POST: James Brown — "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" (remix)

#musicmonday Happy birthday to the Godfather of Soul! James Brown would’ve been 77 today.  Enjoy this cut from the album Motherlode.

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LISTENING POST: Living Colour — "Burned Bridges"

#musicmonday This has always been one of my favorite songs from last year's The Chair In The Doorway, and I've been meaning to post it for those of you who haven't yet copped the album.  Vibe-y, dark and propulsive: Consider it further incentive to get the album, or relisten if you've already got it.

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LISTENING POST: Bad Rabbits — "Stick Up Kids" + Tour Dates

@badrabbitsband Is it me, or are a bunch of artists resurrecting sounds from the 80s? It’s not direct quotations, mind you, but shades, nods and winks.  Case in point is Boston outfit Bad Rabbits.  Had a chance to catch them earlier this year at BAM Cafe on a bill with Boldaslove.us favorite The Smyrk.  Great […]

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LISTENING POST: Noiseaux — "Cry of Rage," "Be Calm" + "Sirens"

(@noiseaux, #musicmonday) Black folks rockin’ out isn’t limited to here in the United States.  There are bands and artists in London (Sabatta, Otto Fischer, Ebony Bones, etc.), Kenya (Last Year’s Tragedy), and Germany, to name a few. Hamburg-based Noiseaux (pronouced “nwa-zo”) is made up of 5 members from 4 continents, and lead by musician and […]

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LISTENING POST: Year of the Dragon — "Jailbreak" + "Bailout"

Rodcore (l) and Dirty Walt One of the bands I missed at SXSW.  The YOTD album, Blunt Force Karma, is hard-hitting, soulful and full of thoughtful lyrics.  Driven by sledgehammer drums, grinding guitars and phat-bottomed bass, contributor Earl Douglas tagged it as one of his Best of 2009.  And now I see why. Then again, […]

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LISTENING POST: Ebony Bones — "Warriors" + "Guess We'll Always Have NY"

The first artist I've seen who could hold her own on a bill with Janelle Monae is Ebony Bones (above right).  The musical sister of Santigold and M.I.A., and is possibly a distant cousin to that other UK export, Lady Sovereign, the woman born Ebony Thomas is equal parts new wave, grime and plenty of […]

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