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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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LISTENING POST: Pascal Toussaint — "Je Suis Malade"

When somebody puts it on smash, you just gotta give it up.  So, I'm giving it up for Pascal Toussaint.  He's unusual in that he's a male soprano.  Originally from the French West Indies, Pascal was born with a physical anomaly in which his voice did not change into an adult voice. According to his […]

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LISTENING POST: Earl Greyhound — "Ghost and the Witness" + "Shotgun"

Earl Greyhound (l to r): Matt Whyte, Kamara Thomas, Ricc Sheridan Now that we’ve gotten through the anticipation leading up to the release of the new Sade album, it’s time to mark your calendars for April 13.  That’s when the new Earl Greyhound album, Suspicious Package, drops.  I’ll come back with a full album review […]

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LISTENING POST: Janelle Monae — "Cold War" + tour dates

Cybergirl Janelle Monae returns with one of two singles (the other is “Tightrope” featuring OutKast’s Big Boi) that she’s releasing to tease the upcoming album The ArchAndroid, which will drop on May 18. It’s about time.  I mean, my hat’s off to Janelle and the Wondaland Arts team: They’ve been working her first EP, Metropolis: […]

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LISTENING POST: Sabatta — "Raw"

For those of you who haven't downloaded the compilation album yet, here's one of the tracks you're missing.  This time, we jump across the pond to London to check out the hard rock riffs of Yinka Oyewole (center) and his band Sabatta. "I'm raw/But I'm a human being" Indeed! Give it a spin here: Additional […]

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LISTENING POST: The Family Stand — "Story"

photo credit: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo A download for a good cause. Like the song “The Last Time We’re Here,” this song is taken from The Family Stand’s forthcoming album Definition.  The difference here is that the song is available for immediate download on iTunes.  What’s better, all proceeds from the song will go to the […]

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REVIEW: Sade – “Soldier of Love”

Like most people, I’m quick to say, “I love Sade!” Thing is, I’ve never thought of the music this band creates as romantic.  They’re beautiful creations, yes.  But what’s appealed to me is the core of melancholy that informs the music.  Within the beauty you’re forced to wrestle with many emotions: Loss.  Regret.  Connections missed.  […]

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LISTENING POST: SociaLybrium — "Another Day"

SociaLyrbium (l to r): Blackbyrd McKnight, Bernie Worrell, JT Lewis, Melvin Gibbs Four badasses get together and make the magic look easy.  SociaLybrium is  Blackbyrd McKnight, Bernie Worrell, Melvin Gibbs and JT Lewis.  If you're not familiar with them, then check them out here and see the who's who list of folks they've worked with: […]

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VIDEO: Peekaboo Theory — "Immediate Hesitation"

Just 'cause I can't get the guitar riff out of my head.  Now I'm really bummed I missed them at last year's SXSW Music Festival.  Love the energy here, and I'm looking forward to hearing more and seeing them live.  Here's hoping this crew from Houston can put together an East Coast swing. Hat tip […]

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