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REVIEW: Analogue Transit — "Gearheart" (Worldsound)

Analogue Transit: Kwaku Aning (l) and Jeff Shreiner Can analog and digital techniques co-exist?  For Analogue Transit – vocalist-guitarist Kwaku Aning and keyboardist-production wiz Jeff Shreiner – the answer is not only a resounding yes, but it's a necessary pairing.  Gearheart is a nine song collection in which baby grand pianos clash with 21st Century […]

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LISTENING POST: Burnt Sugar — "Love to Tical"

Can it be?  Can it really have been 10 years of Burnt Sugar? Damn.  I remember when maestro Greg Tate performing with his first band, Women in Love. Anyway, time flies.  This Saturday, Burnt Sugar will be celebrating its first decade with a performance at NYC's Joe's Pub.  You may recall that this is a […]

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LISTENING POST: Living Colour — "Behind The Sun"

This is the first single from the new Living Colour album, "The Chair In The Doorway," which drops on September 15.  The song is growing on me.  Also, happy to report that as good as this song is, there are some even betta bangers on the album, and I'll share at least one of them […]

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UPCOMING: Advanced Screening of "Passing Strange" + Tamar-kali performance — Aug. 11

On Tuesday, August 11, our friends over at Imagenation are presenting an advanced screening of Spike Lee's film of the black rock musical Passing Strange.  You'll recall that the musical won a Tony Award last year.  The film went to Sundance this year, where it was acquired by PBS and, I understand, will have its […]

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LISTENING POST: Divisible — "Don't Say Nothin Now"

Another album that makes my "Best of 2009" list. I wear a hat made of tinfoil so they can't steal my thoughts– Divisible, "Love Is The Cost" from Less Than Lion When it comes to Black rock bands in LA, my perception was that you'd find mostly metal and hard rock acts.  I'm happy to […]

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UPCOMING: Sandra St. Victor @ The Blue Note — July 24

m4s0n501 Yes, it's a late show (12:30AM start time Saturday morning) but, for those of you who live in and around NYC, this is one of the reasons you're here: So you can experience music and talent that on a level. Here's the deal on the show that's called "The Musical DNA of a Southern […]

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LISTENING POST: Otto Fischer — "Anima Uma"

Another artist performing at URB Alt tonight is Otto Fischer, who's from Nigeria via London.  His songs tend towards the electro-acoustic and revolve around affairs of the heart.  Also, thrilled to note that Otto is one of the artists on the upcoming Boldaslove.us compilation, Fire In the Dark. Check it out. Additional link: Otto Fischer […]

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LISTENING POST: Oh My Goodness — "Bubble Bath"

One of the artists performing tonight at the URB Alt Fest finale is Oh My Goodness.  Here’s how she describes herself: Therese Workman creates her lo-fi/puffed-out-chested ditties from the comfort and constraints of her bedroom studio. A classically trained pianist/percussionist and contemporarily trained computerist, her songs are anthems for the hairbrush-in-the-bathroom-mirror rockstar in all of […]

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LISTENING POST: AuntKeKe — "Without U"

One of the artists performing tonight at URB Alt.  Yet another example of what anthropologist Maureen Mahon calls the “diversity of black [musical] interests.” Additional link: AuntKeKe on URB Alt

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LISTENING POST: Kaneng Lolang — "Hold My Place"

Musician.  Painter.  Photographer. Filmmaker. One of the artists you can hear tonight at URB Alt is Kaneng Lolang.  It'd be reductive to call her music "experimental".  Rather, what she creates are her efforts to help us understand what she hears so clearly: The ancient and the future. And, as you can see, she fits in […]

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