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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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LISTENING POST: MuthaWit featuring Boston Fielder — "Shewo The Left Shoe"

A taste of music from URB Alt's founder, Boston Fielder.  Which, if you check out any of the four festival's four days, you'll get to hear live.  He's got a very versatile voice, but it's the warmer middle and lower register I prefer.  When you combine that with his intense, energetic performances and well-written songs […]

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LISTENING POST: Honeychild Coleman/POLLEN — "December"

(l to r): Honeychild Coleman, Viveca Butler, Annu Lilja I am absolutely thrilled to be presenting Honeychild Coleman on Saturday as part of Kiss The Sky.  You many recall the high marks I gave her album Halo Inside (Come La Luna).  In the interim, she's morphed the project into a trio called Pollen, who you'll […]

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LISTENING POST: The Smyrk–"Whenever You Call"

(l to r): Ari Sadowitz, Doron Flake, Chris Barone, Alex Marans For those of you who haven't yet seen The Smyrk, you'll get your chance next week at Kiss The Sky.  In the meantime–since that's a whole week away–here's a taste of what they've got to offer. Enjoy! The Smyrk–"Whenever You Call" by boldaslove Additional […]

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LISTENING POST: Earl Greyhound — "S.O.S."

  (l to r) Ricc Sheridan, Matt Whyte, Kamara Thomas Earl Greyhound is one of those bands that gets better the more you hear them.  I've written about them here.  And, lately, I've been listening to their last album, Soft Targets, a lot.  I'm pretty psyched to see them at the BRC show on Sunday […]

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LISTENING POST: Le Grand Baton–"Toutlè Dépi Dé Jou"

  Voodoo rock, anyone? I mentioned discovering this band at the first BRC Native Sundays event earlier this month.  Here's a taste of their music, rock by way of the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe's gwo ka. Enjoy! Le Grand Baton–"Toutlè Dépi Dé Jou" by boldaslove Additional link: Le Grand Baton on MySpace

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Amul 9 brings their not-so-strange vibrations from the Atlanta hardcore Had a chance to catch these guys at the last Afropunk Epic/Smash showcase.  They're doing what they call "Kemetic hardcore".  Their lyrics are conscious, political and fiercely pro-black.  Definitely a groove-heavy hardcore band.  In a live setting, they might want to ensure they have a […]

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LISTENING POST: Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity — "Mojuba" (feat. Amayo and John Medeski)

Call yourself a DJ?  This ought to be one of your go-to tracks. This is an exuberant, danceable track from Melvin Gibbs’ focused, yet sonically adventurous album, Ancients Speak. An absolute, straight banger. Buy at Buy at iTunes Music Store

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