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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"

p5rn7vb (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 […]

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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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LISTENING POST: Amul 9 — "DNA"

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 Amazon.com Buy at iTunes Music Store

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Listening Post: Free Era–"The Fix"

  This is young band I've seen a couple of times.  One of the things I like about this gig is seeing bands develop.  I'm hopeful that Free Era will be another great development story: They've got a lot of potential and they put a lot of heart into their music.  But there are no […]

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Listening Post + Weekend preview: Tamar-Kali vs. Jean Grae

Looks like Santos is the place to be on Saturday night. It'll be good to see these two women: The much slept-on MC Jean Grae and the extraordinary vocal talents of singer/songwriter/bandleader Tamar-kali.  "Extraordinary" is not too strong a word here: She can go from a soft and melodic to a furious roar.  Now, when […]

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Listening Post: Saul Williams–"Raised To Be Lowered"

"Was I raised/to be lowered?" What a great question.  Actually, this is one of my favorite tracks from Saul's 2007 album, "The Inevitable Rise & Liberation of Niggy Tardust".  The album was produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, so there's definitely a more industrial vibe.  Anyway, I realized I'd never put this up […]

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