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Listening Post: V.V. Brown–"Bottles"

"do[sic] wop indie, whilst traveling on a rocket, all the way up into the deepest part of outer space." That's how UK singer VV Brown describes herself.  You'll definitely hear the throwback-y, doo wop-iness in her songs, particularly the current single "Leave".  But I'm always prefer to check artists out live, so it was a [...]

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LISTENING POST: The Caesarz–"Four4" and "Take Me Away"


Tomorrow the biopic of slain rapper Biggie Smalls hits the theaters. I’d like to see “Notorious” even though, as my wife points out, you know where it’s all heading. Kind of like “Titanic”: The boat was always going to hit the iceberg and sink. But I understand the love and admiration that people had for [...]

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Send music! That's right.  If you're an artist who considers themselves to be part of the this Black rock nation, then I want to hear from you.  You may be aware that there's a (fairly) regular item called "Listening Post", where I introduce readers to a track that I'm feeling.  Thing is, there's so much [...]

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LISTENING POST: Roughstars–"The Virus"

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Brooklyn's Roughstars put their best Bump Rock–a brew of rock, soul, new wave and post-punk sensibilities–on you in this hot track from their recently released album, "How to Survive In The Woods' (Home Style Cooking).  Theirs is an evolving sound: On the album, there's definitely a dance feel to a lot of the songs, while [...]

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LISTENING POST: TV on the Radio–"Love Dog"


My introduction to TV on the Radio was their 2006 album, "Return to Cookie Mountain."  It's a funny thing taking the plunge into a new band.  The real work is to adjust your ears so that you can hear what they're attempting before you pass judgment on whether or not you like the album.  I [...]

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With last night’s results in, and Barack Obama now president-elect, we all breathe a sigh of relief.  A page turns.  We walk with a bit more pep in our step.  We face the challenges ahead with renewed optimism.  There’s a sense that we’re really in this–whatever this is–together. So, I wanted to share with you [...]

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LISTENING POST: Red Lotus–"Firecracker"


What can I say?  This is the song that made me want to see this band fully plugged in, and I’ve been trying to do so for nearly two years.  Guess I just had to book them for a show in order to make that happen. Pipes?  Chops?  Vibe?  Plenty on all counts.  This is [...]

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LISTENING POST: Chewing Pics–"Chicharon Begao Lives. . ."


This is a promising young trio that conjures a gentle fury.  They mix drum, bass and (sometimes) electronically processed vocals into a captivating sonic stew.  See them next week at the Bold As Love/BRC showcase.   Additional link: Chewing Pics on MySpace

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LISTENING POST: California King–"2012"


(photo credit: Tiana Markova-Gold) California King will open the CMJ showcase at BAMCafe in a couple of weeks.  Mike Mills (guitar), Yohann Potico (bass) and Jerry Williams (drums) form an energetic young trio that mixes indie-rock, soul & R&B, which means they count among their influences artists such as Tom Waits, The Pixies, Funkadelic, [...]

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Listening Post: Imani Uzuri–"Again (Free)"


Imani’s was one of the early shows that I attended soon after I started this blog.  In a lot of ways, she is the epitome of an artist who fiercely walks her own path. Turns out that both of my kids are into the title track from her album, Her Holy Water: A Black Girl’s [...]

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Fear Of A Black President

Some excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tour de force on Obama, race and the limits of integration.

GOOD READ: Hate Crimes Always Have A Logic: On The Oak Creek Gurudwara Shootings

A perspective on the Oak Creek, WI shootings from a member of the Sikh community

GOOD READ: Erykah Badu to Wayne Coyne: “Kiss my glittery ass!”

In case you missed it, Ms. Badu’s choice words to Mr. Coyne

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown

A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web

So much conversation–and now maybe some justice–for this young man.

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