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VIDEO: URB ALT Finale: Mama Moon — "Hair Merci"

Find more videos like this on URB ALT DC artist Mama Moon came to Brooklyn for this year's URB ALT fest and sho nuff represented for her town.  Her performance was energetic and captivating.  She's got talent in spades.  What she'll need to be on guard for, I think, it to match her talent to [...]

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LISTENING POST: Otto Fischer — "Anima Uma"

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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"

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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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TONIGHT: URB Alt Fest finale Friday and Saturday

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The final weekend of URB Alt 2009 starts tonight at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).  Here are the lineups: Friday, June 26 from 8 – 11pm Paris Suit Yourself – Berlin/Paris AuntKeKe – New York Salakida Kali – Los Angeles MuthaWit Orchestra and special guests – New York/Atlanta Saturday, June 27 from 8 – 11pm [...]

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LISTENING POST: Kaneng Lolang — "Hold My Place"

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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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Upcoming: URB Alt Festival — Day 2 –Wednesday, June 24

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The next installment of URB Alt takes place on Wednesday.  While there will be live music at this event, a greater emphasis is being placed on visual arts, including art exhibitions and an animation workshop that's being run by Boston's brother, Tim Fielder.  Here are the details: Harlem School of the Arts – Exhibit, Visual/Music [...]

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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.

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

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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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