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VIDEO: The 54 — "Domination"

Been aware of these guys for a minute, but just discovered this video.  Haven't heard their album yet, but this morning got a tweet from fam in ATL (thanks Gudrun!) that the band's live show kills.  By the looks of this video, it looks like these guys can show and prove. From what I see [...]

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VIDEO: Game Rebellion — "Blind"

GAME REBELLION- BLIND from Free Integrated Media on Vimeo. The Rebels visualize their first single.  Day-glo all the way.  Nicely done, fellas.

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VIDEO: Peekaboo Theory — "Immediate Hesitation"

Just 'cause I can't get the guitar riff out of my head.  Now I'm really bummed I missed them at last year's SXSW Music Festival.  Love the energy here, and I'm looking forward to hearing more and seeing them live.  Here's hoping this crew from Houston can put together an East Coast swing. Hat tip [...]

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VIDEO: Big Mama Thornton feat. Buddy Guy — "Hound Dog"

And a big bow wow to you, too. Additional links: Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton on Wikipedia Buddy Guy official site Do you like what you've seen on this blog over the last three years? If so, consider making a small donation–$1, $5, $10–whatever you can. Here's why I'm asking and how you can donate.

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VIDEO: Sade — "Soldier of Love"

'Cause it's a wild, wild west, indeed! In case you haven't seen it yet.  Enjoy. Thanks to Bossip and for the heads up.

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VIDEO: Vernon Reid talks writing "Cult of Personality" and the riffs behind it

All you guitar players out there will dig this.  It’s both the ideas behind the lyrics and a look at the main riffs. Hat tip to Mark Anthony Neal for the heads up. Have you taken the black rock audience survey? It only takes 5 minutes!  Click here to start.

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VIDEO: BLK JKS — "Molalatladi"

BLK JKS – MOLALATADI from Jamie-James Medina on Vimeo. I shared this track before the BLK JKS album, After Robots, dropped in early September.  However, I had no idea there was a video.  And, yes, there is such an activity–apparently popular in South Africa–called train surfing.  Good thing this video was directed by Jamie James-Medina, [...]

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VIDEO: Best of 2009 Round-Up Starts Nows

It's that time of year again. As was the case for last year and in 2007, this is completely up to you, the readers.  I'm not trying to come up with a ranked list like other publications.  Rather it's an opportunity for you, the members of the black rock community to shout out artists who [...]

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The Pleasures & Perils of Race in the Post-Race Era

Just came across this.  Stanford University English professor Michele Elam offers a compelling talk that begins that explores the question, “What is the future of blackness?”  Where does blackness stand in this post-racial, post-soul, multiracial era?  She’s particularly concerned with the role of black studies departments, but I think her remarks have relevance beyond the [...]

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LISTENING POST: Ghost Gamblers–"Stranded in San Antone"

While we await the next Earl Greyhound album, here's a taste of bassist Kamara Thomas' country-rock project, Ghost Gamblers.  For those of you with a soft spot for Americana and southern rock, this should do just fine.  The song tells a great story, has propulsive energy, a hummable hook, and features Kamara on lead vox.  [...]

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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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