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REVIEW: Analogue Transit — "Gearheart" (Worldsound)

Analogue Transit: Kwaku Aning (l) and Jeff Shreiner Can analog and digital techniques co-exist?  For Analogue Transit – vocalist-guitarist Kwaku Aning and keyboardist-production wiz Jeff Shreiner – the answer is not only a resounding yes, but it's a necessary pairing.  Gearheart is a nine song collection in which baby grand pianos clash with 21st Century […]

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REVIEW: Stew and The Broadway Problem @ Lincoln Center — August 19

Stew always keeps 'em guessing.   Stew has made a career out of it – first with The Negro Problem, then later as solo artist.  He later confonted all expectations when his first stab at a musical, 'Passing Strange' had a strong run first at The Public Theater, then later on Broadway.  Spike Lee was […]

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REVIEW: Kevin O'Neal/Tricky Dilemma @ The MMAC, Bloomfield, NJ 6/27/09

(l to r): Val Jeanty, Marvin Sewell, Bruce Mack, Kevin O'Neal Photo and review by Earl Douglas On a night that was described by Bruce Mack as 'Duke Ellington meets Frank Zappa', Kevin O'Neal (accompanied by Patrice Quinn) and tribal electro trio Tricky Dilemma, played the The Multi-Media Arts Center in Bloomfield, New Jersey.    […]

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REVIEW: Booker T. — Potato Hole (Anti)

Note: Booker T. is at Joe’s Pub in NYC tonight, 6/10.  Still time to get tix! Someone with the musical credentials and legacy of Booker T. Jones didn’t have to go out and strike a new path.  But one of the things that I’ve always admired about him – besides the fact that he was […]

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Upcoming: BRC Native Sundays continues June 7 w/ Earl Greyhound!

The Greyhound gang returns to conjure up the funk. Last time I saw Earl Greyhound (and, in fact, the first), it was a great experience.  So I'm sure they'll tear it up again on June 7. Never seen Simi, but I know she's from the band Sufrajett, who was on the BRC's Rock n Roll […]

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Photos: Tamar-kali vs. Jean Grae–3/28/09

Two powerful women tore up Santos back in March. Yeah, Tamar-kali and Jean Grae.  After seeing their individual sets, I couldn't help but wonder why these two aren't better known.  Both are really engaging performers.  One of the things I would've liked to have seen was more collaboration between the two.  They did one number […]

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REVIEW: Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity – Ancients Speak (Live Wired)

 Time Out NY calls him "the world's best bassist". And for good reason. Bassist Melvin Gibbs adds to his already stunning musicial resume with  a truly world music record.  On Ancients Speak, recorded field hollers meets underground hip-hop, Afro-Beat swims with monster funk grooves, yet there's still room for soaring Hendrixian guitar solos and transcendental […]

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REVIEW: Michael Hill and Colin John–"Fresh Folk Blues"

By Earl Douglas Michael Hill is an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and bad ass guitarist with nearly a half a dozen albums under his belt with his band Bluesmob and as a solo artist.  He's shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business and on top of everything else, one of […]

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SXSW09 Review: Afro-punk Showcase on 3/19/09

That first full day in Austin got away from me.  Between my panel, Quincy's keynote, doing a bit of hanging out, the day flew.  Add to that the fact that it was nearly impossible to get a cab to Austin Music Hall, and you can pretty much guess that I missed some the Afro-punk showcase.  […]

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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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