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Fela Kuti | The ’69 L.A. Sessions
Amiri Baraka put it best in his poem "In the Funk World": "If Elvis Presley is King/Who is James Brown, God?" So, by that logic, is Fela Anikulapo Kuti higher than or equal to God?
Knitting Factory (2010)
| February 12, 2010
Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan
In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
| February 05, 2010
Good Fela! beats Nigerian drum
Riddle this: what's more unlikely than the fact that the current toast of Broadway is a musical about a Nigerian agitprop pop singer, or that it owes its existence to a Caucasian commodities trader from New England?
Boston and Broadway
| December 11, 2009
New York City Theater Dispatch: Jay-Z and Will Smith present Fela! on Broadway
Me: “Are we allowed to bring drinks into the theater?”Bartender: “Yeah - they want everyone to find the right mood (chuckles).” Me: “Is there a...
| November 30, 2009
Eno Moebius Roedelius | Cluster and Eno/After the Heat
Krautrock pioneers proved much more simpático musical partners than either the fractious Roxy Music or the British classical avant-garde milieu that thought of Eno as an untrained fanboy.
Bureau B (2009)
| September 25, 2009
King Sunny Adé's music is bubbly as a tonic — a percolating, pop-infused update of the traditional Yoruba sound. "My songs are made to lift worries, so people can be happy and dance their troubles away," declares the 62-year-old Nigerian world-music sta
King Sunny Adé still brings the beats
| July 10, 2009
"The French language is perfect for talking about sex," muses hirsute Parisian singer and electronic-musician Sébastien Tellier.
Voulez-vous coucher avec Sébastien Tellier?
| March 30, 2009
Not until entering the Roxy a week ago Thursday did I comprehend what a normal kid feels the first time he sees a big-league ballpark.
The Roots and Antibalas, live at the Roxy, January 29, 2009
| February 04, 2009
The making of the Roots-versus-Antibalas Sound Clash
We're not previewing the Red Bull Sound Clash just because the buzz-beverage overlords supply Phoenix headquarters with enough voltage to paralyze a petting zoo.
How ?uest got his groove back
| January 20, 2009
Just the 11 of us
De La Soul believe that three is the magic number. My college girlfriend thought it was 55, not counting guys she only blew.
The Macrotones find strength in numbers
| January 06, 2009
With Canada-via-Somalia rapper K'Naan, there’s some serious knowledge being dropped on our shores like bombs over Baghdad, only different.
International hip-hop hits home
| June 24, 2008
Almost Famous: Micah Salkind
"You can’t throw a stone here without hitting an artist."
Providence Black Repertory Company
| June 04, 2008
A tap-dancer, a magician, and an eight-piece horn section. According to a recent Web-site missive from Tiger Saw, the latest incarnation of the Newburyport-based indie collective includes all three.
Tiger Saw show some animation
| May 06, 2008
Less is best
González possesses the will power and the patience to dig into each of his songs until he has exhumed its bleeding heart.
The spare science of José González
| March 04, 2008
All dolled up
We have seen the face of Boston rock and roll, and it’s got painted-on eyebrows.
Yes, Virginia, but there’s more to the local scene than Amanda and Brian
| June 06, 2007
Damon Albarn — Blur frontman, Gorillaz supremo, and now millennial minstrel to the drowning city of London — is that eerie modern specimen, the pop star who talks like a critic. The Good, The Bad, and the Queen, "Kingdom of Doom" (streaming video)
Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen
| February 21, 2007
Brown was arguably the only rock and roll era performer to equal Elvis Presley in vocal authority, charisma, stage presence, song interpretation, and sexual magnetism.
| December 28, 2006
Rhode Island audiences have long been treated to national caliber dance troupes in Rhode Island College’s Performing Arts Series.
Mark Morris and Ronald K. Brown head to RIC
| February 01, 2006
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