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Fela Kuti | The ’69 L.A. Sessions
Knitting Factory (2010)
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?
| February 09, 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.
| February 05, 2010
Good Fela! beats Nigerian drum
Boston and Broadway
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?
| December 09, 2009
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Eno Moebius Roedelius | Cluster and Eno/After the Heat
Bureau B (2009)
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.
| September 22, 2009
King Sunny Adé still brings the beats
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 star.
| July 10, 2009
Voulez-vous coucher avec Sébastien Tellier?
"The French language is perfect for talking about sex," muses hirsute Parisian singer and electronic-musician Sébastien Tellier.
| April 02, 2009
The Roots and Antibalas, live at the Roxy, January 29, 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.
| February 04, 2009
The making of the Roots-versus-Antibalas Sound Clash
How ?uest got his groove back
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.
| January 20, 2009
Just the 11 of us
The Macrotones find strength in numbers
De La Soul believe that three is the magic number. My college girlfriend thought it was 55, not counting guys she only blew.
| January 06, 2009
International hip-hop hits home
With Canada-via-Somalia rapper K'Naan, there’s some serious knowledge being dropped on our shores like bombs over Baghdad, only different.
| June 24, 2008
Almost Famous: Micah Salkind
Providence Black Repertory Company
"You can’t throw a stone here without hitting an artist."
| June 04, 2008
Tiger Saw show some animation
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.
| May 09, 2008
Less is best
The spare science of José González
González possesses the will power and the patience to dig into each of his songs until he has exhumed its bleeding heart.
| March 04, 2008
All dolled up
Yes, Virginia, but there’s more to the local scene than Amanda and Brian
We have seen the face of Boston rock and roll, and it’s got painted-on eyebrows.
| June 06, 2007
Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen
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)
| 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
Mark Morris and Ronald K. Brown head to RIC
Rhode Island audiences have long been treated to national caliber dance troupes in Rhode Island College’s Performing Arts Series.
| February 01, 2006
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