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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?
By ZETH LUNDY  |  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.
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  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?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  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.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 22, 2009

Pleasure principles

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.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 10, 2009

French tickler

Voulez-vous coucher avec Sébastien Tellier?
"The French language is perfect for talking about sex," muses hirsute Parisian singer and electronic-musician Sébastien Tellier.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 02, 2009

Cornball bliss

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.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  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.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  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.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2009

Boom-bap diplomacy

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.
By MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  June 24, 2008

Almost Famous: Micah Salkind

Providence Black Repertory Company
"You can’t throw a stone here without hitting an artist."
By FRANK MULLIN  |  June 04, 2008

Scoring points

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.
By MATT ASHARE  |  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.
By SHARON STEEL  |  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.
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 06, 2007

London falling

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)
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 21, 2007

James Brown

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.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 28, 2006

Master movers

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.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 01, 2006

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