Monthly Archives: December 2008

Ann Powers Talks To Prince About New Music


LA Times music journalist Ann Powers talks to Prince about his religious and political views, his new protege Bria Valente and his new musical output.


Kickmag’s 2008 Picks

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Veteran soulman from the ’80’s makes a Motown album in the twenty-first century.

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The most original voice in R&B, Dwele doesn’t sound like anyone but Dwele. And that sound is urbane, sensitive and walks the right line between digital and organic soul.

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Black Spade-To Sir With Love blackspade14

Jazmine Sullivan-Fearless jazmine1


BSTC-Venus And Mars (Live)


R.I.P. Freddie Hubbard

Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s liquid horn is most remembered for the intro on Art Blakely’s “Moanin” and Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage.” As a teenager in his hometown of Indianapolis he worked with brothers Wes and Monk Montgomery. He moved to New York City in 1958 and had the talent and good luck to work with Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins, Philly Joe Jones, Slide Hampton and J.J. Johnson. Miles Davis saw him one night at Birdland playing with John Coltrane had him hired on the spot to record with Blue Note records. In the ’60s he performed and recorded with a range of jazz artists including Oliver Nelson, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Hutcherson. These experiences fed his solo output that included hard bop, post-bop, fusion, avant-garde and soulful jazz styles. His ’70s work gave him the most commercial success of his career. In the ’90s he earned a living from hip-hop artists sampling his work and sometimes having him play live on their recordings.


Manifest Hope: DC Art Gallery and Contest


(December 29, 2009 Los Angeles, CA) MANIFEST HOPE:DC ( and its partners MoveOn PAC, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Obey Giant launches a contest today, calling for entries of visual artwork from artists across the country in an online contest. The online contest calls for works that use positive messaging to convey the urgency and importance of encouraging a national dialogue about three themes – Heath Care Reform, the Green Economy and Workers’ Rights.