Daily Archives: September 26, 2016

Adrian Younge-The Electronique Void Act 1

The Electronique Void Act 1 video is a visual for the first three songs from Adrian Younge’s newest album. The mostly instrumental album is about relationships and he describes it as an “academic album” because it is informative. The Electronique Void Act 1 sounds like lazy techno and bits of P-Funk held together with samples of esoteric narration. The album comes out officially on October 7th and you can pre-order vinyl, digital or a CD version now. Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have scored the soundtrack for Netflix’s Luke Cage series from Marvel. Raphael Saadiq, Faith Evans, Charles Bradley and Jidenna are some of the artists to work on the project. On October 6th they will give a live show of the music at the Theatre At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson will conduct a 40-piece orchestra for the show and producer No I.D. will DJ for the evening.

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NPR Noteworthy: Anthony Hamilton

Anthony Hamilton is the subject of NPR’s Noteworthy profiles. Hamilton and he takes Jason King on a tour of his Charlotte, North Carolina hometown. He talks about the role of his family and the church in his career and the path to his breakthrough album, Comin’ From Where I’m From.

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Johnny Popcorn: Totem Pole Sampler

Johnny Popcorn’s Totem Pole comes out September 30th but you can hear a sampler of the songs now. The trio pride themselves on a sound that traverses rock, pop and R&B making them some of the most soulful bohemians making music right now. Listen to the sampler above and pre-order Totem Pole on iTunes.

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Kendrick Lamar At The Global Citizen Festival

The Global Citizen Festival took place this past weekend in New York City’s Central Park. Kendrick Lamar was one of the artists to perform in addition to Rihanna, Usher and Major Lazer. The Global Citizen organization is committed to ending extreme poverty by 2030 and the festival was a way to bring attention to the issue. This is Kendrick Lamar’s full set from the festival.

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Documentary Trailer

And Still I Rise is a documentary about the late Dr. Maya Angelou. The late author, poet and civil rights activist passed two years ago and the film is a chronicle of her life and work. Common, Hilary Clinton, Cicely Tyson and Alfre Woodard are some of the people who appear in the film and talk about Angelou’s influence. Angelou’s own words are used to help narrate the film that will air on PBS in the Winter of 2017. And Still I Rise is currently playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

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