Little Simz Announces New Album Shares Video For Selfish

Little Simz is releasing her third album, GREY Area in March and today she has the video for “Selfish” featuring vocalist Cleo Sol. The video captures Simz and Sol in a living More »

Watch: Chaka Khan’s Official Video For Hello Happiness

Watch the chaos unfold in Chaka Khan’s official video for “Hello Happiness.” Messages about people over 50 cheating on their partners and the rise of H.I.V. in this group of people bookend More »

Smino To Headline Hoopti Tour

St. Louis rapper Smino announces his headlining Hoopti tour of North America. The tour will begin on March 23rd in Chicago and will end May 17th in Detroit. Smino just appeared with Noname More »

Gary Clark Jr.: This Land Official Video

Gary Clark Jr.’s video for “This Land” addresses race in the country right now and he can be heard singing about living in Trump’s America. Images of young Black boys, a Confederate More »

The 1865 Emerge With Debut Single Buckshot

The 1865 is a blues-punk new band formed in 2017 by veteran journalist Sacha Jenkins who was one-half of The White Mandingos with Murs. Professional skateboarder and musician Chuck Treece, Shoegaze singer Carolyn More »

Chuck D’s Artmageddon Show Will Open January 12th At Shephard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects Gallery

Chuck D’s watercolor art will make its public debut January 12th at Shephard Fairey’s Subliminal Arts Gallery in Los Angeles. The show is a surprise because Chuck D is known as the founder of Public Enemy and a member of the Prophets Of Rage band. Artmageddon is the name of the exhibit and Chuck D said this in a press release: 

“Like hip-hop, visual art has the power to deliver a message with an explosive force. Shepard has created a space to remind us all that visual art has a voice, a place, an impact on the world we are living in.  It insists that you think and makes you feel. I’m humbled to have my work hang on the walls of Subliminal Projects.”

Chuck D’s visual art is in the permanent collection at The Smithsonian’s National Museum Of African American History And Culture. Last year the hip-hop legend released the solo album Celebration Of Ignorance. For more information on Subliminal Projects check out their website.  

 

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Roy Hargrove’s Music & Life Celebrated

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove passed last November at 49 of cardiac arrest leaving behind a remarkable musical legacy that started with jazz standards and eventually went into the realm of neo-soul.  On Tuesday night, in New York,  peers, friends, fans and over 200 musicians paid tribute to him with five hours of his music. Wynton Marsalis, who met Hargrove when he was 16, led the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra during their walked through performance of “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” which is usually played at New Orleans’ jazz funerals. Christian McBride, who was a friend and colleague to Hargrove hosted the night. The Roy Hargrove Big Band and his RH Factor band were among the performers. Norah Jones, Common, Karriem Riggins, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jon Batiste and Stephanie McKay graced the stage for the tribute. Hargrove’s spirit and impact on music was felt in the building alongside feelings of grief for his passing and celebration for his life’s work. 

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Watch: Noname Perform Ace On The Tonight Show With Smino And Saba

Noname made her Tonight Show debut with a performance of “Ace” accompanied by Smino and Saba. Noname is currently on the road for her sold-out tour to support Room 25

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Lee Fields & The Expressions: It Rains Love Official Video

Lee Fields & The Expressions drop a visual for the title track from the upcoming It Rains Love album. Leon Michels produced their fifth album which is coming out April 5th on Big Crown Records. The video features a couple sharing good times together and Fields sings in the background. It Rains Love is inspired by domestic happiness and Fields’ own four decades plus marriage. Lee Fields & The Expressions will be on tour soon after the release of the new album. 

                                                                       Tour Dates 

12 April — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
25 April — Utrecht, NE @ Tivoli
26 April — Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
28 April — Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
29 April — Paris, FR @ St. Eustache
30 April — Lille, FR @ Aeronef
2 May — Cambridge, UK @ The Junction
3 May — Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
4 May — London, UK @ 02 Shepherds Bush
11 May — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
7 June — Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
22 June — Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
28 June — Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
2 August — Luhmuhlen, DE @ Summer’s Tale Festival
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New Technics 1200 Turntable

Technics unveiled their new SL-1200 MK7 turntable in Las Vegas Monday at CES. The new model comes eight years after the last update in the form of the MK6. Technics’ parent company Panasonic described the MK7 as having a lighter motor and a microcomputer for better motor control from their Blu-Ray technology. The stylus has been improved to provide increased visibility of the tip. The DJ-intended turntable also has a LED light that can be changed from red to blue. The MK7 boasts reverse playback among its other features but Panasonic did not list a price for the turntable in its press release

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