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Wednesday, Feb 4, 2009
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India.Arie’s fourth album, Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, comes out next Tuesday. The slow and sultry “Chocolate High” is the first single and features Musiq Soulchild. Perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day just around the corner.



Chocolate High ft. Musiq Soulchild - India.Arie


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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009

Supposedly an ancient supergroup that went their own ways, the master tapes for the BPA sessions were unearthed earlier this year, cleaned up, and are now publicly available.  Fantasy is fun, ain’t it?  As our review said, “The album’s strongest track is also a cover. ‘He’s Frank (Slight Return)’, originally by the Monochrome Set, appears here with a funkier bassline, abundant handclaps, and almost subterranean vocals from Iggy Pop.” As the video proves, even as a muppet, Iggy can still kick your ass.



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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009
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Back in 2006, Roger Holland raved about Amy Lavere’s This World Is Not My Home, calling it “one of the best albums of 2006”. Here she is on the latest installment of the Sun Studio Sessions.



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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009

Along with Mike Farris, the Duhks were the highlights of last year’s Americana Music Festival & Conference. Karen Zarker described the Canadian band as “a plate full of all the good stuff, all mixed up. You’ll get rock (with a violin that sounds like an electric guitar), cabaret (with that tinge of the dark, somewhat perverse, rather intellectual approach which makes for the best of cabaret), foot-stomping Celtic, and a spicy bit of Afropop (wherein the fiddle becomes a thumb piano). Sarah Dugas’ versatile pipes can belt out gospel with the best of ‘em, followed by some good ol’ Louisiana Cajun. Sarah and Tania Elizabeth will sing to you in French and sing to you in English, but the band’s instruments sing in more tongues than any mere multilingual human can.” The band’s latest video “Fast Paced World” from the album of the same name was directed by Dream Rockwell, who works as artistic director of the vaudeville circus group Lucent Dossier. That circus vibe is evident throughout as band romp in fanciful costumes and evoke a rather surrealist tone. This video was created for the Elevate Film Festival in Los Angeles.


Photo: Sarah Zupko

Photo: Sarah Zupko



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Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009

Filmore Mescalito Holmes wrote last year about Somalian rapper K’naan that “he clearly remembers what it was like to have three of his best friends shot in a single day, he understands the hope he desired at the time, and is doing his best to deliver it to the people who still need it. He is honestly trying to give back to the tragic birthplace of his soul, not merely profit from it like Fiddy Cent.” His work is indeed powerful and we eagerly anticipate his major label debut, Troubadour, out on February 24th. Here’s the new video “ABC’S” featuring MC Chubb Rock. Tour dates below…


And here’s the video for “Dreamer”...


TOUR DATES
2/05 Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College Fine Arts Center
2/06 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Union Ballroom
2/07 Guelph, OH Sleeman Center
2/08 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Bar and Grill
2/10 Madison, WI The Annex
2/11 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural
2/13 Lincoln, NE University of Nebraska
2/14 Denver, CO The Bluebird
2/16 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
2/19 Garberville, CA Toph’s House
2/20 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
2/21 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena
2/25 New York, NY SOB’s
2/27 Washington, DC Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
3/01 Allston, MA Harper’s Ferry
3/02 Philadelphia, PA World Café
3/04 Atlanta, GA Vinyl
3/05 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbit’s
3/06 Orlando, FL Social
3/07 Miami, FL Bicentennial Park
3/09 Portland, OR Doug Fir
3/10 Seattle, WA Neumos
4/17 Indio, CA Coachella


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