"Luxor" seems like an Afro-futurist ether-world, a place where oppressed populations can congregate and, if necessary, escape to.
27 May 2016
Shabazz Palaces perfectly exemplifies the Pickathon aesthetic as they have greatly expanded hip-hop's palette.
29 Mar 2016
Afropunk Fest felt more politically charged this year. People had their hands in the air as a tribute to Michael Brown nearly as often as they did for the performers.
27 Aug 2014
The year ahead looks to be an exciting one with the emergence of wealth of great new music waiting in the wings. Will Alabama Shakes be the toast of 2012? Will 2012 be a banner year for forward-thinking hip-hop and R&B? And let's not forget all the great new bands expected to break big in 2012.
01 Jan 2012
The year's best new and emerging artists range across the musical spectrum from forward thinking R&B to classic soul, from a bevy of exciting new hip-hop talent to great new hopes for indie rock and Americana. 2011 shows that music is always pushing forward even as it dips into the past.
29 Dec 2011
Newcomers, giants, throwbacks, and collaborators -- 2011 was the year of diversity, in which rap fans were faced with enough variety to find whatever flavor of hip-hop they wanted.
David Amidon, Dave Heaton, Quentin B. Huff, Mike Madden, and Dean Van Nguyen
12 Dec 2011
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