Tag: black rock

Now on TheRoot.com: "Black Rock Rolls On"

The state of black rock circa 2010.

/ June 29, 2010

Now on The Huffington Post.com: Dash’s Blakroc disses black rock

How can you call something “BlakRoc” when the black folks on the project only rap and the rockers are all white?

/ October 21, 2009

2 days to the Afropunk jumpoff

My friends Boston and Shena just concluded three nights of amazing (yes, it was that good) music this past Saturday with the third installment of the URB Alt Festival.  Check out my posts here and here. But no sooner is that done than the 2008 Afropunk Festival starts.  40 bands,...

/ July 3, 2008

Friday, June 13: Stephanie McKay at Central Park Summerstage

My friend Stephanie brings her powerful vocals and infectious brew of soul and funk to bear to kick off Summerstage's 2008 season tomorrow night.  The date's in support of her forthcoming album "Tell It Like It Is," which is already gaining buzz in Europe.  I expect this show to even...

/ June 12, 2008

NY Times on J*Davey

Further reinforcing my point of a cultural shift:When J*Davey first appeared three years ago, it presaged a revival of interest in the intersections between electro and soul. A widely disseminated demo led to a string of dates opening for Prince and a major-label deal with a division of Warner Brothers....

/ June 10, 2008

Bo Diddley, 1928 – 2008

By now, it's no news to most of you and rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley passed away yesterday at the age of 79.  There's been a lot written about his legacy, and his impact on four decades of musicians.  I had the pleasure and honor of talking about his...

/ June 3, 2008

Rock is the new Black

So writes Jim Farber of the NY Daily News, as he gets into the whys of the mainstreaming of Black rock:So, why are such stunning changes happening now? Observers cite the same factor that has had the greatest impact on culture in general: the Internet. With digital downloads, "people now...

/ May 27, 2008

MTV asks: Is theater finally catching up to the street?

MTV News recently ran a piece that explores how the rock musical is attracting a new, younger generation to the Great White Way, and uses newcomers (and award winners) "Passing Strange", "In The Heights" and longer running shows such as "Rent" and "Spring Awakening" as examples.  "In the Heights" is...

/ May 20, 2008

Black rock musical “Passing Strange” racks up multiple Broadway nominations

Over at Bold As Love, I've listed the awards and categories that "Passing Strange" is in contention for.  All you lovers of great music and great songwriting should go check this out.  Discount ticketing info is at the end of the post. Read More

/ May 14, 2008

Why “Passing Strange” Matters

Tomorrow marks the Broadway debut of the musical "Passing Strange".  It was just this past May when the musical, the brainchild of singer/songwriter Stew, enjoyed both critical adulation and an extended run at The Public Theater. Broadway is, of course, a whole 'nother level, but it's one that this work...

/ February 7, 2008

Listening Post: Shrine for the Black Madonna–“Mona Lisa”

As many of you know, over at Bold As Love, I'm chronicling what I see as the cultural shift that, I believe, is making it possible for Black rock to move from the fringes towards the mainstream.  To further support this, I wanted to make sure that I'm sharing music...

/ January 24, 2008

The cultural shift towards Black rock

At last weekend’s launch of BoldasLIVE, I reiterated a case I’ve been building over the most of this year that Black rock is manifesting itself in contemporary culture in the way that’s not been seen before.  As someone who’s attuned to it, I feel a buzz coming out of this...

/ July 31, 2007