Tag: music

Now on TheRoot.com: Rock is Black Music, Too!

Time to give rock another look. Because hip hop is out of ideas.

/ April 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

Bill Bragin, “Downtown Impresario”

Today the New York Times profiled a friend of mine, Bill Bragin.  When you talk about people shaping culture in New York City, certainly you have to talk about Bill.  As a programmer and presenter, he's put his wide-ranging and superb musical tastes to work in service of Festival Productions,...

/ February 27, 2008

Digital Music Forum: The Indie Takeover?

Jaylaan Ahmad-Llewellyn, Bluhammock MusicJim Cooperman, Wind-Up RecordsMatt Laszuk, IRIS DistributionAmaechi Uzoigwe, Definitive JuxMitchell Wolk, ADARich Bengloff, A2IM (moderator) First, some apologies: This is not a live blog post.  I did something stupid and lost the original post.  Kinda bummed that Typepad hasn't created an autosave feature.  Anyway, I'm recreating this...

/ February 27, 2008

Digital Music Forum: A&R in the Digital Age

Maria Egan-Cohen, Columbia RecordsDaniel Werner, Epic RecordsElliott Mazer, Left Turn MusicAllan KovacKelli Richards, The All Access Group (moderator) Richards: Why go with a major? Egan-Cohen: Resources.  She focuses on bands that have established a track record and a following, and are looking to get to that next level via the...

/ February 27, 2008

Digital Music Forum: Global Music Marketing in the Digital Age (panel)

John Fleckenstein, BMG Label GroupMark Ghuneim, WiredSetPeter Rojas, RCRD LBLShahi Ghanem, BrickfishDoug Perlson, TargetspotVicki Saunders, TouchTunes MusicCelia Hirschman, KCRW's On The Beat Peter: How do you offer a great experience for users so that they'll keep coming back?  Question is not to sell music. Fleckenstein: Start working with artists from...

/ February 27, 2008