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29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #7 'Off Main St: Thundercat'

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did. We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History ...
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Surf-rock, dance-pop, and funk-inflected tunes, as well as a few of our other favorite tracks this week U.S. Girls: 4 American Dollars A playful tune about the perils of living in our money-driven society, “4 American Dollars” by U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy) features poignant lyrics about the inner workings of our economy and Remy’s bank balance: “In this world where they say: ‘It’s not personal, it’s business’ …
Tags: Design, Music Videos, Rock, Pop, Indie, Rb, French, Listenup, The Weeknd, Electronic, Funk, New Music, Remy, U.S. Girls, Meghan Remy, Surf Rock


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #8. ReMastered: Devil at the Crossroads — A Robert Johnson Story

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did. We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History ...
Tags: Videos, Music, Films, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Robert Johnson, Motown, List this


Yves Tumor: Gospel For A New Century

Tennessee-raised pop-electronic artist Yves Tumor (aka Sean Bowie) announced his follow-up to the 2018 EP, Safe In The Hands Of Love, in the form of 3 April’s Heaven To A Tortured Mind. The project’s first single, “Gospel For A New Century,” harkens back to looming funk releases from experimental groups like Parliament-Funkadelic, but pulls in elements reminiscent of eclectic acts ranging from Prince to TV On …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Pop, Culture, Tennessee, Listenup, Electronic, New Music, Parliament Funkadelic, Yves Tumor, Sean Bowie, Hands of Love, Gospel For A New Century


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #9  Behind the Music: Gladys Knight

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did. We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History ...
Tags: Videos, Music, Films, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Gladys Knight, Motown, List this


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #10 The Believers: The First Transgender Gospel Choir

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
Tags: Videos, Music, Films, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Motown, List this


Scantron's 'Electric City' Is a Four-Song Blast of Engaging Garage Rock

Opening track "Dreams" begins with the line "Some things never go away / Some situations just hold you in their sway" as the band's swagger seems to ape an almost psychedelic take on Britpop, complete with sneering vocals and Loss' vintage organ. There's an irresistible glam rock feel to "White Linen Sheets", as soaring chorus harmonies live comfortably among the gritty riffs. Rounding out Electric City are the hip-swaying "Tip Top Inn", a modern-day update of Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee", whi...
Tags: Music, Garage Rock, Rock, Music Review, Power Pop, Scantron, Lee, Lloyd Price, Glam Rock, Electric City


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #11. Darker Than Blue: Curtis Mayfield

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
Tags: Videos, Music, Films, Country, Rock, Pop, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Documentary, Black History Month, Motown, Curtis Mayfield, List this, Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #12. Never a Dull Moment: 20 Years of the Rebirth Brass Band

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
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Counterbalance No. 3: Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Klinger: So why is Nevermind number three on this scientifically-verified list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time? In the end, I think it comes down to three factors: 1. The cultural shift that the album represents, as detailed above. Sure, Nevermind made the world safe for countless wallet-chained flannel enthusiasts, but it also changed the culture. Not many albums can say that. 2. Critics do want to sound relevant, and Nirvana gave them an album that was the right mix of noise and hoo...
Tags: Music, Rock, Courtney Love, Jack White, Nirvana, Alternative Rock, Klinger, Jim Morrison, Cobain, Mendelsohn, Grunge, Nevermind, Counterbalance, Jimi Hendrix Elvis Presley Janis Joplin


29 Black Music Documentaries for Black History Month 2020: #13. Charley Pride: I'm Just Me

For Black History Month 2020, we are showcasing films and videos featuring Black American artists. Enjoy them and learn about the origin of each Black music legend featured. This list is ordered by layering unknown artists around bigger names while mixing up the genre. It has been curated for maximum surprise, so a hip-hop veteran you love may be followed by a rock band you've never heard, but you'll be glad you did.We're adding a Black music documentary to this list each day of Black History Mo...
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British Art-rockers Zooni Debut Video for "Dissolve" (premiere)

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Plugging Into the Third Mind

The Third Mind closes with a tribute to Roky Erickson and the 13th Story Elevators' dark classic "Reverberation". This cover feels like the most straightforward track on the album, coming across like a particularly sprightly (and Edgy) U2 tune with a dash of hair metal thrown in the mix. On paper that might sound horrific but scraping away a bit of the original's psychedelia reveals "Reverberation" to be a terrific rock tune, and there's nothing wrong with that. That's the cool thing about The...
Tags: Music, Rock, Music Review, Yep Roc Records, Alternative Rock, Roky Erickson, Dave Alvin, Psychedelic Rock, Folk Rock, Experimental rock, The third mind






Brooding Goth Meets Post-Punk on Bambara's 'Stray'

"Ben & Lily" plays out like the flipside to "Johnny and Mary" by Robert Palmer. With its sweeping orchestration and minimalistic and repetitive figures, it could be a post-punk movie score. Lyrically, It's an affecting, somber tale about a married couple who were chemically sterilized in the state of Georgia. "Made For Me" sounds like the Cramps channeling Johnny Cash on a country, goth surf rock journey while on "Sweat" Bateh howls with almost religious fervor as the band build and then rele...
Tags: Music, Georgia, Rock, Music Review, Mary, Johnny Cash, Johnny, Bambara, Indie Rock, Wharf Cat Records, Robert Palmer, Post-punk, Gothic rock, Noise rock, Ben Lily


Unconditional Arms Fuse Post-Punk and Post-Rock on "You're Just As Desperate" (premiere)

Upcoming ShowsFEB 27 Elbo Room Jack London- Oakland, CAFEB 28 The Orchard House- Santa Rosa, CAKeep Reading
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Nada Surf Get Philosophical on 'Never Not Together'

The insistent "Ride in the Unknown" finishes out the album with an upbeat, high-energy feel. The driving beat and bass from Elliot and Lorca push the song along, and subtle saxophone and keys fill out the sound. Caws again has a strong melody and vocals here. And again, he's talking about empathy, in this case being there for one another no matter the situation. That lyrical focus on moving forward, supporting one another, and having empathy could easily have turned cloying throughout a whole...
Tags: Music, Rock, Music Review, Power Pop, Alternative Rock, Elliot, Indie Rock, Barsuk Records, Lorca, Nada Surf


Tame Impala's 'The Slow Rush' Is an Open Diary Set to Perfect Music

On the final track of The Slow Rush, "One More Hour", we are told time has passed. We are older now, together. Whereas the first track asked for one more year, now we ask for just 60 more minutes. Parker is at his most self-reflective here. There might not be another chance at connection, he warms. "Whatever I've done, I did it for love. I did it for fun. Couldn't get enough. I did it for fame but never for money!" Whether these are thoughts expressed tongue-in-cheek, they are also soaked in t...
Tags: Music, Rock, Tame Impala, Kanye West, Music Review, Neo-psychedelia, Parker, Psychedelic Rock, Psychedelic Pop


King Princess: Ohio

After performing “Ohio” live with consistency since her first tour, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) finally releases an official recording and music video for the fan-favorite track. Both the song and visuals begin with quiet intimacy, and the latter introduces Straus wearing her theatrical Cheap Queen look. As with the song, the video soon explodes into an anthemic garage-rock performance, cut from captivating live renditions. …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Rock, Culture, Ohio, Listenup, New Music, Straus, King Princess, Mikaela Straus, Cheap Queen


Counterbalance No. 2: The Beatles' 'Revolver'

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Punk's Spanish Love Songs Urge 'Brave Faces Everyone'

Those same followers may be a little surprised to see then a song entitled "Optimism" on the album. However, it is a remarkably self-aware track about the dangers of being dragged down into a world of endless pessimism and cynicism. To thrive, the band understand that they need to paint with more colors than just black and grey.That's not to say that Spanish Love Songs don't know how to use those colors well. "Losers 2" is the comedown after the hedonism of "Losers" as the band identifies with...
Tags: Music, Rock, Neil Young, Music Review, Dolores, Indie Rock, Punk Rock, Pop Punk, Slocum, Pure noise records, Spanish love songs




Green Day Struggle to Survive on 'Father of All'

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Even the Misses Sound Like Hits on Supergrass' 'The Strange Ones 1994-2008'

If, when your children ask you, "Daddy, what did you do in the Britpop war?" you can answer, "I can't remember, I was listening to Supergrass," then you are a good parent. If you need a reminder of what was surfing the zeitgeist in the post-grunge, hangover years, grab a copy of The Strange Ones 1994-2008. It's more fun than a barrel of Monkees.Keep Reading
Tags: Music, Rock, Music Review, Britpop, Supergrass, Alternative Rock


Counterbalance No. 1: The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds'

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Trey Anastasio Band Bring Spirit Family Together in the City of Angels

"Plasma" provides another jazzy bluesy highlight where Cressman stretches out on an exquisite trombone solo. The band then wraps the set in grand fashion with the ever-electrifying "First Tube". A fan favorite since 1999, the instrumental jam features a galactic cowboys riding off into the sunset vibe over a monster groove that's driven higher by the horns, Baptista's bells & whistles, and Trey's fiery guitar. The light show goes into overdrive here too with a spinning disco ball and maximum...
Tags: Music, Review, Los Angeles, Rock, Jazz Fusion, City Of Angels, Alternative Rock, Trey, Trey Anastasio Band, Trey Anastasio, Jam Rock, Baptista, Progressive Rock, Cressman, Event review


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Spoken-word, space jazz, '90s-style R&B and more new music Kate Tempest: Unholy Elixir In June 2019, British spoken-word artist Kate Tempest released The Book Of Traps and Lessons, an album featuring the sharp, powerful single “Holy Elixir.” After extensive touring, Tempest returns with “Unholy Elixir,” an even more enrapturing rendition that incorporates things she learned about the song while on the road. The video comes …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Experimental, Rock, Pop, Soul, Hip-hop, House, Indie, Jazz, Little Dragon, Listenup, Collaborations, Josh Homme, Kate Tempest


Black Lips Create a Killer Country Record, Infused with Lo-fi Garage Rock

From Cole's opener, the cantankerous ill repute themed oddity, "Hooker Jon", to Swilley's possible ode to his great Uncle who very well may have been forever immortalized as a GI Joe character both in real life and song form (hear the first single "Rumbler" for more on that) In a World That's Falling Apart will spend ample time on your decks or headphones. An auditory delight for anyone in the know, or out of it, for that matter. "Georgia" is the best Waylon song that Waylon never wrote. F...
Tags: Music, Review, La, Garage Rock, Georgia, Rock, Music Review, Joe, Indie Rock, Waylon, Odelia, Lo-fi, Black Lips, Fire Records, Psychedelic Rock, Swilley





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