Philly jazz legend Archie Shepp and his rapper nephew Raw Poetic have a new cross-generation project
PHILADELPHIA — When Jason Moore went to see his uncle Archie Shepp perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, last year, the rapper — stage name, Raw Poetic — was hopeful that the Philadelphia-raised jazz sax legend would be game to work together. Moore had proposed recording before, and they had actually cut a demo 20 years ago.And this time, after hearing the music that Moore had been working on with his partner Earl “Damu the Fudgemunk” Davis, Shepp gave his nephew the approval he was seeking with a two-word answer: “You’re ready.”“When I heard their poems,” Shepp says, “I realized that t...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Switchfoot set for Petco Park drive-in concert, new record and virtual Bro-Am surf contest/concert
SAN DIEGO — Grammy Award-winning band Switchfoot is ready to kick off the summer with an ambitious triple play, designed as a musical response to the coronavirus pandemic.On June 7, Switchfoot will headline the first drive-in concert in the history of Petco Park. Attendance will be limited to 250 vehicles for the 7 p.m. concert, which will be preceded by a noon concert featuring B-Side Players, SM Familia and Los Sleepwalkers that will also have a 250 vehicle limit.Then, on June 19, Switchfoot will release “Covers,” a six-song EP on Fantasy Records which features the band’s arresting versions ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Brandi Carlile to perform her entire catalog of albums in virtual concert series
SEATTLE — Brandi Carlile’s birthday weekend return to the Gorge Amphitheatre may be off this year, but fans will still have a chance to see her play next week. At least virtually.A day after word came on Wednesday that Carlile will participate in a major home-state COVID-19 relief concert, the Grammy-stacking folk-rocker has announced a new livestreaming series of her own. The Maple Valley music star will perform each of her albums in a string of virtual concerts to support her band and crew, who are otherwise out of work while touring is on hold. The series begins 6 p.m. PDT Monday with Carli...
The Seattle Times
George Floyd was once part of Houston hip-hop legend DJ Screw's crew
Adding even more national attention to George Floyd’s tragic death Tuesday in the hands of Minneapolis police officers, it turns out the 46-year-old Minneapolis resident was an early member of legendary Houston hip-hop innovator DJ Screw’s crew.The Houston Chronicle brought to light Floyd’s ties to the Screwed-Up Click and the city’s celebrated hip-hop scene in its coverage of the Houston native’s death Wednesday, after talking to his family members who live there. Floyd moved to Minneapolis from the city in 2018, according to the Chronicle’s report.A recording of him freestyle rapping over a ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Country singer Chris Bandi brings his truth to new debut EP
ST. LOUIS — One of the biggest pieces of advice that St. Louis country singer Chris Bandi got when he arrived in Nashville in 2012 was that he should write songs about his truths.He already had a hundred songs in his pocket when he arrived there. Bandi says his truth doesn’t involve familiar country music tropes of tractors and trucks. It’s deeper, he says.He released his self-titled seven-song debut EP on Friday.“It’s a very honest EP, where all the songs describe who I am — where I’m from,” Bandi says. “I wanted it to have depth and be as honest as possible.”On “Chris Bandi,” the 2008 Chamin...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Rabbi makes rap video for his house listing while it's stuck on the market during pandemic — and the whole family joins in
CHICAGO — Video tours and virtual walk-throughs have become the norm for home sellers during the coronavirus pandemic, but Moshe Teldon took things one step further.The suburban Wilmette rabbi and his family created a chuckle-worthy music video in which he describes the $499,000 home listing and implores buyers to bite.“I really want to stay ahead of the curve and get some eyeballs on this (house),” said Teldon, 33. “And strange times call for extreme measures.”Teldon and his wife listed the five-bedroom split-level in February, weeks before Illinois’ stay-at-home order put an end to open hous...
COVID-19 tune educates, empowers Indonesia’s remote Marapu community
Jungga, a traditional Sumbanese musical instrument from Indonesia. Photo by Joseph Lamont. Source: CoconetThis article by Fendi Widianto and Joseph Lamont is from EngageMedia, a non-profit media, technology and culture organization. This story was edited and republished on Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.As the COVID-19 pandemic retains its tight grip on life across the planet, the need to convey public health recommendations to remote communities that speak minority languages is more pressing than ever.In Indonesia, both the government and civil society has regularly used...
Music to guide us back to sanity and self-affirmation
As this long early spring slowly starts to blossom into summer, and our parks and playgrounds and beaches begin to reopen, music can help guide us back to sanity and self-affirmation.One such voice locally has been David Acosta, the Jersey City native who raps under the name Murdock.On his first several releases, Murdock’s own struggles with depression and anxiety inspired much of his songwriting. But on “I Finally Feel Alive,” his new album with singer/musician and childhood friend Jack Blerry (of New Brunswick’s funky Cook Thugless), Murdock takes a wider approach to his material, from the c...
Review: 'The High Note' hits all the right beats
There’s an easy and addictive groove to “The High Note,” a magical music industry movie that wafts over you like a great pop song at a summer jam. Is it the deepest, most profound thing ever? Nah, but damn if it just doesn’t feel good, hitting all the right beats in all the right ways, making the air seem warmer, the lights more twinkly. Don’t you just wanna feel good right now?Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson costar as soul music legend Grace Davis and her assistant, Maggie, respectively, and there’s an extra layer of significance to their casting. Ross, the daughter of Diana Ross, is exp...
Tribune News Service
Dolphins can't play yet, so Hard Rock Stadium is opening a drive-in theater
MIAMI — Despite the fact that fans are aching to see Tua Tagovailoa throw a pass wearing the aqua and orange, the Miami Dolphins can’t play football to entertain right now.So instead, they’re inviting you to the movies.Coming soon to Hard Rock Stadium are The Outdoor Theaters, two new ways to watch films in a socially-distanced setting. The Hard Rock will now be home to an open-air theater and a drive-in theater. Both will show classic movies and what it calls classic Miami Dolphins content. We can only hope this means Dan Marino’s Fake Spike Clock Play against the New York Jets will play on r...