May 9, 2013
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May 9, 2013
April 23, 2013
As we ponder the impact of the recently passed Richie Havens, we wanted to take a look back on a few of his most popular performances. We turned to YouTube and came upon these 3 amazing performances, which demonstrate the immense passion and soul this Brooklyn born for which this musician was best known. We thoroughly enjoyed these and know you will too. Read more of this post
April 18, 2013
We are pleased to bring you this intimate live performance of The Man by British soul legend (and friend to the site) Omar. As you can see, like a fine wine or Scotch, Omar’s amazing baritone only gets better with age. Musically, he is always on point but there is something even more engaging about this latest effort, which will be the title track from his forthcoming album. He has certainly been making waves for years and it now seems like the tide is turning in his direction. Having completing an impressive array of collaborations including Mario Biondi, Positive Flow and many others, this brother is doing it big and we dig! Read more of this post
April 4, 2013
On Friday, March 22, 2013, Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote made their NYC debut at West Village venue Le Poisson Rouge. The band has generated a great deal of buzz and amassed a substantial fan base thanks to efforts like their debut EP Tawk Tomahawk.
Hiatus Kaiyote categorizes their music as “future soul,” which is appropriate given its neo-soul, jazz, hip-hop, and electronic influences. The band itself certainly has an eclectic look, with lead singer/songwriter Nai Palm appearing as if she stepped right out of the pages of a Japanese manga. The other band members – keyboardist Simon Mavin, drummer Perrin Moss and bassist Paul Bender – are a bit more conservative in their personal stylishness. Read more of this post
April 2, 2013
Aired: November 19,1997
This is a brilliant Erykah Badu live show captured by MTV Unplugged. Captured during her amazing ascent to the top of the ranks of soul singers of the time and even today. She is a force of nature and we are happy to bring this to you for your enjoyment. Read more of this post
March 20, 2013
Among the stellar performances delivered this year at South By Southwest, we really enjoyed this energetic performance from unlikely industry darling (and recent Def Jam signee) Trinidad James. Those who visit us regularly know we are hyped about Trinidad James, not because he is the best lyricist of all time, but more about his attitude, energy and hustle. Read more of this post
March 14, 2013
This morning, during the 9am EST hour of the Today Show, popular (and beautiful) NBC Newswoman Tamron Hall revealed that Prince emailed her and offered up one of his songs, 17, as the new theme for her afternoon news program, News Nation. According to Hall, she will be able to use the song for the next 6 months. She claims Prince is a huge fan of the news and she seemed generally honored to use the song on her show.
Prince nerds like us will immediately recognize the jazzy number from Prince’s 80′s Madhouse project. Although the group officially released two numbered albums, 8 and 16. “17″ also known as Penetration (hilarious) appeared as the first song on Madhouse‘s unreleased 24 album. Read more of this post
March 14, 2013
Dig this amazing performance from last week when Hip Hop don of the moment, Kendrick Lamar, is joined onstage by Harlem MC A$AP Rocky! Enjoy
March 8, 2013
Last night was a memorable evening for all in attendance at the All Star Tribute at Carnegie Hall in New York City featuring the Music of Prince. As we reported, there was an open audition at the City Winery on downtown Manhattan the night before. The amazing array of talent for last night included D’Angelo, Elvis Costello, Princess (Maya Rudolph’s Prince cover band, Talib Kweli, the band formerly known as The Family, former Revolution guitarist Wendy Melvoin and Eric Leeds from the Madhouse jazz project. Check out a few videos of the performances from last night. Enjoy!
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March 8, 2013
Last night, an all star cast of musicians including D’Angelo, The Roots, Elvis Costello, Blind Boys of Alabama and a ton of other performers paid tribute at Carnegie Hall for the Purple One. The night before, an open rehearsal was held at City Winery in downtown NYC. We are happy to bring you a few of those rehearsal performances. Enjoy!
March 6, 2013
Jodeci is one of the most influential groups of the 1990′s and made an indelible mark on Rhythm & Blues, New Jack Swing and good old Soul music. We are delighted to bring you this concert in its entirety from the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Read more of this post
March 5, 2013
Celebrated venue, Brooklyn Bowl, hosted an amazing collaboration last night. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and neo soul legend D’Angelo tore the roof off the sucker. Enjoy!
Event Details: March 3, 2013 @ 9PM at Brooklyn Bowl
March 5, 2013
Anyone following this site knows we LOVE Prince‘s music. However, over the past few years, he has certainly done a lot to irritate fans and supporters of his. One great example was how he issued a cease and desist lettter to artist Troy Gua for his Le Petit Prince sculpture. And even more recently, Prince posted a video on his new site, but CHARGED fans to see it. REALLY? Read more of this post
February 15, 2013
The past several weeks have been great for Prince fans. The Purple One, possibly through the 3rd Eye Girl monicker, has released a number of singles, including the rock tinged Screwdriver. Along with the studio version, we recently tracked down this short live version/documentary shot at Paisley Park in Minnesota. Check it out. Read more of this post
February 14, 2013
We are true fans of Robert Glasper and are pleased to bring you this incredible performance from France featuring jazzy soul singer, Bilal, whose forthcoming LP, Love Surreal, will be released later this month. This will be a good one to have on in the background on this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy! Read more of this post
February 6, 2013
Continuing our celebration of reggae legend, Bob Marley, we are proud to present this incredibly important concert performance, which was integral in creating unity for a Jamaica that was hard hit by civil war at the time.
The One Love Peace Concert was a large concert held on April 22, 1978 at The National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
This concert was held during a political civil war in Jamaica between opposing parties Jamaican Labour Party and the People’s National Party. The concert came to its peak during Bob Marley & The Wailers’ performance of “Jammin’”, when Marley joined the hands of political rivals Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP). Read more of this post
February 2, 2013
After watching the Soul Survivor documentary earlier this week, our love and devotion of all things James Brown has only increased. Digging deeper, we were able to find this rare full concert from 1971. According to Wikipedia, “it is the only recording that documents one of his live performances with the original J.B.’s lineup featuring Bootsy and Catfish Collins“. The concert was also the basis of a live album, Love Peace Power. Read more of this post
January 29, 2013
We are pleased to bring you this super performance by rising (and Grammy-nominated) soul singer, Luke James, which took place late last year at the legendary SOBs in New York City. The singer, who is signed to Mercury (Island/Def Jam), was accompanied by a full band and combined older material with some newer tracks. This cat has a tremendous voice and has been grinding hard for years. If you are tired of hearing the same song over and over on urban radio, you owe it to yourself to hear a real singer. Read more of this post
January 28, 2013
We loved this great performance this past weekend by soul music star, John Legend, who was one of the top acts, along with Mary J. Blige and Dionne Warwick, featured at this year’s Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, which is held each year on the island and features top talent from the world of R&B, Soul, Jazz and other related genres. This solid footage includes Green Light and Best You Ever Had Read more of this post
January 28, 2013
In honor of the recent passing of one of soul and funk’s legendary musicians, Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, we wanted to present this really amazing footage featuring the late Don Cornelius, the Soul Train dancers and of course, The Ohio Players. Although not recorded live (and without controversy), the performance of this track when it was hot is something to behold. Enjoy. Read more of this post