Music Legend John Oates Electrifies with Inspired Performance [CONCERT REVIEW] @JohnOates

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By Christopher A. Daniel | @Journalistorian

Music legend John Oates has taken his “Rock & Soul” sound back to basics. This particular chilly evening, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is performing like a troubadour at Eddie’s Attic in downtown Decatur, Ga, completely stripping down his melodic, soulful pop/rock past as one half of the massively successful duo Hall & Oates in favor of revisiting his love for roots music. Read more of this post

The Story of Gary Clark Jr.’s Inspirations by Michael A. Gonzales [INTERVIEW] @GaryClarkJr @gonzomike

Gary Clark Jr. @ AFROPUNK Festival, Brooklyn, NY 8-23-15 | Photo Credit: Marcia Wilson

Gary Clark Jr. @ AFROPUNK Festival, Brooklyn, NY 8-23-15 | Photo Credit: Marcia Wilson


Praised by Rolling Stone magazine, Eric Clapton and Alicia Keys, contemporary bluesman Gary Clark Jr.’s career has propelled quite nicely since his big-label debut Blak and Blu was released in 2012. Since then, the 31-year-old Austin, Texas native has toured the world, boogied with Beyoncé, and opened for D’Angelo while also managing to record one of the most dynamic albums this year, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, due out September 11th. Although schooled by the blues from the age of 12, Clark is also down with the bop of hip-hop, the bottom of fierce funk, and the dramatics of classic rock. Read more of this post

Donnie & The American Mythology – Protester [FULL STREAM]

It has been quite a while since soul singer Donnie graced the community with his presence. More than a decade ago (wow, how time flies), he burst on the scene with the critically acclaimed Colored Section album lead by his anthemic “Cloud 9”.  At that point, there was a solid amount of competition in the “neo-soul” category with Maxwell, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu among others leading the way. Many felt Donnie was next in line but then he seemed to fade away. Well, now he is back with a new project. Peep this new song that comes right on time and features production by the amazing Bugz in the Attic (West London/ATL) crew member Daz I Cue. Read more of this post

Prince & 3rdEyeGirl Cover Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” Snippet Instrumental

PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl are gearing up for their show at The Myth Saturday May 25th in Minneapolis and have been rehearsing “Even Flow” by Pearl Jam with PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl guitarist Donna Grantis going at it on guitar! Read more of this post

Prince – Rock and Roll Love Affair Remix FULL STREAM


Ok, now this is what we are talking about. Our favorite, Prince, is blowing up the internet with two back to back leaks. After releasing Rock and Roll Love Affair late last year to mix reviews, the Purple one went back in the lab and retooled this cut just the way we like it. Classic and groovy synth lines really make this relaunch pop! We dig and then some!


2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees including Donna Summer, Quincy Jones and Public Enemy

We are proud of all of the inductees to this year’s class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees.  For years, many non-maintstream rock groups were ignored in this annual award show.  However, in recent years, we have seen a number of hip hop and classic soul artists emerge as inductees.

This year, we are especially happy to see recently passed disco and R&B legend Donna Summer along with bluesman Albert King ,  legendary producer/arranger/musician Quincy Jones, and, of course, hip hop pioneers, Public Enemy among the list of inductees.  Also, shout out to the inductee Lou Adler for producing the cult classics, Cheech and Chong’s ( ) legendary [amazon_link id=”B000R7I436″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Up in Smoke[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”B003VS0CWO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Rocky Horror Picture Show[/amazon_link], and changing the World forever.

Check out the full list below:

Sting – Bring on the Night FULL DOCUMENTARY

This is a very important film and moment in Sting’s career. Having left The incredibly successful Police rock band to pursue a jazzier direction, this documentary captures the process and result of his effort to evolve as a musician and prepare for the release of Dream of the Blue Turtles and subsequent tour.  Featuring legendary players like keyboarding Kenny Kirkland and saxophonist Branford Marsalis, this is a very enjoyable and educational film which you will certainly enjoy.

Bee Gees – One Night Only Live in Concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada USA

We are pleased to present this full Bee Gees Concert in memory of the recently departed Robin Gibb, a key member of this legendary group, which spanned multiple decades and achieve hits across multiple genres. We were deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Gibb’s death, which, along with the passing of MCA, Chuck Brown and Donna Summer, makes this one of the saddest few weeks in recent memory. Sit back and enjoy this incredible performance.


Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb were performing together from childhood but it was in Australia in 1960 that they were first billed as the Bee Gees. The band went on to become one of the most successful performing, recording and songwriting acts of all time. This full-length concert was shot at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 14, 1997 and is one of very few Bee Gees performances ever filmed. It has consistently been one of Eagle Vision’s biggest selling titles. Now the DVD has been reauthored, with a revised sleeve and additional content to celebrate 50 years of the Bee Gees.

The Bee Gees reunited in 1997 for a “One Night Only” concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, their only live concert in 1997 and first U.S. concert in nearly 10 years. Together they performed their greatest hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, including many songs written for and made hits by other artists but never recorded by the Bee Gees themselves. Hold you breath for the special guest appearance by French-Canadian diva Celine Dion.

Finding and Curating the Roots of Soul Music from National Public Radio + FREE MP3 DOWLOAD

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Some years back, I was driving across the South with a German friend, leaving early Sunday morning from Athens, Ga., and heading to Louisiana. I turned on the radio and found a black church service in progress, and a woman with a remarkable voice singing. “Who’s that?” my friend asked. I told him I had no idea. “But with a voice like that, she must be famous,” he said. Some miles down the road, when the station had faded out, he still didn’t believe me.

Of course, that’s no reason to believe that she didn’t make a record. Mike McGonigal, whose literary magazine Yeti mixes indie rock and literature, has been collecting gospel 45s on vanity and tiny independent labels for years, and in his spare time he’s put out Fire in My Bones and This May Be My Last Time Singing, two triple-disc sets of amazing stuff from his collection. Some of it, like the Mississippi Nightingales’ “Don’t Let Him Ride,” is fairly conventional, but some of it isn’t.

Elder Roma Wilson and Family were a man and his three sons, all four of them playing harmonicas, recorded in 1948 at a Detroit record store on the track “Better Get Ready.” They weren’t even informed that their record had been released until McGonigal contacted them.

Most of these recordings are fairly obscure, but not all of them. Elder Beck’s “Rock and Roll Sermon” has long been snickered over as a prime example of a preacher preaching against something that his band knows only too well. For a denunciation of rock ‘n’ roll, it rocks; in fact, rocking is all over these collections. Witness Little Ax and the Golden Echoes on the track “So Soon.”

McGonigal has unearthed stories about most of these records, and he reports that Little Ax, who put in time with a lot of professional gospel groups, was named Wilmer Broadnax — although the word on the gospel circuit was that Wilmer was born Wilma and spent her entire life passing as a man.

These selections were from the Fire in My Bones collection, which includes not only independent recordings, but also a fair helping of ethnomusicological recordings. The fact that the follow-up collection, This May Be My Last Time Singing, is more narrowly focused on gospel 45s from 1957 to 1982 makes it even more exciting.

It’s exciting, but that doesn’t mean it’s any more polished. Missionary Mamie Sample recorded “May Be My Last Time Singing” in New Orleans in 1972; it’s an old Staples Singers song that’s clearly fallen into the folk tradition — not to mention The Rolling Stones’ repertoire. In fact, pop music, the blues and the church get pretty intertwined in some of these numbers.

The Masonic Travellers of Memphis, Tennessee recorded “If You Ever Need a Friend” for the J&W label, for which the song’s writer, Willie Morganfield, was a producer. If his name seems familiar, it should be: He’s one of Muddy Waters‘ sons.

I have to admit that I hope these two collections do very well — not just because McGonigal’s a nice guy and he’s done a fantastic job here, but because it might indicate that there’s some interest in gospel. These records are fine in their own quirky way, but the vast majority of black gospel remains not only out of print, but inaccessible. Every big postwar independent label that recorded black music (Chess, Duke, Scepter and Jewel, to name just a few) had a gospel label on which the major, auditorium-filling acts recorded. The situation in gospel right now is like having all the 13th Floor Elevators‘ records in print while nobody can get to The Beatles’ recordings. With the revival of interest in soul, it might be nice to let people hear where it — and most of its singers — came from.

Until then, I recommend these sets, with their odd mixture of sermons, songs and strangeness.

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Afro-Punk Festival 2011 in Brooklyn at Commodore Barry Park featuring Cee-Lo, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Santigold, Gym Class Heroes, Res and More on August 27, 28 CANCELLED


SOULHEAD MUST GO!  If you do not come to this show, it is either because you will not be in Brooklyn that weekend or you’re wack. Period. This super eclectic festival is one of the Summer’s most anticipated events and is always packed with the most interesting people anywhere.  With booths, vendors, and food galore, this is a music lover and people watching paradise.  Commodore Barry Park can be a bit of a challenge to get to but it is always worth the trip.

Event Description – From

The Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park for its 7th edition on August 27-28 2011. This year has the most stellar line up yet with Cee Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch.

Just added: Gym Class Heroes, Das Racist, Kenna, Tamar-kali, Bad Rabbits, Joe Jordans Experiment, Jersey Klan, Radkey, and DJ’s Stack-Aly, Jillionaire, Dances with White Girls, D://BOi, dj.shErOck, toni*K! In addition, the Nike Battle For the Streets Skate and BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC will return with the nation’s top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports including Nigel Sylvester and P-Rod.
Dates – Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 2011

Location –

Commodore Barry Park (corner of Flushing and Navy St.)

Brooklyn, NY 11201



Food by Beats and Bites Food Trucks


(Soulhead Picks in BOLD)


MTV Hive Stage:

11:00–04:30 DJ STACK-ALY
05:15–05:45 REGGIE WATTS
05:45–06:00 DJ JILLIONAIRE
06:00–06:40 TORO Y MOI
07:00–07:40 GYM CLASS HEROES
07:40–08:10 DJ JILLIONAIRE
08:10–09:00 SANTIGOLD

Bites and Beats Stage:

12:00–02:30 DJ SEROCK* & DJ TONI*K
02:30–03:00 RADKEY
03:00–03:30 DJ JILLIONAIRE
03:30–04:00 ROCKY BUSINESS
04:30–05:00 BAD RABBITS
06:20–07:00 KENNA
07:30–08:10 DAS RACIST


MTV Hive Stage:

11:00–04:30 DJ D://BOI
05:00–05:15 DJ D://BOI + BMX DEMO
05:45–06:00 DJ D://BOI
06:00–06:40 FISHBONE
06:40–07:00 DJ D://BOI + BMX DEMO
07:00–07:40 JANELLE MONAE
07:40–08:10 DJ D://BOI
08:10–09:00 CEE LO GREEN

Bites and Beats Stage:

12:00–02:00 DJ SEROCK* & DJ TONI*K
03:30–04:00 RES
04:00–04:30 DJ JILLIONAIRE
04:30–05:00 JOI
06:00–06:20 DJ JILLIONAIRE
06:20–07:00 TAMAR KALI
07:30–08:10 TOSHI REAGON

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Here are a few of our favorite songs by some of the artists set to perform at this year’s AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn:

Cee-Lo – F-ck You


Janelle Monae – Tightrope (featuring Big Boi from Outkast)


Fishbone – Ma and Pa


Res – They Say Vision


Santigold – The Creator


Gym Class Heroes – Viva La White Girl