Access Denied. Review by Julius C. Lacking.
Music is the Answer (Minky Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.
With over 40 albums and an unassailable legacy as the originator of one of Africa’s most popular and enduring sounds, the job of curating Fela Kuti’s catalog for the 21st century is a difficult and enviable task. Ink 19 dives into the Knitting Factory’s Chop n’ Quench, Fela’s first nine albums re-released, and gives a heads up on the Na Poi set of albums due to drop on May 11.
Gavin Hayes sure likes to keep busy. His band Dredg is co-headlining a U.S. tour, then touring Europe and Australia and performing with author Salman Rushdie – all by the end of the year. Tim Wardyn discussed the new album The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion as well as religion and families in this revealing yet intimate interview.
La Raiz (Palm). Review by Aaron Shaul.
Center: Level: Roar (Ozone Music). Review by Bill Campbell.
Power In Numbers (Interscope). Review by Bettie Lou Vegas.
Souled Separately (Melatone). Review by Bettie Lou Vegas.
Lotofire (OmTown / Higher Octave). Review by Bill Campbell.
Various Artists (Putumayo). Review by Bill Campbell.
Twenty years after founding the Better Youth Organization, Mark and Shawn Stern are still running their pioneering DIY label. They get to surf in Hawaii, bowl with Rancid and be their own bosses. Brian Broccoli pays a visit to the Stern Brothers, who will keep their day jobs.
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Embrace The Chaos (Almo Sounds/Interscope). Review by Julio Diaz.
Shades Of Brown (Six Degrees). Review by Terry Eagan.
Why did corporate media neglect to report the full story behind the demonstrations outside the Republican and Democratic National Conventions? Shelton Hull takes an in-depth look at the media scrutiny – or suspicious lack thereof.
Ozomatli (Almo Sounds). Review by Julio Diaz
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