Category Archives: hip-hop

Chickie Baby

If There’s Something About My My Kissing That Don’t Please You, Just Tell Me And I’ll Change That Too

Mama, Mama Tell Me, What Am I Gonna Say?

Everybody Dance Now….

Saturday + Sunday Spinning

Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me”

Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi)

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Rounder)

Spoon, They Want My Soul (Lorna Vista)

Iggy Azalea, New Classic (Def Jam)

Rory Block, Hard Luck Child (Stoney Plain)

Branford Marsalis, In My Solitude – Live at Grace Cathedral (Sony)

The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers (Matador)

Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, The Art of the Conversation (Impulse!)

Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast, Settle (NCM)

Conjure, “The Wardrobe Master of Paradise”

3rdEyeGirl ft. Prince, “Fixurlifeup”

Jesse Winchester, A Reasonable Amount of Trouble (Appleseed)

Tove Lo, Queen of the Clouds (Island)

Vaudou Game, Apiafo (Hot Casa)

Hush Point, Blues and Reds (Sunnyside)

Darius Jones & Matthew Shipp, Cosmic Leider: The Darkside Recital (AUM Fidelity) 

 

Steve Coleman & 5 Elements @ The Stone, 24-28

One of improvisation’s most dazzling minds, the saxophonist continues to till new soil with his latest album – the fetching interplay on Functional Arrythmias (Pi) is inspired by the the sparks that fly through the human body’s circulatory, nervous, respiratory systems. The intuitive counterpoint, the sharp turns, and the deep trust of the group’s collabo vibe mark it as yet another unique turn in a fascinating career. The fact that he won recently won a MacArthur Fellowship (genius grant) makes perfect sense.

King Brit Salutes Sun Ra Tonight on Planet Gowanus

Germantown’s biggest jazz star has been getting major props in  Philadelphia this year. The Sun Ra centennial has brought its fair share of creative homages around the city. In both Philly and Chicago (where Ra has roots) the DJ and arts entrepreneur King Britt has thrown a couple of bashes to celebrate Sunny’s 100th Earthday. He calls his ever-shifting homage “The Beautiful Noise.”

Tonight Britt brings his supersonic audio-visual scene to the angels and demons at play in Brooklyn. In the exploratory spirit of The Magic City and Disco 3000  the 2014 edition of the AFROPUNK Festival drops an “after dark” showcase to keep the music going at Littlefield (Planet Gowanus). Britt shares the stage with keybster Damon Bennett, bassist Anthony Tidd and special guests. It looks to be the kind of sensual sprawl that Mr. Blount himself used to generate with the Arkestra on a regular basis.

In the mood for some interstellar low-ways? Feel like splashing around in stardust from tomorrow? Ready to dance with the cosmo aliens?  You can take a monorail or satellite to get there. Step right up.