Category Music

Rock on The Root

The Root featured an article about 37 different Black rock bands.  All I have to say is that post made my life.  All of a sudden I was brought into existence, born again, brought into the light, illuminated and magnified.  Talk about power. Sure, I saw the film, Afropunk, in college when it was making […]

Lady Gaga is like . . .

Goldfrapp Peaches Kylie Minogue M.I.A. Gwen Stefani Santigold Pink Grace Jones Christina Aguilera Erykah Badu And, of course, Madonna. She could also be compared to a few male artists, too.  Prince, David Bowie, Michael Jackson (R.I.P.).  For the pop aficionados who enjoy the more esoteric tones of pop: there are the experimental bands: The Flying […]

William Fitzsimmons

My best friend guided my thirsty ears to William Fitzsimmons because of his moving lyrics and phenomenal life story.  For those who listen to Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, and Sufjan Stevens – I may venture to say, that ole William Fitzsimmons surpasses them all.  His new album – his third, The Sparrow and The Crow […]

Ratatat

Brooklyn just continues to surprise me over and over again.  Why would I leave?  From MGMT to TV on the Radio to my new favorite: Ratatat, there is always something new for our listening pleasure in this great borough. Check out the video for Mirando: The first song I heard from them was Black Heroes on KALX […]

Anjulie

Anjulie is a Canadian pop artist who absorbed M.I.A. and Santigold’s style into her wardrobe.  But, at the same time, people are comparing her to Nelly Furtado, even though parts of her album definitely sound like Corinne Bailey Rae and Norah Jones (by the way, where have they been?!).  Regardless, I really like her music […]

Janelle Monae

Last July, when I was still subscribed to Vogue I read about the artist, Janelle Monae.  I love her.  I think she’s awesome.  And, now (I don’t know how I missed this!) I ran across her interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air.  Her album Metropolis is fantastic because it’s fun and energetic.  It’s great for dancing.  And, she […]

Lady Sings the Blues . . .

This biopic of Lady Day was fantastic even though it was not really representative of the lady in question.  One, Billie Holiday was not quite the diva that Diana Ross made it out to her be.  This is acknowledged in the extra footage on the DVD.  Except in the footage, they (the costumer designers) say […]