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Join the Funk Revival With Analog Son

Morena Duwe | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

As the world's shift to the digital era becomes more apparent, those who fight for the tangible authenticity of the analog era stand out in a world of computers and technology.

Breaking Records for Love, Peace, and Soul in Oakland

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 06.26.2015 | Good News
Nancy Davis Kho

In a week where racial hatred resulted in a tragedy in Charleston, I had a crazy thought: what would happen if we held a four hour Soul Train line in every city in this country?

Recordings From Music Maker Relief Foundation (and a Free Album!)

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Public folklorists like me often advocate for traditional arts, and for individual traditional artists. We try to increase funding, support, and participation in the art forms we work with, and we recommend artists for gigs, awards, grants, and other recognition.

Renown Russian Funk Band, The Soul Surfers, Hit Detroit for First Tour of U.S.A. Ever

Kelly Frazier | Posted 06.24.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Of all of the places you'd think, Russia really isn't on the top of the list of where one of the most exciting modern funk bands would be from. That's where The Soul Surfers call home.

Orgone at Underground Arts: Just Like Good Times

Craig Carpenter | Posted 05.22.2015 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

The room was called "The Black Box", which was self explanatory, save for the red velvet curtain separating the stage area from a lounging space, complete with giant Oriental rug and deep sectional sofas.

New Artist Reviews: Gumshen

Morena Duwe | Posted 05.21.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

With roots in prog and indie rock, Seattle-based four-piece band Gumshen has been striving to create a truly one of a kind sound. They have achieved their goal by elegantly swan diving into the world of EDM and electronica.

Conversation With George Clinton

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.08.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

For few hours I allowed myself to be an insufferable fanboy instead of my default Mr. Cool disposition when the opportunity to interview George Clinton came up. I've been listening to George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic since I was 15 or something. We mostly talk about music and drugs. What more could you want?

Minnesota Music!

Minnesota Historical Society | Posted 05.02.2015 | Entertainment
Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota has a long and storied history of music making. From the Hutchinson Family Singers during the Civil War to the Andrews Sisters in World War ...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Veteran Funk Band Returns Right On Time, Decades Later

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

What the 'funk' is going on? It's a fair question to ask in music these days, as funk appears to be making a mainstream comeback. There's Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" single which had a 14-week reign at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

5 Women Inspiring Us To Reinvent

Posted 04.23.2015 | Women

Evolution. It’s as pivotal to a woman’s life as it has been to the development of our species. Moving from the role of singleton to life partner, ...

Michal Menert Set to Release Space Jazz Album

Morena Duwe | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Musical alchemist, Michal Menert, has been reshaping the world of electronic music. No longer bound by the two genres of house and techno, this underground Renaissance is changing the way critics interpret electronic music.

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly's Devotional Bandleader

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

To Pimp a Butterfly paints with colors that resemble, if I may use the C word, classic hip-hop -- the album feels more like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and 2Pac, all of whom made records that duck and weave in their bounce.

From Funk to Jazz and R&B, These 5 Artists Prove Timeless Music Is Still Booming

Stephen Grant | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Stephen Grant

Classic sounds in music are still inspiring and always at our fingertips.

New Artist Reviews: Joan Torres' 'All Is Fused'

Morena Duwe | Posted 04.04.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Joan Torres's All Is Fused is a dynamic collection of musicians and minds. The Beginning is a timeless album, where sensibilities of the past and sounds of the future are manifested in the present.

CD Review: 'The Great Escape' by The Great Escape

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

The Great Escape, by design or by happenstance, is perfect for Top 40 radio. It's commercial and mainstream, while distinctive enough to avoid being classified as familiar or, worse, ordinary.

Sometimes Change Is Exactly What You Need

Shelby Doherty | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelby Doherty

You know that quote "if you love something, set it free?" That's ridiculous. If you love something, hold onto it, cherish it and make sure it knows yo...

J*Labs Releases Her Debut EP Titled #TRUNK!

Morena Duwe | Posted 03.16.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Jackie is a part of the EDM Renaissance that is emerging from the West Coast. She draws from an infinite well of inspiration by surrounding herself with otherworldly muses.

Rising Stars of Rap: Pearls Negras | Posted 03.11.2015 | Arts

Long gone are the days where women were merely background accessories to rap videos. "Women can handle rap too, we're standing up for women's power."

Bruno Mars: The Downest Dude on the Planet

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

You don't have to know the history of funk to feel it. But knowing where he gets all that funky stuff -- and those crazy legs -- makes it a whole lot funkier. And more fun.

When Music Is Like "Sex on the Beach"

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

A variety of ingredients, all stirred-up with the beach as the backdrop and intoxicating -- that was the music scene in New Jersey this past summer, almost over but maybe a few more warm breezes of sound before the end of the year.

Arab-Jewish Funk Duo Make Joyous Music Together

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

Chromeo, the Arab-Jewish musical duo who made a splash this spring with their latest album “White Women,” joined HuffPost Live for a chat on Thurs...

Jessica Kane

This Student Is The Future Face Of Funk Music | Jessica Kane | Posted 09.15.2014 | College

How many female bass players could you name on the spot? There's a pretty good chance your answer would be zero, but there's one name you should be ge...

Behold, The Language Of Street Art In Istanbul

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 08.21.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

"The Language Of The Wall. Graffiti / Street Art" Pera Museum. Istanbul, Turkey No street artist is a prophet in his own land, to paraphrase the La...

Feel James Brown's Groove: Get On Up

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 10.04.2014 | Entertainment
Dr. Reese Halter

Universal Pictures 'Get On Up' is an inspiring, emotional and masterful biopic of James Brown, one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century.

ReThink Review: Get On Up -- Soul Brother No. 1 Lives Again

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you hear that there's a biopic coming out about an influential African-American icon, the six words you don't want to hear connected to it are "From the director of The Help".