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Earth, Wind & Fire, Album-Oriented Radio, and Why White Rockers Lost Out In the '70s

Bill Adler | Posted 02.16.2016 | Entertainment
Bill Adler

Album-Oriented Radio played no music by black artists. A decade later, the Black Rock Coalition's Greg Tate aptly derided AOR as standing for "Apartheid-Oriented Radio." The fact that Earth, Wind & Fire sold zillions of records in the process meant nothing to AOR.

Conversation With Painter Ajamu Kojo

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.06.2016 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

My friend painter Ajamu Kojo has been producing beautiful portraits of women for years. I recently got an opportunity to have a long discussion with him in his studio about, painting, women, race, music, barbershops, the human condition and more painting.

Revisiting The Bottom Line: An Interview with Allan Pepper, Plus Jon Regen and Sarah Jaffe Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The Bottom Line has been closed for eleven years, it closed January 2nd, 2004. I think about it all the time because I spent a great deal of my life there. One of the things I'm working on is an oral history viewed from the perspective of the performers who performed there.

Midnight Vistas: Afrofuturism Is for All of Us

Darryl Smith | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices
Darryl Smith

In February 2015, the first-of-its-kind Afrofuturism conference, Midnight Vistas, will bring together artists, writers, scholars and activists from across the United States - and throughout the world - to convene.

Miriam Linna Is Nobody's Baby -- Her First Solo Album Shimmers and Soars

Holly Cara Price | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

After moving to the States at a very young age from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, she became the drummer in the original lineup of the Cramps. Linna was a drummer -- a chick drummer -- and this was pre-Bangles, Go-Gos, Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, White Stripes. There were no chick drummers in the 1970s. People took notice. Joey Ramone, for instance.

Won't You Please Come to Chicago?: A Conversation With Thomas Dyja on The Third Coast

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Davis Schneiderman

Thomas Dyja's The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the America Dream is the most important Chicago-focused historical work in recent years.

Trombone Artistry: Steve Turre's The Bones of Art

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The Bones of Art may well be the best trombone featured album since the seminal collaborations made by Kai Winding and JJ Johnson

Black To The Future

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.28.2013 | Arts

We know it doesn't open until November, but we can no longer contain our excitement for "The Shadows Took Shape," the interdisciplinary, Afrofuturist ...

Planet D To Channel Sun Ra's Outer Space Rhythms At The DIA

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 12.30.2011 | Detroit

Visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts can expect a close encounter of the "cozmic" kind Friday night when local space-age swing band Planet D None...

A World Of Sound: Chatting & Improvising With David S. Ware

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.28.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Today, we're talking with David S. Ware about all things jazz and about his new documentary David S. Ware: A World of Sound.

Chatting with Rickie Lee Jones and NRBQ's Terry Adams, Plus Miss Derringer's New Video and Hot Water Music's New Single

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.19.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Compact Reviews Of This Week's Compact Discs, For Those Who Still Care, #9

Sal Nunziato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sal Nunziato

In this edition of Compact Reviews, we take a look at new albums by Spoon and the Len Price 3, among others.