Here’s a roundup and playlist of all the local shows we’re excited about for March/April!
Nasty Cherry 3/5 @ Bowery Ballroom: https://bit.ly/2QKhhiJ
Black Thought & Wyatt Cenac 3/7 @ Wythe Hotel: https://bit.ly/2IbobrT
Best Coast 3/20 @ Union Transfer: https://bit.ly/2shyOVl
The Wonder Years 3/21 @ The Fillmore: https://livemu.sc/2sbLgWw
Third Eye Blind & Saves The Day 3/27 @ The Fillmore: https://bit.ly/2MwDJcj
Soccer Mommy 3/31 @ Union Transfer: http://tiny.cc/c9xkgz
Parquet Courts 4/5 @ The Ardmore Music Hall: https://bit.ly/2XQXLCH
Archers of Loaf 4/17 @ Underground Arts: https://bit.ly/37DIngb
Kurt Vile 4/20 & 4/21 @ World Cafe Live: https://bit.ly/2t3E7YP
Delta Spirit 4/22 @ World Cafe Live: https://bit.ly/35zmi1X
The Sounds 4/28 @ Rough Trade: https://bit.ly/2PAHuii
The Beths 4/29 @ Kung Fu Necktie: https://bit.ly/2DgF4Pb
Well, this should be throughly awesome. Catch a live taping of the Talkhouse podcast with Black Thought and Wyatt Cenac.
The Sounds are on tour, holy smokes. Living In America (2003) is an iconic record, one of my faves for sure – but I definitely have missed out since Dying to Say This To You (2006). So, can’t wait to hear what they have in store next. Catch the band live at Rough Trade in BK on 4/28.
Here are all of the artists to watch this month:
Dua Saleh - pretty kitten
The Tissues - Formation 99
Sonic Fuzz - Cool Blue
Hey Cowboy! - Try...Die
Gouge Away - "Consider"
Ultra Major - "Disaster"
Sorry - More
Velvet Negroni - Baguette
Oliv Blu, Brittney Carter - Fall 4 You
Hayes Peebles - "When I Find My Love"
Mopac - "Rose Gold"
Elkin - Win Win
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This one was tough. It was hard to make. It’s 5 1/2 hours and covers songs from 1985 to today. And that’s because there is just so much. Soul has always melded and shaped to its time, and these days, it’s kinda difficult to delineate the two! – r&b and “neo-soul” that is. Which is cool too, evolution.
“Old school” is anything soulful that harkens back to another time, is smooth, and speaks of “grown folks business”. So, today, as an 80s baby, my old school is 90s R&B (SWV) and Neo-Soul – which is a modern, fluid take on classic soul and tends to lean on the introspection part more often than the romance part (Erykah Badu). Back in the 70s, you could compare the two sounds with, say, The O’jays “Cry Together” (more soul) & The Isley Brothers “Between The Sheets” (more r&b).
What I personally love about Neo-soul is the jazz, hit-hats, atmosphere, sway, time, space, caution. Solange does this so well on last year’s album When I Get Home. Maxwell does it perfectly on Urban Hang Suite, as does Amel Larrieux on Infinite Possibilities, and then of course holdin’ it down for eternity is Ms. J-I-L-L S-C-O-T-T.
While researching this playlist, I was thrilled to see a new release this year from Syleena Johnson, artist and co-host on the #blackgirlmagic that is Sister Circle Live. It’s a show I hold dear to my heart – they are doing amazing things with the platform! She speaks about the state of R&B and Neo-Soul often on air, and they make a constant effort to bring on beloved Neo-soul artists all delivering bona-fide contributions to the genre as it’s both growing new roots and being gentrified into alt – r&b. With all the new voices out here resourcing the classic elements, though, I’m confident we can keep it healthy and well fed, so we can all be fed. We need it! ☺️ Also did ya’ll peep the Roots Picnic line up this year? Sheesh.
Our latest mix, 00s Alternative, harkens back to moments prior when guitars and literal drums were more of a thing. Ah, the good old days.
In all seriousness, this era was filled with rock bands offering relevant commentary that was often honest, direct, and sometimes difficult to digest. Bands like The White Stripes came on the scene out of nowhere bringing a sound that was completely unique to the time. Clashy. Grimey. Incubus held strong with Morning View (my first rock CD, gifted Christmas of 2001) and, personal favorite political read of the decade, A Crow Left of the Murder. And I still get emotional when I listen to Youth of the Nation by P.O.D.