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Interview: Damani Nkosi

On the last day of 2014’s Black Music Month, I’m spotlighting an artist and album that deserves a thorough listen (or 20, in my case). Getting his start on Kurupt’s Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey in 2001 and signing to Snoop Dogg’s label through a series of events involving being talented at the right place at […]

Interview: Demun Jones

It’s pretty obvious Demun Jones’ got Georgia country pride and is not afraid to show it. He pays homage to his beloved ‘Jones County’, putting it on the map with his latest solo album effort. Referencing different aspects of his culture like “Tannerite”, “Dixie Dimes” and the unforgettable “White Trashed and Redneck’ed”, he brings Lo […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 36

A lot of the tracks contained in this list were only ever released as singles. The single still has a significance and an importance which made many tracks issued as singles works of art in their own right. That there were undoubtedly singles bands, and even singles labels (such as Motown) is beyond question. Most […]

News: Brand New

The following can be found at Brand New’s website

Interview: Dizzy Wright

Moving puzzle pieces around to set up another monster year, XXL Freshman Class of 2013 alumnus Dizzy Wright’s been busy. A member of the highly esteemed Funk Volume family, he’s released two EPs this year including “State of Mind” and his latest 9th Wonder “BrILLiant Youth” with Bishop Nehru, signaling there’s no shortage of creativity […]

Press Release Roundup: June 16, 2014

alt-J “HUNGER OF THE PINE” Today alt-J release “Hunger Of The Pine,” the first song to be lifted from their forthcoming second album, This Is All Yours.

News: Rebelution’s “Count Me In”

After sliding over to one of our favorite indie labels, Easy Star Records, Rebelution is back with “Count Me In”. “Too blessed to be stressed,” is one of many key song lyrics from Rebelution’s new album Count Me In. The California band’s fourth full-length release on its own label 87 Music, and partnering for the […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 35

Do you remember the first piece of music you ever bought? In my case it was a single, purchased in early 1969, the Archies’ ”Sugar Sugar”. The first album I bought was shortly after my twelfth birthday, “Led Zeppelin II”. Though the Archies’ single is long gone, I still have that original vinyl of the […]

Live Review: 2014 Playboy Jazz Fest

Always in the mood for live music during the summer, I trekked to The Hollywood Bowl for last weekend’s 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Fest. Featuring a varied line-up both days hosted by comedian George Lopez, I entered a chill diverse community environment with fun, food and bunny ear-wearing folks catching up with old friends and […]

Preview: Playboy Jazz Fest

So Cal jazzheads, join me this weekend at The Hollywood Bowl for this year’s Playboy Jazz Fest! The 36th annual event features a diverse line-up including George Benson, Al Jarreau, Fantasia, Jamie Cullum, Allen Stone, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, Juan de Marcos and The Afro-Cuban All-Stars and José James! Tix are available here. Peep my […]

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