New Music: French Kiwi Juice – “Better Give U Up” [soul/electro-jazz]

Can’t quite remember how I came across music producer and singer FKJ, but for the past year I’ve become a big fan. Hailing from Paris, France, the musician makes music that falls somewhere between electro-jazz, disco, R&B and funk. They are always groovy. He most recently remixed singles by singers Selah Sue and Lianne La Havas, as well as dropped his new single “Better […]

Parisian music producer FKJ

Album Review – Dam-Funk, Invite The Light [Electro/Hip-Hop]

At 20 tracks and nearly two hours long, Damon Riddick shares an amalgam of eccentric sounds on his latest, Invite the Light. Think bedroom, lo-fi, woozy funk, bass-heavy G-funk, and electro funk for starters. But Dam-Funk has always been one to go far left of straight-ahead sounds and Invite the Light is the L.A.-based musician and producer’s first solo project since 2009’s […]

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LouFest Band The Suffers Appear on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert

The Suffers at NPR's Washington office (photo credit: The Suffers)

The Suffers at NPR’s Washington office (photo credit: Facebook/The Suffers)

As I did last year, I volunteered at LouFest, St. Louis’ annual music festival held in Forest Park. One of the main reasons for my volunteering is of course, to give back to the community, but to also listen to tons of great music over the course of two days. This year’s lineup included a handful of major artists like Ludacris, The Avett Brothers and Billy Idol, however, what I enjoyed most were the lesser-known and up-and-coming bands. Groups such as Southern blues-soul outfit JJ Grey and Mofro, alternative crew Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas and my absolute favorite, the 10-piece soul ensemble The Suffers.

Hailing from my hometown of Houston, Texas, the group — fronted by singer Kam Franklin rocked the crowd with their brand of soul, funk, rock, blues and Latin-influences. I had never heard of the group prior to LouFest, but with a new album in works (successfully funded via Kickstarter last month) and two EPS out now, I’m sure I will be hearing way more about them in 2016. In the meantime, check out their NPR Tiny Desk Session, which was recorded in September.


The Suffers at NPR's Washington office (photo credit: The Suffers)

Album Review: SiR – Seven Sundays [R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop]

If you can dive into the likes of electro artists Autre Ne Veut and JMSN and still get down with Drake and The Weeknd, Inglewood, CA-based singer-songwriter SiR will rock your earbuds with his atmospheric soul/R&B record, Seven Sundays via Fresh Selects. Having recently worked on R&B star Jill Scott’s latest LP, Woman (“Fool’s Gold,” “Prepared,” and “Can’t Wait”), Darryl Farris expertly crafts tracks […]

7 Questions with Singer-Guitarist Mike Montali (of indie rock band Hollis Brown)

Promoting their fourth studio album “3 Shots,” roots-rock outfit Hollis Brown is currently touring North America playing to sold out crowds in support of renowned rockers Counting Crows and singer-songwriter Citizen Cope. Based in New York, Hollis Brown’s influences are taken from various musical genres says lead singer-guitarist Mike Montali, “We listen to so much stuff especially when we’re driving all the […]

New York-based band Hollis Brown

Orgone at Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO, Sunday, August 30, 2015

KDHX Concert Review: Orgone (with Al Holliday) showcases true soul music at Old Rock House, Sunday, August 30

Led by keyboardist Dan Hastie and guitarist Sergio Rios, Orgone represents everything good with music — from wildly funky lyrics, to tightly coiled musicianship, to authentic grooves and equal spotlight for each member, including powerhouse vocalist Adryon de León, the group carried us to another planet with their brand of soul, funk and afro-disco. The eight-piece ensemble returned to St. Louis […]

Concert Review: Kylesa (with Path of Light & Caustic Casanova) provided massive sounds at The Ready Room, Saturday, September 5

Opening acts are hard, man. You know the crowd is there to catch the headliners perform live, but you as a band, musician or artist have a job to do: to entertain and hopefully — in the process, gain some new fans. Judging by the seriousness of the 30 or so attendees, St. Louis’s Path of Might is still building […]