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Listening to a recent episode of NPR’s All Songs Considered, music critic Ann Powers raved about singer-songwriter Valerie June. The Tennessee born artist calls her sound “Organic Moonshine Roots Music” — an “emotive amalgamation of folk, blues, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass (including [an] irresistible banjo”. June is a self-taught musician and has self-released three albums, her debut as a signed […]

You Should Know: Blues-Folk Singer Valerie June

Grace Potter rocking it out at House of Blues. (photo/ND McCray
Opening with the title track from her latest album, The Lion The Beast The Beat, Vermont singer-songwriter Grace Potter showcased her rock-star style along with band mates the Nocturnals at House of Blues on Sunday night. Undeniably a rock and roll outfit, GPN is also steeped in soul, blues, gospel and country music. Touring heavily in support of their newest […]

LIVE REVIEW: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, House of Blues ...

Parisian beatmaker Onra's latest EP "Deep In The Night"
  With tons of new projects forthcoming and lots of dope music in my ear right now, I just realized I haven’t posted my favorite “new music” list since the beginning of April. For those who might of missed ’em, here’s January, February and March –but the list is a short roundup highlighting my top LPs, EPs, singles, and mixtapes released throughout the month. Whether […]

My Top Music Releases for April, May & June; shortlist ...

Indie blues-rock band Runaway Sun is currently promoting their latest LP Let’s Run. The Houston-area quartet brought their blend of whiskey blues, rock and country to Cactus Music on Saturday (Jun. 9), a record store that’s huge on supporting local, regional and national acts. With two previous projects – 2008’s self-titled EP and 2009’s The Bridge, the group which includes front man […]

Houston-area blues-rock band Runaway Sun releases new album

The new musical Langston in Harlem, which opened on April 15th at Urban Stages, is a rousing hip shaking, foot-stomping production for one of America’s most respected poets. Langston Hughes was not only a poet but he was a dramatist, a novelist, a columnist, a soci-political mad man as well as an esteemed writer. He was also a young, Black, […]

THEATRE review: the new musical "Langston in Harlem" |