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Furious Frank music video created by TinyMarkers

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By Cole DeGenova in New Music on Wednesday 3 October 2012

Chicago’s Furious Frank delightfully blends a big brassy sound and poignant lyrics into their carnival romp, Lament. Told from the perspective of God, the band cleverly pokes fun at the human condition. The corresponding video adds even more to the imagery with witty illustrations and a surprise twist that Furious Frank is, in fact, the […]

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New music by pianist Robert Glasper

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By Cole DeGenova in New Music on Tuesday 25 September 2012

Whether you call it nu-jazz, hip hop jazz, or any other variation of that, pianist Robert Glasper is at the forefront of it. The Robert Glasper Experiment, or simply The Experiment, is his head bobbing take on modern jazz featuring the great drummer Chris Dave, bassist Derrick Hodge and Casey Benjamin on horns. Throwing in […]

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Volcanic Sunlight: new music by Saul Williams

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By Cole DeGenova in New Music on Friday 14 September 2012

Poet/musician/actor/activist/pioneer Saul Williams never ceases to amaze. Fresh off releasing his newest album, Volcanic Sunlight, earlier this year, he’s releasing his fifth book Chorus: A Literary Mixtape and is touring the country in support of it. The book combines Williams with 100 other writers chosen by him into a seamless compilation of poems with neither […]

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New music by Oklahoma’s JD McPherson

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By Cole DeGenova in New Music on Friday 14 September 2012

Somewhere in between Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Jackie Wilson is Oklahoma’s JD McPherson. Delightfully less gimmicky than most of the ‘retro soul’ artists these days, McPherson’s album, Signs and Signifiers, (recorded in Chicago) sounds like pure late 50s rhythm and blues. You have to give him credit for doing his homework and for having […]

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Beast of the Southern Wild: directed by Benh Zeitlin

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By Cole DeGenova in New Film on Monday 10 September 2012

This film does more than just pay tribute to the people of southern Louisiana, it’s a mystical and ferocious celebration of life. The story follows a 6 year old girl, Hush Puppy (played by stunning new-comer Quvenzhane Wallis), and her father living in an isolated fishing island south of the delta. After they are nearly wiped […]

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