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Deetranada’s Debut Showcases Fiery Raps, Clear Motivation [Interview]

“DEEvsEVERYBODY!” is a personal album. As depicted in the project’s lyrics, cover art, website, and personal explanations, it’s a representation of how she feels as a young Black woman growing up in an oppressive world. Deetranada is unapologetic at every moment, showing the world who she is without compromising one bit. After making waves in the Baltimore and beyond with her new album, “DEEvsEVERYBODY!” we … Continue reading Deetranada’s Debut Showcases Fiery Raps, Clear Motivation [Interview]

Waking Windows 2022: Headliners Deliver, Local Talent Shines

Day One: Friday the 13th. A morning walk through Burlington shows you why folks endure six months of coarse Vermont winters for this first summer weekend. Seventy and sunny, a tender May breeze rolls from Lake Champlain through the busheling greens which outline the paint chipped Victorian houses. About a mile and half down the road, just over the Winooski falls, Waking Windows volunteers bustle … Continue reading Waking Windows 2022: Headliners Deliver, Local Talent Shines

[Interview] Enrose’s “Wait, Create” — A Labor of Love and Wisdom

The R&B, jazz, and pop-infused band Enrose released Wait, Create, on April 15. Their debut EP is a project layered with love, labor, and wisdom. The visionary that led this project to its manifestation is band leader, Gabi Rose, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter hailing from New York.  With help from band members like drummer Jake Navarro, keyboardist Kit Benz, bassist Mikey Rotunno, and guitarist Will … Continue reading [Interview] Enrose’s “Wait, Create” — A Labor of Love and Wisdom

[Concert Review] Big Thief Gets Intimate at Mission Ballroom

Big Thief’s new album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You, which dropped in February of this year is the band’s longest project to date. With 20 songs, the record bounces between heavy country with folk undertones to more modern, indie rock sounds. Compared to their prior projects, this new album seems to be a slight departure, sonically, from their previous tendencies. At the … Continue reading [Concert Review] Big Thief Gets Intimate at Mission Ballroom

[Festival Review] Afro Nation: Broken Hearts, Heavy Showers, And Plenty Of Love

Afro Nation, the world’s biggest afrobeats festival, which spanned from March 24th  – 26th, took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico this year. The three-day experience was filled with beautiful people, pouring rain, all the right vices, and of course amazing music and talent. Every night was like a gigantic family reunion where a sea of melanin rejoiced over lyrics and ear delicious instrumentals.  Although … Continue reading [Festival Review] Afro Nation: Broken Hearts, Heavy Showers, And Plenty Of Love

[Concert Review] Parcels Brings Denver to the Australian Beach

Touring Day/Night, their November album release, Parcels is once again expanding their global reach and fanbase.  An Australian band with sold-out shows in America and across Europe, Parcels does well to satisfy fans of poppy, light anthems and entrancing deep cuts that send audiences into a synth-induced trance. Folding in layers of funk, surf rock, and electronica, Parcels’ wide stylistic appeal and goofy charisma made … Continue reading [Concert Review] Parcels Brings Denver to the Australian Beach

[Concert Review] Charlotte Day Wilson Displays Instrumental Diversity and Quiet Charisma

I arrived about an hour ahead of Charlotte’s March 8 set to a line of excited fans streaming perpendicular to the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn past a communal fridge used for feeding food-insecure community members. I left uplifted about the city I live in, the music I listen to, the people around me, and the state of the world.  Performing at the Music Hall … Continue reading [Concert Review] Charlotte Day Wilson Displays Instrumental Diversity and Quiet Charisma

[Concert Review] Godspeed You! Black Emperor Sends Denver into a Trance

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) had the Gothic Theater in a trance this February 25 in Denver. Bringing the ~1,000-person room to increasing levels of dissonance before cathartic release throughout the night, the band put on a display of musical maximalism in a time of minimalism. There are as many reasons to go to a show as there are people packed in a venue; to … Continue reading [Concert Review] Godspeed You! Black Emperor Sends Denver into a Trance

Let Me Put You On: Four Singles for the Soul

BenjiFlow & Oxlade: My Bella This tune is magic. It’s a love letter in every way. From the composition to the instrumentation, “My Bella” pulls on your heartstrings and encourages you to take your lover by the hand and sway away. You will be humming this single all day because its melody and rhythm are utterly irresistible. BenjiFlow sets the pace for this song, while … Continue reading Let Me Put You On: Four Singles for the Soul

New Def Jam Signee Debbie Is The Next Best Thing

Recently signed to 0207 Def Jam, Debbie is a burgeoning talent with the voice of a star. By way of the U.K., she dropped two singles later in the year 2021 that are positively worth a listen. Her debut single “Is This Real Love?” is a true R&B experience that’s packaged in originality and graced with potent lyricism and storytelling. Her second single “Summer in … Continue reading New Def Jam Signee Debbie Is The Next Best Thing

Let Me Put You On: Singles From North Carolina’s R&B Talent

Sonny Miles: Tre Hailing from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Sonny Miles gifts the world a soulful three-part single. From the harmonies to the detailed instrumentation, Tre is a work of art that every music enthusiast should be aware of. The first track, “Cuff,” is one that could be its own single due to the layered production and its both playful and meaningful composition revealing how everyone … Continue reading Let Me Put You On: Singles From North Carolina’s R&B Talent