Charles Bradley wears his soul on his sleeve. The next rising star at Daptone Records has found his place in the spotlight, but he's going to be humble about it. The road for Charles Bradley was not without its trials and tribulations. The man has, to put it lightly, overcome some hardships. But with his faith and his perseverance, Bradley kept going long beyond the point when others would curse the world and give up. The man oozes his emotions from his skin, displaying both his struggles and his inner strength. The coolest part: he makes you feel like you can do it, too.
The Stone Soul Music and Food Festival, which bills itself as Richmond’s “largest R&B, Gospel and Hip Hop festival,” is back, taking place this year on Saturday, June 1st 2013. This year will mark the ninth annual occurrence of this local event, which is presented by Radio One.
[Editor's note: This interview was conducted with an eye towards including it in the new issue of RVA Magazine--which should be out very soon!--but due to space limitations, only about 100 words ended up making it into the print mag. The full conversation was way too interesting to leave it unpublished, so we're presenting it to you now, in all its glory!]
The best place to meet up with No BS! Brass Band is on their home turf--Minimum Wage Studios, located deep in the heart of Richmond's Oregon Hill neighborhood, only blocks from the James River. I dropped by on one of the first warm spring afternoons of 2013--expecting cooler weather, I had brought a jacket, but ended up leaving it in the car.
On Tuesday, May 7, Chicago's Moonrises will be playing live at Steady Sounds. Fasten your Van Allen belt. On their second LP, Frozen Altars, Moonrises effortlessly imagines a unique flight path for their gravity-defying, spellbinding space-rock.
Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready for a funky good time? See-I, a long-running reggae band from Washington DC, will be bringing an amazing reggae/funk experience to The Canal Club this Saturday night.
In a recent article, photographer Peter Dicampo – whose blog Everyday Africa offers photographic documentation of, as the title suggests, the everyday lives of Africans continent-wide – lamented the difficulty and confusion encountered when the affluent West is confronted with Africa as a whole. Dicampo expresses concern that, through various forms of cultural conditioning, the West views Africa with a mix of both pity and unease that is both condescending and detrimental to any worthwhile conversation about the continent's problems and potential.
We've been waiting a long, long time to get another album out of RVA R&B superstar D'Angelo, who dropped his all-time classic Voodoo back in 2000, killed the world with his abs in the video for "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)," then got cold feet about trying to follow up his masterpiece and dropped out of sight for most of a decade.
Steady Sounds have made a good name for themselves over the past few years as one of the newer and more noteworthy record shops in town. With their focus on vinyl from all eras, they've made sure that Richmond collectors can find everything from brand new releases to rare vintage pressings and cool dollar-bin scores under one roof. Now they make their first foray into actually pressing and releasing vinyl with this archival compilation by The Trash Company.
Here's a special treat for you this Valentine's Day from DJ Pari of the Soulpower RVA crew and WRIR's Midnight Soulstice radio show.
Here's a brand new mix from DJ Pari of the Soulpower RVA team and WRIR's Midnight Soulstice radio show. Featuring tracks from Gonzalez, Bobby Patterson, Sam Dees, Maurice Jackson, The Procedures, and more, this mix is 75 minutes of sweet soul music to help you pass a mellow winter afternoon.
As is so often the case, we find ourselves at a loss for words when trying to describe the music of The RocKandys. Thankfully, the confection of melody and mood cooked up by the band is so instantly appealing – stunning, sweet and surprising, and despite their name, never in danger of being overly sugary – that all one needs to build an individual description and a personal understanding of what makes The RocKandys so special is a set of working ears.
Here's a brand new mix from DJ Pari of WRIR's Midnight Soulstice and the popular Soulpower monthly dance nights. This mix is Pari's first from his new home at Mixcloud, and it's dedicated to the memory of Curtis Mayfield, who passed away on December 26, 1999.
It’s entirely possible that one can separate The Allah-Las from their home state of California and the sweet, smirking spirituality summoned by their name. The question is: why would you want to?
We sense something at least slightly off-kilter about the opening minutes of the self-titled debut album from The Chaw. It’s not off-kilter in an unpleasant way – it’s more of an indication of a certain nerve-wracking, jittery, “is-this-train-going-to-jump-the-tracks?” darkness that informs the album as a whole.
Rightly or wrongly, we often try to frame the artistic aspirations of all those bands, all those musicians who make all that great music that has enhanced our lives throughout the years, within the generally non-artistic terms of a “mission statement.” Rarely do bands make it as easy to deduce such a mission statement as do Canada’s lightsweetcrude - a band that actually has a mission statement.
The world being what it is, we tend to spend little time discussing the measurable, geographic divides that separate us, focusing less on the quantifiable differences, and more on the qualitative similarities we share in our love of music. Whatever our desire for an expanded weltanschauung, we keep with the belief in our ape-mind that we’re all one, dude.
Under the Pale Moon – the first full-length album released by Wymond Miles – easily passes the through the gate as one of our favorite albums of recent years, judged exclusively on the merit and metric of repeated listens, in addition to the number of times we find fragments from this stunning collection of songs dropping directly and dramatically upon our conscious mind, at random yet consistent intervals.
It’s Not Night: It’s Space have a lot to say. What remains remarkable to these apes is that they’re able to say almost all of it without words.
It feels like damning with faint praise to reveal how utterly unprepared we were for our reaction to Drink the Sun, the full-length debut from Brooklyn’s masters of time and space, Eidetic Seeing.
The name of Sweden’s 'The Janitors' captures a workmanlike approach to a certain sound of repeated riff-ology, bathing themselves in distortion almost as an obligation – a dirty job, but someone has to do it.