Jazmine Sullivan took a break from the industry in 2011 for undisclosed reasons, but she's back with her third solo disc. Sometimes described as a new millennium Mary J. Blige, Sullivan bears her heart and soul on this album with tales of gold digging, heartbreak and learning from your mistakes.
Kenny DeShields doesn’t fit into any single genre of music, and that’s OK with him. He has made his own.
Each year, I keep up with hundreds of YouTube subscriptions from artists and labels to radio stations and filmmakers. While I greatly appreciate the manicured visual representation of music videos, there is something special about the live-to-tape recorded video sessions as well that capture a unique moment in music.
I had the pleasure of attending scores of shows in St. Louis this past year. Here are my top picks for the best shows of 2014.
Though I had a top albums list of 2014, choosing singles made for a larger variety of sounds, and it was much easier to decide on my "best of," as I only had to remember the songs that made me smile the most.
SomeOthaShip Connect Music is an indie music label started by singer-songwriter and producer Georgia Anne Muldrow and longtime music collaborator and rapper Dudley Perkins aka Declaime. At Blank Space on Saturday night, the lineup showcased a hybrid of rap artists such as Philadelphia emcee Bahamadia, energetic DJ and producer Kankick, local electro-soul duo Hawthorne Headhunters, young rapper Con, KDHX's own Nappy DJ Needles, as well as special guests.
Since late last year, the Studio room at the Kranzberg Arts Center has become home to a special treat for St. Louis hip-hop fans: an intimate sitting room that's already hosted many of the local scene's most instrumentally focused artists.
This past year, my concert schedule started with a frantic pace, but then unfortunately dwindled away a bit due to increasing limitations on time and finances.
This is probably my favorite year-end list to make. Videos today are as diverse as the music they accompany, and in some cases, they rival the big screen in production value. This year's lot has definitely elevated the standard of video excellence.
"The Electric Lady" and Janelle Monae's debut full-length before it, "The ArchAndroid," take place in a distant, dystopian world where a totalitarian regime called "The Great Divide" has forced humans to wear cages on their heads and uses time travel to suppress freedom and love.