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George Clinton Talks Future of Funk

Photos and Article by Dan Harpaz. I was waiting outside B.B. King Blues Club & Grill when a large bearded man sporting a silver three-piece suit and matching fedora emerged from a van.  George Clinton, whose legacy stretches back almost as far as the guitarist whose name glows above the venue, not only pioneered the [...]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Beasties Tribute Bar Jam

Photos by Dan Harpaz Last Friday, herds of Red Hot Chili Peppers fans flooded the arteries of the New Jersey Devils’ arena.  The unmistakable beat of The Beastie Boys blared through the stadium, evoking bittersweet emotions in light of Beasties member Adam Yauch’s untimely death.  I wondered, would the passing of Yauch, known by the [...]

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A Conversation with Josh Klinghoffer

Photo source: the Red Hot Chili Peppers. by Dan Harpaz I had the chance to chat on the phone with Josh Klinghoffer, the newest Red Hot Chili Pepper who, at 32, snatched Stevie Wonder’s record as the youngest artist ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He candidly discusses his double life [...]

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Live: Shabazz Palaces at Brooklyn Bowl

Photos by Dan Harpaz (shot April 14, 2012). by Dan Harpaz Last Saturday, Seattle hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces delivered a heavy dose of psychedelic rap music to fans and bowling bystanders alike at staple hipster concert venue / bowling alley, Brooklyn Bowl. Drawing on their use of traditional African percussion, giddy vocal samples, and [...]

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A rock group you can count on your fingers

From the archives of Smoovtunes: a conversion with Joey Eppard of eclectic, progressive rock band 3 in 2008.  Click the image for 3′s single “Numbers” off their latest (2011) release The Ghost You Gave To Me. Check out live photos of 3 (by Dan Harpaz) at Terminal 5 NYC Sept 9/10/11 here. Few opening acts at [...]

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A Conversation with Yeasayer

  by Dan Harpaz From the archives of Smoovtunes, I bring you a review of Yeasayer’s live set in Chicago in April 2008. This article also features a chat with Luke Fasano, former drummer of Yeasayer. It’s Wednesday, the night of the Man Man and Yeasayer concert in Chicago, and a line of fans wraps [...]

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A Conversation with Katy Perry

by Dan Harpaz I had the chance to interview LA-based pop singer-songwriter Katy Perry in June 2008 before Capitol Records dropped her debut album One of the Boys, which went on to produce five infectious top-forty singles, sell 5 million copies worldwide, and turn RIAA-certified platinum. Having been signed, dropped, and shelved in the years before her debut album [...]

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