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Nneka – Africa Now at the Apollo

Pictured above: Nneka and bandmate Diallo House. Story by Dan Harpaz Photos by Christina Saburro On March 16th, crowds flocked to the Africa Now! show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY to experience a showcase of diverse African musicians.  Zolani Mahola, lead singer of South African feel-good opener Freshlyground, coaxed crowd members out of their seats [...]

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Block Party Typhoon

Photos courtesy of the artists. by Dan Harpaz It’s easy to blame the premature close to Mad Decent’s ten-hour-long free concert at Williamsburg Park, NYC on Mother Nature, but curator/headliner Major Lazer (aka Diplo) could have avoided letting down fans by shortening sets earlier in the day.  While most of the opening acts managed to entertain [...]

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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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Live: Nneka at Gramercy Theatre

Photos by Dan Harpaz (shot March 27, 2012). by Dan Harpaz While riding the train to the Nneka show at Gramercy Theatre, I wondered if I would be able to identify any Afrobeat/reggae/soul concert-goers along the way. What would give them away? Would I find dreadlocks, or deadheads, or skinny jeans, or oversized nonprescription glasses, [...]

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Review: Rising Down by The Roots

From the archives of Smoovtunes. By Mike G The Roots are furious and they aren’t going to just sit back and take it anymore.  Okay, fine, they never have really sat back and just take anything, but, still, this fury is a force that continues to move to the forefront (the alliteration was too easy), [...]

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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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Live! Other Lives in Chicago

by Angie Jaime and Dan Harpaz Angie and I caught the Other Lives & Gomez show at the Vic Theatre in Chicago on October 2, 2008.  We interviewed Jesse and met the rest of the band after the set.  This is our story. I was supposed to wait for the 5:30 train. I get there, [...]

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