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Thursday, December 27th, 2012

My Subjective List of The Best Albums of 2012

No, Somali-Canadian rapper/crooner K’Naan’s “God, Country or the Girl” did not make my list of best albums of 2012. And his post-facto denouncement of its contents in an op-ed in The New York Times (!) has nothing to do with it. With the exception of a cut with Nas (“Nothing to Lose“), K’Naan’s latest is, however,

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Weekend Music Break, N°19

Got caught up in other stuff yesterday, so this week’s Bonus Music Break comes a day late. “Sister Deborah” Owusu-Bonsu calls herself a “creative hustler” and yes, she is the sister of FOKN Bois’s Wanlov the Kubolor,...

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Music Break. Alabama Shakes

Remember the Alabama Shakes--the best band of 2011. At the heart of the Alabama Shakes--the best band of 2011--is guitarist and singer Brittany Howard, described by my wife as "a cross between Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse."

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Music Break. Alabama Shakes

I have a student (born in Texas) who insists he won’t travel to or through Mississippi or Alabama. What if he had to see The Alabama Shakes play live?