The August 2013 issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture<http://www.indiana.edu/~aaamc/>, has now been posted at www.blackgrooves.org.<http://www.blackgrooves.org.>
As a tie-in to the upcoming Afropunk Fest<http://afropunkfest.com/>, we’re devoting the bulk of this issue to the many facets of rock music performed by Black artists. First we’re featuring new albums by Women Who Rock<http://blackgrooves.org/women-who-rock/> (and rock bands fronted by female singers) including Black Traffic by Skunk Anansie, Behold, A Pale Horse by Ebony Bones, She by Alice Smith, I Love My Tribe by The Honorable South, Crawlby Jenn Cristy, Earth Hero by Kamara Thomas & the Ghost Gamblers, and The Endangered’s self-titled debut.
Next up are Recent Afropunk and Rock Releases<http://blackgrooves.org/recent-afropunk-and-rock-releases/> including Pinnick Gales Pridgenfrom the power trio Dug Pinnick, Eric Gales, and Thomas Pridgen, followed by Dug Pinnick’s solo effort Naked, Blood Sugar X’s The Dead Dumb Happy Life, Vols. 1 & 2, the Mother’s Finest DVD Live at Rockpalast 1978 & 2003, Danko Jones’ Rock and Roll is Black and Blue, Light Asylum’s self-titled debut, and P.O.D.’s Murdered Love.
We’re also featuring new projects from veteran musicians including Sound the Alarm<http://blackgrooves.org/booker-t-jones-sound-the-alarm/> by Booker T. Jones, Border-Free<http://blackgrooves.org/chucho-valdes-the-afro-cuban-messengers-border-free/> by Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers,Vocal Sides <http://blackgrooves.org/carline-ray-vocal-sides/> by the recently departed jazz singer Carline Ray, and Rhythm & Blues<http://blackgrooves.org/buddy-guy-rhythm-blues/> by Buddy Guy. From the Delmark label<http://blackgrooves.org/delmark-60th-anniversary-releases/> there’s Blues In My Soul by Lurrie Bell, Live at A Space by the Roscoe Mitchell Quartet, Stop Lyin’ by Tail Dragger, and Sunny Road by Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup.
R&B and hip hop releases include A Sunshine State of Mind<http://blackgrooves.org/the-soul-of-john-black-a-sunshine-state-of-mind/> by The Soul of John Black, Doubleback <http://blackgrooves.org/joe-doubleback-evolution-of-rb/> by Joe, Yessir Whatever<http://blackgrooves.org/quasimoto-yessir-whatever/> by Quasimoto, and Lower <http://blackgrooves.org/rusty-redenbacher-lower/> by Indianapolis artist Rusty Redenbacher.
Closing out this issue is our summary of July releases of note.
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