The world's community of thinkers lost an amazing individual on Thursday with the passing of Amiri Baraka, born LeRoi Jones. He was 79. With uncensored and unrelenting poetry, essays, plays, music criticism, and other written works, he captured an underrepresented side of American life. From the rac ... More >>
Photos by B Fresh PhotographyLeft: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy BikeAmong the thousands assembled at Hennepin County Government Center on Monday for the #HoodiesUpMN Trayvon Martin rally was rapper Toki Wright. The local Rhymesayers artist, music producer, DJ and educator decided to bring a sound ... More >>
Three members were close friends of the fallen rapper
Outside will be the tumulted Tapes 'n Tapes third full-length record, set for a very early '11 release. It will be their first - not counting their excellent demo CD - completely outside the confines of major-indie label XL (Vampire Weekend, Gil Scott-Heron, Titus Andronicus) and within the picke ... More >>
All the music articles from this week's print edition.
The California festival runs April 16-18.
The Bay Area three talk to us after their Cabooze performance last week.
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The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things
Michael Franti replaces hip-hop polemics with soul that's good for the body--and the body politic
Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek gather everyone from Nelson Mandela to Rick James under the hip-hop tent
Spoken-word artist Truth Maze hitches the soul train to the peace train