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Gil Scott-Heron: My First…

BY JIM WELTE | Published at 6:00 AM on March 8, 2010 The revolution still isn’t on your flat panel, but hip-hop godfather and author Gil Scott-Heron is back with I’m New Here, an album produced by XL Recordings owner Richard Russell, who soaks the 60-year-old poet/jazzman’s lyrics in a Burial-meets-Portishead brine. On this stark 28-minute set, Scott-Heron covers […]

New Orleans Gets Wired: David Simon Turns His Sights on the Big Easy

BY JIM WELTE | Published at 12:30 PM on November 17, 2009 On a late spring day in the early 1990s, a Baltimore Sun reporter named David Simon wandered into the now-defunct Funky Butt jazz club on North Rampart Street in New Orleans, where Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias were burning through a scorching set of percussive […]

Catching Up With… TV on the Radio

BY JIM WELTE | Published at 7:00 AM on September 25, 2008 For the second year in a row, a 70-year-old, man-made island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay was home to some of the finest live bands in the country. Over two days this past weekend, the Treasure Island Music Festival welcomed the likes of the Raconteurs, The […]