Entries tagged with: Southpaw
by Andrew Sacher
Brooklyn staple Joell Ortiz returned last week with the new album Human, a collaborative project with producer Illmind (whose last collab LP was 2010's Live from the Tape Deck with Skyzoo). Not unlike when Joell's Slaughterhouse groupmate Royce da 5'9" did a full album with one great producer (DJ Premier) last year as PRhyme, Human is a cohesive work and both Joell and Illmind bring their A-game. Guests don't show up until track 8 of 11, when Emilio Rojas, Bodega Bamz and Chris Rivers go back and forth on "Latino, Pt. 2" (which there's a video of, below). After that the only other appearances come from Father Dude and Jared Evan. If you haven't heard the album yet, stream it below via Spotify.
Joell and Illmind are celebrating the album in Brooklyn TONIGHT (7/23) at The Wick. Album guest Emilio Rojas is on the bill too, plus Billionaire Buck and Sons of 84. Tickets are available.
The next night, Friday (7/24), Joell will team up with the rest of Slaughterhouse for a Rough Trade show, which celebrates the new boxing movie Southpaw. The soundtrack, executive produced by Eminem, features the new Slaughterhouse song "R.N.S." which you can stream below. PRhyme, Bad Meets Evil, 50 Cent, Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$ and more are on it too. You have to purchase it from the Rough Trade store on Friday to get a wristband for the show.
The film got its NYC premiere earlier this week at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Broadway. Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams showed up, as did Eminem, 50 Cent and more. It opens in theaters Friday.
The Independent calls it "absurd and unoriginal but rousingly entertaining." You can watch the trailer, with the new Slaughterhouse song and the Human stream, below...
photos by David Andrako
Park Slope club Southpaw closed its doors forever after a February 20th show. Here are some pictures taken inside the venue on its final two days. More of them below...
George Washington & Saul Williams (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Butch Morris @ The Stone
* Commercial Interruption @ UCB
* Dave Godowsky @ Pete's Candy Store
* Marcia Ball, BeauSoleil @ City Winery
* Saul Williams, CX Kidtronik @ Maxwell's
* Mitten, Wishes & Thieves @ The Mercury Lounge
* Dan Neustadt of Northern Bells @ Knitting Factory
* Thieving Irons, The Famous Winters @ The Rock Shop
* Father Figures, Relatives, Celestial Shore @ Zebulon
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Young Yeller, The Magick Report, Lips, Backlights @ Glasslands
* Parquet Courts, Beach Arabs, Red Lobster, Fan-Tan @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Graffiti Monsters, Shark?, Life Size Maps, Mala Strana @ Death By Audio
* Jenny Scheinman's Mischief & Mayhem, Nels Cline, Jim Black, Todd Sickafoose @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Artifacts, Jean Grae, Keith Murray, Masta Ace, Dujeous, DJ Stretch Armstrong, DJ Rich Medina, DJ Eclipse @ Southpaw
"Lolla Leaks" is indeed a FAKE.
Southpaw's last swansong before it closes its doors is happening tonight, boasting live interviews, retropectives on the venue, DJs and rappers. Read more about the final show, Masta Ace included, here. Watch a video of Sufjan Stevens playing Southpaw, below...
DOWNLOAD: MA Doom - "PBS" (MP3)
Masta Ace has a few upcoming US shows this month before he tours Canada in March. Those shows include the final event at Southpaw which happens TONIGHT (2/20) with live sets by Jean Grae, Keith Murray, and Artifacts, in addition to live interviews, slide shows, and DJ sets/parties. More info about tonight's show is HERE.
Masta Ace has been working with on a collaborative album with MF Doom titled MA Doom: Son of Yvonne, which is due out sometime this year. You can listen to an interview that Masta Ace recently did with Brooklyn Bodega Radio where he previews some of the album below, and grab a non-album track from their sessions, "PBS," above or stream it below.
Speaking of MF Doom collaborations, he's been pretty prolific with them lately, after keeping to himself for a while. Still no word on the album with Thom Yorke, but Doom did drop a track a few months ago with Yorke and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood (listen HERE). He's also revealed plans for a new Madvillain album. His most recently announced project is JJ DOOM, a collaboration with Jneiro Jarel. Their album, Key to the Kuffs, is due out this May. Stream their track "Banished" below.
All dates and streams below...
Southpaw: End of an era (Closing Event)Just three days ago there was nothing listed at Southpaw for Monday, 2/20, the rumored actual final night. As you can see above (thanks Matt), that has since changed, as has the status of this past Wednesday's event as the last hip hop show at Southpaw.
Southpaw: End of an era
Hosted by: Combat Jack
Live interview & slide show from 5-7pm w/ Danny Castro & David "Chino" Villorente
Live interview & brief performances from 7-10pm w/ Artifacts, Jean Grae, Keith Murray & Masta Ace
Cypher with Live Backing Band Dujeous
6 turntable DJ Cypher featuring DJ Eclipse, Rich Medina & Stretch Armstrong
21+ w/ ID
admission: Free, Please arrive early
door time: 4:30pm
Meanwhile, you can also still head to the Park Slope club for its second-to-last night, one that will be filled with Americana, tonight (2/19).
Southpaw held its last-ever hip hop show last night (2/15), and will officially close its doors forever after the final night of "Americana Pie 2" on 2/19. Though original rumors about the Park Slope club closing had 2/20 as the final day, nothing public is on the schedule for that Monday night.
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire at Southpaw 2/9 (via)
Action Bronson at Southpaw 2/9 (via)
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Action Bronson shared a bill at Southpaw last night (2/9) with support from Soul Kahn and Kyle Rapps, and included special guest Illustrate. They were joined on stage by El-P, Despot, and Kool AD & Heems of Das Racist, who are all featured on eXquire's "Huzzah" remix (where was Danny Brown?!). Action Bronson has a show tonight in Austin, where he will return in March for SXSW.
Last night's show was one of the last at Southpaw, which is closing this month. Their website lists shows happening through February 19, including M.A.K.U. Soundsystem and I Jah Bones TONIGHT (2/10). Tickets for tonight' show are available. There's also a huge show presented by iHeart Dilla taking place on February 15, billed as "One Song: A Forever Fresh Farewell to Southpaw," with Nitty Scott, Illustrate (who was a guest at last night's show), Warren Britt, Jesse Abraham, Top $ Raz, MC Eleven, Tanya Morgan, and many others. The flier for this show with all the performers listed is below.
DOWNLOAD: Kyle Rapps - "Hard Knock Children" with Joell Ortiz (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kyle Rapps - "Love Love 2" with KRS-One and Homeboy Sandman (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kyle Rapps - "Universe Traveler" with Talib Kweli (MP3)
Kyle Rapps with Talib Kweli
Make sure and get to Southpaw early tomorrow (2/9, tickets), because in addition to great performances from favorites like Action Bronson and Mr. MFN eXquire, you'll be able to catch a set from Kyle Rapps. The New Jersey MC made waves last year with his Re-Edutainment EP (clearly a tip of the cap to the Blast Master) but more recently dropped On Air:
The eight-track mixtape showcases a new sound for Kyle, with the NYC-based emcee choosing to flip samples from French electro duo Air throughout.Kyle Rapps recently starred in a new video for "Bully" from Re-Edutainment, which makes its debut in this post. Check it out below alongside a video for "Universe Traveler" (Air Redux) with Talib Kweli from that On Air mixtape. Download the entire On Air mixtape at Sendspace.
Kyle also threw KRS-One, Homeboy Sandman, and Talib Kweli into the mix, the latter of whom was featured on the EP's first single, "Universe Traveler.
In related news, Kyle Rapps may be revving up the sampler again, as Air just released their latest LP Le Voyage Dans La Lune, a score to the 1902 film of the same name. Check out a clip from the film, with Air's music as the soundtrack, below.
All videos and some streams are below, and check out Kyle Rapps tomorrow at one of the last shows at Southpaw.
photos by David Andrako
The history of The Impressions is a timeline that spans almost the entire course of rock & soul music. As most of you already know the group counted both Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield within their ranks over the last half century. They are blessed to have founder members Fred Cash and Sam Gooden still onstage and sounding great.... Pulling from a repertoire that includes doo-wop, gospel, civil rights anthems and "blaxploitation" soundtracks the trio gave a guided tour of how their songs have become entwined in American culture. "It's Alright", "Gypsy Woman", "Keep On Pushing", "Superfly", "People Get Ready", "Choice of Colors", "Move On Up", "We're A Winner" - you get the picture. I think the phrase "achingly beautiful" could have been coined to describe "I'm So Proud". -[SkeletonPete]The Impressions, backed by a band that featured Brooklyn's Binky Griptite and the Dee-Kays (members of the Dap-Kings), played one of the last shows at Southpaw (on February 2nd). The venue inches closer to its final night ever.
The show was a rare teaming of performers and opened with Binky accompanying singer Inyang Bassey, and included the DJ stylings of Pari, Honky, Mr. Robinson, and Eli "Paperboy" Reed. Here are some pictures and a video. It all continues below...
"In what may be Soul music's most exciting collaboration of the year, Rock'n Roll Hall of Famers THE IMPRESSIONS will team up with Brooklyn's BINKY GRIPTITE and the Dee-Kays, a group of musicians featuring members of the Dap-Kings, for a unique Soul revue showcasing two of the best acts of the genre's history, bringing together two generations. This is a rare chance to hear some of the greatest Impressions hits, such as "Keep on pushing," "Choice of Colors", "We're a winner" and of course "People get ready," all performed by the group's original members Fred Cash, Sam Gooden and Reggie Torian (who replaced former lead vocalist Curtis Mayfield in the early 1970s), backed by the mighty DeeKays. If you have always wondered what it was like to see the Impressions during their prime in the 1960s, this show is a must for you! "This goes down at Southpaw TONIGHT (18 days before the end).
May 2003 flyer...
Less than a month before Park Slope club Southpaw is gone forever, and Southpaw mainstay DJ team The Rub has announced that after their final party at Southpaw this Saturday (2/4), they're moving to the bigger Bell House down the street (relatively speaking). Read the trio's entire long goodbye to Southpaw, and check out their final Southpaw flyer, below...
Southpaw, July 2009 (more)
And, it's true:
"A long-standing Park Slope concert hall will close and become a tutoring school now that the hood caters more to kiddies than roadies, owners say.PREVIOUSLY: Southpaw closing in February?
Southpaw -- the legendary music venue that hosted the likes of Patti Smith and Joan Jett -- will close on Fifth Avenue and Sterling Place by the end of February, according to co-owner and music guru Mikey Palms.
"I'm kind of over Park Slope -- it's not a destination for nightlife anymore," said Palms, who also owns Public Assembly NYC in Williamsburg. "It's time to go."
He said a firm called New York City Kids will soon replace the grocery store-sized house of music, offering academic tutoring and rock climbing for tots." [Brooklyn Paper]
Southpaw in 2010 (more by BBG)
According to many with connections to the Park Slope club (some who emailed me and some who are tweeting), Southpaw is closing on February 20 (possibly because "The venue's been sold."). The 5th Avenue Brooklyn venue was getting ready to celebrate their 10th anniversary in a big way too, which would make this news, if confirmed, even sadder.
Home of The Rub, Nuclear Family, numerous soul shows, many hip hop ones (like the upcoming Action Bronson/eXquire gig), and even a lot of indie rock at one time (just off the top of my head I remember seeing Sufjan Stevens, John Vanderslice, Andrew Bird, Mogwai, Davila 666, Mannequin Men, Keren Ann, Metric, Neko Case, Sondre Lerche, Bob Log III, Sharon Jones, and Negative Approach there), Southpaw has been a great piece of the NYC music scene for almost a decade. Unfortunately, possibly due to the increasing popularity and number of Williamsburg venues, and newer competition from Union Hall and the Bell House (not to mention Littlefield), shows have been somewhat less frequent there in the past few years (especially notable indie rock ones).
Stay tuned for more info, and an official confirmation (one way or another). Meanwhile check out their schedule (which at the moment has four shows on it past 2/20).
Action Bronson at Gramercy in 2011 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Action Bronson, who played the Girls/Real Estate afterparty at Tribeca Grand hotel this past Saturday (how was that?), has a few more shows coming up including another hometown show in NYC at Southpaw on February 9 with Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, who he has shared many local bills with in the past, most recently at Highline Ballroom on 12/27. The bill also includes Kyle Rapps, Soul Kahn, special guest Illustrate, and DJ Meka (2DopeBoyz). Tickets are on sale.
Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, who dropped a new mixtape for Christmas, meanwhile plays a Chicago show this weekend with Chicago rapper ShowYouSuck who recently released a new mixtape too. eXquire also has a show schedyled at Echoplex in LA on 2/28 with Das Racist.
Action Bronson recently released his first new track of 2012. Find a link to that HERE.
All tour dates dates and an 11 minute video feature made from footage shot at the recent Highline Ballroom show, below...
Amon Tobin last night @ BK Masonic Temple (more by Greg Cristman)
In other surprise Brooklyn DJ show news, Matthewdavid and Dam-Funk will be at Union Pool tonight.
"If your dog sleeps on the sofa, shits on the rug, pisses on the drapes, chews up your slippers, humos your mother-in-law's leg, jumps on your new clothes, and licks your face, he's never gotten out of character. You understand what he did, you curse him while making allowances for him, but your love for him never diminishes. Commencing in 1970, I sung about sex, niggers, love, rednecks, war, peace, dead flies, home wreckers, Sly Stone, my daughters, politics, revolution, amd blood transfusions (just to name a few), and never got out of character" - [Swamp Dogg]The statement is a great testament to Swamp Dogg's eclecticism. That grows even clearer with one viewing of the art in his discography, the above pictured "Rat On!" included.
In 2010 Swamp Dogg, aka Jerry Williams, Jr., (born 12 July 1942), played his first NYC show in over a decade ("His last local appearance had taken place at Coney Island High, an East Village rock club that closed in July 1999"). According to New York Rocker:
Swamp Dogg killed. His set was a triumph.If you missed it, July 2011 brings four more chances to catch the "the soul genius that time forgot." Two of those East Coast shows are in NYC, and one is even free.
The unknowing and unsuspecting among us were converted for life and sent forth into the night, frothing at the mouth and babbling in tongues of ecstasy. The true believers, your faithful scribe among them, were lifted to Soul Heaven on a pair of golden fried chicken wings (with choice of grits, black-eyed peas, or collard greens).
Swamp Dogg (lead vocals and electric piano) was backed capably and sympathetically by The Revelations of Brooklyn NY. I believe the personnel for this gig was Wes Mingus (guitar), Borahm Lee (keyboards), Josh Werner (bass) and Gintas Janusonis (drums) plus a three-man horn section.
Swamp Dogg will play a free show in Brooklyn from noon-2pm at Metrotech on July 14th, part of the ongoing BAM R&B Festival (which hosts the Port-au-Prince-based band RAM today, July 7th). He'll then hightail it up to Johnny D's in Somerville, MA for a show later that night, but he returns Brooklyn to play the early show at Southpaw the following night (7/15). Tickets are still available. The Revelations (featuring Tre Williams), who backed Swamp at City Winery, are also listed on the Park Slope bill (though the Metrotech show doesn't mention them).
All tour dates and some video below.
photos by Brook Bobbins
A-Trak @ Fool's Gold Records the store
'This past weekend Fool's Gold record company opened the doors to their brand new retail store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We attended the opening day reception which we got to check out the store's merchandise and actually meet with the Fools Gold artists. In the store people got a chance to meet the founder of the label DJ A-Trak and Fools Gold's newest signee rapper Danny Brown from Detroit. The Fool's Gold Store carries music, clothing and all sorts of Fools Gold memorabilia. There is even a large backyard space which will be used for future events there, make sure you visit the store on 536 Metropolitan Ave. [Jungle Gym]The Fool's Gold store opening party happened on Friday, June 26th. The pictures in this post are from that night. You can also watch a video about the store below. The space, which was already their office for a couple of years, is now a real store and "open Monday-Saturday from noon until 6pm, happily serving all your Fool's Gold music, gear and general swag-related needs."
In somewhat related news, Fool's Gold associates The Rub are celebrating their 9th anniversary on the other side of Brooklyn, at Southpaw tonight (7/2). The party flyer, a video where The Rub guys interview the Fool's Gold guys, a letter from the Rub's Cosmo Baker, and more of the Fool's Gold store pics, below...
YC The Cynic (photo by Foli Creppy)
"It feels like there's a void in the Bronx, and I don't necessarily feel like I have to fill it, but I feel like I could. People aren't putting pressure on me yet, because I'm still up and coming. But I feel like that will happen in the future, and I'm ready for it. It does motivate me, because I have to be dope." - YC The CynicYC The Cynic calls the cradle of hip-hop civilization (The Bronx) his home, and he'll celebrate the release of his new mixtape Fall FWD with a party in our fair city, at Southpaw TONIGHT (3/1). Advance tickets are still available and the show will feature appearances from Sene, Scienze Rebel, Diaz, The Underdogz and Meka (2DopeBoyz).
Southpaw is one of two appearances this week for the local MC, as he'll also be on hand to celebrate the release of the new Red Clay disc, Rugged Soul, alongside Mohammad Dangerfield, Marco Polo, John Robinson & Lewis Parker, and others at 92Y Tribeca on March 4th. Tickets are still available.
Fall FWD is out now, and available for purchase on his bandcamp. Stream the entire thing below, along side a recent "Fall FWD" remix, the "Summertime High" single, and a video where people were asked "What Does YC Stand For?"
Steve Arrington & Dam Funk
After a record release show at Southpaw, Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band have spent the better part of the last two weeks on the road in celebration of his new LP No Time For Dreaming. Later this month Charles heads to Europe for a string of dates with Lee Fields & The Expressions who he will also play with again on April 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on AMEX presale Wed 2/16 at noon and go on regular sale 48 hours later. The two sold out the same venue in November.
Outside of the Brooklyn date, Lee Fields & The Expressions have only one other US show scheduled that we know about: August 5-7 at Pendarvis Farm near Portland, Oregon as part of Pickathon 2011. There, the funk-soul crooner will be joined by Mavis Staples, Bill Callahan, Califone, and many others. Full lineup is below. Tickets are on sale.
This week presents some great funky live shows: Kings Go Forth play two shows in the next week, Fitz & The Tantrums play MHoW on Wed (2/16, tickets), and Slave vocalist Steve Arrington at Southpaw on Friday (2/18, tickets). Arrington, who recently collaborated with Dam Funk on some new material, will be backed by Chin Chin and joined by Little Shalimar (mems TV on the Radio, Antibalas), DJ Spinna and Chances With Wolves. Arrington can also be found spinning records at The Commodore the day before (2/17). Flyer for that is below.
For four decades, deep soul man Willie West has been one of New Orleans' best kept secrets.. Originally from the New Orleans area, Willie first broke into the business in 1958 with his band The Sharks. Members of that band later joined up with Joe Tex and Fats Domino. In the early 60's he and the band signed to Rusttone Records. They had a regional hit titled 'Did You Have Fun?' Which lead to gigs with Jimmy Reed and Solomon Burke. In 1966 Willie signed to Allen Toussaint's Deesu Records and together they record several incredible singles. Willie sang the title track 'The Greatest Love' to the movie Black Sampson and had two single released by Warner Brothers. The early 70's saw Willie join one of the most beloved New Orleans acts, The Electric Soul Train. Later in the 70's Willie joined the legendary band, The Meters for whom he sang lead vocals until they dis-banded in 1980.The show will be Willie West's first-ever NYC show, and no, he is not currently part of The Funky Meters (who are on tour and play Brooklyn Bowl this spring).
All tour dates and some videos below.
photos by Alysse Gafkjen, words by BBG
Valient Thorr strike a pose
Valient Thorr headlined Southpaw in Brooklyn on 9/23 with support from Junius and Howl as part of a larger overall tour for the three bands. If you missed Howl, you won't have to wait long to check them out again, as the band is hitting the road for an upcoming tour with Trap Them and ETID. Tickets are on sale for their date at The Studio at Webster Hall on November 3rd.
If you missed Valient Thorr and Junius, you won't be able to catch them in NYC in the forseeable future, but you will be able to catch them both in Austin at Fun Fun Fun Fest along with a slew of other notables. Look for Valient Thorr to dip into Stranger at the show, as that recently released LP is out now.
More pictures from the show are below...
Black Milk celebrated Album of The Year (stream it) with a headlining show at a packed out Southpaw on Tuesday (9/14). In addition to a Besides a bouncy and big-bang performance from Black Milk (one of the few hip hoppers that understands the art of the live show), there was a killer lineup of supporting characters that included the pure hilarity/unstoppable rhymes of Sean Price, a super energetic Elzhi, Guilty Simpson, and a surprise appearance from Roc Marciano (his first since the release of his incredible LP Marcberg on Fat Beats in April).
More pictures from the show below...
Black Milk at SXSW (more by Samantha Marble)
BrooklynVegan is proud to announce the release party for one of 2010's most highly anticipated underground hip hop albums, Black Milk's Album of The Year. Brooklyn's Southpaw will be the venue and September 14th is the date (also the album's release date). The show will feature appearances from the man himself along with Sean Price, Elzhi of Slum Village, and Guilty Simpson among other special guests still to be announced. Tickets are on sale.
UPDATE: DJ Spinna, who is also spinning the Michael Jackson birthday party in Prospect Park this Sunday, has been added to the Southpaw show.
Individually, Sean Price, Black Milk, and Guilty Simpson is an incredible lineup, but in addition, the threesome combine to form Random Axe. Ramdom Axe have completed an LP that, according to a recent interview, will see a release in "October/November". Keep on the look out for that one.
Elzhi is 1/2 of the current Slum Village, who recently released their new album Villa Manifesto via E1 Music, the first since the passing of Slum Village founding member Baatin and ex-SV member J.Dilla. Elzhi released his (almost entirely) Black Milk-produced solo album The Preface in 2008.
The rest of Random Axe has been busy with their own projects, as well. Sean Price released the Kimbo Price mixtape in the tail end of last year, and is prepping to release Mic Tyson on Duck Down. Guilty Simpson's new LP, um, OJ Simpson hit stores in middle May via Stones Throw. The LP features production by Madlib on all tracks.
Some video, including the recently released Black Milk clip "Deadly Medley" is below...
Budos Band @ the 5th Ave Street Fair, 2007
Park Slope's annual 5th Avenue Street Fair is Sunday, May 16th. It runs from Sterling to 12th Street and starts at noon. Not your typical corn dog and lemonade street fair (though they do have that stuff), the Brooklyn event features multiple stages of live music including two hosted by Southpaw which is also home to the day's Punk & Underground Record Fair (10am-6pm, $5 entry). Southpaw's stages, assuming it doesn't rain, will be in front of Southpaw, and at the Gate (5th Ave & 3rd St). If it rains, music moves inside Southpaw where the record fair will also be taking place.
While on Fifth Ave, you can also stop by Union Hall (season finale of tearing the veil of maya at 7 / indie rock all stars cover tusk by fleetwood mac at 9), and walk a block down to 4th Ave to check out new venue Rock Shop.
Flyers and music lineups (which aren't 100% consistent with the flyers) below...
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Kings Go Forth @ Mercury Lounge
"Dig Deeper is a monthly 60's Soul Party in Park Slope, Brooklyn at Southpaw. Hosted by Mr. Robinson and DJ Honky, generally on the fourth Saturday of the month, with the dancefloor primed with the finest funk and soul records anywhere in the world from their collections and a live performance each month at midnight from a legendary soul / funk artist that we particularly treasure. Past artists have included Don Gardner, Tami Lynn, Obie "Young" Jessie, Dean Parrish, Harvey Scales, Eula Cooper, the Mighty Hannibal, Garland Green, Delia "Dee Dee" Gartrell, Lee Fields, Renaldo Domino, Lenis Guess, Marva Whitney, the Green Berets, Darrow Fletcher, Billy Prince of the Precisions, and at the Brooklyn Soul Festival that we put on with Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Hermon Hitson, Roscoe Robinson, Barbara Lynn, Maxine Brown, and Otis Clay.Kings Go Forth just released an album on Luaka Bop, and they're currently on tour to promote that record and will appear at Dig Deeper this soulful Saturday evening at Southpaw in Brooklyn (4/24).
When Michael and I started Dig Deeper two years ago, it was with a goal of booking our soul heroes of the 1960s and 1970s, artists who haven't performed in town in 20-40 years - an endeavor we took on because nobody else was doing it. So why exactly are we breaking rank and bringing a contemporary band from Milwaukee to town for our April 24 show?
We've been friends with Andy Noble for a good while, a fellow soul and funk record obsessive whose knowledge about the genre would fill volumes. We remember when he mentioned that he was starting a soul group and were intrigued. Then we remember when he shared a recording of what would be the first Kings Go Forth single (released on 45rpm vinyl, naturally), and were blown away." [Dig Deeper]
You might have caught the band when they recently played DC (if not you can stream that whole show now), earlier today at their Vintage Vinyl in-store, or the other night at Mercury Lounge where they shared a bill with Rafter. More pictures from that Mercury Lounge show, and all tour dates (with tonight's flyer), below...
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.