Published November 7, 2013 at 12:21 am - No Comments
Yuna By Ernest Barteldes Though she has been quite successful in the Malaysian music scene via her popularity on her country’s MySpace for quite a few years, Yuna is sure to make her mark in the western world with her blend of neo-soul, African and Europop that brings to mind the work of Rihanna, Adele
Published October 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm - No Comments
Robert Glasper Review by Ernest Barteldes When Robert Glasper released the first volume of his Black Radio series in 2012, I was hoping that he’d recruit bassist Esperanza Spalding if there were ever a follow-up. After all, they are both part of a small group of jazz musicians who have renewed the genre while also
Published August 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm - No Comments
Central Park Summerstage August 20, 2013 By Ernest Barteldes Though some fans sometimes shouted requests for “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” the evening was not about the 1988 acapella smash hit that made Bobby McFerrin a household name. Instead, it was a concert that celebrated the various sounds that informed his career, going from jazz, soul
Published August 22, 2013 at 10:06 am - No Comments
From his new CD A Place Called Loveland available September 3!
Published August 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm - 2 Comments
By Angela Lester On September 8th, X2thel favorite Margot B (as actor Margot Bingham) will be introduced as a new character on Season 4 of the award winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Margot will play the character of Daughter Maitland, a singer. In conjunction with the new season, a soundtrack Boardwalk Empire Vol. 2 (Music
Published August 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm - No Comments
L’Entente D’Soul By Angela Lester Following the release of a few singles over the past two years, the long-awaited Always a Bridesmaid is the debut album from L’Entente D’Soul (X2theL 2013), and it features the exquisite voice of a superb vocalist, Chicago’s Marcya Danielle. Apart from two cover songs, the set is all original music.
Published July 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm - No Comments
Blue Velvet Soul By Ernest Barteldes On the first seconds on Maysa’s 10th solo release, you hear an orchestra tuning up, and a piano dramatically plays the first notes of “Beautiful Dreamer,” a heartfelt ballad on the need to be one with your brothers and sisters in spite of the differences we all have. The
Published April 24, 2013 at 5:43 pm - No Comments
Honey Larochelle Review by Angela Lester “Every honeybee fills with jealousy, when they see you out with me. I don’t blame them goodness knows, my honeysuckle rose” So the album from Honey Larochelle, The Yes Feeling, begins. The album dives straight into the slightly ‘70’s flavored tune “Heaven.” Larochelle, has a voice and style that