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Good Times at the Brooklyn Folk Fest

Took a little adventure down to Brooklyn Heights this weekend, hungry for relaxed banjo playing and bluegrass fiddle melodies. Upon my entering the church where the fest was being held, I came upon a small group of musicians playing a ridiculously fast Appalachian tune in the kitchen. Just like that I felt as if I were back home in the mid-west, sitting out by the lake on a summer evening, playing fiddle on a tree stump and watching kids roast marshmallows.

The fest was a 3 day exploration of traditional music from a number a cultures and languages, ranging from early Americana, to West African folk tales and East Asian melodies. Hosted by Down Home Radio Show and The Jalopy Theatre it was interesting how music libraries such as the one within the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. invited musicians to explore their collections and learn songs that had been recorded for ethnographic purposes.

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Famoro Dioubate – Djeli playing Mande Balafon music from Guinea

There were collaborative sessions for people to bring their instruments and jam together so it was sweet seeing so many banjo and fiddle players in one place.

Bruce Molsky Instructing students at the fiddle workshop, 2015

Bruce Molsky Instructing students at the fiddle workshop, 2015

I’d made sure to bring my lil fiddle with me for a workshop they’d scheduled with the talented Bruce Molsky but the real fun was watching him play with friends out back while the rest of the audience attended the scheduled performances. What’s nice about his expert skill was witnessing how natural and comfortable performing music is for him. I love meeting artists who have a practice that’s as basic as breathing for them. A craft they do all day, everyday- for fun, business, pleasure anything else. It’s a lifestyle.

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The Wild(e)st Rock Moments of the Season in #blkgrlswurld ZINE

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Shiiiiiiiiiit! It’s finally here! The Spring edition of #Blkgrlswurld Zine.

For Wild(e) we asked you to share with us your craziest stories and experiences from life in the scene and you answered with some of the most twisted adventures our editor has ever heard of!

You surfed, dashed, crashed and all around got carried away during winter shows with bruises, stains and missing teeth to show for it. We hope, for the luv of METAL.

Click here to view/print the Zine : *nsfw*

The print edition is quartely so stay tuned for more info about the summer edition and full coverage of NYC happenings. Did someone just say AFROPunkFest? ohhhh yeah :D

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Hawthorn Heights Continues 10 Year Anniversary Tour of Their First Album

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Also posted on Webster Hall’s blog here

When you’ve enjoyed a band for over a decade and find their music just as strong as it was years prior, I can think of nothing more fun than watching them perform the album that started it all. Hawthorne Heights delivered a thorough exploration of their most well known songs to a New York crowd that could recite every lyric in passionate chants and wild crowd surfing.

Hawthorne Heights stands consistent with bands like Silverstein in defining a sub-genre of post-hardcore of the early 2000s that would later be termed Emo, for it’s melodic vocals paired with heavier riffs and screams. Their albums also weave in narrative and character development as if the artists have somehow gone through a changed experience from each song’s completion.

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My younger sister and I have followed the band for years as they crafted lyrics of young frustration…

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Black Women of Underground Music Unite In New Film

Check out this amazing new film, Challenging The White Gaze: Black Women in the Alternative Arts, produced by Laina Dawes, author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal  \m/

“Challenging the White Gaze is a recording of a discussion between black women musicians, journalists, visual and performing artists involved in alternative music and culture. After the release of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal the creation of a visual component to encourage black viewers who are struggling with their experiences being black in white-centric spaces that a community exists. More importantly, building a supporting environment where women could talk openly about their experiences – both the good and the painful – they’ve had within the metal, hardcore and punk scenes was imperative to building a community that over time, will expand to embrace other women other cities in North America.”

Participants:

Jennifer Cruté, Visual artist / graphic novelist

Militia Vox singer, Judas Priestess / solo artist

Ursula CP, Journalist / former editor, HearEvil.com

Ashley Denise MaGee, DJ Black Betty

Kali Holloway, Singer, Easy Lover

Dianca London Freelance music journalist

Cammy Simpson, Dancer

Christina Long, Founder, Blkgrlswurld.wordpress.com

Beatrice Demesier (Madame St. Beatrice), Singer
Off-camera:

Harriet Vinson, Journalist

Faith Pennick, filmmaker

Laina Dawes, Host / editor

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Now Accepting Submissions for #blkgrlswurld ZINE Print Edition 3.0

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For the Spring ’15 Edition 3.0 of #blkgrlswurld Zine share with us the wildest most surprising things you’ve seen go down at a rock show. Photos, drawings and prose welcome.
Send your submissions with your name and website to blkgrlswurld@gmail.com

Deadline is March 15, 2015 by 10 p.m ET

For more info click here

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The Pale Emperor Rocks NYC

“Manson in the flesh, I never thought it would happen,” remarked a girl standing behind me in the swarming crowd of fishnets and studded black boots. A vision had finally come to fruition for all of us. Marilyn Manson was back in New York City, in Hell’s Kitchen blessing us with showers of glittery nightmares and whispers of industrial canticles.

With a music career now spanning over 20 years, the excitement of his return to the stage with new work from the album Pale Emperor has been well received amongst fans and critics. His latest songs like “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge” and “ The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” generate soulful chants and rolling beats amongst a fuzzy, scratchy atmosphere of blues rhythms. It’s a warm bath my ears have been dipping into during my subway commute ever since the album dropped earlier this month.

Arriving to the performance a bit late I found the audience buzzing with anticipation minutes before his first appearance on stage. With intentions of hanging in the back of the venue to snap photos, I found myself in the bewildering situation of being pushed/carried towards the front of the stage once the show began, tumbling among the flaying hands and wet bodies. My eyes peered up from behind spiked mohawks and ornate corsets as I swayed breathless in the crowd getting ever closer to the singer. At one point I was pushed so far ahead that I was directly in front of Manson, arms outstretched, terribly close to the absolution he offered. Our hands nearly touched as he smiled at me and then, ACK!!! My body was pulled under into a sea of bodies going wild at his song, “Rock Is Dead.” Next thing I remember is standing in the entrance of the venue attempting to catch my breath—eyes stark white, hair disheveled. After a few moments I stood up, looked back at the crowd and whispered, “Wow…”

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Marilyn Manson and bassist Twiggy Ramirez

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From there I made sure to stay Really clear of the moshing and enjoyed his return to old favorites like “The Beautiful People”,Personal Jesus” and “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” It was great to see him and Twiggy Ramirez (bassist) playing on stage like old times, and the various costume changes he presented throughout the show.

Manson has definitely found his stride after carving a space for himself in popular culture that covers the young and old. I’d be thrilled to see him staying in the game for years to come.

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Watain and Mayhem @ Webster Hall

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Some of the heaviest guitar riffs in black metal rattled the Webster Hall crowd on Saturday night, causing hairs to stand on end and paint to peel from the walls. An intoxicating spell of grimy death and doom was offered up by co-headlining bands Watain and Mayhem as part of their Black Metal Warfare Tour. Featuring the band Revenge as their opening act, I was pleasantly surprised by the sharp energy and theatrics presented by veteran band Mayhem. Considered legendary in the black metal genre since the early 1980s, I’m always thankful to see bands that have been playing and pushing new boundaries since before I was born.

I discovered black metal as an orchestra kid, finding both the drawling chords and speed metal riffs similar to classical music compositions I had been studying for the violin. For me this show was cathartic…

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