Posts Tagged ‘ funk ’

Anatomy of a Song: Budos Band

July 17, 2014
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PODCAST: Budos Band baritone saxophonist Jared Tankel discusses the song “Budos Rising,” from the band’s 2009 album, Budos Band II. Budos Band is an instrumental band based in Staten Island, New York. Their earlier material was rooted in interpretations of funk, soul, afrobeat, and Ethiopian Jazz. Newer material is influenced more by Black Sabbath and […]


Bandalabra: Funk, Not Jazz

April 24, 2014
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For SF WEEKLY: A resurgence of interest in Afrobeat music in recent years has produced a Broadway show about Fela Kuti, revived long-retired West African bands, and produced a slew of new, Afrobeat-inspired bands. The four-piece Bandalabra, who play the Boom Boom Room April 26, conjures elements of Afrobeat — complex polyrhythms, call and response, […]


Podcast: Found Brass Music

November 19, 2013

I’ve been finding lots of great music with horns lately, some of it new, some of it old.
Here I discuss reissued Afrobeat recordings, the new album from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and a 1969 jazz recording from Larry Young.

Interview: Galactic

August 19, 2011

When performing live, Galactic makes playing funk music look easy. It isn’t. Delivering precise, tight funk is hard work, but this five-piece New Orleans band seems to power through their shows as if they could keep it all going endlessly. Their most recent album, “The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans”, captures that […]


Chrome Hoof: Funk with Robes

August 18, 2010

At England’s annual Big Chill Festival, an outdoor music event in a charming wooded park in Herefordshire, the London band Chrome Hoof blitzed the audience with a 40-minute arsenal of their trademark metal disco. The ten-piece ensemble’s sound is unmistakably jittery and spacey, combining 1970s funk with electronica and metal. Their look sets them apart […]


Sharon Jones = Powerhouse Soul

April 15, 2010

London retro-soul music fans may remember the Dap-Kings as the American band that recorded and toured with Amy Winehouse. But the band’s Wednesday night performance at Koko with their original front woman, Sharon Jones, was an entirely different affair. The full review, on the recent Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings performance at Koko in London, […]


Q&A with DJ Beto

June 29, 2009

The CD came with extensive liner notes that read like an enthusiastic travelogue. Someone hadn’t merely thrown these songs together. They had done their homework to find out why this music sounded the way it did: a collage of funky island rhythms from all over: North and South America, Colombia, the Caribbean and Africa. Yet […]


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