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Program of the Week, Dec. 13: Jazz Focus

By admin Showtime: Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Steve Taxman plays a mixture of classic and new mainstream jazz releases, and also delves in…
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Legal Eagle Review – Podcast 12/10/17

By admin Sundays at 7 p.m. The Legal Eagle Review is an informative and thought-provoking weekly show covering legal issues affecting everyday people. Irving Joyner and April Dawson, law…
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Mastering Your Money – Podcast 12/10/17

By admin Sundays at 6 p.m. Mastering Your Money hosted by Ed Fulbright seeks our local and national resources to help educate people about money…
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The Measure of Everyday Life – Podcast 12/10/17

By admin Sundays at 6:30 p.m. “The Measure of Everyday Life” is a weekly interview program hosted by Dr. Brian Southwell featuring social science researchers…
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Record Review: Boulevards' Hurtown, USA Inches Toward Timeless Classics

As with past Boulevards releases, the record works because Jamil Rashad is a mini-superstar.

Smuggling heartbreak into feel-good pop is a delicate art. There are the classic examples: Morrissey’s doom and gloom over Johnny Marr’s sunny guitar lines, or Mark Morrison’s scorned confidence on “Return of the Mack.”… …read more      

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Colin Sneed Plays Rock Romps Fast and Loose on Empty and Open All Night

The Durham transplant marries a mischievous literary sensibility to an uncanny knack for big-ticket hooks and snarling guitars,

Durham transplant Colin Sneed has married a mischievous literary sensibility to an uncanny knack for big-ticket hooks and snarling guitars, a cocktail he renders with the insouciant panache of a gutter-rat intellectual. These proclivities date back to Sneed’s days fronting the Oxford, Mississippi, power-pop terrors Unwed Teenaged Mothers, and they’ve stayed consistent throughout the course of a prolific and frequently thrilling solo career.… …read more      

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Before Finding a Place in the History Books, Renowned Blues and Folk Musician Lead Belly Made a Stop in Raleigh

Huddie Ledbetter, aka Lead Belly, stopped at Raleigh’s Central Prison with folklorists John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax in December 1934.

Before Johnny Cash recorded “Rock Island Line,” before Pete Seeger sang about studying war no more, and before Nirvana did a harrowing version of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” on MTV Unplugged, there was Lead Belly. Mentored by the titanic bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lead Belly was a singer, guitarist, and storyteller, one whose work helped define these artists and American vernacular music in the twentieth century.… …read more      

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Program of the Week, Dec. 20: Jazz Overnight

By admin Mon – Sat. Overnight A syndicated hourly program, the Jazz Network is the preeminent hosted Jazz music service heard on over 270 outlets nationwide….
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Our Twenty Favorite Local Records of 2017

Triangle bands put out a whole bunch of great records in a really terrible year. Here are some of the ones we liked best.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: 2017 sucked. But if you were paying even the slightest attention to what was happening in the Triangle’s busy music scene, you found plenty of bright spots.… …read more      

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Program of the Week, Dec. 27: Legal Eagle Review

By admin Sundays at 7 p.m. The Legal Eagle Review is hosted by NCCU Professors Irving Joyner and April Dawson. Sponsored by NCCU’s School of Law and…
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Lou Donaldson

By admin Jazz critics agree that “Sweet Poppa Lou” Donaldson is one of the greatest alto saxophonists of all time. He began his career as…
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Where Have All the Hero Themes Gone?

Over the past century, our understanding of good and evil has been shaped by film scores. How much have they changed?

On Saturday, Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall will be filled with the sounds of some of the most famous characters in musical culture—not Beethoven and Brahms, for a change, but Superman, Batman, and Captain Jack Sparrow. Led by Wesley Schulz, the North Carolina Symphony begins its Young People’s Concert Series with a new “Heroes and Villains” program.… …read more      

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Record Review: Young Yonder's Debut Stays Close to Home

The band celebrates its self-titled effort Friday night at Kings.

Young Yonder doesn’t make good of the young part of its name; neither its members nor its preferred genres are new to the scene. But as for “yonder”—a term of Middle English origin that has attained a distinctly Southern association—the Raleigh sextet delivers.… …read more      

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In Dire Need of a Kidney Transplant, Charly Lowry Takes a New Look at Her Life's Work

The Dark Water Rising frontwoman had a tough 2017, but she’s taking on the new year head on.

Charly Lowry is going through a tough season, but she’s not about to let it best her. Lowry, the lead vocalist of local roots-soul combo Dark Water Rising, makes passionate music that intersects with her activism in standing up for Lumbee and Native American rights.… …read more      

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Program of the Week, Jan. 3: Mastering Your Money

By admin Showtime: Sundays at 6 p.m. Mastering Your Money, hosted by Ed Fulbright, seeks our local and national resources to help educate people about…
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No justice in 1946 racist lynching

By Dianne Mathiowetz

No justice in 1946 racist lynching

The burial of George Dorsey and his sister, Dorothy Malcolm, in Bishop, Ga., in 1946. The Atlanta Journal Constitution announced in an exclusive report Dec. 28 that the FBI had “quietly closed its investigation into the murders” of two Black couples by a racist mob in 1946 at Moore’s Ford . . .

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’Friends of labor’ and state repression

By Martha Grevatt

'Friends of labor' and state repression

Carl Williams, United Mine Workers organizer, District 19 in Harlan County, Ky., 1934. 2017 marked the 80th anniversary of many important labor struggles. The victory of the Flint sit-down strike against mighty General Motors breathed confidence into the whole working class. There were over 500 other recorded sit-downs in 1937, . . .

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Protesters say, ‘No pardon for Fujimori’s crimes’

By Greg Butterfield

Protesters say, ‘No pardon for Fujimori's crimes'

January 3 — Braving frigid temperatures, members of New York City’s Peruvian community and supporters held a lunchtime picket outside the Peruvian Consulate today to express their outrage at President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s decision to pardon the former U.S.-backed dictator Alberto Fujimori. Activists held flags and signs declaring: “No pardon . . .

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Supporters demand ‘Justice for Sam Smith!’

By Phebe Eckfeldt

Supporters demand ‘Justice for Sam Smith!'

Dec. 15 — Transgender activists, family members and supporters came out to show support for Sam Smith in his bid for freedom at a hearing today at Moakley Courthouse in Boston. Smith, a Black prisoner, has been imprisoned by the injustice system for more than 25 years, ever since he . . .

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Venezuela socialists win local election landslide

By Chris Fry

Venezuela socialists win local election landslide

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro celebrates the outcome the municipal elections. In a stunning victory for Bolivarian Venezuela, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won municipal elections in 23 of the 24 state capitals and the governorship in the state of Zulia on Dec. 10. “Overall, the PSUV and allies . . .

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Link between domestic violence and mass murder

By Sue Davis

Link between domestic violence and mass murder

After Devin P. Kelley murdered 26 people and wounded 20 others in a Texas church on Nov. 5, the media reported studies showing a clear correlation between mass murders and domestic violence. Kelley had been found guilty of kicking, beating, choking and constantly threatening his first spouse with a loaded . . .

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Breaking U.S. sanctions with cryptocurrency

By Gary Wilson

Breaking U.S. sanctions with cryptocurrency

A recent front-page headline of the New York Times read, “To Evade Sting of U.S. Sanctions Nations Ponder Digital Currency.” (Jan. 4, 2018) The deception in this report begins with the seemingly harmless phrase “U.S. Sanctions.” The implication is that enforcing U.S. sanctions is a righteous move against rogue states. . . .

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‘No heat, no rent!’ cry Brooklyn, N.Y., tenants

By Anne Pruden

‘No heat, no rent!' cry Brooklyn, N.Y., tenants

Brooklyn protest, Jan. 7. Brooklyn, N.Y. — An emergency demonstration in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood on Jan. 7 drew several dozen protesters supporting tenants of a four-story apartment building. Despite below-freezing temperatures for over a week, the residents have been denied any heat for more than 20 days. “No heat, . . .

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Palestinian youth defy Trump and Israeli soldiers

By Chris Fry

Palestinian youth defy Trump and Israeli soldiers

“The young women shown assaulting the soldiers ‘should finish their lives in prison’” was the view expressed by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Dec. 20. He was talking about a small group of Palestinian women who confronted heavily armed Israeli soldiers during protests in the West Bank village of . . .

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Durham hosts People’s Tribunal

By LeiLani Dowell

Durham hosts People's Tribunal

Activists put courts, cops on trial By Tyler Stuart and LeiLani Dowell Durham, N.C. Comrades and community members in Durham will hold a People’s Tribunal on Jan. 13, putting on trial those who enforce racial injustice. The People’s Tribunal was created in part to challenge the charges laid against eight . . .

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