Monthly Archives: March 2008

Conferences & Festival Season Commences

SXSW: Soul Music made its presence known at this year’s biggest music conference/festival. An amazing array of new artists stormed into Austin, Texas and displayed a whole lot of talent and made a whole lot of noise. Amongst the SOUL SOLDIERS, Fusicology, thanks to the The Bloom Effect, were here first! full story

NOW: In Miami for WMC? View our event listings and latest blast | Fusicology Spring 08 Sampler – Download Free!

APRIL – JUNE: N*E*R*D are on the road with Kanye West’s Glow in The Dark tour show dates. Their new single, “Everyone Nose”, from their upcoming album ‘Seeing Sounds’ out this summer, download | stream
APRIL 15 – 17: Ad:Tech, the conference for new media and online advertising – 20% off your full 3 day all access pass

APRIL 19: Record Store Day

JUNE 13 – 15: I Got Soul (IGS) Conference, Dallas announcing that they are partnering with and the Dallas Visitors and Conventions Bureau for its 2nd annual conference which also involves IGS working with the multi-cultural Dallas City Arts Festival. IGS’s roster of talent includes Eric Roberson, Karen Bernod, Jimi James, Liv Warfield and many more guests TBA in the coming weeks. For $100 early-bird registration until 4/15, discount hotel, flight info and more, click here


The Fusicology Spring 08 Sampler – Mixed is out now! Supported by brands such as Mackie audio and Chocolate City radio, it is flawlessly mixed by Prince’s own DJ Rashida. The mix features Ron Trent, 5Ela ft. J Dilla, Selan ft. M1 of Dead Prez, Maya Azucena, Exchange Bureau, Arabian Prince aka Professor X, Rozzi Daime with Sa-Ra & Brook D’Leau of J*DaVeY and much more – Download Free!

Going to the Winter Music Conference next week? Plan your days and RSVP to the events via our Miami Listings page. Featured events include Jazzanova vs Bugz, Libation, SoulDance Movement, Co-Op, Miambient, Raw Fusion and the Roots NYC Beach Party featuring Eric Roberson and Amp Fiddler. view events | view latest blast | sign up for blasts

lost album, Jay Love Japan > Out Now | Guilty Simpson on Stones Throw out next week > Pre Order | Rogiérs Full Album | Free MP3 Download + Video & more

Saturday April 19, hundreds of independently owned music stores across the country will celebrate Record Store Day. Read quotes from artists like Emily King, Jazzy Jeff, Brother Ali, Ben Watt, Raheem DeVaughn, Ziggy Marley and more here

Exclusive Interview with Detroit’s rising dance-funk band, Exchange Bureau

Ad Tech, the conference for new media and online advertising, starts April 15th; Get 20% off your full 3 day all access pass here

Rogiérs, Amp Fiddler tour, The Craft & Ad Tech discount

After his two year stint being the keyboardist-organist-background singer to multi-platinum Grammy winner Alicia Keys, Rogiérs (pronounced Ro-ghe-ay) finally stands at the segue of ‘indie-artist with unyielding buzz’ and ‘certified breakthrough’ in R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop. Full Album | Free MP3 Download + Video & more

Have you ever wanted to know, emphatically, what a lyric truly meant, or where it came from? Have you ever wanted to know what the studio experience is like for some of your favorite producers? Each episode of THE CRAFT will feature one music maker, in their environment, talking about their creative process – from what has shaped their artistic perspective to how they have evolved into the artist they are now – their struggle – their voice and the influences that have guided them in their lives. Each show will focus on an artist and their particular journey towards contributing to our cultural landscape. Check out the first two episodes at

Detroit hero, journeyman of modern Soul and R&B, the incomparable Amp Fiddler tours North America this month with his band and very special guests, in support of his most recent project, “AfroStrut” out now. The tour kicked off on the West Coast this week with some amazing intimate shows in San Francisco and last night in Los Angeles where Sly Stone got on stage for an impromptu set plus legends like Leon Ware in the house. Amp’s tour concludes at this year’s Winter Music Conference in Miami for an all-star finale show we are just busting to talk about! Full tour info | Miami Music Conference Listings

Ad Tech is in San Francisco next month, get 20% off your full 3 day all access pass here

SXSW (Soul), Philly & Miami (WMC), new Homepage, A3C Updates + Detroit to LA

SXSW SOUL – you heard it here first! Yes, there’s going to be a lot of great soul music featured at this year’s SXSW in Austin, TX next week 03/12 – 03/16. There are also hundreds of parties, artists performing from around the world, workshops and panels. For the scoop on what’s the hottness, and buzz worth checking out, read on…

Philly and Miami/WMC are up, as is our new Homepage! We hope you like the new, streamlined look and feel! + Our Fusicology Spring Sampler has received well over ONE MILLION hits as a feature on Imeem – check out the full songs at until the mix by DJ Rashida becomes available to the public in time for the Spring Solstice! If you’re in Austin for SXSW next week, make sure you cop a copy there!

Los Angeles felt like Detroit this weekend as our LA rep attended the NBA Pistons game vs the Clippers with Detroit jerseys everywhere you looked, people in the stands shouting out “Sheed!” whenever Rasheed Wallace scored a basket, and constant chants of Deeeetroit Basketball, quite surreal. Later that night we kept it Detroit, thanks to ArtDontSleep presenting Platinum Pied Pipers wsg Invincible and a live performance by Tiombe Lockhart. In the house to top off the vibe were Detroiters Karriem Riggins, T3 of Slum Village and the A-Side Worldwide crew. Represent!

Updated Atlanta 3/20 – 322 A3C Festival lineup | Exclusive Interview with Founder with Brian Knott

Check out tour dates for Amp Fiddler | The Living Legends