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MUSIC BOX

The goal of Music Box is to showcase Dallas music, the local artist, the venues and even spotlight some of the acts that make their way  through on their tours.  It’s my hope to show that Dallas and the surrounding areas have a strong, growing music scene. So go check it out.

MusicBoxYou can see more stories and highlights at www.dfwmusicbox.com as well.

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FYI
01/30/14

Music Box – The Virgin Wolves

I first met up with the Virgin Wolves early last year. They have a big group of loyal fans. Various members have been working on side projects as of late, but they can be seen on Feb 15th at Three Links. I reached out to the band and have been told they haven’t disbanded just been hibernating a bit.

Here is the video from last year’s meeting:

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I had a chance to talk to The Virgin Wolves while they were playing at the Prophet Bar. Check out what they had to say.

You can find out more about The Virgin Wolves at www.facebook.com/TheVirginWolves or www.TheVirginWolves.com.

Great group of people. Fun and very welcoming. They had so much great stuff to say. These segments can only be so long, so I end up losing lots of great sound bites from the group, so my only regret is that I couldn’t fit more into the segment. All I can say is if you have a chance to check them out it’s worth it.

And check out their website, and social media, between music videos and facebook they really have their act together.

This was  cool night to be at the Prophet bar. They had some good bands and some people passionate about the DFW music scene.

I’d like to give a shout out to Mike Brooks, an amazing Photographer. And to the A-Ft-Worth-O-Plex-Music-Page on facebook.

FYI
01/29/14

3 Things Hip Hop IN THE DFW

Dallas Weekly Shows Us three things Hip Hop In the DFW.

Hip-hop in the DFW….THE PEOPLE, THE PLACES, THE THINGS

The DFDub has a group of lyrical monsters making a name for themselves, Rod T, G True, Eclipse, and Tekniq AKA Wayne, collectively form The Game Boyz one of the illest groups on Dallas’ hip-hop landscape. There single “No Trippin” ft. B Hamp and Fat Pimp is banging in the clubs and beating the block down.

The streets also know The Game Boyz by their hit “Papered Up” which reps AggTown from Rangers Ballpark to Six Flags Over Texas Theme Park.

Look out for the groups various mixtapes and projects in 2014.  To become a part of The Game Boyz movement go to http://www.GameBoyzTV.com

Master Cleone is on a campaign, not to just get downloads or votes from his peers and the hip-hop community, but a campaign to get hip-hop super mogul Jay Z to notice him, he is on a campaign to get signed to Roc Nation, and his single “Triangle Success” is a good start.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaNULA7QaCU  With over 55,000 views on You Tube the Jahlil Beats produced track shows no signs of slowing down.  Master Cleone was born in Brooklyn New York and raised between Dallas Texas and Atlanta Ga. Cleone is back and making a massive buzz in the DFDub so Jay put our boy on.
So where do you go in the DFDub where you KNOW you’re gonna get the hottest in hip-hop? From the most relevant DJ’s, and live performances BEAMERS DALLAS is the spot you want to be. Two levels, with plenty of room to get ya swereve on, big screens and a stage that host’s concerts for a variety of artists from mainstream and indi artists to DFDub’s own talent pool. Be sure to check out the website, facebook, twitter, instagram for more information on upcoming events.
That’s all I got for now but if you see me InThemStreets make sure you Holla @ me.

Reporter: Amanda Fitzpatrick

Shooter and Editor: Mac Hernandez

For more than 40 years, Tom Joyner has been an advocate for the plight of African Americans, using radio, web and television as a platform to bring about social change and reform.  From marching in the civil rights movement to supporting other various causes, the nationally syndicated radio host of the Tom Joyner Morning show is much more than just a radio deejay.

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Joyner is the founder of REACH Media Inc., with subsidiaries including the Tom Joyner Foundation, The Tom Joyner Morning show and BlackAmericaWeb.com

FYI
01/02/14

Music Interview: The Head and the Heart

Host: Charlie Berens

Photographer: Bill Carruthers

Editor: Bill Carruthers and Mac Hernandez

Charlie Berens met up with indie folk-rock band The Head and The Heart.  This Seattle based band was formed in 2009 by Josiah Johnson, and Jonathan Russel. Their music can be heard as the backing track for the theatrical trailer of Silver Linings Playbook. They’ve been on Conan, and The Tonight Show.

 

 
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Find out more about The Head and the Heart at

www.theheadandtheheart.com

 

FYI
12/30/13

HIP HOP: Year in review 2013

THIS SEGMENT PRODUCED BY:  THE DALLAS WEEKLY

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Beamers Night Club for the location.

What’s good, it’s ya girl the one and only Emerald Khan turning up InThemStreets bringing you Hip-hop …THE PEOPLE, THE PLACES, THE THINGS,

Along with your brother Jihad Hassan Muhammad live from the block In Them Streets

Were about to run down some of 2013’s greatest moments in hip-hop

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There are those who said there was one trip Jay Z and Beyonce’s shouldn’t have done took this year, and that was take a trip to Cuba. Some Government officials were up in arms over the trip. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was an oppose to the trip saying

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“U.S. law clearly bans tourism to Cuba by American citizens because it provides money to a cruel, repressive and murderous regime.”  The hip-hop community appreciate it because the furor over the trip gave hip-hop revolutionary verses from Jigga in a new song he made answering his critics called Open Letter. It banged so hard it became a unofficial single.

Speaking of revolution in hip-hop, No one has been able to approach the political power that Public Enemy brought to hip-hop, said the late great Ad Rock of The Beastie Boys in the Rolling Stone Magazine article that ranked Public Enemy as one of the Greatest Artists of All Time, well the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame thought so too, as PE became a 2013 inductee into the Hall. PE consists of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, DJ Lord, and the S1W’s. There induction makes hip-hop’s fourth entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other inductees include PE joins the likes hip-hop royalty Grandmaster Flash and the Furious FiveRun-DMC and the Beastie Boys

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This year PE also headlined the successful Kings of the Mic Tour along with Ice Cube, LL Cool J and De La Soul they rocked 10 and 20 thousand seat arenas<Emerald

2013 was a huge year for Sean John Combs, Puff Daddy, P Diddy, or just Diddy as he is being called these days. Forbes estimated Combs’ net worth at $580 million, making him hip hop’s richest figure. Diddy worked even harder and started his own cable TV channel called Revolt.

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A moment that put hip-hop up in a blaze in 2013 was Kendrick Lamar’s man handling of the some of the industry’s mainstream artists with what was by most called Kendrick’s  “Control” verse on Big Sean’s song “Control”.

The song featured Lamar, and Jay Electronica, but lets be real who remembers anybody but Kendrick on the songs as he  lyrically goes in on  J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T.WalePusha T, Meek Mill, ASAP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler, The Creator, and Mac Miller and had reference to the “King of New York” that many took offense to since he is from Compton,CA. This is the 1st time that a massive amount of artists responded with their own versions the same week, including Lupe FiascoPapooseJoell Ortiz,CassidyRiff RaffJoe BuddenASAP Ferg, and B.o.B to name a few. Well that’s probably more than a few. Many hoped this would bring lyrics back to rap.

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@musicalemerald

Jihad H. Muhammad
‪@DallasWeeklyRap‬

He’s one of the coolest guys you could ever meet. Something behind his dark glasses and slight smirk lets you know there is a world of Rock and Roll secrets engraved in every part of his fiber.  I had a chance to meet up with the 13-time Grammy Award winner  while he was promoting his latest venture with the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis.

Joseph Henry Burnett was born in Missouri in 1948, but he  grew up in  Fort Worth, Texas where he started making music and records.  His big break came in the late 70s when he was asked to play guitar with Bob Dylan and his Rolling Thunder Revue tour. He’s worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Counting Crows, Taylor Swift and hundreds of other big acts and names. He’s become a thread in the tapestry of American music for the last 40 years. His work (featured on soundtracks for films like “Walk the Line” and the Coen Brothers’ “O Brother Where Art Thou”)  has received critical acclaim. He’s now the Executive Music Producer for the Coen’s next film “Inside Llewyn Davis”. Carrey Mulligan, The Coen Brothers, Oscar Isaac and Markus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) talk about the cool, mysterious T-Bone Burnett.

T-Bone sits down with us and talks about working with the Coens, and how he relates to the character in Inside Llewyn Davis.

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FYI
12/05/13

Artist Spotlight: Mary J. Blige

In this addition of the Music Box: Nine time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige has been a staple in the music industry since the 90′s. She’s released 10 studio albums, and has made 100′s of guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks. Now she can be seen on the Holiday Movie, Black Nativity. Full of iconic actors and performers from the last decades, Mary plays an angel in the modern adaptation of the Langston Hughes play.

I met up with Mary and asked her about her latest role, and her new Christmas CD.

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Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson talk about The Music of the Black Nativity. http://nightcaptv.com/2013/11/28/the-music-of-the-black-nativity

Did you see Mary J. Blige sining national Anthem on the Dallas Cowboy Thanksgiving Game?

We had a chance to meet up with some of the cast of Black Nativity to talk about the music in this new holiday film. The Black Nativity features an all-star cast, including Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson and Mary J. Blige. This film merges iconic black movie stars with some iconic singers, to create what will probably be considered a musical holiday classic for years to come.

ABOUT THE FILM:
In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.

Find out more about the film and the actors at We Got This Covered

http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/exclusive-video-interview-cast-director-producer-black-nativity/

OFFICIAL SITES:

http://www.foxsearchlight.com/blacknativity/

Or On Facebook

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Charlie Berens met up with Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls to talk about playing solo and the band’s new album.

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