Class is in session: DeForrest Brown on Black innovation in music

If you want a take on exactly how Black innovators have influenced music, look to this full-length lecture (and performance) from DeForrest Brown. It’s your free ticket to sit in at Harvard.

Back to the future: new genre-pushing Black (and Moroccan) techno not to miss

While there are plenty of folks lamenting the increasing banality and regressiveness of commercial techno, Black artists and labels are quietly reimagining the genre. Just take these recent, massively underrated outings from Black Techno Matters, Black Catalogue, and yes, even under-the-radar new music from a Moroccan artist on the mighty Metroplex Records.

Peter Kirn - July 4, 2023

Connecting MLK’s death to Hip Hop, and reading on Black identity and sound

Today as the United States celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is another opportunity worldwide to reflect on Black identity in music and BIPOC and marginalized roles in music generally. Here’s some reading, including the sometimes challenging relationship between Hip Hop and King.

Peter Kirn - January 16, 2023

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