“If I had to live or die based on radio play, I’d have had to get a day job by now. I survive on cultural currency.” The Talib Kweli Interview

When future generations looks back on the story of hip-hop music, there will be a handful of albums which they will looks to as the benchmarks for the level of […]

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Special Feature: The Ten Best Albums of 2017 by Female Artists

I realized when looking over my list of the ten best albums of 2017 that they were all by male artists. I found that strange given how many amazing albums came out this past year by female artists. For fun, I expanded my list to twenty and, not surprisingly, eight of the next ten best albums were by female artists. What I like about the albums on that list is how much more diverse they are than my first ten, which is mostly hip hop.

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Fall/Winter 2017 Vandala Magazine: Talib Kweli, Frank Turner, Freeze, and more

What a year and we are ending with an amazing issue. Firstly we are very proud to end the year with Talib Kweli cover who gives Vandala an insightful and […]

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Album Review: Curtis Harding – “Face Your Fear” + Album Stream

Curtis Mayfield. Sam Cooke. Al Green. James Brown. And then there’s Leon Bridges, Benjamin Booker, JD McPherson, Jack White and The James Hunter Six. This is the lineage, past and present, to which Curtis Harding belongs. Funk, soul, classic R&B. The music pays tribute to hey-day Stax records, the swinging 60’s and the free love 70’s, in equal measure.

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Album Review: Wu-Tang Clan: The Saga Continues

To clear up the confusion, I’ll start this review by saying that there are two distinct and separate Wu-Tang music brands. There are the albums that are canonical, that is, Wu-Tang Clan albums. And there are albums that are non-canonical. That is Wu-Tang albums. No Clan.

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July/August 2017 Vandala Magazine: Double Issue! Festival Coverage, Dope D.O.D, Will Varley

The kids will be back in school as we reminisce about all the summer fun we had; as you will see we had a lot of it!  On the cover […]

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