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For those of you who are still bumping Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society album in your cars or on your iPods, prepare for great news! keep reading »

Well, it’s December. Sure, that means it’s the Holiday season, but it’s also – for better and for worse – “Best of…List Season” where countless keep reading »

“We are America, in my America we take a stand for this,” Esperanza sings in one of the most pointed protest songs of the past keep reading »

Roman GianArthur, member of Wondaland Arts Society came onto the scene by working with fellow member, Janelle Monae, helping with the string work on Ms. Monae’s The ArchAndroid. His talent for orchestral timbres is certainly evident in the intro of his own song “I-69,” as are incredible songwriting skills, and vocal talent is certainly on display.

The “supafunkrock” sound of Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue was most definitely a highlight at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. NOLA born Troy Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue, are a favorite and major attraction at the Festival. The massive crowd that gathered at The Fairgrounds on Sunday April 29th for the performance was true testament to the popularity and acclaim TSOA has garnered throughout their story.

When The Revivalist first sought to compile a list for an article called “What is the Bitches Brew of Today?” a bit of controversy ensued, including tiffs between staff members about how pretentious that sounded, and what possible ways methods of measurement were kosher, and was it fair (or even possible) to measure or compare such a thing in the first place? What we concluded that listening to music is always a subjective endeavor, and the universal things that we admired about the 1970 classic Bitches Brew really were the things that we have been talking about for weeks now for this issue: the factor of innovation (sonically and technologically), the defiance of social norms and genre categories, and the creative synergy of many brilliant individuals and social forces. The following is our staff picks for albums of our generation that encompass that (in the least) encompass these three criteria, and of course, we leave it up to debate.

Prince announced that jazz heavyweights Esperanza Spalding and Cassandra Wilson will join him on his upcoming Welcome 2 America Tour.  Also joining the tour is keep reading »