Welcome to the August 2015 “summer rocks” issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture.
As a tie-in to the annual AfroPunk Festival, we’re focusing on rock-oriented releases from bands across the continent. In the category of funk/rock bands fronted by black singers, there’s Vintage Trouble’s 1 Hopeful Road, Orgone’s Beyond the Sun, Sonny Knight and the Lakers’ Do It Live, Speedometer’s No Turning Back (ft. James Junior), Leon Bridges’ Coming Home, Saun & Starr’s Look Closer (ft. the Daptones), Black Diet’s The Good One, and SugarBad’s Up in the Clouds. Other funk/blues-rock/jazz fusion releases include Otis Taylor’s Hey Joe Opus, Galactic’s Into the Deep, Bluey’s Life Between the Notes, Push Up’s The Day After, James Brandon Lewis’s Days of Freeman, Mem Nahadr’s Femme Fractale: An Opera of Reflection, and Sly and the Family Stone’s Live At the Fillmore East 1968.
From the heartland there’s Dark Black Makeup by the Missouri punk band Radkey, N.E.W. by the 1970s-era Detroit rock band Death, The Return of Glory by the Indianapolis based Christian gospel/rock group Judah Band, and Live At Never On Sunday by the Ohio Christian rock group Blessid Union of Souls.