Solange's third studio album, A Seat at the Table, is defiantly honest, strong and unapologetically black, but a softness underlies it. As implied by the title, it is, after all, an invitation. The album opens with "Rise," a melodic anthem that feels simple and meditative in its lyrical repetition, but "Weary" gets right to the point, exploring the weight she feels for inhabiting a black body and the prejudice she faces every day in her attempt to live and belong.
The Eephus feels as if 1980s funk decided to wear a shiny 2015 leather jacket. With an electrifying blast of bass riffs and backup singers, listeners are welcomed to a record that feels like a futuristic basement party. Deep Cotton, the Atlanta duo made up of Chuck Lighting and Nate "Rocket" Wonder manage to deliver a Wondaland entrance that feels both familiar and refreshingly new.
Last night (August 13), a crop of 17 fresh-faced young female musicians took to the stage at Mod Club to showcase their talent at Honey Jam's 20th anniversary showcase in Toronto. From soaring pop ballads to soul to country to DJing, the annual showcase proved that Honey Jam has a knack for attracting diverse and multi-genre Canadian talent.