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Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots, Miguel and Jhené Aiko will headline a packed lineup at the upcoming Smokin Grooves Festival set for March 19 at LA State Historic State Park.

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On Saturday night, Thundercat played Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and brought out a whole crew in support: Haim, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Louis Cole, and Ty Dolla $ign. Oh, and Este Haim twerked on Thundercat and then fell down. Relatable!

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From headliners such as the War on Drugs and Kamasi Washington to powerful sets by the likes of Ty Segall, Yves Tumor, Sudan Archives and A Place to Bury Strangers, Desert Daze 2021 lived up to its reputation as the most daring, eclectic festival around.

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This year’s Desert Daze features the likes of the War on Drugs, Kamasi Washington, Japanese Breakfast and Toro Y Moi. It kicks off Friday and Lake Perris, and here are your set times.

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The LA hip-hop and jazz luminary Terrace Martin has a new album called Drones out today, and he told us all about it in a freewheeling interview with our jazz columnist Phil Freeman touching on Martin’s close personal and professional relationships with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dogg, and Kamasi Washington. It’s a must-read, and Drones is a must-hear.

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Samantha Whitehead

Back in the ’80s, jazz and hip-hop were often seen as being in conflict. Hip-hop’s locked-in, mechanical funk beats were seen as antithetical to the loose, human swing of jazz. But there were always players who defended the new music, and by the early ’90s jazz artists were attempting crossover projects. They often felt awkward and clumsy. It didn’t start to work until recently, when a generation of musicians who had grown up listening to hip-hop, breathing it like air, took their place in the jazz world.

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With the release of The Blacklist, Lars Ulrich and the band’s many musician fans unpack the record’s genre-spanning appeal For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Band also shares Jason Newsted’s early riff tape from The Black Album 30th anniversary reissue For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Russell Hamilton

Last month, young Los Angeles jazz legend Kamasi Washington headlined the Hollywood Bowl, and his set featured a very cool surprise. Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo joined Washington and his band onstage, and they helped out on a cover of Metallica’s 1991 deep cut “My Friend Of Misery.” This, of course, is Washington’s contribution to the extremely strange new project The Metallica Blacklist, in which artists like Phoebe Bridgers and Weezer and Chris Stapleton cover tracks from Metallica’s self-titled “Black Album.” Today, Kamasi Washington has shared the studio version of his take on “My Friend Of Misery,” and it’s utterly nuts.

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After initially saying Desert Daze would merely be a concert series in 2021, promoters announced that the festival will return to Moreno Beach at Lake Perris for three days, Nov. 12-14. The War on Drugs, Kamasi Washington, Toro Y Moi and Japanese Breakfast headline.

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