News Briefs: Untitled (How Does It Feel) Edition

We can safely say it is both the heat and the humidity. Mad Conductor’s raising funds for an album, D’Angelo’s warming up for Essence and The Revivalists are stepping dat to’ up to the next level.

Enigmatic 90s/00s neo-soul superstar D’Angelo made a surprise cameo at this years Bonnaroo Music Festival, lending his fabeled vocal stylings to a late-night, ?uestlove-led Super Jam including members of the Roots, Parliament Funkadelic and The Time.  The set of covers – including hits by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin – will be a good warm up for his appearance at this years Essence Music Festival, his first official stateside concert in over 12 years.

Community Records punk/hip hop project Mad Conductor is edging closer and closer to a Kickstarter goal they set to fund the recording and release of their second full-length album. With little more than 2 weeks to go, over 100 backers have them 75% of the way to raising the $5,000 they’ll use to create MC Rises, slated for a spring 2013 release. M.C. Devlin and Co. are already hard at work writing and recording, with two new songs from the upcoming album currently streaming on Soundcloud.

Breakout roots-rockers The Revivalists, who have already been on an almost non-stop national tour since the release of their 2010 full-length debut Vital Sounds, have recently signed on with Boulder, CO based booking agency Madison House – an outfit with experience routing and promoting the similarly incessant travels of String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams, Tea Leaf Green and more.  The Revivalists make a quick stop at home for at show this Friday at One Eyed Jacks.

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