Marla Mase

Best Of 2021: Songs In Alphabetical Order by Artist Through September 30th

By Iman Lababedi | October 2, 2021

ask me because I know about these things

Best Of 2021: Songs In Alphabetical Order by Artist Through August 31st, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | September 2, 2021

to make a party takes two

Best Of 2021: Songs In Alphabetical Order by Artist Through July 31st, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | August 4, 2021

blues cover

Best Of 2021: Songs In Alphabetical Order by Artist Through July 4th

By Iman Lababedi | July 4, 2021

Randy Edelman welcome here

Best Of 2021: Songs In Alphabetical Order by Artist Through June 16th

By Iman Lababedi | June 16, 2021

spring awakening

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 6-11-21 – 6-17-21, Marla Mase’s “830” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 11, 2021

a world more beautiful now that it is rare

Tomas Doncker’s Decade Of True Grooving 2010-2019

By Iman Lababedi | December 9, 2019

If Tomas Doncker isn’t the greatest musician of the 2010s, he certainly should be. Get your mind right and listen.

A Photo Essay Of Marla Mase’s “Miracles Lost And Found: A Rock And Roll Rumination” At White Eagle Hall, January 24th, 2019

By Dylan Mars Greenberg | January 27, 2019

the visual chronicler of all things True Groove

Live Through This: rock nyc Top Concert Picks Week Of January 28th, 2018

By Iman Lababedi | January 27, 2019

a theatrical cum musical cum spoken word performance art and play by any means necessary

‘Now NY – A True Groove Curated N.Y.C. Band Compilation’ Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | November 11, 2018

13 different artists which obviously gives to the album a very eclectic taste

Marla Mase’s Masterpiece “The Pill” Opens AT La Mama For A Limited Run, Thursday, January 25th, 2018

By Iman Lababedi | January 21, 2018

it measures truth with fiction in equal measures of unbearable reality and joyful life affirmation

Marla Mase’s “Miracles – Lost And Found A Rock And Roll Rumination,” At DCTV, Saturday, December 17th, 2017, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 17, 2017

you are let loose in Marla’s subconscious

Live Through This: rock nyc Concert Picks Week Of December 11th, 2017

By Iman Lababedi | December 10, 2017

a performance where the miracles may be refound

A Reading Of “The Pill,” A Marla Mase Conceived Family Drama, Thursday, March 9th, 2017, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 12, 2017

This moment in time is a centrifugal force

Marla Mase’s “Miracles: Lost And Found” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 28, 2016

Marla’s unblinking stare into the heart of darkness in 2016

The Tomas Doncker – True Groove Top 10 Songs

By Iman Lababedi | April 26, 2015

Doncker should be considered in the same breath as Kanye West in the 2010s. Simply: he is the best. Resolutely color blind, Doncker is a musical chameleon, a superb electric blues guitarists at home in any genre you throw at him. He is always working, always writing, always playing around town and always always always creating

Tomas Doncker And Marla Mase Tonight (Thursday March 26th, 2015) At Duets Brasserie

By Iman Lababedi | March 26, 2015

This residency has been winding its way every Thursday since the beginning of the year, and who knows when it ends, so this is an absolute must see. It will give the duo the time and space they need to expand songs that will live and breath through expansion and improvisation

Best Albums Of 2014 # 18: Marla Mase's "Half Life"

By Iman Lababedi | December 17, 2014

Marla is a central presence beckoning you forward till you are in the middle of her world and yet you don’t know where you are. It could be 1974, it could be the day after tomorrow, but you are experience something, not half but a life entire

Tomas Doncker Band At Blue Note, Here Is The Setlist Sptofied And Annotated

By Iman Lababedi | July 11, 2014

What are you doing today? Me, I am heading over to Metlife to check out Jay Z and Beyonce and then heading out early to get to the Bluenote by 1230am and catch the Tomas Doncker Band for a Howlin’ at Midnight gig, TDB release party for their best blues album of the year Moanin’ At Midnight

Active Viewin': rock nyc Concert Picks For The Week Of June 9th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 8, 2014

The last time I saw James Chance backed by the True Groove Allstars he stopped the show at the Cutting Room, now the No Wave maestro is back for what should be the gig of the year. Pushing the remastered and deluxe Buy (I wrote the liner notes) and with Marla Mase -who has an excellent new release herself, opening, this should be a huge huge huge gig. Don’t miss this Thursday June 12th at the Cutting Room.

10 Songs, Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 11, 2014

Matt Rad is all over this slice of modern pop dross misstep from a woman who should have returned to her roots and instead went to the pop charts. The only area of interest is yet another chorus that seems to have been made from the sweat off Bono’s brow and a mood infused with the loss of Corey – C-

Active Viewin': Concert Picks Week Of March 10th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 9, 2014

The last time the True Groove All Stars performed was a more than memorable gig at the Blue Note last year, but this one promises to be even better. Not only does Marla Mase have an excellent new album just released but latest True Groove signee James Chance will be there. Shout for “I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing”. On Tuesday at the Cutting room

rock nyc's Top 10 Songs Week Of March 3rd, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 8, 2014

Pharrell came, saw and certainly conquered us just the way he will the charts over the next couple of months. This album should take hi to the next next level! Otherwise, both Rufus hits and DBT in mellow mode are disappointments.

10 Songs, Saturday, March 8th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 8, 2014

Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding – Her breakthrough song was “Lights” but this one made her the real deal, a brilliant hooting track and a study in excitation that turned a dance track into a modern anthem and if the beat was less house and more disco, so much the better – A

Marla Mase's "Half Life" On Itunes, Spotify, Everywhere!!

By Iman Lababedi | March 7, 2014

Officially released last week, it is now available on Itunes and on Spotify and I can’t recommend this mix and match of spoken word and new wave highly enough: it is like this place where Chrissie Hynde and Patti Smith (not to mention Karen Finlay, so I won’t, though sexual frankness runs deep).

True Groove All Stars To The Cutting Room, March 11th, 2014: Be There

By Iman Lababedi | February 15, 2014

The “True Groove All Stars” concert at the Cutting Room on March 11 th will be a terrific chance to reacquaint yourself with the wonderfulness that is Sir Tomas, or the opportunity to catch up with his truly all stars, bassist Kevin Jenkins and spoken word maverick Marla Mase (whose new album is gonna blow you away) at the top of the list

That Was The Week Of 1-13-14 That Was

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2014

Not a bad week and if we have many more albums as good as Adventures In Bluesland and Post Tropical, it might end up being a very very good year. If you include the yet to be released Half-Life and last years Bernie Worrell and Angel Haze it is absolutely a better year than last year.

rock nyc Top 10 Songs w-o 1-3-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 11, 2014

However, worth noting that MTV posted seven reasons Newman is gonna blow up here on January 9th, 2014 and I called him my pick to click here on November 27th, 2013

Marla Mase's "Half-Life" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 7, 2014

Half-Life exists in a place similar to Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy, it is where spoken word and experimentation meets the discipline of song writing and recording. Co-written with Doncker, these tracks play with genre’s to exercise Marla in pursuit of a vision one half self involved and one half global

10 Songs: What rock nyc Is Listening To 1-6-13

By Iman Lababedi | January 6, 2014

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin – I saw Franklin perform this the day after Whitney Houston died, February 17th, 2012 at Radio City Music Hall and it was superior to this take but not by much. Both are Gospel, but the pain that night is something only real grieving can match – A

The Drought Is Over: New Releases In 2014

By Iman Lababedi | January 2, 2014

I don’t know what is floating your boat in 2014, but I am eagerly awaiting the new Marla Mase and Kevin Jenkins. I’ve heard some of the new Marla Half Life dropping February and would be surprised if it doesn’t emerge as one of the best albums of 2014. Meanwhile, I’ve been busy cutting and pasting for you in 2014

Tomas Doncker's Top 10 Albums of 2013

By Iman Lababedi | December 30, 2013

The two revelations here are Cody Chestnutt’s superb r&b album from late 2012 and Bernie Worrell’s brilliant new album which opens with Miles Davis and closes with Bob Marley and in between is a subtle and beautiful jazz masterwork for piano.