The Austin 100: Mourning [A] BLKstar Recommended if you like Marvin Gaye, Sun Ra and Janelle Monae.

The Austin 100: Mourning [A] BLKstar

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Mourning [A] BLKstar is performing at SXSW 2019.
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Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Genre: Avant-Garde

Why We're Excited: In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, musician RA Washington found himself at a crossroads — and opted to form Mourning [A] BLKstar, a rousing, genre-obliterating band dedicated to unpacking the experiences of marginalized people, the effects of police violence and gentrification and other top-of-mind concerns. As the band's name and mission suggest, it's serious business. But there's a wildness to the music itself, which careens from Afrofuturistic funk to jazz to punk to rock and soul, always with a spirit of liberation, revolution and even celebration.

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