The Subversive History of Free Jazz Steps into The Spotlight in a Trailer for New ‘Fire Music’ Documentary

The free jazz chronicle, Fire Music, hits theaters and on-demand on Friday, September 10th. As boundless and beyond definition as… Read More

September 7, 2021

Explore The Literary Legacy of Sun Ra in This New Exhibit and Vinyl Release

The poetry of Sun Ra will be showcased by a Chicago-based gallery in a new installation, book, and vinyl release.… Read More

March 3, 2021

Hear a Rare and Stunning Live Sun Ra Performance from 1977

The cosmic jazz pioneer's live show at New York City's Storyville jazz club has landed on streamers. A rare and,… Read More

October 24, 2020

A Brand New Sa-Ra Track is the Soundtrack for This Louis Vuitton Ad

A lush-sounding Sa-Ra track featuring Thundercat, Terrace Martin, and Kamasi Washington is the soundtrack for a new Louis Vuitton ad.… Read More

July 10, 2020

Hear Sun Ra’s Previously-Unreleased Solo Piano Performance at WKCR

A deeply intimate set from the Arkestra-less archive. Though he slipped into stardust almost 30 years ago, Sun Ra's catalog… Read More

March 23, 2019

Sun Ra’s Interstellar Influence is Explored in a New Museum Installation

The Monuments exhibit is the largest collection of Sun Ra's output to date. The Portland Art Museum is the host… Read More

January 13, 2019

Sun Ra’s ‘The Magic City’ To Be Remastered And Reissued On Vinyl

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra's The Magic City is being reissued on vinyl by Cosmic Myth Records. A seminal album from… Read More

August 2, 2017

10 Record Store Day 2017 Essentials: An Okayplayer Guide

Record Store Day is upon us once more and the first installment of 2017's crate-digging holiday (ritually, two days and… Read More

April 22, 2017

Explore The Cosmic Origins of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism In This New Animated Series [Premiere]

From the team that brought you Spotify's eccentric and insightful Drawn & Recorded series, comes another animated journey for music lovers of all… Read More

February 8, 2017

Previously Unreleased Sun Ra Live Recording From 1991 Now Available On Vinyl + CD

A stunning recording of a Sun Ra concert at the Inter-Media Arts Center in New York on April 20, 1991 is now… Read More

December 8, 2016

New Sun Ra Box Sets Highlight Singles Spanning From 1952 To 1991

A prolific artist, Sun Ra recorded over a thousand songs and over one hundred albums throughout his career, his steady… Read More

September 27, 2016

12 Hour Spiritual Jazz Mix: John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock & More

First and foremost, kudos to NTS embarking on something like this. The London online radio station has created a four… Read More

September 13, 2016

Okayplayer’s 16 Must-Cop Releases For Record Store Day 2016

If we can agree on anything in 2016, it's this: despite damn-near seven decades of shelf-life, vinyl remains king. In… Read More

April 14, 2016

Space Is The Place: Gilles Peterson To Release Hand-Picked Collection Of Sun Ra Rarities

By now, Gilles Peterson's collection and curation skills should be common knowledge, perhaps best illustrated in Eilon Paz's extensive romp… Read More

September 8, 2015

Okayplayer’s 15 Essential Vinyl Releases For Record Store Day 2015

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 18th is Record Store Day 2015. Or, for our purposes, the day when the time-honored act of… Read More

April 17, 2015

Strut Records Celebrates Sun Ra Centennial With ‘In The Orbit Of Ra’ LP, Due 09/23 + More

Strut Records and Art Yard have teamed with the Sun Ra Arkestra to celebrate Sun Ra's 100th birthday with the… Read More

July 17, 2014