Daniel Alvarez

Heavy Heavy Low Low

Uncompromising, spastic metalcore gets deep and varied
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PREVIEW Things could have been so easy for the Bay Area's best young group. After building a buzz with their uncompromising, spastic EP, Courtside Seats (self-released, 2005), San Jose's Heavy Heavy Low Low signed to Ferret Music, the metalcore equivalent to mid-1990s Death Row Records. Ferret brought new exposure and high expectations, which the lads lived up to on their stunning 2006 debut, Everything's Watched, Everyone's Watching. EWEW was the sound of a band breaking out of the metalcore scene they grew up in by building a battering ram of noisy fuzz. Read more »

David Banner

Like the protagonist of The Incredible Hulk, the MC is a man of contrasts
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PREVIEW There has never been a more fitting musical stage name than the one chosen by Lavell Crump. Crump's pseudonym of choice, David Banner, perfectly sums up his style and his struggle: he, like the protagonist of The Incredible Hulk, is a man of stark contrasts.

The MC and musician is unafraid to voice his progressive social beliefs, and is a dedicated humanitarian who raised more than $500,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief in Louisiana and his home state of Mississippi. Read more »