Guardian contributor Tomas Palermo knows his Caribbean beats - so check his Umoja Soundsystem when it returns with its first regular night in three years, tonight, Thursday, March 29: La Bodega!
Resident DJs Palermo, B-Love (Farmer Brown), Similak Chyld (Butterfly, SF), and guests like this Thursday's DJ Marcella (LadyLu/SoulAfrique) promise "crucial Afro-Latin, Brazilian, reggae, Caribbean, and soul vibes" every Thursday from here on out.
"The show could be over at a Santa Rosa music store whose owner was jailed after she refused to turn out the lights. Lisa Reed remained in jail much of Friday on suspicion of stealing electricity from PG&E to power her store without paying. Reed, the owner of Epiphany Music and Recording, rewired the store to keep the lights on after PG&E took her off the grid for not paying her bills for a year, authorities alleged."
Is shit going that badly in the retail biz these days? Read more »
Lots to hear this weekend - including a petite DJ set by yours truly today at 3 p.m. on KUSF. Justice, El-P, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Money Mark, Besnard Lakes, Swan Island - but right I'm thinking Birds of Avalon sound pretty swell.
Onetime Cherry Valence-rs Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler got married and busted up the Cherry and put together this hard-rockin' ensemble with the Weather's Craig Tilley. Psych, prog, Sabbath? See what I mean. Read more »
It's tough to come up with your own musical concepts and ideas when your schedule is loaded with photo sessions and magazine interviews inquiring about your sex life on behalf of thousands of barely legal teenage girls.
How does Fall Out Boy have time to write music these days? They’re everywhere ‘cept behind their instruments. Read more »
Oooooh, here comes Japanese all-femme Thrill Jockey band OOIOO, playing Monday, March 26, alongside with Neung Phak at the Independent. Here's more of an e-mail interview with honchette Yoshimi (also of the Boredoms), translated by Hashim Bharoocha. Read more »
Ah, SXSW, time to wrap up all the kookiness. So here are a few last lists, a few last pics, though look out for a few scattered weather reports on interviewees in the not-so-distant future. Here's to the mammaries...
We get hearts; they get guitars - which breed of public art do you prefer? Read more »
Flatstock, the American Poster Institute's poster show at SXSW, is always a must-catch at the fest: everyone I ran into had to get the free silkscreened-as-you-wait Turbonegro poster or buy new art for their walls back home. Trends in cleaner, more Scandinavian moderne-like design were visible. So much to see and drool over. Read more »
Shame you gotta to go-go-go to Austin to see Bay hip-hop talents like the Federation, Saafir, the Pack, Kirby Dominant, and Rico Pabon. They more than made up for it with a Friday, March 16, showcase at Blender Bar Patio.
Federation get up for Saafir, holding it up (and down) stage left in the audience. All photos by Kimberly Chun. Read more »