New Pornographers ringleader A.C. Newman's life has changed a lot since his 2004 solo debut, The Slow Wonder (Matador), became the secret darling of indie aficionados round the world: he relocated from his native Vancouver to Brooklyn, married the girl of his dreams, and became a morning person.
His music has metamorphosed too. "Some people think that this record is a real departure for us," Newman explained early one recent morning from his Park Slope home. Read more »
London's DJ Youngsta would much rather be heard than seen. Even at his recent spotlight guest DJ appearance on Mary Anne Hobbs's top-rated BBC Radio 1 electronic program, Youngsta uttered nary a word. Known as dubstep's most peerless and perfectionist technical mixer, Yunx as his friends casually call him lets the tunes do the talking. Read more »
Wanna take your backyard pool party to the next level? You'll need the Traditional Fools on speed dial: their infectious, scuzzy surf punk is the best accompaniment this century has to offer to the twist, the shimmy, and the ladling of tropical punch. Read more »
Times are tough in the music biz. Not only are CD sales slumping, but radio stations are losing ad revenue to online ventures. One of the only genres or formats holding it down commercially is Latin music a fact that falls well below the radar of your average gringo.
This shouldn't be so surprising, considering that Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States and represent the fastest-growing segment of the population. Read more »
Superlative: Most Likely to Carry a Django Reinhardt Album While Wearing a Master of Puppets T-shirt
Quote: "It's cartoon music. You can't really go wrong with it.
Here's a question: where on earth would a group of metalheads and hard-core punkers come together and start playing toe-tapping swing ditties? Only in King City, baby a mysterious burg where headbanging and devil horns are replaced by tango dips and jazz hands, and the music is suitable for smoky cafés, exotica bars, and backyard fiestas. Read more »
CLUBS Film Appreciation Society, art club, Existential Smokers Alliance
QUOTE "It won't be honest if I decide from the beginning what the song's going to be about."
"Growing up, I was never really exposed to much pop culture that came out after the '60s," haunted-dream singer-songwriter Kira Lynn Cain reveals as an explanation of her elegant and occasionally sinister torch songs from bygone black-and-white eras. Read more »
CLUBS Hip-Hop Appreciation Society, MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán), Black 'n' Brown Alliance
QUOTE "We're in a position to start reaching out to our peers and our gente and be like, 'Hey, man, we're here. Let's get it crackin'. It ain't the '70s no more.' "
Representing the Hispanic wing of the hyphy movement, Jimmy Roses won Latin Rap Artist of the Year at the 2006 Bay Area Rap Scene Awards, but he's not resting on his laurels. Nor is he satisfied to dwell in a niche. Read more »
CLUBS Future Farmers of America, Baby-Mama Drama Club, Toilet Scouts
QUOTE "Obviously, I'm trying to escape myself."
"It's so fucking weird," says Randy Walker, a.k.a. Carletta Sue Kay, singer and songwriter for his eponymous chamber rock quartet. "I'm a total fagatron, but I write sad, heartfelt love songs addressed to imaginary women. Then I throw on a big ugly dress and a bad wig and sing them on stage to an audience of mostly gay men. I guess that makes it queer."