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."
QUOTE "We want the fashion line and the fragrance."
"We'd like to be pro in the sense that we'd like to not work and have lots of money," Aaron Sunshine says of the Passionistas. Based on the group's Kelley Stoltzproduced debut, God's Boat (New and Used Records), Sunshine, fellow songwriter Myles Cooper, and bandmate Andrew Lux have earned the right to think big. Yeah, it's hard to draw blood from a stone, but it's even tougher to mine new blood from old rock music. Read more »
If you're looking for the future of hyphy, vocalist J.Nash is already there. Never mind that his versatile vocals link the two hottest Bay Area rap albums this year: Mistah FAB's Da Baydestrian (SMC) and Turf Talk's West Coast Vaccine (Sic Wid It). His own album, Hyphy Love (Soul Boy/Urban Life), is a genre unto itself, a fusion of hyphy and R&B that Nash calls R&Bay. Read more »
CLUBS Bulgarian Throat-Singing and Bare Trees Appreciation Society, Analog Tape-Cutter Pep Squad
SUPERLATIVE Most Likely to Run Away from Grad School and Join a Band of Gypsy Violinists
How did four fresh-faced young women with freshly minted bachelor's-degree diplomas from New York's Bard College and a yen for Left Coast adventure end up making music amid the fog banks, dim sum depots, and Russian sweet shops of San Francisco's Richmond District? Read more »