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Class of 2007: Ship

"We've kind of getting our hands dirty in all the different ways we like"
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QUOTE "We're kind of getting our hands dirty in all the different ways we like to, sometimes making music, sometimes taking pictures of ourselves in underpants."

CLUBS Fresh Air Fiends Unlimited, Cross-Disciplinary Disciples

If Virgos are master catalysts at organizing earth energy into new ubergrounded forms, both functional and artful, Ship is all Virgo. Read more »

Class of 2007: King City

Most Likely to Carry a Django Reinhardt Album While Wearing a Master of Puppets T-shirt
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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 »

Class of 2007: Kira Lynn Cain

Film Appreciation Society, art club, Existential Smokers Alliance
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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 »

Class of 2007: Jimmy Roses

"It ain't the '70s no more."
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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 »

Class of 2007: Carletta Sue Kay

"Obviously, I'm trying to escape myself."
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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."

Probably. Either that or Psycho. Read more »

Class of 2007: The Passionistas

"We want the fashion line and the fragrance."
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SUPERLATIVE Most Likely to Succeed

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 Stoltz–produced 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 »

Class of 2007: J.Nash

"I'm about to eat your ass like soul food."
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SUPERLATIVE Most Likely to Get Nasty

QUOTE "I'm about to eat your ass like soul food."

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 »

Class of 2007: The Dry Spells

Most Likely to Run Away from Grad School and Join a Band of Gypsy Violinists
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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 »

Class of 2007: The White Barons

"We're all fuckin' wasted."
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CLUBS Detention hall, Saturday school, Motörhead Appreciation Society

QUOTE "We're all fuckin' wasted. It's one big van full of trouble, comin' to a town near you."

"Yeah, I just rolled out of bed," Baroness Eva von Slut says when I give her a call at 2 p.m. the day after the White Barons' show at Thee Parkside. Ah, the White Barons. The fuckin' White Barons. Read more »

Fall Arts: The year we turned to Glass

Appomattox premieres in a fall filled with classical tributes
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Philip Glass fans are getting ready to camp out in San Francisco this fall.

The most influential composer of the late 20th century, Glass marked his 70th birthday Jan. Read more »