Born: 1986 in Queens, N.Y.
Sounds like: Club-destroying Southern hip-hop from a streetwise kid smart enough to know deep thoughts just slow down a good party.
For fans of: Lil Jon, Ludacris, Young J
How a cerebral Canadian MC evolved from an introverted philosopher into “a traveling fun machine.”
[ECLECTIC HIP-HOP] Expectations are high
for 26-year-old Canadian rapper Rollie Pemberton, also known as Cadence
Weapon. He was a poet laureate for his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, so
Will David Byrne ever find a nice girl to settle down
with? Ever since Talking Heads broke up in 1991, the restless
60-year-old musician-author-etc. has been playing the field—musically
Born: In Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in 1975.
Sounds like: A prolific experimentalist now financially secure enough to operate without any semblance of a creative filter.
For fans of: The Mars Volta, Joh
[PSYCHEDELIC BLUES ROCK] Uncle Walker’s Amber Restorative, the debut LP from Portland quartet Spirit Lake, has a history far grander than that suggested by the group’s slight résumé.
Sixto Rodriguez rises from the record bin of history.
Sixto Rodriguez is having his moment in the limelight. Finally.
singer-songwriter from Detroit has been touring regularly since the
beginning of the year, playing festivals
Born: 1939 in Corsicana, Texas.
Sounds like: Everything that’s
grizzled and red-blooded—and, conversely, good and Christian—about
country music, condensed into the body and voice of a man w
A Detroit native finds his soul in the heart of the Rose City.
[GARAGE SOUL] Soul doesn’t come naturally
to the lily-white Northwest. In the case of Brownish Black’s M.D.
Sharbatz, though, it wasn’t until he moved to Portland, oddly enough,
that the s