Born: Jerry Williams Jr. in Portsmouth, Va., in 1942.
Sounds like: A country-tinged, rock-informed soul shouter,
wailing witty, dirty lyrics about conflicts between rich and poor, black
How Portland’s hardest-working stoners created one of the country’s best tape labels.
Gnarnia isn’t hard to find. Just head south on Southeast
11th Avenue, until the smell of grease radiating from the Burgerville on
Hawthorne Boulevard gives way to bong smoke. It’s home to a un
Portland hip-hop has always had a tough time getting respect. At one
point in the 1990s, hip-hop acts were even banned from performing in
downtown venues. This is a shame, because over the years,
Music StoriesAndrew W.K. is a head-banging philosopher, a paragon of
positivity and a raging, sweaty, sometimes-bloody ball of light. He’s
also a musician, though that’s the least interesting part of his
personality. His glittery thrash-popMore
After pop duo the Format broke up, one guy got famous. This is about the other guy.
When Nate Ruess of the chart-topping band Fun took the
stage to accept a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in February, he took
note of the moment as the culmination of 12 years spent working in th
Born: In 1958 in Hammersmith, West London.
Sounds like: A J.G. Ballard-inspired look at humanity’s dark side and our troubled relationship with technology.
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The trend of bands performing seminal albums live in their
entirety is a double-edged phenomenon. On one hand, it kills the
thrilling unpredictability of the set list, and forces audiences to sit
Cancer and controversy can’t stop Black Sabbath’s true Iron Man.
When Black Sabbath—heavy metal’s widely acknowledged
patient zero—announced a reunion of its original lineup in 2011,
promising a tour and an album of all-new material to be produced by Rick
Founded: In 1996 in Los Angeles.
Signature style: Hip-hop based around crackling
rare grooves repurposed for rappers less willfully eccentric than just
supremely, transcendently high.
Let Amenta Abioto clear her throat. You won’t regret it.
[AVANT-GARDE SOUL] Singer Amenta Abioto thinks of herself
as a magician. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean she goes around pulling
quarters out from behind the ears of the audience. She’s refer