Music

Against Me!’s Tom Gabel Goes Solo

Vagabond Heart In a manner of speaking, Tom Gabel has come full circle. Long before his Gainseville, Fla.-based punk band Against Me! gained wider notoriety with its latest album (and first major label release) New Wave, Gabel played solo under the same moniker. Now, the singer/songwriter stands ready to release…

Musiq Soulchild: Sept. 20

Crest Theatre, Sacramento Sept. 20, 2008 Arriving 30 minutes before the show started, I was surprised to see almost every seat in the Crest Theatre taken. I love Musiq Soulchild, but almost every time I dropped his name to someone, they’d never heard of the R&B singing soul man. So,…

Chase Moore is a Music Man

Chase Moore was born in Melbourne, Australia into a very musically inclined family. His father played and taught piano while constantly recording and producing music right out of their home. Naturally then, Chase began making music at a young age but his move to Sacramento in September 1994 exposed him…

Kevin Murphy Sheds Teen Angst and Calms Down with The Moondoggies

The Maturation Process Isolation has its perks. Looking to avoid distractions and work on his music, singer/guitarist Kevin Murphy left Bellingham, Wash. and headed north to Ketchikan, Alaska. Holed up in an attic, the young songwriter—not even of legal drinking age at the time—began working on tunes with a four-track…

Bobby Valentino

Emerging from Under the Umbrella of Moguls to Fulfill His Own Blu Kolla Dreams R&B artist Bobby Valentino has set out to make a name for himself as a musical mogul and has no intention to “Slow Down.” Valentino holla’ed at Submerge while touring through the American “backwoods” of South…

Singer Christopher Fairman Shows that Darkness Can Be Beautiful

Singer Christopher Fairman Shows that Darkness Can Be Beautiful Listen to local musician Christopher Fairman’s upcoming new release, 85, 87, and allow Fairman’s smooth, strong vocals to meld with guitarist Nick York’s haunting, melodic riffs. Fairman’s brooding voice is just slightly reminiscent of singers like Ryan Adams and Nick Drake,…

Take It or Leave It

Panic at the Disco Broaden Their Horizons Las Vegas rock band Panic at the Disco isn’t afraid of change. Even though the band’s 2005 debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, has topped charts, sold millions of copies worldwide, earned them an MTV video music award for Best Video and…

OPIO

Getting to Know a Familiar Face If you like hip-hop, you probably know this underground rapper/producer and probably don’t even realize it. As a result of 15 years of “forward-thinking” and hip-hoptimism with Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics, Oakland native Opio’s ’90s-esque collaborations have been emulated by the likes of…

Share and Share Alike

Mirah Doesn’t Shy Away from Bugs or Slime Insects get a raw deal. One, they’re kind of ugly, and two, their small size makes them easily squishable; but in the grand scheme of things are they really that much different than us? OK, maybe they are, but that doesn’t mean…

Sami Yaffa and Mad Juana

’80s Glam Rocker Gone Schizo Mr. Sami Yaffa. Guitarist. He was a co-founder of the Finnish Glam rock group Hanoi Rocks in the ’80s. He started touring when he was 15 years old and has been in more bands than you can count on one hand. He’s been glamorously shaggy…