Music

News: Feb. 23, 2009

As expected, M.I.A. delivered her baby just hours after her Grammy appearance. In a message on her Myspace blog, she said she got home from the Grammys ready to party, but instead went into labor at 2 a.m. What a buzz kill! She notes the baby is healthy, despite enduring…

Wale

At a time when my patience and interest in the current generation of MCs was fading quickly, Wale stepped up to the plate. Without a gimmick or marketing scheme, the Washington, D.C. native always came correct. His persona was genuine, self-assured and humble, with clever wordplay and unlikely references of…

Love It, Or Hate It!

Natalie Gordon of Agent Ribbons Valentine’s Day: Love it or hate it? I love Valentine’s Day because my grandparents send me funny little cards with cartoons on them, and there’s always five bucks inside! I’m glad that some things never change. What motivates you more to write music: love or…

Giant Squid’s The Ichthyologist Takes the Band to Greater Depths

Church Underwater The ocean is home to the world’s largest creatures. One of the most fascinating of these mammoth beasts is the giant squid. Rarely photographed, its elusiveness belies its ponderous size. As a result, the mysterious creature has inspired folklore, myth and art worldwide. It is fitting that such…

News: Feb. 9, 2009

Since the 51st Grammy Awards have already happened and you’ve witnessed MIA perform at nine months pregnant. You may have seen MIA’s OB/GYN anxiously standing side-stage, as the baby was also due that day. You may or may not have also seen the gentlemen of Coldplay in attendance, who were…

Another Damn Disappointment Speaks Out

Relentless About the Music Forget about your one-hit wonders and starry-eyed kids just breaking into the music scene. Despite a lack of local publicity, Another Damn Disappointment has been a staple of the Sacramento music scene for a good 10 years and has a lot to show for it. “We’ve…

Katy Perry on Why Kitsch Is Her Middle Name

Hello Katy Love her or hate her, Katy Perry dominated the pop music scene in 2008. First gaining Internet notoriety with “Ur So Gay,” the 23-year-old pastor’s daughter was quickly catapulted into ubiquity on the strength of her unnervingly catchy and coyly sinful hit single “I Kissed a Girl.” Though…

News: Jan. 26, 2009

Apparently this Taylor Swift girl is pretty popular. My only recollection of her is the image of her sprawled out on a bed, singing about tear drops on her guitar, promoting an upcoming concert at an Indian casino in Northern California. I thought it was strange to see a 16-…

Cheech & Chong Are Back

Timeless & Timely North America in the late ’60s and early ’70s was a dangerous and magical place. War, as well as social and economic upheaval, spun the U.S. and much of the world in a dizzying—albeit groovy—downward spiral. The fabric of human existence was rolled up like good dope…