Music

Creativity Without Borders

Gift of Gab at Home in the Unknown It is hard to believe it’s been nearly 20 years since rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel formed Blackalicious within the walls of Kennedy High School and later went on to form Soulsides Records after meeting DJ Shadow at Davis’…

One for the Dudes

Our Hometown Disaster delivers the goods on full-length debut Local punk outfit Our Hometown Disaster wants you to know that they aren’t fucking around on their full-length debut, The Good Life, out Oct. 10, 2009. “We’re not pussies, we’re not fakes, we’re real guys with real experiences and that comes…

Even Computers Get the Blues

Mike Skinner Readies the Final Streets Album Mike Skinner (aka The Streets) was apologetic when he called in a half-hour late for our interview. However, it wasn’t the vast time difference between us and the United Kingdom or a simple disregard for scheduling that contributed to his tardiness. Skinner was…

Strange Beds

Vienna Teng makes moves on tour and with her new album A lo-fi drum track shuffles at a medium volume as Vienna Teng presses the record button on a looping station that rests on the top of a gorgeous, midnight black grand piano. A familiar face for Teng, Alex Wong,…

Flipside of Fame

Gym Class Heroes’ Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo on His Quiet Life in the Spotlight Often the inception story of Gym Class Heroes revolves around its founding members, drummer Matt McGinley and frontman Travis McCoy. It’s the fabled story of high school friends who met in gym class, started a band and kept…

All the Pieces Fit

Tides of Man are ready to spread their music to the masses Sometimes the best things in life happen spontaneously. Two strangers bump into each other and end up falling in love; a lunch break spent in a new café opens up an unexpected career opportunity; a stray dog or…

Feels Like Home

Pocket for Corduroy Reunites, Ponders Next Step Long before Nevada City, Calif. attained national notoriety as a hotbed for the anti-folk scene of the mid-’00s—a breeding ground for the disciplined howls of the Russian River kids—the city’s musical landscape thrived not unlike that of the monolithic post-punk scene in Sacramento….

Of Rome, and Everything Else

Dead Western John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis Aug. 29, 2009 Words by Vincent Girimonte Last Saturday, the ever-embracing arms of Davis’ John Natsoulas Gallery welcomed some pysch-folkers, notably Sacramento’s Dead Western Trio, who played in support of Ben Chasny’s decade-long, discretely prodigious endeavor, Six Organs of Admittance. However, it was the…

Change is Good

Sacramento band The Nickel Slots finds the rhythm once again “When you’re in a band, you never ever finish paying your dues. If you ever think that you’re done paying your dues, that’s when nobody shows up to your next show. I promise you. Or your show gets canceled. You…

The Day the Hammer Came Down

For some of you, it was a typical Thursday in Sacramento: dry, with that hot wind that is neither welcome nor refreshing. And while it was that, for some of us, it was something to remember. For some of us, that Thursday was different. That Thursday, Submerge hooked it up…