If fame and fortune were merely
by-products of well-placed connections, Blues guitarist Patrick Sweany
would have a kidney-shaped pool filled with Dom Pérignon and he’d be
ducking the paparazzi every time he walked out the front door.
Joe Casey is agitated. The frontman and
chief word slinger for Detroit’s Protomartyr opens the quartet’s second
full-length record, the stellar Under Color of Official Right,
with this recurring statement: “There’s just a clack in the brain now.”
Ashley Jones first came to the attention of the Dance music universe
under the stage name The Enemy, part of the innovative Drum ’n Bass trio
Evol Intent, which released club and critical favorites on its own Evol
Intent Records, as well as Dieselboy’s Human Imprint label.
Sitting down with Northern Kentucky-based
Punk rockers The Nothing on May the 4th (Star Wars Day for the
non-geeks in the audience) felt like fate. The members of the band
(vocalist Jimi Caudill, guitarist Paulie Burgio, drummer Eric Robinson
and bassist Dan Snow) have all had a Jedi-esque journey of redemption
littered with band transitions, relationship implosions, addiction and
Aloe Blacc is a great believer in keeping
things smooth. When the Laguna Beach, Calif.-bred, Los Angeles-based
singer, born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, was choosing the first name
of his alias, he went with a plant associated with a famous kind of
It’s been 14 years since rapper Del the
Funky Homosapien, producer Dan the Automator and turntable guru Kid
Koala combined forces to drop Deltron 3030, a futuristic concept album centering on Deltron Zero’s fight to keep corporations from ruling the world.
As the music recording business continues
to shrink, the music merchandising business continues to grow. In the
last few years, one of the most unusual burgeoning merch trends has been
bands attaching themselves to alcoholic beverages.