John Norwood Fisher remembers hearing Two Tone Ska for the first time. It was the early 1980s, and fellow Fishbone member/trumpeter "Dirty" Walter Kibby introduced him to The Selecter and The English Beat. The bassist's reaction? "I was disappointed. We didn't invent Ska?!" Fishbone barely profited from the cachet they earned as the style's U.S. elders (the cultural focus shone on younger bands like No Doubt and Mighty Mighty Bosstones), but the group has rocked steady for 25 years.
Kiss Kiss revels in melodrama. This New York outfit loads its strain of Indie, Emo and Experimental music with endearingly over-the-top flourishes: electric violins that strike and whine, snatches of slow burn piano and blasts of guitar that ring passionately. The five-piece version has recently picked up steam supporting last summer's CD release, 'The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left' (Eyeball Records).
Fishbone is assuredly one of the archetypal purveyors of Ska Punk. Fusing bouncy beats with high-energy Rock (and eventually everything from Funk to Metal), the combo found immense popularity for a stretch in the '90s. They turn 25 this year. See them at The Mad Hatter with The English Beat, Outlaw Nation and The Pinstripes.
I Am Ghost cycles through over-the-top macabre motifs (vampires, blood, guns, fire, coffins, etc.) that Atreyu and My Chemical Romance would have utilized in their early days and bashes their dark aesthetic over your head.
Rather than incorporating any subtlety or precision, I Am Ghost cycles through over-the-top macabre motifs (vampires, blood, guns, fire, coffins, etc.) that Atreyu and My Chemical Romance would have utilized in their early days, and bashes their dark aesthetic over your head. See them and their pale makeup and dark eyeliner at The Mad Hatter.
Cataloguing a thousand of anything is an impressive, likely painstaking task. If there’s anyone fit to amass a list of 1000 Comic Books You Must Read, it’s prolific comic scribe/industry observer Tony Isabella. Per the title, Isabella has the great fortune of not having to decide the thousand finest but rather the thousand that he finds compelling.
Columbus' own RJD2 (he's now based in Philly) has a new album, 'The Colossus,' that contrasts his last polarizing project by adding vocalists like Kenna and Illogic. "Looking to myself for all the elements didn't sound appealing," he says. "Records should be something exciting and fresh, and part of that is keeping the process exciting and different."
The ex-Ohioan (he’s now based in Philly) Indie Hip Hop producer RJD2 's latest album is The Colossus, which contrasts his last polarizing project by adding vocalists like Kenna and Illogic. The Colossus is a canvas of collages with soulful thump, Funk and vibrant, good Pop. He plays the Southgate House.
Cancer Bats’ upcoming record Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones includes a track about singer Liam Cormier's hatred about being robbed. Relating to others through the Bats’ robust mix of Hardcore, Metal and Punk is one of Cormier’s favorite things about the band. They play The Mad Hatter.
Singer Liam Cormier vows to expand his repertoire of aching, personal tracks on Cancer Bats' new album, due in April. He describes it as "Glenn Danzig going on a camping trip with Black Flag's Greg Ginn, a reanimated Vincent Price and the Beastie Boys." Despite that incongruous congregation, he swears the band's third CD is its most cohesive work yet.